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Late Saturday night, on counting so far, Lamb led the Liberal National Party’s Trevor Ruthenberg by 55-45% on the two-party vote – a swing to Labor of about 4%. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Crucial Super Saturday Labor victories a major fillip for Shorten

The results are a deep disappointment for the government, which had hoped it might snatch at least one of the Braddon or Longman, and had hopes of winning Mayo although it quickly gave these up.
Liberal candidate Georgina Downer, Greens candidate Major ‘Moogy’ Sumner, Centre Alliance candidate Rebekha Sharkie and Labor candidate Reg Coutts at the Mayo candidates forum. David Mariuz/AAP

Grattan on Friday: Disillusioned voters find it easy to embrace a crossbencher like Rebekha Sharkie

It’s very hard for a crossbencher to get into the House of Representatives. But when they do, these small players can be difficult to blast out.
Turnbull said on Sunday that Australia’s 30% rate for larger companies was the second highest in the OECD. Jeremy Ng/AAP

Labor makes company tax fight all about Malcolm Turnbull’s money

The inflammatory ad runs as the government is making a last ditch effort against the odds to gather Senate support for the company tax legislation, due to be voted on this week.
Smith told parliament the date – which means a nine-week campaign - had been advised by the AEC. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Labor outraged as July 28 Super Saturday overlaps ALP conference

The byelections, which span four states, are especially crucial for opposition leader Bill Shorten, because four are in ALP seats and two of those are on wafer thin margins.

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