Queensland was a smoking ruin for federal Labor in 2019. As we head towards a possible election later this year, the sunshine state presents a big challenge — and opportunity — for Anthony Albanese.
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Women's leadership reached new heights this year, just as the Coalition's gendered policy response to the pandemic set women back across the board.
There is a renewed discussion about the role of News Corp in Australia. But so far, this is ignoring how the Murdoch press is particularly hostile towards female politicians.
Annastacia Palaszczuk's Queensland win reinforced the accepted wisdom that this crisis favours incumbents – provided people think they are doing the right thing.
Queensland's result reinforces the theory that pandemic conditions favour incumbents. It also deals a blow for One Nation and Clive Palmer.
Annastasia Palaszczuk's Labor Party has been returned to government for a third term, likely with a small majority.
Queenslanders head to the polls tomorrow. The Palaszczuk Labor government has vocally backed the resources industry – but our research suggests the issue will not decide the election result.
Anticipating reactions to political attacks can be a tricky business...
Neither Labor's Annastacia Palaszczuk, nor the Liberal National Party's Deb Frecklington appear to be interested in highlighting the needs and perspectives of women ahead of October 31.
We don't yet have any idea how 2021 will play out. It could be a rough year, easier to handle without the distraction of an election.
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COVID-19 is so far proving to be a big advantage for incumbents. Opposition parties are getting little traction when making the case for change.
New research shows WA Premier Mark McGowan has been rated highest in terms of leadership for the greater good, while Victorian leader Dan Andrews has surprisingly held steady through the second wave.
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As Labor's Annastacia Palaszczuk and the LNP's Deb Frecklington vie for Queenslanders' votes, leadership, COVID and economic recovery are set to dominate debate.
Michelle Grattan discusses the political week that was with Professor Paddy Nixon
In the policy of the pandemic, experts have emerged to fill the gaps in the decision-making of politicians, with the responsibility for outcomes landing somewhere in the middle.
The national cabinet, created to impose maximum unity on Australia's response to COVID, has formally fractured.
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Monday saw coronavirus updates from Victoria, Queensland, and the federal government.
Annastacia Palaszczuk has benefited from leading Queensland – and doing it well – during the coronavirus pandemic, placing her in a strong position ahead of the October state election.
Pastel colours and serif fonts: is Annastacia Palaszczuk trying to be an Instagram influencer?
The blowback from closing borders will be considerable the Queensland premier, but will be a lot less politically dangerous than if she were seen to fail to do everything possible to protect Queenslanders' health.