Parliament has now finished its sitting fortnight. Michelle Grattan discusses the key issues from it, including Labor's approach to passing legislation given its weaker position in the Senate.
Anthony Albanese on Labor’s hard times
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Anthony Albanese defends Labor's vote for the government's $158 billion tax package, supports an increase in Newstart, and strongly argues the need to take the superannuation guarantee to 12%.
"Yet to arrive at a final position," Senator Jacqui Lambie presses the federal government to forgive Tasmania's housing debt in exchange for support of the government's tax cuts.
Setka has been backed by the Victorian branch of his union who this week called for the national executive to issue a statement of support.
Albanese last week had Setka suspended from the party and will move for his expulsion when its national executive meets on July 5.
John Setka says he won't resign, and he has the backing of Victorian branch delegates, making it uncertain how things will play out.
The Setka affair is now dominating discussion at the highest level of the union movement.
Labor needs to better tune into middle suburbia, yet it can't afford to turn its back on the issues that concern its more progressive supporters. It will be a tricky balancing act.
Jim Chalmers, from the right of the Labor party, has been receiving support from those who believe the party needs generational change.
The Australian Labor Party's economic agenda seems to have overlooked three fundamental principles of behavioural economics.
The leadership will be decided by ballots of the party membership and the caucus, with a 50-50 weighting.
The Tasmanian seats of Bass and Braddon were always going to be key elements of a Coalition victory – and so it proved to be.
The outcome is completely opposite to the polls, which all had Labor ahead going into the election, albeit narrowly and with some tightening during the campaign.
What if Bob Hawke, hailed as a leader who actually 'got' environmental issues, had never been rolled by Paul Keating? Perhaps the climate policy wars would have turned out differently.
No present leader touches Hawke for charisma, popularity or communications skills, even leaving aside the larrikin history.
Analysis of tweets from the election campaign reveal two key trends: independents are organising, and embattled Liberal candidates are having to take the fight to their rivals.
Recent polling suggests the race is tightening. Then again, opinion polling suggested the recent Victorian state election would also be a close affair and it turned out to be a Labor landslide.
From doted-on child to Rhodes Scholar, ACTU president and ultimately prime minister, Robert James Lee Hawke had a significant impact on Australian life.
Young voters want leaders who are transparent, honest, and display integrity. They also crave stability.
Wentworth remains one of the most interesting individual contests in this campaign.