Bill Shorten’s support – and that of his party – is almost entirely a function of public perceptions of Tony Abbott’s performance.
Bill Shorten has neither built the profile nor provided the performance that renders him prime minister-in-waiting rather than fragile whinger-in-chief.
University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor Stephen Parker and Michelle Grattan discuss the week in politics.
Bill Shorten is facing a challenging winter recess.
The parliamentary budget session has ended with Tony Abbott having reason to feel a good deal more confident than Bill Shorten.
Kevin Rudd admits he might have leaked to Laurie Oakes damaging details of the meeting he and Gillard had on the night of the 2010 coup against him.
Kevin Rudd has said there was "no way in the world" he would have moved against Julia Gillard in June 2013 unless Bill Shorten and his group were with him.
Bill Shorten is grappling simultaneously with two issues that have the potential to inflict serious damage on him and the opposition.
When Bill Shorten was asked by the Royal Commission into union corruption to appear before it, he said he wouldn't be commenting on allegations about his time as an Australian Workers Union official until he gave evidence.
University of Canberra Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) Professor Nicholas Klomp and Professorial Fellow Michelle Grattan discuss the week in politics.
Opposition leader Bill Shorten was forced to ask for his testimony to the royal commission on union corruption to be brought forward in the wake of media stories about union deals.
Bill Shorten's July 8 appearance before the royal commission into union corruption is crucial for his credibility and has major implications for his leadership.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has sought an early appearance at the royal commission.
In an effort to deal with the political fallout of his union past, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has asked the royal commission into union corruption to bring forward his appearance to July.
Labor leader Bill Shorten will appear before the royal commission into trade union governance and corruption.
Bill Shorten will give evidence at the royal commission into union corruption, which is probing the conduct of the Australian Workers Union, of which he is a former Victorian and national secretary.
University of Canberra Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Frances Shannon and Michelle Grattan discuss the week in politics.
Bill Shorten has questions to answer over his time as the head of the AWU, according to Tony Abbott.
The government has always seen Bill Shorten's union past as a prime target, and now it is starting to take serious aim.
Bill Shorten wants addressing the gender gap “to be a cause that all of us share”.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has moved to make the gender gap an issue for the ALP's July national conference and for Labor more widely.
Bill Shorten has introduced a bill into parliament to amend the Marriage Act and allow same-sex marriage in Australia.
The legislative reform required to allow same-sex marriage is not complicated. There is relative consensus as to how this can be achieved.
Tuesday’s Newspoll is a poor result for opposition leader Bill Shorten.
Bill Shorten's ratings have taken a hit in Tuesday's Newspoll, with Tony Abbott having a better net approval rating than his opponent for the first time in nearly 14 months.
Tony Abbott risks having same-sex marriage used against him electorally – just as his Liberal Party once tried to use it against Labor.
As opposition leader Bill Shorten prepares to introduce an amendment on Monday to the Marriage Act to legalise same-sex marriage, why has Australia lagged so far behind?
‘When you’re in the gun sights yourself, target Bill Shorten’ is a core tactic in the government’s toolkit.
It’s more than a touch hilarious how the Liberals are determined to claim eventual ownership of what seems the likely endorsement of same-sex marriage by parliament later this year. If a change is made…
These Rohingya women and children, rescued by fishermen in Aceh, are among thousands in need of resettlement.
A summit in Bangkok is discussing the fate of thousands of people who were stranded at sea. Australia is represented but refuses to resettle any refugees, casting doubt on its commitment to a regional solution.
Bill Shorten’s gay marriage push has been described as ‘all about Bill’.
Some pro-gay marriage Liberals might be railing against Bill Shorten's pre-emptive move but its effect has been to suddenly raise the prospect of common political ownership of the issue.
Even with bipartisan support, a referendum on Indigenous constitutional recognition is no certainty to succeed.
A defeat for Indigenous constitutional recognition would be disastrous and demoralising. But history tells us that even worthy proposals with bipartisan support are not assured of success.
Bill Shorten will introduce a same-sex marriage bill to the lower house.
Bill Shorten is acting to force the Liberals' hand on gay marriage by giving notice he will move a private member's bill in the House of Representatives on Monday.