Victorian Labor has had ample time to reform upper house voting - its failure to do so is a blight on democracy in the state.
Almost 35 years after the US Senate was first warned about climate change, it has passed a bill. Here’s what it means for Australia.
The Greens backed Labor’s moderate emissions cuts to avoid being seen as unwilling to compromise. But it’s only the start of a new wrestle over climate ambition.
If you’re outside staring in, you’d probably say the Albanese government is looking good. If you’re inside gazing out, you’d likely think its challenges appear little short of dire. Next week the new parliament…
Premier Mark McGowan (left) with Anthony Albanese at Labor’s federal campaign launch in Perth last month.
How does democracy cope with a huge imbalance in parliament?
History shows that opposition leaders elected after an election job struggle to hang onto their jobs. Will this time be different?
Supporters of independent candidate Kylea Tink celebrate her victory over the Liberal incumbent in North Sydney.
The success of independents at the Australian election is a sign the political culture has shifted in Canberra, with potential benefits for expat New Zealanders and trans-Tasman relations in general.
Winning the election might be the easy part for Labor compared to weaning Australia off fossil fuel exports. But it must be done.
In 2022, the ‘Greenslide’ took seats from major parties. Here’s how they did it.
Now that Labor has won and the Liberal Party has been severely wounded, its enemies will be baying for blood, so a first order of business will be to make Australian voters glad they elected them.
The message from the weekend was the things that really matter to women matter at the ballot box, too.
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He is only the fifth Labor leader to win government from opposition since the first world war, and there’s every indication he will be a consensus prime minister.
But are the major parties really focusing on the right issues?
Unlike many politicians, Albanese does not appear to harbour a sense of entitlement to the top job - and his journey there has been a long one.
Humour is now part of the modern election campaign. Facebook and TikTok have become joke battlegrounds.
Health-care costs are continuing to rise faster than wages, so many Australian families are finding it increasingly difficult to keep up.
Intellectual and a talented communicator, Chalmers may turn out to be a far more innovative politician than his current cautious election rhetoric suggests.
Scott Morrison’s pitch to voters that the election is about “you” is a potentially powerful one. But Labor has one available that is even better: it’s about “us”.
There are many factors at play including outdated preselection processes at local levels and a lack of targeted efforts by major parties beyond tokenism.
Labor’s 2030 emission reduction target of 43% is more ambitious than the Coalition, but still falls well below what the science says is needed.