One Nation’s two senators have saved Energy Minister Angus Taylor from an inquiry into his intervention over endangered grasslands, with a Labor motion defeated 33-32 in the Senate.
With Centre Alliance’s Rex Patrick having a change of heart, One Nation’s vote now becomes crucial for Labor’s motion to pass.
Here are the promises and policies of the Coalition, Labor, the Greens, One Nation and more.
Australian populism is more of a long-term grumble about the state of the world than a sharp reaction to the threat of cultural loss.
Pre-poll votes within the first 24 hours were almost double the number at the same stage in 2016. That could hurt some minor parties who traditionally spend big in the last few weeks of a campaign.
Voter dissatisfaction with the major parties means minor party preferences are likely to play a critical role in many seats, making the election outcome hard to predict.
Ahead of Saturday’s crucial byelections, senior Labor Party figures have described a vote for Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party as a vote for the Coalition. What do the records show?
The outcomes in Longman and Braddon are vital for Shorten, who would face very serious leadership instability if he lost both seats, and a rough patch if the ALP were defeated in one.
Michelle Grattan speaks with Nicholas Klomp about the week in politics.
Michelle Grattan speaks with Mark Evans about the week in politics.
One paradox of leaders of personality parties is that while they attract voters and so can get others elected, this can be their downfall, because they are by nature loners not team people.
In an extraordinary Thursday night interview on Sky Hanson, who accused Burston of trying to defect to the Shooters party, said it was not the first time he had stabbed her in the back.
Michael McCormack on Barnaby’s future, latte sippers and other matters.
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In this interview Nationals leader and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack pointedly avoids saying Joyce should run again in his New England seat at the election.
The recent elections in Tasmania, South Australia and the byelection in Batman have left an impression that the advance of the minor parties has stalled. This is not necessarily the case.
Malcolm Turnbull’s cancellation of next week’s House of Representatives sitting has been received sceptically by Queensland ‘soft’ voters, but they still prefer him over Bill Shorten.
Whichever major party ‘wins’ the Queensland election will likely be forced into tricky negotiations with minor parties to form government.
Of the four concessions One Nation won from the government in the latest media reforms, one has the potential to seriously threaten the public broadcaster.
Pauline Hanson’s stunt of wearing a burqa into the Senate on Thursday drew a swingeing attack from George Brandis.
Pauline Hanson is set to move that the High Court consider the eligibility of her One Nation senator Malcolm Roberts.
Evidence shows that the senator’s comments on the burden of children with disability are misleading.