History suggests Labor should be more concerned than it currently appears to be about the effects of its populist rhetoric in mobilising opposition from business.
The decline in Malcolm Turnbull’s popularity and the increasingly explicit critiques of his leadership have raised the question of whether the Liberal Party has a unifying ideology.
The recent history of elections in Australia is a varied one, with some spectacular crashes and own goals along the way.
Ken Livingstone may be at the centre of the latest argument, but Labour is divided by a rift that dates back much further.
Ballooning borrowing to invest in the housing market is impeding investment in the real economy, holding back investment in skills and jobs, and driving up inequality.
As a political speaker, either you pick your key phrases or they get picked for you.
It is unusual to invoke the caretaker conventions so far out from an election. So why is Labor clamouring for them to kick in?
While trade unions still exert some influence on the ALP, it is nowhere near as much as it once was.
Commitment to a stronger, ongoing and more bipartisan federal reform process is one of the true tests of modern political leadership.
There have been policy issues in recent Australian history considered too important for playing party politics. Sadly, those days are long gone.
The damaging polarisation around queer issues in Australian politics is out of step with community sentiment.
Despite its distance from Europe, Euroscepticism can be observed in Australia. What would a 'Brexit' from the EU mean for Australia?
If the word “reform” implies genuine public benefit, then real reform has been in short supply for all of the 106 years of electronic media regulation in Australia.
The US's seventh president was a populist the establishment tried to lock out of the White House. Sound familiar?
Western leaders and activists should show humility and allow themselves to be guided by local organisations if they wish to be effective in promoting same-sex rights.
Australian parliaments routinely legislate in respect of socially contentious issues without resorting to plebiscites or referenda.
Australia’s political system would be better off with more ordinary people and fewer career party politicians in the Senate. It would thus be more representative of ordinary Australians, not less.
Ultra-conservatism has a rich and complex history within Australian parties, and Malcolm Turnbull has the difficult task of balancing the more extreme elements of his party with his own liberal views.
Those who do understand the Senate voting system have the potential to wield some influence both in its conduct and in debates about how it might be reformed.
In recent months the opposition has been on the policy front foot, but it's a risky strategy that has had mixed success for both major parties.