While most are still relatively new to federal politics, the teal independents have had a big impact on the way the country is run.
Coalition talks can now start in earnest after the final results for the 2023 election were released.
After months of stalling, the Greens agreed to pass the legislation through the Senate this week, despite the government refusing to give ground on its demand for controls on rents.
In this podcast, @michellegrattan discusses the Voice with Indigenous Senators Dorinda Cox and Kerrynne Liddle
In this podcast Michelle and politics + society editor Amanda Dunn discuss the wild final sitting fortnight before the winter break
Meanwhile, the Liberal Party continues to deal with the fall-out from last week’s accusations against Senator David Van.
The opposition leader told Sydney radio: “I think it’s in everyone’s best interests that he resign from the parliament and I hope he’s able to do that sooner than later and seek the help that he needs.”
As they fight for the affections of the same voters, the two parties have engaged in a particularly nasty debate over housing.
In this podcast, @michellegrattan and the Greens spokesperson on housing and homelessness, @MChandlerMather, discuss the $10b housing fund, rent-freezes, and net migration
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Australia’s environmental movement is not united. The reasons for that go deep.
The deal shows the Greens leader has pulled his party towards a more practical orientation, with an emphasis on getting things done.
Australia’s new climate deal contains wins for the Greens – but the negotiations were bruising
In this podcast, Michelle Grattan and Greens leader Adam Bandt discuss climate change, the cost of living crisis and the Voice.
Like the Liberals, the Greens have a base that is split between hardliners and moderates. At the radical end, their activists don’t want compromise on core issues; its mainstream voters want outcomes.
The senator’s move to the cross-bench means Labor now needs the support of more cross-benchers, as well as the Greens, to get legislation passed.
Her departure, while a blow for the Greens, is not all bad news for them
Despite a swing away from Labor, the Andrews government has been returned comfortably for a third term.
Much attention will be on whether voters turn away from Labor and the Coalition, and what that means for minor parties such as the Greens, and the ‘teal’ independents.
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About a third of Victoria’s land-based plants, animals and ecological communities face extinction. We look at what the political parties have promised ahead of the state election.
Clive Hamilton’s memoir of 40 years in activism is most of all a narrative of ideas in action. He argues for the power of provocation – and against the left, the right and China.