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How Anthony Albanese was convinced to revisit his childhood home

It is only when the current occupant appears with arms outstretched – “welcome to my home, Prime Minister, and your former home” – that he crosses the threshold.

  • Matthew Drummond

Pocock pushes Greens to leverage Labor on super transparency

The Senate will have no power over the government until it reverses a decision letting super funds conceal spending on political parties, ads and influence groups.

  • Jacob Greber

What this rising star learnt after a brutal career setback

Losing her seat in the election put a full stop on Terri Butler’s career for the first time in two decades. Here’s why she isn’t in a hurry to go back to work.

  • Tess Bennett

Coalition’s modern manufacturing grants used as election announcements

Industry and Science Minister Ed Husic has slammed the Morrison government for announcing the winners during the election, instead of when they were needed mid-pandemic.

  • Jacob Greber

To stop pork-barrelling, confiscate the pork

Handing power to public servants won’t fix the problem of politically targeted grants. Governments should do less and spend less.

  • John Roskam
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August

Atlassian co-founder’s political donation to former LNP minister

Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes’ $1.5 billion green fund, Boundless Earth, donated to the political campaign of Bundaberg Mayor Jack Dempsey in an unsuccessful attempt to defeat resources minister Keith Pitt.

  • Mark Ludlow

The god complex: When Scott Morrison ended cabinet government

The revelations this week that the former prime minister secretly assumed responsibility for five portfolios are only part of the story. 

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  • Aaron Patrick

Morrison is the gift that keeps on giving ... to Labor

Scott Morrison’s self-confidence meant he didn’t even tell most of his own cabinet colleagues of his intention to share the responsibilities of other ministers by being appointed to their portfolios. It’s another example of unnecessary political self-harm.

  • Jennifer Hewett

The real reasons why Labor won the election

Economy and climate dwarfed every other issue, including the coronavirus, when it came to deciding the election outcome, a new survey reveals.

  • Phillip Coorey

NSW Liberals unite in ‘rebuke’ to Hawke over election fiasco

Premier Dominic Perrottet announced early preselections while party members passed changes to neutralise a position held most recently by powerbroker Alex Hawke.

  • Samantha Hutchinson
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Perrottet calls for more women, early preselections

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet has pulled the trigger on early preselections and called for more women, more diversity and an end to factional warfare.

  • Samantha Hutchinson

Labor takes the applause, but soon it will have to upset people

The government set itself shining new policy goals this week. But it will need tough decisions and better ideas if it is to achieve them.

  • Jacob Greber

July

Why barrister Geoffrey Robertson feels hopeful (not hypothetically)

Back in Australia after the pandemic lockout, the human rights lawyer and host of Hypotheticals is taking his unique brand of critical thinking on the road.

  • Hannah Wootton

If only the Coalition knew how to govern like Labor

The ALP knows how to impose its agenda. Meanwhile, the sanguine Liberals are trusting in luck for government to land back in their lap.

  • John Roskam

Masks emerge as parliament’s new partisan battleline

Monday’s ceremonial opening of federal parliament showed up stark divides on COVID-19 health measures between Labor and the Coalition.

  • Tom McIlroy

In from the wilderness, Labor faces big economic beasts

Anthony Albanese won’t have the cushion of a benign economic climate, let alone a budget surplus.

  • Jennifer Hewett

Coalition should apologise over boat saga: O’Neil

Home Affairs Minister Clare O’Neil says the federal opposition should hang their head in shame’ after an inquiry found public servants were pressured to reveal an asylum seeker boat arrival on election day.

  • Finbar O'Mallon

Albanese starts to shift from light touch to a big bang

The prime minister entered office promising minor change. But a turbulent world is ushering in a reform flurry rarely seen since the Whitlam era.

  • Andrew Clark

Coalition signals return to ‘fiscal conservatives’

The Opposition says there is no guarantee it will rubber stamp the government’s spending policies.

  • Phillip Coorey

Coalition will find salvation only in the political centre

For all the political post-mortems, the simple lesson of this year’s election is that Australian voters do not like divisive politics.

  • Anthony Liveris
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Qld Labor MP Milton Dick endorsed as next Speaker

Queensland Labor backbencher Milton Dick will be formally offered the role of Speaker of the House of Representatives when federal parliament resumes next week.

  • Mark Ludlow

NSW Liberals eye reforms to prevent another election debacle

The party is considering changes that will strip a high-powered position once occupied by Alex Hawke of the bulk of its decision-making powers.

  • Samantha Hutchinson

Budget bottom line at risk of ‘$21.7b burden’

Labor’s crackdown on tax dodging will need to continue well into the decade or risk a deterioration in the budget bottom line, the Parliamentary Budget Office says.

  • Ronald Mizen

Why Albanese should stare down the Greens

If Labor’s 2030 target is blocked by the Greens, most would expect Anthony Albanese to crab walk away. But a double dissolution could give Labor a majority in the Senate with the support of 19 teals.

  • John Black

Electoral spending reforms could kneecap teals: Climate 200 chief

Climate 200 executive director Byron Fay warned electoral spending caps could be used to limit the ability of teal candidates to campaign at the next election.

  • Georgie Moore