Australian Elections

Plan to restrict housing developments in Melbourne's middle-ring suburbs

Developments of more than two townhouses would be banned on some blocks in Melbourne's established suburbs if Opposition Leader Matthew Guy wins this …


Ex-One Nation senator could join Clive Palmer's rebooted party

Former One Nation senator Brian Burston may be announced as a member of Clive Palmer’s rebranded United Australia party today, as Mr Palmer …


Wanted: Political pranksters who think 'all politicians are bastards'

"I really want to hear from them because they're also the people who think compulsory voting is an affront to their rights."<p>The study had already …



The last paragraph is actually the most important thing about the latest Newspoll - Malcolm Turnbull's 34th losing poll in a row - because we vote …


Cambodian prince hurt in car crash, wife killed, ahead of elections

Cambodia will hold a general election next month in which both Ranariddh and his wife were standing as candidates.


'Human error' to blame for sprinklers raining on Clive Palmer’s parade

One of the landscaping staff at Parliament House was accidentally responsible for switching on a sprinkler system that sprayed Clive Palmer’s …


Clive Palmer is having another crack at politics

Clive Palmer has launched a bid to re-enter Australian politics.<p>Palmer, the former federal member for Fairfax, announced on Sunday morning that his …

Australian Politics

'Significant day for democracy' as 'Mediscare' bill passes - as it happened

While the Treasury analysis can be argued with both sides – one thing seems clear to me (and let’s be clear, I am not an economist): setting budget predictions out across 10 years seems bupkis for exactly the reason the analysis the government is spruiking sets out – behaviours change and you can’t …


I wanted to maintain my integrity: Burston

FULL MEDIA CONFERENCE: Clive Palmer has unveiled his United Australia Party, confirming he will run candidates for every lower house seat at the next …

Income Tax

Turnbull government ‘won’t blink’ as tax cuts pushed through senate

The Turnbull Government is staring down the Senate as it pushes to get its $144 billion package of income tax cuts through the Upper House.<p>Treasurer …


Greens senator's bill to lower voting age

Australia's youngest senator is pushing for the voting age to be lowered to 16 by introducing a bill to federal parliament.


Politics Live: Senate showdown looms for government's income and company tax cuts

Another dispute on energy policy is brewing as federal parliament resumes and Liberals and Nationals meet for the final two weeks before the winter …

Australian News

Population pressure a fast-growing concern for Victorian voters

But there are aspects of the growth that disturb him; as tall towers have proliferated, sunlight has become scarcer and wind tunnels have …

Australian News

He's back: Clive Palmer's party gets a makeover

Controversial businessman Clive Palmer has announced a move back into the political arena by changing the name of his deregistered party.<p>Mr Palmer, …

Australian Politics

Clive Palmer announces return to politics

Businessman Clive Palmer has announced his new United Australia Party will contest both the upper and lower house in the next federal election. The …

Australian News

'They will sell off': Bill Shorten moves to make ABC an election issue

Opposition Leader warns that the Liberal Party would be “emboldened” by an election victory to sell the public broadcaster.


Longman byelection: will One Nation decide who wins?

Bill Feldman understands the irony of the “One Nation factor” that looms over the approaching Longman byelection, where voters who shun the major parties will decide which major party wins.<p>“At the end of the day you put one of [Labor or the Liberal National party] in,” he tells Guardian Australia. …


Greens' Batman byelection review complete but withheld from candidate

An internal review of the Greens’ disastrous byelection loss in Batman has been delivered to dozens of party members.


The $225,000 campaign to dislodge Peter Dutton from Dickson

Anthony Smith is blunt in his explanation for why he wants his local MP Peter Dutton out of the parliament.<p>“I don’t like racism,” he told the Guardian. “I think some of the things he has said have crossed that line. The things he’s said about refugees, one of the most vulnerable groups in our …


Former Greens Senator Larissa Waters to return to parliament after colleague bows out

Former Queensland Greens senator Larissa Waters says she is “tickled pink” about returning to federal parliament after colleague 
Senator Andrew …


Poll tips Labor win in Darling Range

WA LABOR is on track to retain the seat of Darling Range in next Saturday’s by-election despite the scandal surrounding disgraced former MP Barry …


Malcolm Turnbull launches election blitz on 'Labor lies'

“We now treat every Labor lie, every single one, no matter how absurd, as something that has to be categorically rebutted every single time.”<p>Mr …


Larissa Waters will be first senator among section 44 casualties to return to parliament

Larissa Waters will become the first senator among the section 44 casualties to return to parliament, after Andrew Bartlett announced his resignation, setting the stage for the woman he replaced to return to the Senate.<p>Bartlett will stand down as the Greens senator for Queensland in August. He …


Howard backs Turnbull's fortunes as Liberal party votes to privatise ABC

The former prime minister John Howard says he senses “a clear mood change in the community”, with people turning back towards the Turnbull government, but pulling off a victory over Labor at the coming byelections would be “something approaching a political earthquake”.<p>Howard continued the theme of …


NSW sea sanctuaries stripped of half their top-level protection: NCC

“This decision is a blow for marine conservation and for coastal communities whose economies rely on marine parks and the presence of a healthy …


Weekend Washup: Your week in WA politics and power

Here's your Saturday snapshot of what's really going on in WA's corridors of power.


Greens' Andrew Bartlett to resign from Senate, paving way for Waters

Senator Bartlett, who represented Queensland in the Senate for more than a decade before losing his seat at the 2007 federal election, filled the …


Malcolm Turnbull's additional new task: managing Donald Trump

Two anti-immigration Norwegian politicians nominated US President Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize this week for taking "a huge and important …

North Korea

Dee Madigan refuses to delete 'toddler tantrum' tweet about LNP MP

The ad executive has been referred to the parliament's powerful ethics committee over tweet about the LNP's Jarrod Bleijie.


2018 Darling Range by-election - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A surprise victor at the 2017 state election, Labor turned Independent MP Barry Urban resigned from Parliament after it was revealed he had lied …