Bill Shorten

Arrivederci Holden, the factory that fed my family

When Holden closes at Elizabeth on October 20, so too will the era of car manufacturing in Australia. The industry was a huge employer of post-war …

Australian Labor Party

Labor could back Malcolm Turnbull's energy plan

Federal Labor has pointedly left open supporting Malcolm Turnbull's "game-changing" energy reliability package despite launching a spirited …


Craving silence

“I can’t say how disappointed I am that rather than talking about the substance of the policy, I'm sitting here with you on <i>AM</i> and you are attacking …

Australian Labor Party

National energy guarantee would cut 6 per cent off power bills in best scenario

Even the best energy policy will do little to reduce costs for consumers, experts have warned, as the Turnbull government resists pressure to release …

Australian News

Turnbull faces resistance from Labor states over energy plan

Malcolm Turnbull is pressuring Labor state governments to rubber-stamp the Coalition's new energy policy, which will end subsidies for renewable …


Major changes ahead for disability support

People with disabilities will be given a single point-of-contact and more face-to-face meetings under major changes being tested in a national pilot.

Australian Labor Party

Energy battle turns to the states, as the sell heats up – politics live

Having won over the party room (for now), the Coalition is preparing to take on the states to get backing for its new energy plan. Meanwhile the yes campaign has a commanding lead among those who have already voted in the same-sex marriage postal survey. Follow the day’s events here


Labor, states query Turnbull energy plan Yahoo7 News

Labor has signalled it could support the Turnbull government's national energy guarantee but has serious doubts about promises on power price and …

Australian News

Question time in federal parliament



Billson did nothing wrong — under our hopeless lobbying laws, that is

Our light-touch rules on MPs and lobbying are a relic from an age before politics was professional and lobbying was big business. The post Billson …

Australian News

Declaring victory

Today the nation got a new energy policy, and the word on everyone’s lips was “certainty”. You heard it from Malcolm Turnbull. You heard it from his …


Live: Malcolm Turnbull unveils the government's new energy policy

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Coalition flounders in Newspoll, trailing for 21st time in a row

Survey puts Malcolm Turnbull under more pressure internally as Labor leads 54% to 46% on two-party-preferred terms<p>Malcolm Turnbull enters a new parliamentary fortnight with his government behind in the Newspoll for the 21st time in a row.<p>It’s set to be a critical week for the prime minister as the …

Malcolm Turnbull

Bill Shorten tries to deflect criticism over Labor MP Michael Danby

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has tried to shut down controversy over Victorian MP Michael Danby following revelations the backbencher skipped …

Australian News

Turnbull's ratings fall in another bad Newspoll

The Coalition is trailing in its 21st consecutive Newspoll, with Labor maintaining its two-party lead of 54-46% and Malcolm Turnbull suffering a …

Nick Xenophon Team

ALP review didn't blame Shorten: president

Labor's federal president says the review of the party's 2016 election campaign did not make a finding Bill Shorten's unpopularity hindered the …

Australian Labor Party

Shorten promises $1 billion fund to finance manufacturing enterprises

Bill Shorten is promising that a Labor government would set up a A$1 billion fund to assist “advanced manufacturing”.<p>Modelled on the Clean Energy …


'This is not just about being nice to gay people' - Abbott on same-sex marriage

"If you think that marriage is about respect for woman and nurturing children you should vote 'No,'" Tony Abbott tells <b>SBS Amharic</b>.<p>"If you are worried …

Prime Minister of Australia

Shorten promises Perth train line

Opposition leader Bill Shorten has promised $700 million for a Perth train line if Labor wins the next federal election, but has continued to dodge …

Australian Labor Party

$700m pledge to build Ellenbrook rail line

FEDERAL Labor will spend $700m to build the stalled rail line to Ellenbrook as it sharpens its strategy to win over WA voters and unseat one of the …

Australian Labor Party

Federal Labor government would create $1b fund to boost manufacturing industry

Australian manufacturing businesses will have access to a new $1-billion fund if Labor wins the next election.<p>The party will today announce plans for …

Australian News

Ellenbrook residents won't top up SmartRiders after Shorten's $700m rail pledge

Long-suffering Ellenbrook residents will be rushing to top up their Smartriders on Friday morning with the news the federal Labor is going to pledge …

Australian Labor Party

Fact check: Will Australia be uncompetitive on company tax if the Government's reforms fail? - Fact Check - ABC News

In recent weeks, the Government has sought to turn the focus of the political debate onto the economy.<p>In a doorstop interview, Treasurer Scott …


'We are backing Australian manufacturing': Labor promises $1 billion future fund

Labor will create a $1 billion advanced manufacturing fund to back Australian industries and business if it wins the next federal election.<p>Opposition …

Australian News

Labor pushes for new construction licences to improve fire safety

Opposition pledges to bring in penalties and licensing on top of earlier commitment to ban flammable cladding<p>Labor will create a national licensing scheme for builders and installers, and a new penalties regime for people who breach the national construction code, as part of efforts to boost fire …

Australian Labor Party

PM, don't waste energy on ignorant muppets

Donald Trump's election gave the green light to a new era of ignorance.


Fighter jet data hacker unknown: minister

The federal government admits it still doesn't know who managed to hack top secret technical information about new fighter jet and navy vessels more …


Bill Shorten: Australia in danger of having growth without prosperity

Labor leader says in past 10 years real labour productivity grew by 20% while real wages grew by 6%<p>The Labor leader Bill Shorten says Australia is in danger of having growth without prosperity and that workers need a pay increase for the sake of the economy.<p>Shorten used a speech to the John Curtin …


Are war and terror the last hope for a revival of Turnbull’s government?

Political polling has become a pretty boring business of late. Tony Abbott’s ongoing insurgency aside, the Australian Labor party’s command in all …

Middle East

'Australians need a pay rise': Bill Shorten calls for grand bargain on wages

Unions, business and the federal Parliament should come together and strike a "radical" grand bargain that would deliver a much-needed pay rise for …

Social Justice