Federal Politics

Heath Aston

Heath Aston is a political reporter in the Canberra bureau. Most recently Health was the state political editor for the Sun-Herald. Before joining the NSW press gallery he worked for newspapers in Sydney and London.

Tanya Plibersek and leader Bill Shorten arrive for the Labor caucus meeting on Friday.

Plibersek takes on education super-portfolio

Deputy Labor Leader Tanya Plibersek is returning to the domestic political fray, taking on the role of shadow education minister in a reshaped Labor ministry that Opposition Bill Leader hopes will help oust the Coalition from government.

Malcolm Turnbull says changes may be needed for large public gatherings.

Poll questions level of plebiscite support

Less than half of Australians want a plebiscite on same-sex marriage, a national poll has found, with support for a national vote plummeting once voters are aware that the Turnbull Government's proposal will cost $160 million but not compel members of parliament to respect the result.

While Labor placed Lisa Singh sixth on their Senate ticket, her personal vote was emphatic.

Tasmanians teach ALP factions a lesson

People power has trumped ALP factional power, with Lisa Singh now all but certain to be re-elected from the "unwinnable" sixth spot on Labor's ticket in Tasmania.

Legal action ... Dame Carol Kidu in a scene from the original version of <i>The Opposition</i>.

Australian-born PNG politician fails to block doco

A documentary about the forced eviction of 3000 squatters from a shanty town in Port Moresby can be shown after a court threw out a legal challenge by one of the film's central figures, Dame Carol Kidu, the Australia-born former opposition leader of Papua New Guinea .

Tanya Plibersek, a former health minister under Julia Gillard, is being urged to return to the battleground as shadow ...

Plibersek urged to return to health role

Tanya Plibersek is being urged by some colleagues to step back into the critical health portfolio as Labor's stronger than expected election performance forces Bill Shorten to grapple with a generational reshuffle to take on the new Turnbull Government.