Federal Politics

James Massola

James Massola is chief political reporter in the Canberra bureau. He was a Walkley finalist in 2015 and has worked in the federal press gallery for eight years, including stints for The Australian Financial Review and The Australian before joining the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

Dr Chalmers says the fall in wages and living standards has lead to the rise in politicians such as Donald Trump.

The real reason politics has 'gone mad'

Politics has "gone mad", and Australian politicians shouldn't blame a rising tide of anti-Muslim sentiment or opposition to multiculturalism as the main reason, says Labor's finance spokesman.

Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen says, 'calmly and soberly', that housing affordability is at 'crisis levels'.

Bowen's blunt housing crisis prediction

Australia has become "a nation that can no longer house its own children", Labor treasury spokesman Chris Bowen says, with soaring prices cutting young people out of the housing market and affordability in crisis.