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.

Jim Chalmers has enjoyed a rapid rise through the ranks.

Shorten may be plotting larger reshuffle

Labor leader Bill Shorten may be planning larger than expected changes to his frontbench, with rising star Jim Chalmers in the running to move into shadow cabinet.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull addresses the media during a press conference announcing ministerial arrangements.

Turnbull snubs conservatives, rewards backers

Malcolm Turnbull has snubbed conservative MPs pushing for promotion, stripped two female cabinet ministers of portfolio responsibilities and rewarded key supporters and the National Party in a larger than expected reshuffle.

PM Malcolm Turnbull faces his first party room meeting after the election on Monday.

Turnbull to reshuffle frontbench

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will unveil a reshuffled front bench on Monday afternoon that boosts the number of Nationals MPs in the ministry and is tipped to promote younger conservative talent.

Pauline Hanson says she wants briefings before she makes up her mind.

ABCC hopes rise as PM wins his majority

Coalition hopes are rising that it will be able to claim the votes needed to re-establish the construction watchdog and set up a Registered Organisations commission, with senator-elect Pauline Hanson and her two colleagues likely to have a key say in deciding the fate of the laws.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull faces a fierce fight in the Senate to pass key elements of his budget.

Turnbull will form government

Malcolm Turnbull is certain to form government, but it will be days before it is clear if the prime minister will have to rely on the cross bench to prop up the Coalition.