Federal Politics

Mark Kenny

Mark Kenny is Fairfax Media's national affairs editor. A director of the National Press Club, he regularly appears on the ABC's Insiders, Sky News Agenda, and Ten's Meet the Press. He has reported from Canberra under three prime ministers and several opposition leaders.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull: Problems threaten to dog him to the next election.

Right voice, wrong answer

There is a growing sense around the halls of power that Malcolm Turnbull is finally starting to get somewhere, writes Mark Kenny.

Landmark deal: Australian beef producers have been given unfettered access to the Chinese domestic market for the first time.

Beef breakthrough as China insists its regional intentions are peaceful

Local beef producers have won unfettered access to the giant Chinese domestic market for the first time, in a commercial breakthrough that gives Australia a unique level of entree denied to all other countries until now. But the resolution of Australia's beef over beef exports came with a gentle reminder to Canberra, and other regional neighbours, that China will not back down on the South China Sea and regards its outposts in international waters as its sovereign territory.

Premier of South Australiia Jay Weatherill has a reputation for bold and often unorthodox policy solutions.

Political force with uncommon gentleness

Politicians normally avoid airing their dirty linen in public but for Australia's longest governing leader, it was actually a laundry incident that nearly brought him undone.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.

Shorten needs union law breakers like a hole in the head

Just as dwindling unions and, by association, their parliamentary champions, were thrown a lifeline by the prospect of a WorkChoices-style campaign to protect weekend penalty rates, a union leader reminds voters what they hated about the old model of industrial relations: strikes, intimidation, and belligerent lawlessness.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks to the media at Parliament House ahead of a meeting with gas executives on Wednesday.

Real Malcolm muscles up on gas

Perhaps voters are more awake to it after the bizarre "real Julia" declaration, but when a leader suddenly promises "leadership," it grates.