Federal Politics

Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon is the political editor of The Age.

Illustration: Jim Pavlidis

Coalition, Hawks - nothing in common

Let's rewind the clock. It's the Tuesday before polling day and Tony Nutt, Malcolm Turnbull's campaign director, rings his Labor counterpart with an offer George Wright could not refuse: a final leaders' debate on prime time TV.

Michael Gordon

Morrison, Bishop hobble PM's mea culpa

Listen to Scott Morrison and Julie Bishop and the explanation for the Coalition's disastrous election result is all down to Labor telling a lie about Medicare and the gullible voters falling for it.

superannuation

Turnbull faces superannuation backlash

Malcolm Turnbull is coming under massive pressure from within to recast the superannuation changes he took to the election amid widespread anger and despair in Liberal ranks over his election campaign.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and wife Lucy after casting their votes in Sydney on Saturday.

Worst kind of victory looms for Turnbull

Malcolm Turnbull is facing the worst kind of win, where the Coalition is returned with the most seats, but his authority is weakened, his internal critics are emboldened and his agenda is imperilled.

Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten

Will Malcolm and Bill survive?

For Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten, the size of the win or loss will determine whether they are secure in their positions and shape the Australian political landscape for the next 12 months and beyond.

The Turnbull government will windback superannuation concessions for high-income earners.

One of the most engrossing of counts

 Australians overwhelmingly expect Malcolm Turnbull to prevail in Saturday's election, but appear determined to give him a nervous night and an unconvincing victory.

Michael Gordon

Turnbull’s worst nightmare

Malcolm Turnbull has launched a revamped three-word slogan, amid Coalition fears that Australia could sleepwalk into a hung Parliament.