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'World War III': Downer and Wilson battle it out to replace Andrew Robb

Adam Gartrell, Richard Willingham and Mark Kenny The race to replace outgoing Trade Minister Andrew Robb in his blue-ribbon Liberal seat "will be World War III" as frontrunners Georgina Downer and Tim Wilson and a swath of other contenders battle...

Labor's affirmative action laws invoked in messy preselection fight for Wills

Meghan Hopper has invoked Bill Shorten's support for women in the fight over a Victorian seat.

Richard Willingham Labor's affirmative action laws have been invoked in the battle for the prized preselection in the seat of Wills.

Former Rudd adviser Peter Khalil scores important first win in battle for Wills

Peter Khalil won 224 primary votes from almost 700 cast by local rank and file members.

Richard Willingham, State Political Correspondent A former security adviser to prime minister Kevin Rudd and multicultural commissioner for Victoria has won the crucial first round of Labor's hotly contested preselection for the federal seat of...

Liberals eye Labor marginals after Turnbull ascendancy

Will Bill Shorten see a direct challenge or come under pressure from senior party figures to stand down in the wake of Turnbull's rise to the prime ministership?

Josh Gordon, Richard Willingham The Liberal Party has set its sights on the federal Labor seats of Chisholm and Bruce, claiming Bill Shorten is now weighing on Labor's Victorian vote almost as heavily as Tony Abbott did for the...

Labor preselection: Wills gets dirty for the ALP

Peter Khalil was 'very disappointed' by the dirt sheet, said a source close to him.

Richard Willingham, State Political Correspondent The frontrunner for the prized Labor preselection in Wills has been targeted for his involvement in Iraq, as the bitter battle for the seat intensifies.

Commissioner Tim Wilson rules out tilt at Liberal Senate spot

Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson will not seek Liberal preselection in Victoria.

Richard Willingham, State Political Correspondent Freedom and Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson will not seek preselection on the Liberal Party's Victorian Senate ticket. 

Former speaker Anna Burke to quit politics

Former speaker Anna Burke during question time in 2013.

Lisa Cox, Richard Willingham Labor MP and former speaker Anna Burke has announced she is quitting politics at the next election after 17 years in Parliament.

Australian National Accounts: Victoria on top as fastest-growing eastern state

Victoria's Treasurer,  Tim Pallas, says the news showed confidence had returned after years of economic inertia.

Peter Martin and Richard Willingham Victoria has become the fastest-growing economy on the eastern-seaboard, overtaking NSW for the first time since 2008.

Labor looking for TV celebrities as battle for Wills heats up

Former Ten newsreader Helen Kapalos

Ben Schneiders, Royce Millar and Richard Willingham Labor factional chiefs are sounding out non-ALP media celebrities as possible preselection candidates amid a frenzy of manoeuvring for the high profile seat of Wills in Melbourne's north west

Gambling credit still available to punters despite Coalition pledge to ban it

Bookies are still able to offer credit to punters, despite a Coalition pledge to ban it.

Richard Willingham, State Political Correspondent Online bookmakers are still offering thousands of dollars in credit to punters more than two years after the federal Coalition promised to ban the practice.

Fairfax-Ipsos poll: Victorians shift to Malcolm Turnbull's Coalition in droves


Richard Willingham, State Political Correspondent Victorians have welcomed Malcolm Turnbull's rise to Prime Minister with enthusiasm, with the new PM prompting an 11-point turn around in Coalition fortunes in the state.

Terror-related evidence could be kept from 'control order' subjects

Attorney-General George Brandis said the use of control orders against teens would be

David Wroe, Richard Willingham Australians subjected to "control orders" on terrorism grounds – which can restrict their movements and communications – could be denied access to some of the evidence against them for...

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'Good to see you, Tony': Bill Shorten finds his zinger

Mr Shorten leant over the science prop, shaking the bony character's hand, laughing.

Richard Willingham, State Political Correspondent Who said Bill Shorten could not deliver the one-liners?

NSW rejects call by Labor states to remove GST from tampons

Joe Hockey

Richard Willingham The NSW government appears to have killed off any chance the GST will be removed from tampons saying it will not support a move by other states for sanitary products to be GST-free.

Former Labor minister Martin Ferguson cleared by ALP tribunal

Martin Ferguson has escaped an expulsion motion from the ALP

Richard Willingham, State Political Correspondent Former federal Labor minister Martin Ferguson has avoided expulsion from the ALP, following a push from unions to have him kicked out for alleged disloyalty and criticising the party.

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Royal commission: Who is Lance Wilson?

Lance Wilson.

Richard Willingham Lance Wilson, the man whose employment was pivotal to the royal commission line of questioning to Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, has already given private evidence to the investigation into trade...

Fairfax/Ipsos poll: Support for the Greens surges to 16 per cent of voters

Greens leader Senator Richard Di Natale with his co-deputies, Senators Larissa Waters and Scott Ludlam.

Richard Willingham, State Political Correspondent The elevation of Richard Di Natale to Greens leader and voter dissatisfaction with the major parties has seen the Greens primary vote surge, according to the latest Fairfax/Ipsos poll.

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Malcolm Turnbull declines invitation to appear on Q&A on Monday

Malcom Turnbull

Richard Willingham, Latika Bourke Malcolm Turnbull has rejected an invitation from the ABC to appear on Q&A, following Alan Tudge's decision to pull out of Monday's program.

Sophie Mirabella wins Liberal preselection for the seat of Indi

Former federal MP Sophie Mirabella is attempting to rejoin Parliament.

Richard Willingham Sophie Mirabella's political resurrection has passed the first major hurdle, winning Liberal preselection for the next federal election.

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Victorian Liberal Party uses terror threat to raise funds for Tony Abbott

Liberal party members received the call for donations.

Richard Willingham and James Massola The threat of terrorism is being used by the Liberal Party in a bid to generate donations from its party members ahead of the next election.