Hoodoo that stands between Shorten and prime ministership

If Bill Shorten takes on the job as opposition leader, a powerful hoodoo stands in his path to The Lodge. 



Bringing a barnyard of crossbenchers to heel


Tim Colebatch   Abbott will have to master the art of compromise because the government does not have a mandate to bully its policies through the senate.

Micro parties could party on if Abbott dissolves the problem

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George Williams   Micro parties have enjoyed stunning success at the polls, but may never take their seats in the Senate. It lies within the power of Australia's major parties to deny them this, and indeed any prospect that they will secure such a victory in the future.

Peter Martin

Credit where it's due for our economy


Peter Martin   To hear the leaders talk you would think Labor and the Coalition were miles apart.

Women's vote in play even after Gillard demise

Marilyn Lake

Marilyn Lake   Right to the end, Kevin Rudd refused to give credit for the former PM's achievements.

Detractors fail to recognise Abbott's astounding success

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Gerard Henderson   Last September, David Marr began his essay Political Animal with an unequivocal statement: "Australia doesn't want Tony Abbott. We never have."

Adele Ferguson

Mandate to perform a balancing act

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Adele Ferguson   Tony Abbott's pledge to be the infrastructure PM will do wonders - if he can pull it off.

Election 2013: Highs, lows and campaign kisses

Nada Makdessi requested a selfie with Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott at the conclusion of the People's Forum at the Rooty Hill RSL in Sydney on Wednesday 28 August 2013. Election 2013. Photo: Andrew Meares Click to play video

Relive all the defining moments from the 2013 election campaign in a photo montage by Simon Bosch.

Let's ditch the paper ballots and go electric: Malcolm Turnbull

Ballot paper.

Judith Ireland   The man likely to be the new communications minister has suggested Australia should consider a switch to electronic voting at federal elections in order to cut down on informal and fraudulent voting.

The Senate will come to order - or maybe not

Senate chamber in Canberra s Parliament House.

Jacqueline Maley   The Senate is an orderly place where wise backsides sit on claret-coloured benches and tend to important legislative matters. The undignified antics of the House of Representatives are not welcome in democracy's great red room, where speeches are measured, voting orderly, and attitudes as pompous as practicable.


Xenophon: no promises on carbon

Canberra: Opposition Leader Tony Abbott and Senator Nick Xenophon hold a joint doorstop at Parliament House today Thursday 31 May 2012. Photo by Penny Bradfield. Click to play video

Powerful Senator Nick Xenophon slams the Abbott government's direct action carbon plan as 'clunky and inefficient', saying he wants talks to fix it before he will commit to scrapping the carbon tax.

How will micro-parties affect the Senate?

George WIlliams Click to play video

The large number of micro-parties in the Senate mean we may be headed toward a double dissolution election faster than we thought. Professor George Williams from the Gilbert and Tobin Centre of Public Law, explains how to prevent this happening.

'I'm not going to sit back'

Jacquie Lambie Click to play video

In an interview during the election campaign Jacquie Lambie from the Palmer United Party set out the way she'd approach the job if she got into the Senate, as she now has.

'Grandiose narcissist': The secret diagnosis that helped bring down Kevin Rudd

Kevin Rudd

The Liberal Party had a secret campaign tool in the form of a personality diagnosis of Kevin Rudd which found him suffering from a disorder known as 'grandiose narcissism', writes The Australian Financial Review's Pamela Williams.

And the Rudd goes on....?

Guess who Anthony Ackroyd will parody next (Thumbnail) Click to play video

He made his name as Kevin Rudd's alter ego, now comedian Anthony Ackroyd has a new target.

Nash puts her hand up

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Fiona Nash says she will put her hand up for the Nationals senate leadership, hosing down rumours of rumblings within the Coalition ranks over regional issues.

Pratt: senate voting 'undemocratic'

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Labor's Louise Pratt stands to lose her senate spot as microparties emerge victorious in WA. She defends Rudd's choice to stay in Parliament, but calls for leadership renewal.

This party's over Kevin Rudd

A Kevin Rudd poster remains at the empty ALP Election night function at 11.17pm in Brisbane on 7 August 2013 Election 2013 Photo: Andrew Meares

Michael Gordon   After a well-timed interval, insiders say the former PM should go, writes Michael Gordon

Election cartoons

Andrew Dyson Click for more photos

The election campaign as seen through the eyes of Fairfax's stable of award-winning cartoonists