TIM COLEBATCH ANALYSIS If Bill Shorten takes on the job as opposition leader, a powerful hoodoo stands in his path to The Lodge.
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DANIEL HURST Clive Palmer splashed money on television advertisements during the pre-election blackout period, taking advantage of a loophole to continue to promote his brand.
ADRIAN LOWE UPDATE Former Victorian premier Steve Bracks has been sacked as consul-general in New York in a decision described as ''petty and vindictive'' by Labor.
Jonathan Swan and Dan Harrison Independent Senator Nick Xenophon says he will respect his new Senate colleagues despite their lack of experience but indicated support for reform of the voting system.
Comment & Analysis
TIM COLEBATCH Opinion Abbott will have to master the art of compromise because the government does not have a mandate to bully its policies through the senate.
GEORGE WILLIAMS Micro parties have enjoyed stunning success at the polls, but may never take their seats in the Senate.
PETER MARTIN To hear the leaders talk you would think Labor and the Coalition were miles apart.
Marilyn Lake Right to the end, Kevin Rudd refused to give credit for the former PM's achievements.
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 Tony Abbott's pledge to be the infrastructure PM will do wonders - if he can pull it off.
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MICHAEL HOPKIN When American football enthusiast Wayne Dropulich takes to the gridiron field, he plays in the defensive line – appropriately enough, given the approach the Senate hopeful takes during our interview.
GARETH HUTCHENS Big business groups have welcomed the federal Coalition's election victory, saying incoming prime minister Tony Abbott has won a "clear mandate for reform" that he must be allowed to fulfil.
JACOB SAULWICK Detailed plans for the WestConnex motorway will be revealed in weeks, with Tony Abbott's election victory delivering a swift $1.5 billion funding boost.
JOSH GORDON Victorian Premier Denis Napthine has declared Saturday's federal election result a vindication for the controversial project.
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David Humphries, Peter Martin The Australian Electoral Commission says we have "a choice of two methods" when voting for Senators on Saturday. Is this true?
PETER MARTIN Tony Abbott says the carbon price will hit an 'almost unimaginable' $350 a tonne by 2050. Is this true?
Jonathan Pearlman and Peter Martin Liberal candidate Fiona Scott blames asylum seekers for congestion in western Sydney. Is this true?
Relive all the defining moments from the 2013 election campaign in a photo montage by Simon Bosch.
Malcolm Turnbull has said Australia should switch to electronic voting at federal elections.
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.
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 explains how to prevent this happening.
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.
The Liberal Party had a secret campaign tool in the form of a narcissistic personality diagnosis of Kevin Rudd.
He made his name as Kevin Rudd's alter ego, now comedian Anthony Ackroyd has a new target.
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.
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.
Michael Gordon After a well-timed interval, insiders say former PM Kevin Rudd should go.
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