Federal Politics

Daniel Andrews attacks PM on plebiscite

Premier Daniel Andrews addresses the crowd at the Equal Love Rally in June.

Victorians do not want "a harmful public vote" on gay marriage, Premier Daniel Andrews has claimed in a strongly worded letter to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull calling for a free vote on equality.

Shorten announces new-look frontbench

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten announcing his shadow ministry in Canberra on Saturday.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has announced Labor's new-look frontbench, as he seeks to ramp up pressure on the Turnbull government in the next term of Parliament.

Bishop and Johnson meet in Washington

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson at Counter-ISIL Coalition Foreign and Defence ...

A possible free trade agreement between Britain and Australia has been raised at Foreign Minister Julie Bishop's first meeting with Boris Johnson since his shock appointment as Foreign Secretary.

How Hanson won the west

Pauline Hanson.

Pauline Hanson scored her greatest support in Sydney from voters in the western urban electorate of Lindsay.

Plibersek takes on education super-portfolio

Tanya Plibersek and leader Bill Shorten arrive for the Labor caucus meeting on Friday.

Deputy Labor Leader Tanya Plibersek is returning to the domestic political fray, taking on the role of shadow education minister in a reshaped Labor ministry that Opposition Bill Leader hopes will help oust the Coalition from government.

ABC cleared of 'anti-business' bias

Former ANZ bank boss Mike Smith says he has rethought his negative perceptions of the ABC.

The ABC has been cleared of systemic "anti-business" bias in a major review of its coverage, with former ANZ boss Mike Smith confessing he has rethought his negative perceptions of the broadcaster.

Dastyari on the power of being a show pony

Bill Shorten is expected to appoint Sam Dastyari Leader of Opposition Business in the Senate.

Seated next to Pauline Hanson on the Q&A panel on Monday night, Sam Dastyari decided not to ridicule or attack her. Instead he tried something different. He complimented her.

Support grows for HECS from the dead

The Turnbull government has called for submissions on the future of Australia's higher education system.

Support is growing for controversial changes to the repayment of university loans, with an influential group of universities throwing its support behind the collection of HECS debts from deceased estates.

Terror threat will force changes: PM

Malcolm Turnbull says changes may be needed for large public gatherings.

Malcolm Turnbull has flagged a rethink by security agencies of the design and protections in place at large public gatherings in the wake of last week's terror attack in Nice.

Labor Left splits, NSW Right rumbles

Kim Carr is ready to lead the creation of a new 'progressive' Left faction based in Victoria.

Labor's National Left faction is set to formally split and shadow minister Kim Carr is ready to lead the creation of a new "progressive" Left faction based in Victoria.