Topic archives: federal labor

Now Joyce is gone, Labor can run amok. Banking royal commission anyone?

October 30, 2017 6

Now that the government has lost a vote in the House of Representatives, are we going to see that banking royal commission that Labor and the crossbench have been pushing so hard for?

Chris Bowen delivers the best speech on Asia since Keating

October 3, 2017 3

In a speech to the Asia Society, Chris Bowen has delivered an honest and forthright assessment of where we stand right now with our nearest and most important neighbours.

Government’s focus on Shorten missing the target and missing the point

August 24, 2017 21

The government continues to focus on demonising Bill Shorten when it should be trying to convince voters it is focused on issues of concern to the electorate.

Hinch’s Senate Diary: up to six Labor senators will vote no to marriage equality

August 23, 2017 12

Behind the scene Senate dealings lead me to believe there are those in the Labor camp who would vote No on same-sex marriage, writes Derryn Hinch, but why do they refuse to say so?

Stability? Shorten throws an uneasy Labor pact into chaos

October 21, 2016 3

The Victorian stability pact has prevented outright war in Labor. Bill Shorten has unbalanced it, writes Labor insider Ben Chiefly .

Welcome to Australia in 2014, an all-Coalition country

Welcome to Australia in 2014, an all-Coalition country

November 20, 2013 1

It's likely that the Coalition will hold a near-clean sweep of state governments next year. Crikey hits the archives to ask if this will pose a problem for Tony Abbott.

Ladies’ choice: secret Labor doc shows affirmative action gains

Ladies’ choice: secret Labor doc shows affirmative action gains

November 7, 2013

The Victorian branch of the ALP is still falling behind the national target when it comes to female representation, but with fewer men being elected this time around, gains are being made.

Labor’s moral victory

September 16, 2013 1

Crikey writers talk Bandt's Greenstown, how western Sydney was saved and what's to like about Labor.

The landslide that wasn’t: how Labor kept its Sydney heartland

The landslide that wasn’t: how Labor kept its Sydney heartland

September 13, 2013 10

The polls pointed to a landslide to the Liberals in Sydney, but Labor managed to retain its base. How did they do it, and how did the polls get it so wrong? Crikey intern Angelo Risso reports.

Don’t blame Abbott — the Left loves to lose

September 11, 2013 19

Progressives need to be aware that this is a long game, and while the conservatives have won the battle, it's progressives who always win the war.

Rundle mythbusts Abbott’s victory

Rundle mythbusts Abbott’s victory

September 10, 2013 75

It was a landslide! Tony Abbott has a mandate! The result was a repudiation of Labor's dysfunction! Wrong, wrong and wrong. Crikey takes you through why Abbott's victory is not what you think.

Lazy voters + broken system = sport, motoring lobbies in Senate

Lazy voters + broken system = sport, motoring lobbies in Senate

September 9, 2013 40

Almost a quarter of Australians voted for small parties in the Senate this time around, and the bizarre flow of preferences has elected very strange micro-parties. Here's the state of play.

Disunity was death for a government with a strong record

Disunity was death for a government with a strong record

September 8, 2013 28

Labor managed the economy well and achieved significant reforms, but ultimately simply couldn't govern itself. Voters were always going to punish them for it.

Poll Bludger: what role the minor parties could play tomorrow

Poll Bludger: what role the minor parties could play tomorrow

September 6, 2013 8

Plenty of people have dismissed the Palmer United Party as a rich man's ego trip, but its potential for disruption shouldn't be underestimated.

Why neither major party is addressing indigenous poverty

Why neither major party is addressing indigenous poverty

September 6, 2013

Despit the epidemic of indigenous poverty, neither major party has a comprehensive policy to address it. Jon Altman, professor at ANU's Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, says only the Greens have a different approach.

A sting in the tail for the winner of Longman

A sting in the tail for the winner of Longman

September 5, 2013 2

Freelance journalist James Rose visits the Queensland seat of Longman and finds that whether pint-sized MP Wyatt Roy holds on or not, victory might not be all it's cracked up to be.

Million-dollar snafu as parties distribute illegal HTVs

Million-dollar snafu as parties distribute illegal HTVs

September 3, 2013 1

Labor, Liberals, the Greens and the Sex Party have all been caught out by new rules on how-to-vote cards, with all parties incorrectly formatting some of their cards. It could be a costly mistake.

Crikey losing its way but for Keane’s moral compass

August 28, 2013 2

Crikey readers talk the problem with the major parties and surveillance state.

The case for why Australians should pay even more tax

The case for why Australians should pay even more tax

August 26, 2013 14

Australia can have low taxes and balanced budgets, or balanced budgets and high-quality public services, but not all three, write Centre for Policy Development fellows Miriam Lyons, Shaun Wilson, Adam Stebbing and Adrian March.

Foreign aid policy head-to-head: what would the Coalition do?

Foreign aid policy head-to-head: what would the Coalition do?

August 23, 2013 1

What would a Coalition government do with Australia's foreign aid? Associate Director Robin Davies of ANU's Development Policy Centre has examined both sides to compile an election policy brief.