The House of Representatives crossbench will have its work cut out to make a dent on the major parties. Who are the MPs filling out the ranks?
In a year in which the political class has failed to address the disaffection and contempt so many voters have for our political system, Bill Shorten has been far and away the most effective politician.
Good morning, early birds. An internal Woolworths document shows how staff encourage pokie machine use. Plus, texts from the disgraced head of Border Force to his girlfriend have emerged. It's the news you need to know with Max Chalmers.
What follows is a transcript of part of the exchange between reformed pokies addict Anna Bardsley and the Crown board.
Good morning, early birds. The rollout of the NDIS is lagging, with an estimated $1.2 billion needed to bring things up to speed. Plus, Malcolm Turnbull's national energy guarantee is starting to look suspiciously like an emissions trading scheme. It's the news you need to know, with Max Chalmers.
Wood bankrolls Windsor ... jobs for the boys ... little ditty, about Rod and Pauline ...
Former Centrelink clients are being harassed for made-up debts from six years ago.