After the shock loss at the federal election, Labor is running scared. But backing away from a progressive tax agenda is a mistake.
Beneath Labor's obvious struggles is an even bigger mess of factional warfare. Since Shorten went and lost the election, things have started to come apart fast.
Good morning, early birds. Labor's new post-election frontbench has made its debut, and the government pushes Solomon Island investments in a bid to ward off China's Pacific growth. It's the news you need to know, with Rachel Withers.
Good morning, early birds. Anthony Albanese's new Labor leadership team has made its debut, and not everyone is happy with the Fair Work Commission's minimum wage increase. It's the news you need to know, with Rachel Withers.
Labor needs to aim for a landslide to even get a rockfall. And some sort of narrative, no matter how minimal, has to be found.
Searching for answers to its defeat, Labor has resigned itself to weeks, or months, of showing its ugliest side to the public.
A rightward or centre shift wouldn't have helped Labor win this election, and it won't help it win the next one. If the party wants to survive it needs to tell a bold story, not a cautionary tale.
Crikey readers discuss Labor's election platform, the problems in Queensland and the role of the media.