Jacqui Lambie and the Palmer United Party have called it quits, but will she be allowed to stay in the Senate as an independent? Crikey intern Diana Hodgetts investigates.
South Australia is in flux. Labor will lose power; the mining boom is ending; Holden is leaving. There's a new coterie of power players making their mark. Here's who you should keep an eye on.
Crikey asked three female former politicians for their take on women in politics and whether anything has changed.
Eight years ago, former senator Natasha Stott Despoja proposed paid parental leave and was met with opposition from both sides. Times are a-changing, but not quick enough.
Australia's needs a credible third political force to keep our mistake-making major parties in check, just like Nick Clegg is proving to be in the UK election, says former Democrats senator Natasha Stott Despoja.
Publicly attacking Senators who block government plans is a fairly novel way of winning their support, when all they need is a bit of charming, explains former senator Natasha Stott Despoja.
One look at new NSW Premier Kristina Keneally and 'same horse, different jockey' comes to mind: no policy changes, just a more friendly media face. No matter who leads it, the NSW ALP is heading for annihilation, says Andrew Clennell.
Joe Hockey was drafted to run as Liberal leader before he was ready. Just because you can win it, doesn't mean you should run, writes Natasha Stott Despoja, reflecting back on her own Democrats experience.