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Should Labor jump to new generation leader?

Labor’s regrouping will involve both a new leader and repositioning on policy, writes MICHELLE GRATTAN.

Hawke, the cartoonist’s dream

Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke died yesterday. He was 89. "CityNews" cartoonist PAUL DORIN remembers a man he could draw with his eyes closed.

Bob Hawke, a giant of political and industrial history

If Bob Hawke had never become prime minister, he would still be recalled as a major figure in Australian political and industrial history, writes FRANK BONGIORNO.

Bill channels Gough in hope that his time is coming

At the end of what’s been for him a testing campaign, Bill Shorten chose to go to Blacktown, to the hall where Gough Whitlam nearly half a century ago delivered his famous “It’s Time” election speech, writes MICHELLE GRATTAN.

Cartoon / Dose of Dorin

Another cartoon from the wry eye of PAUL DORIN.

Woden is being transformed, but into what?

"What the Woden Valley community needs is a champion to work with the residents' groups to stop the central Woden precinct becoming a high-rise and very unfriendly jungle," writes PAUL COSTIGAN

Who the bloody hell is Scott Morrison?

Against the odds, Scott Morrison wants to be returned as prime minister. But who the bloody hell is he? asks MICHELLE GRATTAN.
Tony Abbott

‘Soft’ voters in Warringah expect Abbott to win

Just two elections ago Tony Abbott was headed for the prime ministership. Now he’s desperately trying to survive in his own seat, writes MICHELLE GRATTAN.

Pollies take a new look at babies

“Members of the Standing Committee will need the wisdom of Solomon to sort out the issues and bring improvements for expectant mothers,” writes MICHAEL MOORE.

Cartoon / Dose of Dorin

Cartoonist PAUL DORIN is on the home run to the election...

Shorten’s ratings rise as Labor holds its lead in Newspoll

AS the campaign enters its last days, Newspoll in the Australian shows Labor maintaining its 51-49 per cent lead, while Bill Shorten has closed in on Scott Morrison as better prime minister, writes MICHELLE GRATTAN.

It’s time to stop the ‘ridiculous’ rite of pre-polling

Volunteer GREG CORNWELL is grumpy about the “ridiculous” rite of pre-polling.

Third debate reveals more about the leaders

Two moments stood out in Wednesday night’s debate, which substantially canvassed issues that have been chewed over endlessly through the campaign, writes MICHELLE GRATTAN.

Shorten turns Daily Telegraph sledge to advantage

NEWS Corp outlets have been mostly unrelentingly anti-Bill Shorten and Labor during this campaign. They rarely let up. But today’s Daily Telegraph story with the...

Greens fail to protect the local greenery

"There’s a climate emergency happening right here under the auspices of this ACT Labor/Greens coalition government," writes JON STANHOPE.

If you can’t stand ’em, just leave a blank space!

"You have the power to choose who you think will be the best representatives and senators, and leave blank spots next to those you don’t want," writes political columnist MICHAEL MOORE.

Visionless leaders have made for a dreary campaign

There has been precious little wit since in the procedural campaign dirge rolled out on either side, writes MARK KENNY.

Cartoon / Dose of Dorin

Cartoonist PAUL DORIN characterises some voters’ dilemma.

Lots of ministry spots to fill if Morrison wins

Jumping beyond May 18, we know a good deal more about how a Shorten government ministry would look than the shape of a re-elected Morrison government, writes MICHELLE GRATTAN.

Absent Zed the butt of meeting’s jokes

Where’s Zed? PAUL COSTIGAN went to a “politics in the pub” sessions to hear from candidates in the upcoming election, but there was no Senator Seselja.

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