Labor and the Government are locked in an arm wrestle over Dyson Heydon and the union royal commission that will define their election strategies.
The Political Weekly: The week may have commenced with the opposition feeling chuffed about having brought down Bronwyn Bishop, but by week’s end Labor was becoming increasingly anxious about the media witch-hunt it had unleashed.
The Political Weekly: The PM can’t shake Choppergate, while Labor continues to refuse to implode, rather unhelpfully.
As the Labor left discovered at the party’s conference this weekend, it’s much easier to advance progressive policies while in a successful government than it is in a barely-trusted opposition.
The Political Weekly: Tony Abbott knew a big story was just around the corner. All he had to do was wait.
If Labor gets its boats policy wrong, there is one party waiting to scoop up the unhappy voters, and it’s not led by Tony Abbott.
Securing a second term in power won’t be easy for an unpopular PM, but as in life, timing is everything. These are the reasons for an against and early poll.
The Political Weekly: There were few winners in politics this week, but the Treasurer was definitely one of them.
The Political Weekly: The Opposition has the week from Hell while the PM looks to turn back the Turnbulls.
In the absence of a compelling leader or a sufficiently self-destructive government, Labor is now taking the only option left to make itself competitive at the next election – policy differentiation.