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.

Bronwyn Bishop’s offence is not so much that she is tribal or biased – for most speakers are. Her crime is that she is just not up to the job. And for this reason she must go.

The Political Weekly: The political fortunes of an MP, party or even a government, can change in the wink of an eye as Bill Shorten and Bronwyn Bishop learned this week.

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: As Bill Shorten’s very bad experience extended from a week to a fortnight and then more than a month, other politicians used the media’s focus on the Labor leader’s misfortune to avoid scrutiny.

The man who faced the royal commission into unions was confident and articulate. Who was he and what had Labor done with Bill Shorten?

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten might not have to be caught red-handed to be damaged by the union royal commission’s inquisition. If he slips up on a key detail, his party will lose whatever faith they still have in him.