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Alex Hawke.

NSW Liberals eye reforms to prevent another election debacle

The party is considering changes that will strip a high-powered position once occupied by Alex Hawke of the bulk of its decision-making powers.

  • Samantha Hutchinson
Labor’s economic team: Jim Chalmers, Andrew Leigh and Katy Gallagher.

Budget bottom line at risk of ‘$21.7b burden’

Labor’s crackdown on tax dodging will need to continue well into the decade or risk a deterioration in the budget bottom line, the Parliamentary Budget Office says.

  • Ronald Mizen
Climate 200 executive director Byron Fay says the group raised $13 million from 11,200 donors for the federal election.

Electoral spending reforms could kneecap teals: Climate 200 chief

Climate 200 executive director Byron Fay warned electoral spending caps could be used to limit the ability of teal candidates to campaign at the next election.

  • Georgie Moore

Here’s the real reason the Liberals lost the election

The lesson of the Morrison government’s election defeat is that caving to leftist positions might have changed the subject, but it didn’t win votes, writes this former senator and new The Australian Financial Review columnist.

  • Amanda Stoker

The little corner of WeChat holding out hope for a Frydenberg return

Should former treasurer Josh Frydenberg look to avenge his election loss in Kooyong, he could turn to WeChat to help build a supporter base.

  • Gus McCubbing
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June

Incoming crossbenchers Monique Ryan, Zoe Daniel, Kate Chaney, Kylea Tink, Dai Le, Libby Watson-Brown, Sophie Scamps and Allegra Spender arrive at Parliament House for the first time as MPs.

Taxpayers to save $7m a year from crossbench staff cuts

As newly elected MPs arrive in Canberra, some plan to speak to Anthony Albanese to urge him to reverse course on cutting MP staff numbers.

  • Andrew Tillett
Climate 200 founder Simon Holmes a Court.

Climate 200 faces donation hurdles in NSW, Victoria

State-based electoral laws which cap the size of donations and campaign expenditure will make it difficult for Climate 200 to bankroll candidates at state elections.

  • Samantha Hutchinson
OECD secretary-general Mathias Cormann is in a much happier place than his former home in the Western Australian Liberal Party.

Liberals look for love in all the wrong places

The party’s disastrous financial and political decline in Western Australia is just the most extreme example of its state-by-state fall from political grace.

  • Jennifer Hewett
Many readers appeared unimpressed with the RBA’s handling of monetary policy in the past 12 to 18 months.

AFR readers support RBA governor on 3.5pc wage growth guidance

Reserve Bank of Australia governor Philip Lowe is correct to say average wage rises should be at about 3.5 per cent, according to two in three surveyed readers of The Australian Financial Review.

  • Edmund Tadros
Zali Steggall says Anthony Albanese should rave less and start governing.

Albanese faces teal revolt over staff cuts

Zali Steggall says Scott Morrison treated the independents with more respect than Anthony Albanese.

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  • Phillip Coorey
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Independent candidate for Wentworth Allegra Spender with supporters.

Who drove the teal vote? It wasn’t unhappy Liberals, says survey

Teal voters were more likely to be Labor or Greens supporters, a new analysis says, portraying Morrison and Joyce as the most unpopular Coalition leaders since 1987.

  • Andrew Tillett
Melbourne real estate agent Ralph Babet has won Victoria’s final senate seat for Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party

Meet Clive Palmer’s $100m man

Melbourne real estate agent Ralph Babet has won Victoria’s final Senate seat, the lone United Australia Party to succeed at the May 21 election.

  • Andrew Tillett
Teal candidate Zoe Daniel beat incumbent Tim Wilson in the blue ribbon Liberal seat of Goldstein in Melbourne.

Lessons from an election

For the Liberals to recover and win government they must take back the Teal seats.

  • Tim Wilson
The 2022 election result rocked both major parties who will have to work hard to try to achieve a parliamentary majority at future polls.

How can the big parties win in 2025?

While Labor won power with party preferences last month, it’s hard to see how either Labor or the Coalition can win a Parliamentary majority at the 2025 election.

  • John Black
Scott Morrison.

Middle-aged and educated: the voters who cost Scott Morrison power

The Coalition lost a third of its support among voters under 55 or who had at least finished year 12, according to first major analysis of the federal election.

  • Andrew Tillett
It’s not that the politicians themselves are worse people than their predecessors such as Bob Hawke and John Howard.

Daily doom prompts politicians to promise miracles

No wonder we think governments aren’t as good as they used to be when hyperbolic media reporting about almost every event is fostering expectations that can never be met.

  • Alexander Downer
Australian Electoral Commissioner, Tom Rogers, in Sydney. 1st March 2019 Photo: Janie Barrett

How the AEC faced the online trolls and won

The Electoral Commission prepared for a social media onslaught by attacking first in an operation on the scale of setting up a Fortune 500 company in a month.

  • Tom McIlroy
Anthony Albanese wants his government top rapidly fulfil its election promises and then build an agenda for the next election.

Labor is planning to win next election off its own bat

Winning power with just 32.8 per cent of the primary vote was rather weird. But it leaves ample scope to build on and consolidate that support over the next three years.

  • Phillip Coorey
Scott Morrison promises his support for Malcolm Turnbull a few days before replacing him as prime minister in August, 2018.

Turnbull is the shadow figure in Morrison’s downfall

The 29th prime minister turned himself into a quasi opposition leader – and channelled wavering inner-city Liberals towards the independents, Labor and Greens.

  • Aaron Patrick
ALP National Secretary Paul Erickson says labor has plenty of scope to consolidate its hold on government

Tasmania, Queensland key to Labor consolidating power, says ALP boss

Labor boss Paul Erickson says New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern had shown a government could become more popular after being at first narrowly elected.

  • Phillip Coorey
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Rising power prices are driving interest in solar, according to retailers.

Renewables industry records post-election solar spike

Household solar providers are riding a post-election wave of demand.

  • Tom McIlroy
Andrew Constance has asked for a recount in Gilmore.

Electoral commission considers Constance request for recount

Andrew Constance said he was concerned with the scrutiny of informal votes in Gilmore, hours before the AEC was due to declare Labor’s Fiona Phillips the winner.

  • Michael Read
David Pocock

Wallabies great David Pocock wins ACT Senate seat

Pocock defeated Liberal Zed Seselja in an historic victory, ending the major party stranglehold on ACT Senate representation.

  • Tom McIlroy
Many readers appeared unimpressed with the RBA’s handling of monetary policy in the past 12 to 18 months.

Anthony Albanese ‘refreshing’ as prime minister, readers say

Anthony Albanese has had an impressive start to the top job, according to The Financial Review readers, with some describing his first weeks in office as refreshing.

  • Natasha Boddy
Prime Minister Scott Morrison appeared in good spirits in his Cook electorate.

Protest vote propelled independents over the line: new research

More than half of voters who supported independents at the election did so as a protest against a major party even though more than three-quarters of independent voters are convinced Labor will make Australia a better place.

  • Samantha Hutchinson