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‘Recent phenomenon’: Albanese doubles down on cuts to crossbench staff numbers

‘Recent phenomenon’: Albanese doubles down on cuts to crossbench staff numbers

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese says it isn’t the case that crossbench politicians have to do more work than major party backbenchers and so need more staff.

  • by Katina Curtis

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Furious crossbench senators threaten to vote against Labor legislation after staff cuts

Furious crossbench senators threaten to vote against Labor legislation after staff cuts

Two key Senate crossbenchers are threatening to vote against government legislation after the prime minister slashed the number of advisers they will have in the new parliament.

  • by James Massola
First misstep? Albanese infuriates the new crossbench he will need to pass laws
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First misstep? Albanese infuriates the new crossbench he will need to pass laws

Anthony Albanese led negotiations with the crossbench between 2010 and 2013. Now he’s thumbed his nose at the new batch of independents, some of whom he will need to pass laws.

  • by James Massola
Who’s in the mix for cabinet?

Who’s in the mix for cabinet?

The Labor caucus will meet at the weekend and is expected to announce its new ministers on Monday. So, who’s in the mix for promotion?

  • by Bianca Hall
Make or brake: The critical test for Albanese’s manufacturing vision

Make or brake: The critical test for Albanese’s manufacturing vision

Anthony Albanese has pledged to lead a manufacturing nation. That could be costly and risky, but so could neglecting the challenge.

  • by David Crowe
‘The Liberal Party can’t exist for itself’: Constance on life after politics

‘The Liberal Party can’t exist for itself’: Constance on life after politics

Despite losing the seat of Gilmore, Andrew Constance hasn’t ruled out another tilt at Canberra, although he says the troubled NSW division of the party needs to find its way or face irrelevance.

  • by Alexandra Smith
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‘Slow and careful’: Four weeks in and no major hitches for Albanese
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‘Slow and careful’: Four weeks in and no major hitches for Albanese

The government is still feeling its way around ministerial offices where former staff have only just turned off the paper shredders and the new arrivals are searching for tech support.

  • by David Crowe
Labor and the curse of the global shocks: Can Albanese defy history?
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Labor and the curse of the global shocks: Can Albanese defy history?

The Australian government faces multiple upheavals, mostly global in their force. Navigating them will be a test.

  • by George Megalogenis
Turn with caution: Potholes ahead as PM tries to round climate corner

Turn with caution: Potholes ahead as PM tries to round climate corner

The government claims the climate wars are over. But that’s misplaced optimism, especially with the nation gripped by a climate crisis that will be exploited by the opposition.

  • by Michelle Grattan
Albanese did not create the energy crisis, but he will have to fix it
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Albanese did not create the energy crisis, but he will have to fix it

The Labor government is electrified at the prospect of two terms in power. But if they can’t keep the lights on, an early outage could be sparked.

  • by David Crowe
‘Interstate bromance’: How Dom and Dan became Australia’s power pairing

‘Interstate bromance’: How Dom and Dan became Australia’s power pairing

The alliance between “good bloke” Dominic Perrottet and “great guy” Daniel Andrews has the makings of a significant political partnership.

  • by Jordan Baker