Morrison's border scare campaign appears to be working. But the doomed Victorian Liberals' campaign on "African gangs" shows fear doesn't always work at the polling booth, writes James Norman.
As the Morrison Government attempted to turn defeat in the Parliament into a political victory this week, two major developments in the policy and politics of border protection were largely overlooked, writes Laura Tingle.
The underlying strategy of the Government remains to hold on as long as possible before going to the polls. But as is always the case in politics, there are some possible problems, writes Laura Tingle.
Bill Shorten promises to introduce a suite of measures to "reward the brave Australians" who blow the whistle on crime and corruption, but Industrial Relations Minister Kelly O'Dwyer says the Government is altready doing enough.
The Coalition has been using the (annual) debate about Australia Day as political ammunition. But this year it got messy, writes Michelle Grattan.
The closure of the Maribyrnong centre is more than six-months after a mid-2018 deadline and comes as the Government steps up its attacks on Labor over border protection.
The Opposition Leader is interrupted by protesters before promising an overhaul of superannuation and environmental laws if Labor wins office, along with a multi-billion-dollar housing-affordability plan, in a speech to the party's national conference.
Opening the ALP national conference in Adelaide, Mr Shorten will seek to counter the Coalition's attacks on his negative gearing policy, declaring Labor "the party of home ownership" and "the party of affordable housing".
With an overwhelming expectation of Labor victory at the next election, "union bred, fed and led" Bill Shorten, as Scott Morrison likes to call him, needs to make it clear how he would work with the union movement and where his industrial relations policies lie, writes Michelle Grattan.
"It shouldn't be done for private profit," Labor's immigration spokesman says, as the party reveals it would ditch plans to offload Australia's visa processing system to the private sector, potentially worth more than $3 billion to the winning company.