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Grattan on Friday: Bill Shorten’s moment of ‘connection’ brings back memories of Beaconsfield

Shorten may also have gained a little fireproofing for the run up to polling day thanks to News Corp. Lukas Coch/AAP Some old Labor...

Grattan on Friday: In this campaign, Morrison won’t be wearing gloves like Turnbull did in 2016

Morrison will persistently exploit Shorten’s unpopularity. Lukas Coch/AAP The Wall Street Journal carried the announcement of Australia’s May 18 poll with the rather cruel headline “Australia...

Grattan on Friday: Bill Shorten’s tactical play foils budget’s tax pitch

On tax, Shorten one-upped the Liberals, offering bigger immediate tax cuts to 3.6 million taxpayers who earn under $48,000.  AAP/Mick Tsikas Scott Morrison needed the...

Grattan on Friday: Shorten’s not getting ahead of himself, but the tape measure is out

Shorten is several lengths in front in the polls. Rebecca Le May/AAP With the election likely to be called in about a fortnight –...

Grattan on Friday: Bishop’s boots were made for walking

Though anticipated, Bishop’s departure is another blow for the woman-poor Liberal party. Sam Mooy/AAP As a parliament that will be unmourned winds down to the...

Grattan on Friday: What does “reopening” Christmas Island actually mean and why do it?

The Liberals think anything to do with “boats” is lethal for Labor. Brian Cassey/AAP The Morrison government, politically-speaking, is trying to do a loaves-and-fishes exercise...