Victorian election results confirmed for Labor in Preston as Liberal MP laments party’s ‘existential crisis’

Victorian Labor has secured another seat in the lower house, as a Liberal MP about to vote on the new leader has declared his party is facing an “existential crisis”. Key points: James Newbury, one of the few Liberal MPs to gain ground in the election, says the party needs to undergo generational change The … Read more

Democratic Senator Warnock wins Georgia runoff election against Walker

Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock and Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker. Photo / AP Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock defeated Republican challenger Herschel Walker in a Georgia runoff election, ensuring Democrats an outright majority in the Senate for the rest of President Joe Biden’s term and helping cap an underwhelming midterm cycle for the GOP in the … Read more

US Supreme Court weighs ‘most important case’ on democracy

The Supreme Court is about to confront a new election case, a Republican-led challenge asking the justices for a novel ruling that could significantly increase the power of state lawmakers over elections for Congress and the presidency. The court is set to hear arguments Wednesday in a case from North Carolina, where Republican efforts to … Read more

Canberra Liberals promise to dump light rail to Woden if elected in 2024

The Canberra Liberals have announced stage 2B of light rail from the city center to Woden won’t go ahead if they win the 2024 ACT election. Key points: The Canberra Liberals promise to dump light rail to Woden if elected Leader Elizabeth Lee says the project will cost $3 billion and the money should instead … Read more

Victorian election results declared in Hastings and Mornington as new Labor ministers revealed

Two more marginal seats have been declared in Victoria, as the Labor government has welcomed new cabinet ministers after the party’s election victory. Key points: The reshuffle comes after several MPs defected to the premier’s Socialist Left faction Strictly Ballroom star Paul Mercurio has won the seat of Hastings, bringing Labor’s seats to at least … Read more

Dan Andrews’ political rhetoric was sharpened by the pandemic and his political enemies. It helped win the Victorian election

Dan Andrews pumped his fists into the air, let loose with a rare emotional “Yes!” and declared that “hope always defeats hate,” with an eye on history. His alliterative rhetoric has been forged in the fires of the pandemic. From his post-election comment “my politics has never been about the win, it’s always about the … Read more

Coalitions, kingmakers and a Rugby World Cup: the calculations already influencing next year’s election

NZ First leader Winston Peters bets Newstalk ZB’s Mike Hosking that he will make it back into government in the 2023 election. Video / Newstalk ZB OPINION: Sometimes it feels as if the election year has already begun. Winston Peters has declared that New Zealand First won’t join a governing coalition with Labor after the … Read more

Parliamentary probe into multi-million-dollar Tasmanian Liberal election grants

Tasmania’s treasurer will be grilled by a parliamentary committee about how the Liberals funded grants during the 2021 election campaign, with concerns growing over “pork-barrelling” allegations and a lack of transparency. Key points: The government has been under increasing scrutiny for months over how it gives out grants at election time Parliament’s accounts committee has … Read more

Ripon electorate voters preview their priorities ahead of Victoria state election

It’s a big month for Ararat’s James Mullin. The 18-year-old has just resurfaced from the maze of study, stress, and sleep that is the VCE exam period. But now another big day is fast approaching. He will vote for the first time on Saturday. Education β€” specifically the shortage and well-being of teachers β€” will … Read more

Malaysia election live: Palace extends deadline for blocs to form majority to Tuesday

KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysians cast their ballots Saturday in a watershed election, with multiple parties running neck and neck amid global economic headwinds. Nearly 1,000 candidates — the oldest being 97-year-old former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad — are battling for 221 parliamentary seats. The latest surveys showed none of the three major camps on track … Read more