Issue 15 June 2019

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COVER STORY Anthony Albanese: NSW left factional warlord takes charge

The unchallenged accession of Anthony (Albo) Albanese to the leadership of the federal parliamentary Labor Party can only be understood in light of his long history of leadership of the left in the New South Wales ALP. This background can already be seen to inform his actions as leader of the ALP.

EDITORIAL Religious freedom: the political and legislative challenges

Following widespread public concerns over threats to religious freedom during the federal election, the Morrison Government has promised a religious discrimination act by July.

CANBERRA OBSERVED Will Bill Shorten emerge from the shadows again?

Never say never is a truism that applies to anyone who harbours ambition for the top jobs in politics, however improbable those ambitions may be.

FEDERAL ELECTION Queensland voted for jobs, life and country

While the Coalition’s successful polling in other states is worthy of close examination, again, it was Queensland that largely determined the outcome. Put simply, Queensland voters elected a government that offered less threats to jobs, income and cost of living; and that offered greater hope for new jobs.