Dutton defends detention and Dickson

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton may have sparked outrage among opponents of Australia’s tough asylum seeker policies, but he seems set to comfortably hold the once-marginal Queensland seat of Dickson, write Alex Catalano and Breanna Harris.

Experts say no to maths and science policy

With youth mental illness rates increasing, students and mental health professsionals oppose the Coalition’s plan to make mathematics and science compulsory in Year 12. Holley Gawne reports.

Gearing not negative, says analyst

Some politicians and voters blame negative gearing for the current lack of housing affordability but analysts say there are many factors at play. Vincent Dwyer reports.

The Grand Final rematch

Cathy McGowan is facing a fiercely contested rematch with former MP Sophie Mirabella. The Independent candidate has no illusion about the fight she faces to retain the north Victorian seat of Indi she won in the last federal election. She likens the election to a sporting event or “rematch”. Imogen Bailey, Georgina Gibb and Ellena Arvanitakis report.