Katharine Murphy has worked in Canberra’s parliamentary press gallery since 1996 for the Australian Financial Review, The Australian and The Age, before joining Guardian Australia, where she is the political editor. She won the Paul Lyneham Award for Excellence in Press Gallery Journalism in 2008 and has been a Walkley Award finalist twice. She was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Canberra in 2019. She is a director of the National Press Club and the author of On Disruption and Quarterly Essay The End of Certainty.


The result was more than the unremarkable transfer of power from blue to red. It was an electoral earthquake. The Albanese government would come to power with a primary vote in the low thirties. The Liberal Party had been smashed in the inner city because of an exodus of women and educated professionals. The crossbench in the House of Representatives had swelled to sixteen. More Greens. More independents.
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