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Bill English addresses supporters at the National Party election night event. AAP

New Zealand votes for conservatism and the status quo

New Zealanders have given the centre-right National Party a fourth consecutive term in office, despite a strong showing from Labour's Jacinda Ardern.
Abbott’s Right ignores completely the influence of Catholic thinking on the former prime minister. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Book review: Abbott’s Right

A new book attempts to cloak Tony Abbott in a political philosophy, but is not entirely convincing.
Pauline Hanson’s policy agenda includes an inquiry into Islam and an end to Muslim immigration. AAP/Dan Peled

Defiant Hanson will test a Coalition government

Pauline Hanson and her party will potentially be a divisive presence in the next parliament. The challenge, for a potential Coalition government in particular, will be just how to handle her.
Managing the ‘broad church’ of the Liberal Party is one of Malcolm Turnbull’s greatest challenges. AAP/Mick Tsikas

A liberal leading the Liberals: can Turnbull manage the ultra-conservatives?

Ultra-conservatism has a rich and complex history within Australian parties, and Malcolm Turnbull has the difficult task of balancing the more extreme elements of his party with his own liberal views.

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