The Liberal Party contains moderates like George Brandis, Christopher Pyne and Malcolm Turnbull, and conservatives such as Tony Abbott, Eric Abetz and Peter Dutton.
With fringe right parties feasting on the margins of conservative political discontent in Australia, deeper questions are being asked about whether the Liberal Party itself is at risk.
Leadership struggles are between ostensible allies.
In leadership contests in particular, the media’s role is often markedly different from the competition between parties.
Tony Abbott’s anger and distress at losing the prime ministership is clear through a calm veneer.
The pain in politics is not pretty. Most leaders relish imposing it on adversaries. But then, when they come to bad ends, as they often do, they bleed and vent. Tony Abbott’s anger and distress is clear…
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks to his ministerial colleagues during the first meeting of cabinet.
When Malcolm Turnbull boarded a Melbourne tram on Thursday for a newspaper photograph, a cheer went up from passengers.
The table below shows the results of the five polls that have been conducted since Malcolm Turnbull replaced Tony Abbott as Australia’s PM. Three of these polls have Coalition leads and the other two are…
While Julie Bishop stays on as foreign minister, domestic political calculations might be less of a factor in policy if the government can put dire opinion polls behind it.
Australia will benefit if a Turnbull government pursues a foreign policy agenda attuned more to regional and global goals and developments, and less to domestic political challenges.
Malcolm Turnbull is promising a change in leadership style from Tony Abbott, but that alone won’t be enough to qualify as government for the 21st century.
The Abbott government resisted the disruptive changes of the 21st century. To succeed, the Turnbull government will need to shed this reactionary mindset and embrace inevitable change.
Goodbye education, hello science.
Christopher Pyne’s policies in the education portfolio were underpinned by liberal values of the free market, autonomy and education as a private commodity.
Andrew Hastie retained the federal seat of Canning for the government at a byelection on the weekend.
What did we learn from the Canning byelection campaign? What are the result’s implications for both the new Turnbull government and the Labor opposition?
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull poses for a picture after a swearing-in ceremony at Government House in Canberra.
The change of prime minister has put the Coalition ahead in Newspoll for the first time since before the 2014 draconian budget.
‘Not the best person to liaise with us’: senator David Leyonhjelm on new government Senate leader George Brandis.
An important element in the success of Malcolm Turnbull’s government will be how effectively it handles the Senate. Some crossbench senators have greeted the arrival of Turnbull enthusiastically, contrasting…
Time for some fresh thinking.
To successfully achieve his goal of boosting Australian prosperity, new PM Malcolm Turnbull and Treasurer Scott Morrison will need to bust some myths about economic reform.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announces his new ministry.
Malcolm Turnbull has gone for broke in his dramatic overhaul of the Coalition team. The new prime minister is using this moment of high authority to “renew” to the max – unlike Tony Abbott’s ill-judged…
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announcing his new ministry in Canberra on Sunday.
Malcolm Turnbull has five women in his new cabinet, including the nation's first female defence minister, in a reshuffle that cuts a swathe through the Abbott ministry to promote massive "renewal".
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced the winners and losers of his ministerial reshuffle.
What are the key challenges for ministers entering new portfolios in Malcolm Turnbull's first cabinet? The Conversation asked experts in key policy areas to respond.
Abbott-backer Kevin Andrews has been removed from the defence portfolio.
Two losers in Malcolm Turnbull's reshuffle have pre-empted the prime minister's unveiling of his ministry by announcing their demise.
Scott Morrison, through glass in a radio booth, during his interview with Ray Hadley.
Shock jock Ray Hadley and minister Scott Morrison enjoy a mutually useful, cosy relationship. Their regular on-air chats beam to a large audience; Morrison gets his message out via a sympathetic presenter…
In 2010 Malcolm Turnbull threatened to cross the floor to vote for emissions trading. Polls suggest the public would back him now, even if his party won’t.
AAP Image/Alan Porritt
In backing Abbott's existing climate policy, Malcolm Turnbull looks like appeasing his party. But his prospects would be better served by appealing to voters who are anxious for strong climate action.
Malcolm Turnbull has already worked hard on the NBN as Communications Minister, but who will he appoint as his replacement?
AAP Image/Lukas Coch
Malcolm Turnbull's choice of Communications Minister will be a strong indication of his commitment to strengthening Australia's digital economy.
University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor Stephen Parker and Michelle Grattan discuss the week in politics