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The Liberals’ new federal director will have to get on with Malcolm Turnbull, which can be a challenge in itself. Paul Miller/AAP

Grattan on Friday: Liberals headhunt for a miracle worker

It is the dream apparatchik job, but you would need to be brave to want it just now. The Liberal Party is looking for a new federal director, after the resignation of stalwart Tony Nutt.
In his statement Tony Nutt acknowledged, without going into specifics, that criticism was made of the last campaign. Lukas Coch/AAP

Liberal director Tony Nutt quits

Liberal Party federal director Tony Nutt has announced his resignation, ahead of the party's federal executive reviewing the lessons from the 2016 election campaign.
Malcolm Turnbull on Tuesday contacted leaders of the Jewish, Indigenous and Muslim communities, seeking to reassure them. Sam Mooy/AAP

Conservatives have captured Turnbull for culture war crusade

Malcolm Turnbull is now, it seems, wholly owned by the conservatives in the Liberal Party and their strident media allies. His capitulation to them over Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act has…
Two Canadian soldiers during a 2011 NATO exercise in Ukraine. U.S. Army Europe/Flickr

‘Warrior nation’ or ‘peacekeeper’: Canada’s dilemmas

Over its history Canada has built itself through war and the memory of its wars. The country's recent military interventions are part of a struggle to define what the country stands for.
Malcolm Turnbull’s donation of $1.75 million to the Liberal Party is the largest single donation in Australian political history. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Turnbull’s $1.75 million donation is bad news for Australian democracy

The struggle for political equality has shaped Australian democracy. But it’s undermined by having a political donations system that benefits the rich at the expense of other Australians.
Malcolm Turnbull’s rumoured personal donation to the Liberal Party was not disclosed as part of the AEC’s donation disclosures for 2015-16. AAP/Lukas Coch

Why, only now, are we finding out who the biggest donors in an election year were?

Disclosures add to transparency. They allow us to follow the money and scrutinise who has made large donations. But mere disclosure does not remedy the inequity in Australia’s current system.

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