The Constitution says that the governor-general can only act to fill a vacancy in the prime ministership if there is one - but in this case, some complex questions would have arisen.
Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull clashes with Attorney-General Christian Porter.
We've been here before. In fact we've been going round in circles on climate policy for decades, while the temperature (of the debate, as well as the planet) climbs ever higher.
In terms of major policy achievements, the Coalition government has little to show for its time in office.
Bill Shorten is committed to an Australian head of state, but it will likely take lost priority to constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians.
The government's investment in a celebration of 250 years since James Cook's voyage to and along Australia, if not done properly, will further inflame the history wars in Australia.
This and Turnbull's observations on energy policy provided abundant material for a question time attack by Labor bloated from dining on the unending manna that's been flowing from political heaven.
The right is strong within the
party. And with the Morrison government now dealing with a hung parliament, there has been a risk that a disendorsed Kelly could defect to the
Kelly has threatened to run as an independent if he loses preselection and also at times has left the way open to go to the crossbench.
With John Howard in 2004-7 the last prime minister to serve a full term, it may seem Australia has sunk into a long rein of political instability. But that is not necessarily the case.
One year after the Royal Commission into Northern Territory child detention recommended big changes, little of substance has been done to tackle the problem by the NT Labor government.
The Newspolls have been consistently worse for the Coalition since the
leadership change – before that Labor had been cut back to a narrow 51-49% lead.
Michelle Grattan speaks to Deep Saini about the week in Australian politics.
It has been another turbulent week in politics, this time capped off by a difference of opinion between the most recent former prime minister and the current one.
For years Turnbull had to endure the sniping of Abbott, the man he brought down. Now Turnbull is the sniper at the window, though Morrison didn't cause his fall (unless you buy the conspiracy
An observer – or the Indonesians - might ask: would the real prime minister please stand up?
The trouncing in Wentworth will re-open fractures in the government, threatening more damaging in-fighting between the party's conservatives and moderates.
It's increasingly obvious that as prime minister Morrison will do whatever he thinks it takes – and plumb some dubious depths – to serve his immediate purposes.
The ABC Act clearly states the board is duty-bound to 'maintain the independence and integrity' of the broadcaster. Milne's actions appear to have compromised both values.
Media moguls' alleged involvement in bringing an end to Malcolm Turnbull's prime ministership raises serious questions about their influence, and media accountability.