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Malcolm Turnbull said he remained ‘quietly confident, reasonably confident’ of forming a majority government. David Moir/AAP

We must convince people we believe in Medicare: Turnbull

Malcolm Turnbull has taken 'absolutely full responsibility' for his criticised election campaign, and declared the Coalition must rebuild public trust in itself on the issue of Medicare.
One only has to know Malcolm Turnbull’s nature to understand his deep frustration at the government’s internal dissent. Ben MacMahon/AAP

The way things are heading, it will be a let down if we aren’t voting on July 2

The momentum for a July 2 double dissolution has accelerated with Malcolm Turnbull opening the way to bring the May 10 budget forward by a week. “The budget will be in May,” he said on Tuesday, as he prepared…
Tony Abbott’s psychological dependence on Peta Credlin was built on gratitude and loyalty but went way beyond. Lukas Coch/AAP

Abbott and Credlin and the death of a prime ministership

It is hard to imagine the emotions of Tony Abbott or Peta Credlin as they read journalist Niki Savva’s indictment, in The Road to Ruin, of the former prime minister’s pig-headedness and his former chief-of-staff’s…
Tony Abbott’s anger and distress at losing the prime ministership is clear through a calm veneer. Sam Mooy/AAP

Abbott’s post-coup stress on display

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…
Peta Credlin did not seem to accept any responsibility for the demise of her leader despite taking much credit for getting him into office. Paul Miller/AAP

If Peter Credlin had behaved as Peta did, he would have received a kicking too

Peta Credlin, former chief of staff to the former prime minister, has remained high-profile and defiant to the end. Despite her changed circumstances Credlin went ahead with a panel discussion at Tuesday’s…
Prime Minister Tony Abbott confers with his chief of staff, Peta Credlin, during question time. AAP/Lukas Coch

Why Credlin is seen to have gone too far as PM’s right-hand woman

Peta Credlin is in the classic "double bind" of all women in power: if they take charge, they transgress the gendered expectations that "female qualities" are best suited to a supporting role.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott still strongly supports his chief of staff Peta Credlin. AAP/Karlis Salna

What’s wrong with Team Abbott is a lot bigger than the Credlin problem

Tony Abbott’s right-hand woman Peta Credlin is in an invidious position. Not only are many Coalition figures wanting her removed, but now Rupert Murdoch says it’s her “patriotic duty” to fall on her sword…
Prime Minister Tony Abbott needs to contain the backbiting and discontent in the higher reaches of his government. AAP/Lukas Coch

Grattan on Friday: Being a ‘better government’ will be a big job

After getting a serious bollocking from Ray Hadley on Thursday, Tony Abbott told the Sydney shock jock that he’s determined to be “a better prime minister with a better government and a more effective…
Treasurer Joe Hockey has sought to make a virtue of what will be a substantial worsening of the projected deficits. AAP/Lukas Coch

Some barnacles can’t be removed in time for Christmas

Some barnacles are not, it seems, able to be removed – certainly not in time for Christmas. As the political year grinds to its end, the Prime Minister’s Office is under almost as much attack as that of…
Senior ministers have had objections about the centralisation and control by Peta Credlin in the prime minister’s office. AAP/Lukas Coch

Grattan on Friday: Abbott should ask Credlin what to do about Peta

Julie Bishop and Peta Credlin had one significant parallel experience on the way to government. They both survived three Liberal leaders. Bishop was deputy to Brendan Nelson, Malcolm Turnbull and Tony…

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