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In jettisoning Alfred Deakin, the Liberals made a great mistake and showed the thinness of their historical memory. National Library of Australia

What Malcolm Turnbull might have learned from Alfred Deakin

Like Malcolm Turnbull, the three-time prime minister Alfred Deakin was sometimes accused of lacking substance, but he had core political commitments from which he never wavered.
Mathias Cormann said the government was confident it had a legal and constitutional way to hold a postal vote on same-sex marriage. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Liberal partyroom slaps down same-sex marriage rebels

If the Senate as expected rejects the same-sex marriage plebiscite again, the government will move to a voluntary postal ballot.
Malcolm Turnbull has written a letter to major power companies calling for relief on electricity and gas prices. Paul Miller/AAP

Turnbull to tell power companies: do better by customers

Malcolm Turnbull has summoned the chiefs of major power companies to a meeting on Wednesday to discuss how customers can be given more relief through better deals on electricity prices.
Malcolm Turnbull on Tuesday reaffirmed the government’s policy for a plebiscite on same-sex marriage. Richard Wainwright/AAP

Party turmoil over way ahead on same-sex marriage

The marriage row has seen critics floating speculation about the risk to Malcolm Turnbull if he can't contain the revolt.
The flightless, nocturnal and sweet-smelling kākāpō was thought to be extinct, but during the 1970s, two remnant populations were discovered. One, in Fiordland, included only males. From Wikimedia Commons

Plant hormone boost for New Zealand’s critically endangered night parrot

New research suggests that New Zealand's bizarre nocturnal parrot, the kākāpō, needs plant hormones to breed successfully.