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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced the winners and losers of his ministerial reshuffle. Lukas Coch/AAP

Turnbull unveils cabinet line-up: experts respond

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.
Scott Morrison, through glass in a radio booth, during his interview with Ray Hadley. Lukas Coch/AAP

Ray Hadley mauls Scott Morrison – but no hard feelings

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

If he wants to win an election, Turnbull should go back to his old self on climate

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.
Pending business for a new treasurer is a government response to the Financial System Inquiry led by David Murray. AAP/Sam Mooy

The unfinished business facing Australia’s new treasurer

A bulging in-tray of reviews awaiting response awaits Malcolm Turnbull's choice of treasurer in his new cabinet.
The Liberal Party created a narrative for candidate Andrew Hastie that helped reduce the role of national politics in the byelection. AAP/Rebecca Le May

Countdown to Canning byelection: interview with Poll Bludger William Bowe

Political analyst Natalie Mast speaks with "The Poll Bludger" William Bowe about what Monday's leadership spill will mean for Saturday's Canning byelection.
Liberal candidate Andrew Hastie has campaigned strongly on local issues. Richard Wainwright/AAP

Speaking with: the Poll Bludger William Bowe on the Canning byelection

Natalie Mast spoke with William Bowe about what the leadership spill means for the Canning byelection, which looms as a test of both new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.
Tony Abbott’s speech after losing the leadership differed from his recent predecessors’ efforts by making no mention of his successor. AAP/Sam Mooy

Abbott’s last speech as leader – no tears or laughs here

A politician's final statement as leader is their chance to have the last word. Tony Abbott's speech was telling in both what he chose to say and not to say.
The Murray-Darling: a complex river system with a complex set of regulations to match. AAP Image/Caroline Duncan Photography

Giving water policy to the Nationals could trigger a logjam of bureaucracy

Water isn't straightforward. And by putting the Nationals in charge of policy for water assets like the Murray-Darling Basin, the government will trigger a complex round of bureaucratic musical chairs.
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Those damned meejah!

It might be thought a tad ironic that Tony Abbott, having benefited so much from the cheerleading of the News Corp tabloids in his rise to the prime ministership, should now appear to blame the “febrile…
It is not entirely clear that Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has what it takes to defeat Malcolm Turnbull at the polls. AAP/Lukas Coch

The Returnbull – just how bad is it for Labor?

Three important claims against Malcolm Turnbull are emerging. Labor may achieve some traction on them if it plays its cards right.

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