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In many respects, Malcolm Turnbull seems an ideal Liberal leader for the 21st century – but there are some potential downsides. AAP/Sam Mooy

Can Malcolm Turnbull be a Liberal leader for the 21st century?

Malcolm Turnbull’s problem is that he often seems to be slightly ahead of the times – and that he can’t always take either his party room or the public with him.
Tony Abbott has flagged a plebiscite, or ‘people’s vote’, on same-sex marriage. AAP/Mick Tsikas

A plebiscite on marriage? Robert Menzies didn’t need it

Every generation in the last 150 years has seen in Australia a contest over marriage which reflects shifting positions on its defining features, and its associated rights and obligations.
Former prime minister Julia Gillard said she had been so concerned about the same-sex marriage plebiscite that she changed the topic of her speech. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Gillard does U-turn on same sex marriage

Former prime minister Julia Gillard has switched her position to now favour same-sex marriage.
‘Marriage equality’ is directly linked to gender equality. AAP/Richard Ashen

Gay marriage, marriage equality … what’s the difference?

At the heart of the debate around the language of marriage is a conflict about whether a marriage between same-sex partners is the same or different to a marriage between opposite sex partners.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has rejected the idea of having a same-sex marriage plebiscite at the next election. Glenn Hunt/AAP

Polling finds Abbott swimming against strong tide on same-sex marriage

New polling has shown almost seven in ten Australians favour legalising same-sex marriage, as Tony Abbott rules out a popular vote with the election and the government remains racked by division. Far from…
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has suffered another poll blow. Glenn Hunt/AAP

Another poll knock to Coalition and Abbott

Labor has extended its lead and Bill Shorten has improved his position vis-a-vis Tony Abbott in the latest polling blow to the government.
Attorney-General George Brandis has slapped down the idea of a referendum on same-sex marriage. Lukas Coch/AAP

Cabinet ministers brawl over same-sex marriage popular vote

Ministerial divisions have broken spectacularly into the open over whether Tony Abbott's proposed popular vote on same-sex marriage should be a plebiscite or a constitutional referendum.

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