There is a big question over whether Malcolm Turnbull can keep control of the same-sex marriage debate.
If the push for change lost in the Liberal party room, would the rebels abide by the decision, or would they cross the floor when, for example, there was a move by Labor for a vote in parliament?
Peter Dutton is working on the assumption that same-sex marriage will be dealt with in this parliamentary term.
Cabinet minister Peter Dutton has strongly renewed his push to have same-sex marriage settled this term via a postal vote on the issue.
Tony Abbott has made the most of media opportunities this week to push his agenda.
As the Liberals fight and manoeuvre, the Nationals are watching on appalled, privately wondering at Turnbull's inability to control even his moderate supporters, let alone his party as a whole.
Malcolm Turnbull is firm in his belief that his party is one of harmony and robust discussion. But Tony Abbott seems to have other ideas.
Tony Abbott's second major public intervention this week prompted a radio interviewer to ask Malcolm Turnbull whether his leadership was under threat.
Much of the change in partnering in Australia has been in response to changing legal and social norms.
There has been a decrease in the proportion of Australians who are married, and an increase in co-habitation of both heterosexual and same-sex relationships.
A leaked recording of Christopher Pyne boasting of the success of the Liberal moderates threatens to further divide the party.
More broadly, Pyne's self-indulgence is damaging to Turnbull because it reinforces everything the party's malcontents on the right believe.
Federal political leaders attend an ecumenical church service to mark the start of the parliamentary year in February.
Christianity plays a relatively minor role in Australian politics. Instead, it takes the guise of a general cultural conservatism, as demonstrated by the same-sex marriage and school funding debates.
The Nationals are among the most politically pragmatic members of the Turnbull government.
The impatience of Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce with some among the Liberals is palpable.
Peter Dutton casts himself as championing freedom of speech.
Peter Dutton has advised Alan Joyce and other business executives who have written to Malcolm Turnbull urging action on same-sex marriage to “stick to their knitting”. It’s advice some in the government…
Labor's edge over the government in the polls has seen the party stay united. But it has not stopped speculation about whether frontbencher Anthony Albanese would be a better leader of the party.
Brexit, Trump, terrorism, 18C, safe schools, the gay marriage plebiscite, a government with a wafer-thin majority and a fractious Senate: it has been quite a year in politics.
As it is, it’s a fairly safe bet that Malcolm Turnbull will never usher in a republic.
As he joins the Australian Republican Movement at its 25th anniversary celebration on Saturday, Malcolm Turnbull will surely have a rueful thought for what might have been.
There is consistent high-level agreement with the proposition that ‘multiculturalism has been good for Australia’ across Scanlon Foundation surveys.
The 2016 Scanlon Foundation survey provides grounds for caution in applying overseas comparisons to shifts in Australian public opinion.
Protesting against laws limiting access to abortions.
Recent Supreme Court rulings played a crucial role in the cultural politics that got Donald Trump elected.
Many in the government have clamoured for changes to be made to Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act. Liberal backbencher Julian Leeser, however is not one of them.
The plebiscite has been defeated, but the fight to end discrimination against gay couples who want to marry will continue.
Now that same-sex marriage will not be put to a national vote, it is up to the Prime Minister to ensure that marriage equality is written into law.
Western Australian Liberal Dean Smith broke ranks with his colleagues, opposing parliament outsourcing a decision on same-sex marriage.
The Senate has put to the sword the ill-fated plebiscite, killed by a remarkable combination of supporters and opponents of changing the law to allow gay people to marry. It was defeated on Monday night…
Malcolm Turnbull on Tuesday refused to say what he’ll do after the Senate rejects the plebiscite legislation.
Those same-sex couples who want to get married soon have fallen victim to a particularly intense and cynical political power struggle. The push to accord a simple right to people who – for goodness sake…
BIll Shorten has announced Labor will block legislation to set up a plebiscite on marriage equality.
It is inevitable that Australia will, in the not-too-distant future, allow two people to marry regardless of their gender. But which prime minister will get to claim this as their legacy?
The attorney-general holds a largely political office, sitting in cabinet and often holding other portfolios.
Regardless of where the truth lies, we now have an extraordinary position where Australia's two law officers are in conflict.