A soldier with the 9th South African Infantry Battalion during a biennial training exercise with the US military in the Eastern Cape.
US Army/ Taryn Hagerman
One of the problems bedevilling South Africa's army is being compelled to be everything to everybody. Its strategic direction is compromised by generals who pander to the whims of politicians.
The end game of Tony Abbott’s policy pitches is unknown, but in the interim they seem to be destabilising the party.
For his own good, Malcolm Turnbull can’t get out of the country quickly enough. He’s off on Wednesday to the G20 in Germany and, if he has any sense, while he’s abroad he’ll try to avoid being drawn on…
Malcolm Turnbull is something of an odd-man-out in the Liberal Party.
The Liberal Party is increasingly preselecting parliamentarians of firm, values-based ideas, leading to a more ideological and riven party.
Tony Abbott has called for reform to the way the NSW branch of the Liberal Party preselects election candidates.
As the changing nature of political participation presents increasing challenges for parties, we are likely to see more experimentation with new forms of participation, not less.