In jettisoning Alfred Deakin, the Liberals made a great mistake and showed the thinness of their historical memory.
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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.
Like its Tasmanian predecessor, the marriage plebiscite has been engineered by the leader’s intransigent opponents.
Malcolm Turnbull’s postal plebiscite on marriage equality is on the cusp of recreating the mistakes of Doug Lowe’s Tasmanian dams plebiscite.
South Korea’s subtly calibrated risk aversion in the face of outrageous North Korean aggression has kept the two countries from war.
An aggressive posture is one thing – but doing something about it is another, as countries factor in the costs and risks of aggression.
Michelle Grattan and Deep Saini discuss what's been making headlines this week in politics.
Scott Morrison talked about the challenges of a nation indifferent to the business of politics.
Scott Morrison's comments reflect the concern in the government at the difficulty it is finding in cutting through to the electorate.
Malcolm Turnbull on the day he deposed Tony Abbott as Liberal Party leader in September 2015.
The way times have changed is exemplified in the frequency of party coups against sitting prime ministers.
Mike Baird is to resign as NSW premier and retire as a state MP.
Mike Baird is the fifth New South Wales premier in ten years, and only one of them lost their job to an election. There's little time, it seems, to learn and grow as a political leader.
John Key has stepped down as New Zealand’s prime minister, citing a desire to spend more time with his family.
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key is leaving as a leader, and not in defeat.
The student movement in South Africa prides itself on being “leaderless”.
Student protesters have demonstrated good leadership in some spheres but come up short in other areas. This suggests that universities ought to focus more on how they teach leadership.
Australia’s political leaders were silent on a number of key issues during the election campaign.
The problem confronting political parties is that the people in leadership positions are intellectually and emotionally ill-equipped to grasp the complex transformation in human affairs now under way.
Whatever happens from here, this election has gone badly wrong for Malcolm Turnbull.
Even if he survives as prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull will govern in extremely difficult circumstances, and his leadership is under threat.
Malcolm Turnbull has blown both of his chances as Liberal leader.
Malcolm Turnbull's immediate blaming of Labor's 'Mediscare' campaign for the Coalition's poor performance at the polls goes in fact to his real problem: he’s not a very talented politician.
UKIP leader Nigel Farage was an architect of Britain’s seismic decision to leave the European Union.
The populist appeal of simplistic answers to complex solutions is a challenge for political leaders.There are times when expertise and experience must prevail over the popular mood of the moment.
Both Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten are complex, enigmatic figures.
A party can have the most brilliantly informed and farsighted policies. But if the protagonists cannot communicate these effectively to the electorate, they will be overlooked.
It didn’t take long for the political honeymoon to end. Malcolm Turnbull may still be far more popular than the man he removed, but he is now being accused of Abbottesque failings. He can’t sell difficult…
Tony Abbott remained at consistently low levels of approval throughout his time as prime minister.
Tony Abbott failed to read the signs of the times. His rhetoric was Churchillian, emphasising struggle, crisis and emergency.
President Xi Jinping and the rest of the Chinese leadership do not get to positions of national leadership without undergoing decades of trials to demonstrate their capacity to run a country.
The China Model features political meritocracy at the top, democracy at the bottom and experimentation in between. The West can learn from the best of Chinese leadership, even if it is authoritarian.
Jeremy Corbyn is shaping the debate.
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If anyone other than Jeremy Corbyn is to become the next Labour leader, they will have to address the party's fatalism about 2020.
A possibly accidental lame duck-to-be.
What David Cameron hoped to achieve by announcing he'd only serve two terms is a mystery.
In contrast to incumbent Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, his potential successor, Malcolm Turnbull, is often described as ‘charismatic’.
Those of us who study politics are fortunate, but also unfortunate, to work in an academic field whose terms are widely used and abused in public debate. “Populist”, which I’ve written about here, is one…