View from The Hill

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After his disastrous “captain’s call” Bronwyn Bishop, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has indicated that those aspiring to succeed her as speaker can fight it out to get the numbers among their peers. Ben Macmahon/AAP

The Speakership: a prize out of nowhere for - who?

The glittering prize of the speakership is dangling in front of the eyes of several backbenchers whose careers are becalmed. They have a rare chance. Almost all advancement in the government is in the…
Either Tony Abbott’s deep ideological and religious beliefs, or his fears of doing anything that weakens his support in the party’s right wing, are strongly driving him on same-sex marriage. Dean Lewins/AAP

Abbott should say what he intends on same-sex marriage

If Tony Abbott wants to defer indefinitely the issue of same-sex marriage, he really should come out and say so. As things stand, he seems just to be trifling with colleagues in the Liberal Party. The…
New South Wales Premier Mike Baird is one of the more reasonable and well-performing politicians in the country. David Moir/AAP

That GST debate: is it game over, game on, or just a never-ending game?

On Sunday, June 28, New South Wales Premier Mike Baird and South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill breakfasted at an Adelaide cafe. Baird had flown to SA for the meeting. Their discussion was about Tony…
The controversy over Speaker Bronwyn Bishop’s entitlements row continues to dominate the news cycle. Mick Tsikas/AAP

The ultimate horror for public servants: judging Bronwyn Bishop

The finance department, asked by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) to investigate Bronwyn Bishop’s A$5227 helicopter ride between Melbourne and Geelong, now finds itself sitting on a very hot seat. If…