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Those around Malcolm Turnbull insist he really believes refusing Kevin Rudd the chance to be in the running to be UN secretary-general is the right thing to do. AAP/Joel Carrett

Turnbull ban on Rudd’s UN bid gives Liberal conservatives a win over Bishop

Malcolm Turnbull’s decision to stymie Kevin Rudd’s bid to run for the United Nations secretary-general post is ill-judged, unjustified and unfair. It is a capitulation to the Liberal conservatives. It…
Northern Territory Chief Minister Adam Giles, flanked by corrections commissioner Mark Payne and police commissioner Reece Kershaw, speak to the media on Tuesday. Neda Vanovac/AAP

Evidence of NT detention centre abuse was there for all to see

It is surely extraordinary it took a Four Corners program, excellent as it was, to force the attention of Northern Territory and federal politicians on to the scandal of the NT detention system when most…
Bill Shorten announces his frontbench with deputy Labor leader Tanya Plibersek. AAP/Andrew Taylor

Wong wins foreign affairs in Shorten’s new frontbench line-up

Bill Shorten has made some very sound decisions in his far-reaching frontbench overhaul, but the exercise contained some shockers as well. Moving deputy leader Tanya Plibersek from shadow foreign minister…
Malcolm Turnbull speaks to the secretary of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Martin Parkinson. Lukas Coch/AAP

Nationals' ministerial claims complicate Turnbull’s reshuffle

There is much talk, after the close election and the substantial vote for the bit players, that the message voters are sending politicians is that they want them to work together for the national good…
If Malcolm Turnbull panders too much to the conservatives he will alienate many ordinary centrist voters. Paul Miller/AAP

Turnbull should not be spooked by Liberal conservatives

As he struggles with the lessons of the recent past and the challenges of the immediate future, Malcolm Turnbull needs to avoid two dangers. One is being spooked by the conservatives inside and outside…
One thing Malcolm Turnbull should do in the short term if he’s forming a new ministry is find a first-rate minister to put into the health portfolio. David Moir/AAP

Turnbull remains less than pitch-perfect

Malcolm Turnbull is struggling to produce the right response in the aftermath of his election debacle. On Saturday he did not take on any blame and lashed out at Labor’s “Mediscare” tactic. On Tuesday…
It’s now up to voters to decide the fate of Bill Shorten. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Grattan on Friday: Shorten struggles as campaign winds down

The fag end of a campaign is an agony of suspense for the leaders, when exhaustion, anxiety and adrenaline mix to a strong brew of stomach-churning anticipation. Resilience and discipline have driven Malcolm…