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A leaked recording of Christopher Pyne boasting of the success of the Liberal moderates threatens to further divide the party. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Pyne’s self-indulgence damages Turnbull because it reinforces what Liberal right-wing malcontents believe

Sometimes it’s hard to believe Christopher Pyne is actually a politician, let alone a cabinet minister. Often he seems a Peter Pan figure who treats federal politics like it was a university campus. To…
Peter Dutton says changes to citizenship legislation are a modernisation that would bring Australia in line with other countries. Lukas Coch/AAP

Labor takes a political risk and opposes government’s tougher citizenship legislation

The government has finally found an issue it can cast in terms of “national security” on which it can get a fight with Labor. Bill Shorten usually sticks leech-like to bipartisanship on anything with even…
The government faces a hard internal sell on the Finkel plan, not least to Tony Abbott. Mick Tsikas/AAP

How hard will Tony Abbott run against the Finkel plan?

Bedding down an energy security policy based broadly on the Finkel model is now crucial for Malcolm Turnbull. But the issue will also test Tony Abbott’s judgement and influence, in what has long been a…
Former trade minister Andrew Robb walked from parliament into a high-paying post with a Chinese company. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Chinese influence compromises the integrity of our politics

This week’s ABC Four Corners/Fairfax expose of Chinese activities in Australia is alarming – not just for its revelations about a multi-fronted pattern of influence-seeking, but also for what it says about…
Richard Di Natale is publicly perched on the barbed-wire fence over the government’s Gonski legislation. Mick Tsikas/AAP

‘Giving a Gonski’ will be torrid test for the Greens

Labor has formally decided to try to thwart the government’s Gonski schools legislation, while the Greens are looking over their shoulder at what their base would think if they opt to back it. Meanwhile…