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Malcolm Turnbull greeting builders a site near Brisbane on Wednesday, where he launched a pilot scheme to get more women into construction. Glenn Hunt/AAP

Shades of Abbott as Turnbull government attacks on climate, digs in on asylum seekers

Malcolm Turnbull’s nose was out of joint when Tony Abbott said last month the Turnbull government would be running at the election on the Abbott government’s record. Turnbull insisted that while there…
Governor-General Peter Cosgrove addressed both houses of parliament in the Senate chamber. Lukas Coch/AAP

Turnbull looks like a sprinter but is in a marathon

When the politicians arrived in Canberra for their special parliamentary session, it was obvious everyone wanted to do what was necessary for a July 2 election, and do it quickly. Instead of taking weeks…
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten says now is not the right time for corporate tax cuts. Lukas Coch/AAP

Budget company tax cut a hard sell politically

After a GST increase to finance big income tax cuts disappeared as a viable option for the May budget, attention centred on reducing the 30% company tax rate. But, assuming the government goes ahead with…
In a stage-managed moment organised by the Prime Minister’s Office, Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Morrison walk together to a car taking them to the airport. Pat Hutchens

The implosion of Turnbull’s ‘big idea’ will raise further doubts about his substance and style

Premiers and chief ministers on Friday delivered a humiliating public blow to Malcolm Turnbull, bluntly telling him they didn’t want even to think about his “big idea” to allow them to raise income tax…