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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…
Malcolm Turnbull said he remained ‘quietly confident, reasonably confident’ of forming a majority government. David Moir/AAP

We must convince people we believe in Medicare: Turnbull

Malcolm Turnbull has taken 'absolutely full responsibility' for his criticised election campaign, and declared the Coalition must rebuild public trust in itself on the issue of Medicare.
Bill Shorten and daughter Clementine after a press conference in Moonee Ponds on Sunday. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Labor leadership talk a bit of mischievous arson

In an election full of drama, it is still remarkable that media speculation on Sunday was not about whether Malcolm Turnbull's leadership might be shaky but the possibility of a challenge to Bill Shorten.
Malcolm Turnbull continued to say he was ‘quietly confident’ the Coalition would reach a majority in its own right. Lukas Coch/AAP

Turnbull stands solid against returning Abbott to frontbench

Malcolm Turnbull has slapped down the prospect of Tony Abbott returning to the ministry, as both he and Bill Shorten talk to crossbenchers who could determine their fate in a hung parliament.
It was a novelty when Conservative leader David Cameron had to enlist Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg’s support to govern, but Britons may have to get used to minority government. EPA/Andy Rain

What Westminster can learn from minority government in Australia

The UK is poised for another minority government, this time possibly with a hung parliament. Australia's long experience of such arrangements offers lessons in how to manage minority government.

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