Malcolm Turnbull is something of an odd-man-out in the Liberal Party.
The Liberal Party is increasingly preselecting parliamentarians of firm, values-based ideas, leading to a more ideological and riven party.
Tony Nutt strongly defended the Coalition’s election campaign against criticism that it was not negative enough against Bill Shorten and Labor.
Liberal Party director Tony Nutt has warned of potential dangers and difficulties in seeking to ban foreign political donations.
Scott Ryan has released terms of reference for an inquiry by a parliamentary committee into the 2016 federal election.
The issues of foreign donations and electronic voting will be examined by a wide-ranging parliamentary inquiry.
The former Liberal member for Herbert, Ewen Jones, speaks to the media in Townsville during the 2016 election campaign.
The Queensland Liberal National Party has abandoned a possible challenge to the election result in the north Queensland seat of Herbert – which Ewen Jones lost by 37 votes.
The government is keen to push its omnibus savings bill through parliament.
We need to ask on what basis the government is making its budget savings a 'moral' issue, and how the opposition can possibly support it.
The imperative for major reform of Australia’s political and policy processes is more real and urgent than ever.
Australia’s national politicians again need to step up and lead the way on the inevitable process of national and global democratic innovation.
We will get an early insight into the Turnbull government’s likely approach to dealing with the Senate crossbench.
The returned Turnbull government can now add arguably one of the most diverse and potentially volatile senates ever to be elected in Australia to its list of political problems.
Former Treasurer Wayne Swan first introduced the idea of a post-election costing of policies.
The 2016 post-election report from the Parliamentary Budget Office lacks context and comes too late to inform voters.
In March, the government passed sweeping changes to the way Australians elect their senators.
The new Senate is representative of the wide range of views in Australia – and far more so than the House of Representatives.
Like the proverbial phoenix, One Nation has again risen in Australian politics.
The Senate results suggest the Turnbull government will have to master the art of negotiation if it is to implement its policies.
Parliament gives Pauline Hanson a platform but also, for the first time, the opportunity for a seat at the table.
The election for the Senate hasn't ended well. To have four senators from One Nation in the upper house is worse than unfortunate.
How Pauline Hanson will use her influence in the Senate is unknown.
Pauline Hanson's One Nation has won four Senate seats – two, including Hanson's, in Queensland, one in NSW and one in Western Australia.
Labor’s Cathy O'Toole has beaten sitting Liberal Ewen Jones in Herbert by 37 votes.
Labor has won the Queensland seat of Herbert, but the Liberal National Party has left the way open for a court challenge.
The need for innovation, but what does it mean?
The message of an exciting future through innovation and high-tech start-ups has failed to engage the Australian community.
The Western Distributor project announced by the Andrews government will benefit Melbourne’s suburban residents in the west and north, but inner-city elites are mobilising against it.
It's a project that creates benefits for Melbourne's western suburbs and the state as a whole. But the inner-city elite don't like it and recent experience suggests their opinion holds sway.
Now that the election is done and dusted what needs to change in politics?
The major parties seem to be having considerable difficulty drawing lessons from the recent election campaign. Of course, there are many. The most obvious, but probably the most difficult for them to accept…
The new vote capture system is a consequence of the recent Senate voting rule changes.
The new Senate vote capture system had to be built rapidly, with little time for design or testing, and is being operated in a way that allows only part of the process to be scrutinised.
The government’s first priority should be to improve conditions in offshore detention centres in Nauru and Papua New Guinea.
The key challenge for the returned Turnbull government is to formulate policies that present Australia as a good global citizen willing to take its fair share of refugees.
The idea of regulating what is ‘true’ in political speech is neither new nor easy.
'Mediscare', Brexit and the negative-gearing campaign have all demonstrated that it is time for tighter regulation on truth in political advertising.
University of Canberra Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) Professor Nicholas Klomp and Professorial Fellow Michelle Grattan discuss the week in politics.