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Then editor-in-chief of The Australian Chris Mitchell, right, deep in conversation with the Australian Financial Review’s Michael Stutchbury in 2015. Dan Himbrechts/AAP

Chris Mitchell writes a love letter to himself

The Australian's former editor-in-chief has written a sometimes thrilling book. But it raises profound questions about relations between media executives and the politically powerful and the trust between journalists and their sources.
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…
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Kevin gets canned

All politics is local. It’s a cliché but one that never goes out of style. Malcolm Turnbull’s unwillingness to endorse Kevin Rudd for the world’s top diplomatic post, the secretary-general of the United…
Malcolm Turnbull had been under enormous pressure from the Liberal right to block Kevin Rudd from running to be UN secretary-general. Andrew Taylor/AAP

Turnbull kills Rudd’s UN secretary-general bid

Malcolm Turnbull has prevented Kevin Rudd from running to be secretary-general of the United Nations, declaring he is not suitable for the job.
Doubts have been expressed in the bureaucracy about the government nominating Kevin Rudd to be UN secretary-general. Sven Hoppe/EPA

Rudd’s fate in Turnbull’s hands

Malcolm Turnbull has been left to decide whether the government should allow Kevin Rudd to be a candidate for secretary-general of the United Nations.
Julie Bishop chats with her counterparts during the East Asia Summit’s foreign ministers meeting in Laos. Runroj Yongrit/EPA

Cabinet battle over Rudd a test for Foreign Minister Julie Bishop

The strength of Julie Bishop will be tested on Thursday when she proposes the government should nominate Kevin Rudd to run for secretary-general of the United Nations.
Scott Morrison has indicated he does not support the government nominating Kevin Rudd for the UN secretary-general job. David Moir/AAP

Morrison flags opposition to nominating Rudd for UN post

Scott Morrison has set himself in apparent opposition to Julie Bishop over Australia's nomination of Kevin Rudd as a candidate for secretary-general of the United Nations.
There is an unwavering, untested, bipartisan assertion on asylum seekers: no-one will be resettled in Australia, as that will encourage people smugglers. AAP/Eoin Blackwell

Resettling refugees in Australia would not resume the people-smuggling trade

History suggests that resettling refugees on Nauru and Manus Island in Australia and New Zealand will not enliven people smuggling between Indonesia and Christmas Island.
While state and territory leaders will be partners, Malcolm Turnbull’s government intends to be the driver of a national policy for Australia’s cities. AAP/Lukas Coch

New name, new look for latest national urban policy, but same old problem

The Turnbull government's cities policy is the latest incarnation of 'the-Commonwealth-knows-best' approach, with little regard for whether urban issues are best resolved at the metropolitan level.

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