There is a big question over whether Malcolm Turnbull can keep control of the same-sex marriage debate.
If the push for change lost in the Liberal party room, would the rebels abide by the decision, or would they cross the floor when, for example, there was a move by Labor for a vote in parliament?
Donald Trump constantly invoked the idea of political correctness gone mad in his presidential campaign.
Populist leaders not only attack the institutions of global capital, they also disregard the checks and balances of institutional democracy.
Tony Abbott’s ‘Warringah motion’ for party reform was passed by 748 votes to 476.
The endorsement of the 'Warringah model' is a huge challenge to the moderates' and soft right's factional grip on the NSW Liberal Party.
Tony Abbott is showing no sign of backing off his continual challenges to the government in his public commentary.
Even if Malcolm Turnbull brought Tony Abbott into cabinet, which he won't, it would likely eventually end in tears.
Malcolm Turnbull’s speech reminded his Liberal colleagues that he has not stolen the party and his leadership is legitimately Liberal.
Malcolm Turnbull's claim that Robert Menzies' party was meant to be one of the 'sensible centre' has some validity – but it may also be that that centre has shifted significantly, too.
The University of Canberra’s Michelle Grattan and Frances Shannon discuss the week in politics.
The fight over penalty rates is an issue made for Bill Shorten’s skill set.
For Bill Shorten, cuts to Sunday penalty rates could become a pale version of WorkChoices.
Another leaked recording – this time of Tony Abbott – has the Liberal Party under pressure.
Tony Abbott told a Liberal branch meeting in the Deakin electorate of Michael Sukkar that 'just at the moment … we're at a bit of a low ebb'.
The end game of Tony Abbott’s policy pitches is unknown, but in the interim they seem to be destabilising the party.
For his own good, Malcolm Turnbull can’t get out of the country quickly enough. He’s off on Wednesday to the G20 in Germany and, if he has any sense, while he’s abroad he’ll try to avoid being drawn on…
Michelle Grattan and Deep Saini discuss what's been making headlines this week in politics.
Malcolm Turnbull broke out his leather jacket this week and tried to shrug off the tensions consuming his party.
As this year ebbs away, Malcolm Turnbull's hold on the leadership will become more precarious if there is no lift in those relentless Newspolls.
The Liberal Party contains moderates like George Brandis, Christopher Pyne and Malcolm Turnbull, and conservatives such as Tony Abbott, Eric Abetz and Peter Dutton.
With fringe right parties feasting on the margins of conservative political discontent in Australia, deeper questions are being asked about whether the Liberal Party itself is at risk.
Tony Abbott has made the most of media opportunities this week to push his agenda.
As the Liberals fight and manoeuvre, the Nationals are watching on appalled, privately wondering at Turnbull's inability to control even his moderate supporters, let alone his party as a whole.
Malcolm Turnbull is firm in his belief that his party is one of harmony and robust discussion. But Tony Abbott seems to have other ideas.
Tony Abbott's second major public intervention this week prompted a radio interviewer to ask Malcolm Turnbull whether his leadership was under threat.
The government is making frantic efforts to seal a deal on its school plan before parliament adjourns for the winter break.
Simon Birmingham met Catholic education representatives on Monday night, receiving such a haranguing that at times it was difficult for him to get a word in.
Josh Frydenberg’s task of garnering broad support for the Finkel scheme is proving to be more difficult than expected.
The degree of pushback against a clean energy target was stronger than had been anticipated, given the intense lobbying of the backbench Josh Frydenberg had done ahead of the meeting.
The government faces a hard internal sell on the Finkel plan, not least to Tony Abbott.
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…
ASIO head Duncan Lewis set off a new round of debate when he told Pauline Hanson there was no link between terrorism and refugees.
In an uncertain world, we have to accept and deal with modest dangers for the sake of the wider good, which includes fulfilling the obligations of a rich and privileged country.
Scott Morrison has been on the campaign trail selling the budget.
A combination of incompetence and expediency has let down the country in the task of fixing up the budget.
With the 2017 Federal Budget release fast approaching, take a look back at the spending patterns of previous Australian governments.
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Total government spending has increased over time. But the pressure on the budget under a Turnbull government is more acute now than ever before, because spending is outpacing revenue.