Tony Abbott has called for reform to the way the NSW branch of the Liberal Party preselects election candidates.
As the changing nature of political participation presents increasing challenges for parties, we are likely to see more experimentation with new forms of participation, not less.
Tony Abbott initially aspired as prime minister not to get sucked into the 24-hour media round, but he quickly did.
The Sunday Telegraph reported at the weekend that Malcolm Turnbull had visited only seven electorates since the July 2 poll, and contrasted his “hermit-style approach” with Bill Shorten’s “never-ending…
Peter Costello says the government’s first preoccupation would have to be internal management.
Former treasurer Peter Costello has raised questions about how much the Turnbull government can achieve given its political situation, and warned of the risk of a defection.
Liberal senator Cory Bernardi claims his ‘Australian Conservatives’ movement has recorded more than 50,000 registrations.
In the last 12 months, under the leadership of an eastern suburbs small-l liberal, the Liberal Party has decided it wants to look more like the party of Hewson than the party of Howard.
Malcolm Turnbull campaigned on promises of a stable government – but given the Coalition’s slim victory, this may not be possible.
To understand how Australia's political uncertainty is being seen elsewhere, we reconvened our panel of experts from the UK, US, Indonesia and NZ to respond to the election results.
Although Malcolm Turnbull has been returned to office, he faces considerable challenges.
How did the Coalition go from a resounding victory in 2013 to the edge of electoral defeat?
Whatever happens from here, this election has gone badly wrong for Malcolm Turnbull.
Even if he survives as prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull will govern in extremely difficult circumstances, and his leadership is under threat.
A Galaxy poll published in the Sunday Telegraph suggested Bill Shorten would have been elected with a large majority if up against Tony Abbott.
Malcolm Turnbull has said that if he had not become leader, the Coalition would have lost this election 'very resoundingly' under Tony Abbott.
We know there will be cuts if the Liberal party is re-elected.
Liberal higher education policy is obscure; perhaps deliberately so. But the conclusion is clear. Unless students are required to pay significantly more, universities will face major cuts.
What’s behind the carefully curated, cartoonish personas played out in political media?
Voters judge political parties as best we can. But the way political narratives are presented – with their heroes and villains, twists and triumphs – rewards archetypes rather than nuanced reality.
More than eight in ten Australians rate John Howard as having done a ‘very good’ or ‘reasonable’ job in handling foreign policy.
Australians regard John Howard as the best living former or current prime minister in handling foreign policy.
Polls show Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten locked in a tight race as the election campaign nears its end.
When the everyday punter sees or hears opinion polls, many might believe that their fellow punters are indeed evenly split on their voting intentions.
Malcolm Turnbull is facing many of the same obstacles as James Scullin but in a less extreme form.
James Scullin’s prime ministership was ultimately cut short because, in the face of a great economic crisis, he did not appear to have a coherent plan.
Tony Abbott promised the IPA that his government would repeal Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act – only to renege on this when in government.
The Institute of Public Affairs was founded by rich men with rich men’s interests at its core, albeit with obligatory nods to the national interest.
Passing the halfway point of the election campaign, The Conversation took an in-depth look at three key seats in Victoria.
Tony Abbott has been low key so far this election, spending much of his time campaigning in his own electorate, with some visits to MPs who invite him.
Tony Abbott has so far been the low-key team player in the 2016 election campaign.
As the Liberals went into this election, there was some nervousness about which Tony Abbott would be on show during the campaign.
Peta Credlin will be a commentator on Sky for the duration of the election campaign.
Tony Abbott is being good in this campaign, certainly so far, even to the point of praising the government’s superannuation changes when, as prime minister, he was totally opposed to any reform. But his…
Malcolm Turnbull and the Liberal member for Lindsay, Fiona Scott, leave after a press conference in Western Sydney.
It’s not like the dark cloud of Kevin Rudd over Julia Gillard in 2013 but Tony Abbott’s shadow is hovering over Malcolm Turnbull’s campaign. It was there ominously on Wednesday, when the Prime Minister…
Do the divisions within the Liberal Party reflect differences of personality and tactical emphasis? Or do they come down to differing worldviews?
The decline in Malcolm Turnbull’s popularity and the increasingly explicit critiques of his leadership have raised the question of whether the Liberal Party has a unifying ideology.