Just as with Kevin07, formerly Coalition-friendly independents gave life-long centre-right voters a way to break ranks without feeling like they were being disloyal. Zali Steggall is doing the same.
Rudd told the conference the Coalition had "a very robust" partner in the "Murdoch party" which had an ideology.
With John Howard in 2004-7 the last prime minister to serve a full term, it may seem Australia has sunk into a long rein of political instability. But that is not necessarily the case.
Michelle Grattan speaks about the week in politics with Nick Klomp.
Australians have never liked sitting PMs being deposed by their own parties - but the outrage over Malcolm Turnbull's destruction is the greatest in modern history.
Labor has managed more cohesion in recent years because its left and right wings have shifted to common ground - partly through its factions.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has abandoned the emissions-reduction component of his signature energy policy, in the latest chapter of a brutal decade-long saga for Australian climate policy.
The latest annual survey from the Lowy Institute shows that 59% of Australians support strong climate action, and 84% want the government to embrace renewable energy even if it's more expensive.
A new survey asking Australians to rank the most significant events in their lifetimes show that same-sex marriage, September 11 and the apology to the Stolen Generations matter most.
Official Chinese editorials give an insight into Beijing's reaction to the stories swirling around about Chinese influence – and it's not good news.
It is ten years since the 2007 election that swept Kevin Rudd into office. But if Kim Beazley had become PM instead, we might have avoided the constant instability and dysfunction we see today.
Politics Podcast: Kevin Rudd on avoiding Donald Trump.
Kevin Rudd now spends much of his time in the US, where he keeps a close eye on the unfolding Trump presidency.
In a suburban hair salon, a Muslim woman suddenly feels unwelcome in the country she has loved for 40 years.
The Australian prime ministership has never been easy, but the most successful tenures have been those in which the person has matched the circumstances.
Australian news editors and politicians give their views on the ethical issues arising when reporters return to journalism after time as a political spin doctor.
What future the Great Barrier Reef? What future energy policy? Two new publications on the ongoing battles of climate politics deserve close attention.
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.
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.
The way times have changed is exemplified in the frequency of party coups against sitting prime ministers.
Kevin Rudd called for more to be done to halt the increasing number of Indigenous children being removed from their families.