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The Liberal Party contains moderates like George Brandis, Christopher Pyne and Malcolm Turnbull, and conservatives such as Tony Abbott, Eric Abetz and Peter Dutton. AAP/The Conversation

Note to Liberals: on the leadership front, best to keep calm and carry on

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.
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. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Tony Abbott says he’ll stay around – because he’s needed

Tony Abbott's second major public intervention this week prompted a radio interviewer to ask Malcolm Turnbull whether his leadership was under threat.
A leaked recording of Christopher Pyne boasting of the success of the Liberal moderates threatens to further divide the party. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Pyne’s self-indulgence damages Turnbull because it reinforces what Liberal right-wing malcontents believe

Sometimes it’s hard to believe Christopher Pyne is actually a politician, let alone a cabinet minister. Often he seems a Peter Pan figure who treats federal politics like it was a university campus. To…
The government is making frantic efforts to seal a deal on its school plan before parliament adjourns for the winter break. Rob Blakers/AAP

Government reaches out to Catholics on Gonski 2.0

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.
Peter Dutton says changes to citizenship legislation are a modernisation that would bring Australia in line with other countries. Lukas Coch/AAP

Labor takes a political risk and opposes government’s tougher citizenship legislation

The government has finally found an issue it can cast in terms of “national security” on which it can get a fight with Labor. Bill Shorten usually sticks leech-like to bipartisanship on anything with even…
Federal and state leaders will convene as soon as practicable for a special COAG meeting on counter-terrorism. AAP/Rob Blakers

COAG agrees to new push on security after Melbourne attack

States and territories have agreed to strengthen their laws to ensure a presumption against granting bail or parole when people had 'demonstrated support for, or have links to, terrorist activity'.
Malcolm Turnbull has changed his tone on terrorism to meet the pressures of an anxious Australia. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Grattan on Friday: Terrorism’s footprint on our politics

Radical Islamists will never overthrow Western democracies. What we're talking about is the effect the terrorist threat has on our wellbeing as a multicultural society, and on our politics.

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