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Another leaked recording – this time of Tony Abbott – has the Liberal Party under pressure. Brendan Esposito/AAP

Leaky Liberals spill the beans again

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. Brendan Esposito/AAP

Liberal Party reform becomes the next proxy battle in Abbott versus Turnbull

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…
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.
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.
Josh Frydenberg’s task of garnering broad support for the Finkel scheme is proving to be more difficult than expected. Lukas Coch/AAP

Critical backbenchers push back on Finkel clean energy target plan

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. Mick Tsikas/AAP

How hard will Tony Abbott run against the Finkel plan?

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…
With the 2017 Federal Budget release fast approaching, take a look back at the spending patterns of previous Australian governments. Lukas Coch/Alan Porritt/Dean Lewins/AAP

Government spending explained in 10 charts; from Howard to Turnbull

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.
This budget, led by Scott Morrison and Malcolm Turnbull, will form part of the government’s repositioning as an advocate of equal opportunity and fairness. AAP/Mick Tsikas

How the politics of the budget might play out for a government in trouble

The Turnbull government is desperately trying to develop a more convincing economic narrative around good economic management, nation-building and fairness.
Scott Morrison is digging in behind the government’s changes to the way schools are funded. AAP/Lukas Coch

Catholics vow to go hard in schools fight with government

Scott Morrison has a lot on his plate ahead of Tuesday night's federal budget, including Catholic schools unhappy at how the school funding changes will affect them.
Tony Abbott said he would not flag what may or may not be said in the partyroom on schools funding. Lukas Coch/AAP

Abbott questions Turnbull’s schools plan

Former prime minister Tony Abbott has taken a swipe at Malcolm Turnbull's schools plan.
As Malcolm Turnbull aspires to get a lift by thinking big, the Coalition is searching for hope in the smallest positive sign. Dan Peled/AAP

Grattan on Friday: Turnbull’s pipe dreams channel ghost of Rex Connor

As the government seeks to rein in the excessive expectations of what it can do to make housing more affordable, Malcolm Turnbull is throwing everything at his energy security policy.

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