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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.
B.A. Santamaria (left) played a significant role in the Labor split and the formation of the Democratic Labor Party. Wikimedia Commons

Australian politics explainer: the Labor Party split

Viewed from today’s post-Cold War and secularised society, the conflicts at heart of the Labor split appear curiously arcane. Yet its ghosts remain.
Indonesia President Joko Widodo speaks as Malcolm Turnbull looks on during a media conference in the gardens of Kirribilli House on Sunday. David Moir/AAP

Coalition trails 45-55% and Turnbull’s ratings sink in Newspoll

A disastrous Newspoll showing the Coalition trailing Labor 45-55%, One Nation gaining ground and Malcolm Turnbull's ratings falling will fuel the alarm and anger in the Coalition.
Malcolm Turnbull let fly with barely repressed fury against Tony Abbott. Dean Lewins/AAP

Turnbull turns shock-and-awe on Abbott

Malcolm Turnbull has unleashed massive retaliation against Tony Abbott as appalled Liberals, who can only fear where it will all end, watch the former prime minister tear at the leadership of the man who…
The government has shown no interest in Tony Abbott’s idea, which on the past record of referendums would almost certainly fail. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Abbott hasn’t convinced own electors on Senate curb

Tony Abbott's proposal for a constitutional change to make it easier for a government to pass legislation blocked by the Senate does not have support in his own electorate, according to polling.
Pro-Donald Trump bots worked to sway public opinion in the US election by secretly taking over pro-Hillary Clinton hashtags and spreading fake news stories. Reuters/Lucas Jackson

Bots without borders: how anonymous accounts hijack political debate

Bots have not just been used in the US, but also in Australia, the UK, Germany, Syria and China. To what extent – and how – are they affecting political discourse?
Tony Abbott launched the Green Army program, and remains a big fan. AAP Image/Britta Campion

Why give the Green Army its marching orders?

The possible axing of the Green Army, which aimed to put thousands to work tending conservation projects, leaves many questions unanswered - the biggest being the reason for the sudden retreat.
Former prime minister Tony Abbott planting trees during a visit to a green army project in Queanbeyan in 2015. Lukas Coch/AAP

Abbott ‘dismayed’ by report of end of his Green Army

Former prime minister Tony Abbott has lashed out at the prospect of the Turnbull government scrapping one of his signature programs, the Green Army.
Tony Abbott said the Coalition needed to sharpen the differences with Labor rather than try to minimise them. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Good riddance to innovation talk, in Abbott’s view

Former prime minister Tony Abbott has taken a swipe at Malcolm Turnbull's 'innovation' narrative and called for 'another big push' on repairing the budget.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has a complex relationship with the Liberal Party’s powerful social conservatives. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

Pressure on Malcolm Turnbull to bend to conservatives is stronger than ever

The pressure on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to bend to the conservative right factions of the Liberal and National parties has been compounded by the election of Donald Trump.
We thought Malcolm Turnbull had nailed his colours to the mast on climate policy - but maybe not. AAP Image/Joel Carrett

Another prime minister, another endorsement for coal – but why?

Malcolm Turnbull has said coal will be important for "many decades to come" – joining a long line of prime ministers who talked big on climate policy but found themselves talking up fossil fuels.

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