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Kimberley Kitching was preselected for the Senate amid deep fighting within the Victorian Labor right faction. Dan Himbrechts/AAP

Government targets ALP’s Kitching over union past

The government is targeting Kimberley Kitching, Labor's controversial Senate replacement for Stephen Conroy.
Arthur Sinodinos said that in the last two years a lot of the goodwill present when the government came to office had been dissipated because ‘there probably was too much command-and-control’. Lukas Coch/AAP

The test of Turnbull’s commitment to cabinet government will be the long haul

It might have seemed a statement of the obvious when Malcolm Turnbull told Tuesday’s Coalition parties’ meeting that “my chief advisers will be my ministers”. But in the context of the command-and-control…
Senator Arthur Sinodinos, John Howard’s former chief of staff, is the first major figure to throw his weight behind leadership speculation. AAP/Paul Miller

Sinodinos weighs into leadership crisis with tough critique of Abbott government

In 2001, after a disastrous Queensland election result, then-Liberal federal president Shane Stone wrote his famous memo reporting that the Howard government was seen as “mean and tricky”, out of touch…
Tony Abbott leads a cabinet meeting earlier this year, flanked by the only woman currently in his senior ministry, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop. AAPImage/Alan Porritt

Abbott should be bold with his reshuffle

Tony Abbott’s imminent ministerial reshuffle has become a serious test of the Prime Minister’s leadership. Will he wimp it, or make the most of the opportunity? Now that the Independent Commission Against…
Senator Arthur Sinodinos has resigned, as prime minister Tony Abbott prepares to reshuffle his team. AAP/Paul Miller

Sinodinos quits ministry as reshuffle looms

Senator Arthur Sinodinos has announced his resignation from the ministry, clearing the way for Prime Minister Tony Abbott…
Arthur Sinodinos stepped aside as a minister in the Abbott government in the lead-up to his appearance today at the ICAC inquiry. AAP/Daniel Munoz

Parties, money and their masters: who do office holders serve?

It’s hard not to be disturbed by the allegations emerging from the inquiry into Australian Water Holdings (AWH) by New South Wales’ Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC). The proceedings have…

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