Australian political observers will not need to be alerted to the fact that we have a new Prime Minister: Monday afternoon, former Liberal Party leader Malcolm Turnbull unexpectedly challenged Prime Minister…
Australia has 1.4 million solar rooftops. But it is with the addition of battery storage that energy grids will really be revolutionised.
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New prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has stressed the importance of embracing 'disruptive' technologies that shake up existing business models. Solar power and battery storage is one of the most enticing options.
The failure for the Abbott government was in both communication and policy development.
There's no shortage of economic reform options on the table for the Turnbull government, the question is, can it convince the electorate?
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during his first Question Time in the top job.
Malcolm Turnbull told the partyroom on Tuesday that nobody was more committed to “embracing our broad church” – the liberal and conservative traditions of the Liberal Party – than he was. That’s code for…
Warren Truss and Barnaby Joyce speak to the media during a press conference at Parliament House.
The Nationals, who have previously been suspicious of Malcolm Turnbull, have used the negotiation of a fresh Coalition agreement with the new prime minister to extract a range of concessions.
University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor Stephen Parker and Michelle Grattan discuss the Liberal leadership spill and Malcolm Turnbull’s ascent to the prime ministership.
Last night Malcolm Turnbull ousted Tony Abbott in a Liberal leadership spill, 54 votes to 44. As a result, Turnbull replaces Abbott as Australia’s Prime Minister. I analysed the polling effect of past…
Malcolm Turnbull needs to find the right Communications Minister to handle the nbn.
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Now Malcolm Turnbull has given up the post to become Prime Minister, what are the challenges ahead for the new Communications Minister to deal with Australia's National Broadband Network?
Former prime minister Tony Abbott speaks during a press conference at Parliament House.
Tony Abbott has lashed out at "a febrile media culture that rewards treachery" while pledging not to be a "wrecker", in his first public comments after being removed as leader.
Joe Hockey and Tony Abbott: unable to successfully argue the case for economic reform?
Tony Abbott says sound economic management is in the DNA of the Liberals. So what went wrong?
The new Prime Minister has an opportunity to reverse the cuts to science funding and transform Australia into an innovative nation.
A Turnbull government has an opportunity to redirect Australia towards being a science and innovation nation.
For the naturally authoritative Malcolm Turnbull, restoring a more consensual and consultative government will be a major challenge.
Malcolm Turnbull comes without the two obsessions that dogged Tony Abbott’s leadership: his preoccupation with the previous Labor government and his stake in the culture wars.
Malcolm Turnbull is facing a difficult set of economic circumstances.
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What can Turnbull do to deliver the kind of outstanding economic leadership he says Australia needs? His first step will be to acknowledge the economic problems Australia is currently facing.
Abbott isn’t the first leader to be toppled amid questions over his approach to climate change.
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From Hawke-Keating to Rudd-Gillard, climate policy has an uncanny ability to cost Australian political leaders their jobs. And it was a key element in the rivalry between Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull.
It seems to be an extremely difficult task for a party leader, even as prime minister, to stamp their authority on the party.
Since 2007 Australia has not really had prime ministers of sufficient calibre. Instead, we have had an incessant struggle for power by those who believed they had the goods.
‘A political leader must always have an economic narrative.’
There was a time when economics was front and centre in political life and debate. Turnbull can help the country return to one that is economically literate.
Back to the old team: the Liberals returned to Malcolm Turnbull, seeing him as a better fit for prime minister once Tony Abbott’s limitations were laid bare.
The partyroom, not the people, decides the leadership, and if the leader lacks the skill set the role demands at the time, the party rarely hesitates to change the leader.
In many respects, Malcolm Turnbull seems an ideal Liberal leader for the 21st century – but there are some potential downsides.
Malcolm Turnbull’s problem is that he often seems to be slightly ahead of the times – and that he can’t always take either his party room or the public with him.
Prime Minister-designate Malcolm Turnbull with deputy Liberal leader Julie Bishop during a press conference after Turnbull won the leadership in a party ballot.
Prime Minister-designate Malcolm Turnbull has promised to be a consultative leader who runs a traditional collaborative cabinet government.
Tony Abbott has been defeated in a leadership ballot. How will his time in the top job be remembered?
Will Tony Abbott’s conservatism survive the tide of history?