Do the divisions within the Liberal Party reflect differences of personality and tactical emphasis? Or do they come down to differing worldviews?
The decline in Malcolm Turnbull’s popularity and the increasingly explicit critiques of his leadership have raised the question of whether the Liberal Party has a unifying ideology.
The NSW Electoral Commission’s withholding of public funding to the NSW Liberal Party may yet again imperil Arthur Sinodinos.
What does the latest donations scandal enveloping the NSW Liberal Party say about the trajectory of political finance regulation and enforcement?
LNP MP George Christensen has been vociferous in his opposition to the Safe Schools program.
The damaging polarisation around queer issues in Australian politics is out of step with community sentiment.
Victoria will be a key state for Malcolm Turnbull to make gains in if he is to win the election, and win well.
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With internal party ructions and an unco-operative Senate to manage, Malcolm Turnbull needs a convincing election win to be able to govern as he wants to.
The figure of the ‘noble savage’ has deep roots in Australia colonialism.
Shipwreck of the Stirling Castle, John Curtis, 1838.
Liberal MP Dennis Jensen's comments about the 'noble savage' lifestyle tap into a centuries-old stereotype about Indigenous people.
Managing the ‘broad church’ of the Liberal Party is one of Malcolm Turnbull’s greatest challenges.
Ultra-conservatism has a rich and complex history within Australian parties, and Malcolm Turnbull has the difficult task of balancing the more extreme elements of his party with his own liberal views.
Tim Wilson has announced he is stepping down as human rights commissioner to contest the Liberal preselection for Goldstein.
The next human rights commissioner needs to be appointed at arm's length from government and with the ability to criticise government where required.
Deregulating TAFE would have serious impacts for the labour market.
The risks posed by deregulating the vocational education and training sector have serious impacts for large sections of the labour market.
Malcolm Turnbull can put his values into practice by calling on all members of his party to vote in favour of legalising same-sex marriage.
A vote on whether same-sex couples can get married is discriminatory because it applies a standard to them that does not apply to heterosexual couples.
Bill Shorten sees a fresh opportunity to re-assert Labor as the Gonski saviour.
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Funding is one of the few areas Labor has left to distinguish itself from the Coalition when it comes to school policy at the national level.
Labor has announced it would fully fund Gonski if it wins government.
Labor has announced it will commit to fully funding Gonski, with a reform package costing $37.3 billion over the next decade.
But is this actually what the Gonski review recommended?
Former Howard government minister Peter Reith talks about the current challenges facing the Turnbull government.
Brian Loughnane has been campaign director for the federal Coalition in four elections.
Tony Nutt, former close advisor to John Howard, is set to become the new federal director of the Liberal Party after Brian Loughnane confirmed on Thursday that he will soon leave the job.
Arthur Sinodinos was a key supporter of Malcolm Turnbull’s successful leadership challenge.
Arthur Sinodinos, a key backer of Malcolm Turnbull, talks about why the Liberals needed a change in leadership and what he hopes will change in the running of the Prime Minister's Office.
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.
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.
Malcolm Turnbull (right) will replace Tony Abbott (left) as Australia’s prime minister after a partyroom spill.
The Conversation's experts react to Malcolm Turnbull's defeat of Tony Abbott in a ballot for the Liberal Party leadership.
Tony Abbott has flagged a plebiscite, or ‘people’s vote’, on same-sex marriage.
Every generation in the last 150 years has seen in Australia a contest over marriage which reflects shifting positions on its defining features, and its associated rights and obligations.
The scandal surrounding Bronwyn Bishop’s entitlements may not have ended with her resignation as Speaker.
Combined, the nature of the controversy, Bishop’s behaviour as Speaker, and the way she and her party dealt with the issue created the perfect storm for a damaging scandal.
Australia’s federal cabinet currently has just two female members. What can be done about boosting the number of female parliamentarians generally?
Thanks to quotas, the proportion of women in parliaments across the world has nearly doubled in the past 20 years.