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The figure of the ‘noble savage’ has deep roots in Australia colonialism. Shipwreck of the Stirling Castle, John Curtis, 1838.

Explainer: the myth of the Noble Savage

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. AAP/Mick Tsikas

A liberal leading the Liberals: can Turnbull manage the ultra-conservatives?

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.
Deregulating TAFE would have serious impacts for the labour market. from www.shutterstock.com

Deregulating TAFE is a big risk to the labour market

The risks posed by deregulating the vocational education and training sector have serious impacts for large sections of the labour market.
Bill Shorten sees a fresh opportunity to re-assert Labor as the Gonski saviour. Joel Carrett/ AAP

Labor’s struggle to remain ‘the education party’

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.
Brian Loughnane has been campaign director for the federal Coalition in four elections. Alan Porritt/AAP

Loughnane bows out from Liberal director post

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.
In many respects, Malcolm Turnbull seems an ideal Liberal leader for the 21st century – but there are some potential downsides. AAP/Sam Mooy

Can Malcolm Turnbull be a Liberal leader for the 21st century?

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. AAP

Turnbull defeats Abbott, set to become prime minister: experts respond

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. AAP/Mick Tsikas

A plebiscite on marriage? Robert Menzies didn’t need it

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. AAP/Lukas Coch

Bishop resignation won’t end impact on Coalition

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.
Malcolm Turnbull talks about the government’s new anti-online piracy measures, Zaky Mallah on Q&A, and much more. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Politics podcast: Malcolm Turnbull on Zaky Mallah and Q&A

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Michelle Grattan talks to Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull about the government's new anti-online piracy measures, Zaky Mallah on ABC's Q&A, gay marriage and much more.

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