The Liberals once tried to build a big tent to include a range of political positions. Recent conflicts over energy, same-sex marriage and euthanasia show this is no longer sustainable.
On Saturday, five federal seats will have a byelection, with particular attention being paid to tight races in Longman and Braddon. And all have implications for the major parties and their leaders.
A motion to privatise the ABC, no matter how vigorously repudiated by the government, is political poison, and may now reap a political harvest.
It has been described as virtue-signalling to the base. I think it is rather more serious. It will reinforce the anti-ABC sentiment of some in government ranks - which has reached absurd levels.
It was the week that saw a parliamentary committee recommend a referendum to end the dual citizenship debacle- but the idea was immediately shut down by the government.
Tony Abbott's supporters are derided as delusional conservatives, but they have immense political impact and are determined to bring down Malcolm Turnbull.
The battle between liberals and conservatives continues to split the Liberal Party, but its past heroes would find the ideological division puzzling.
The Liberals went from a losing position in Tasmanian polls months ago to a comfortable victory on election day.
George Brandis told the Senate that classical liberal values were under 'greater challenge than at any time in my memory'.
The annual February festival of lampooning the largest visible donor lulls Australians into a false sense of security that there is a functioning political donations disclosure regime in place.
If the predicted strong preferences from One Nation to the LNP occur at the Queensland election, it would be bad news not just for state Labor, but also federal Labor.
Malcolm Turnbull needs to continue to stare down the conservative forces in his government, because what they are demanding is prejudiced and discriminatory.
Setting targets is one way to attain more female MPs, but it must be accompanied by cultural change.
A new book attempts to cloak Tony Abbott in a political philosophy, but is not entirely convincing.
The Turnbull government is still tying itself in knots over the future of coal, as literally decades of policy turmoil on climate and energy continue to roll on.
The lack of moderates in the Liberals' succession list is notable, given Christopher Pyne's ill-judged boast to the faction that it was in the 'winners' circle'.
In a nation labelled secular, many of our elected representatives have strong religious ties, and this affects they way they the country is run.
Like Malcolm Turnbull, the three-time prime minister Alfred Deakin was sometimes accused of lacking substance, but he had core political commitments from which he never wavered.
The government seems determined to give voters a voice on marriage equality, and equally determined not to be bound by what those voters say.
The marriage equality movement could still back the plebiscite on condition that its results are binding.