Malcolm Turnbull prides himself on being a pragmatist. There is a significant if fine line between pragmatism and buckling.
Despite briefly being able to dine out on the legislation passed before parliament wound up last week, Malcolm Turnbull is headed to a not-very-happy Christmas.
Tony Abbott said the Coalition needed to sharpen the differences with Labor rather than try to minimise them.
Former prime minister Tony Abbott has taken a swipe at Malcolm Turnbull's 'innovation' narrative and called for 'another big push' on repairing the budget.
Donald Trump simultaneously ran against his own party but was supported overwhelmingly by Republican voters.
Donald Trump’s election will affect Australia profoundly – including in the comfort it gives to those who oppose progressive policies in the name of fighting 'political correctness'.
George Brandis has made a blunt assessment of his Queensland state LNP colleagues.
The Government leader in the Senate, George Brandis, has described the Queensland opposition as "very, very mediocre" and warned One Nation is likely to win "quite a few" seats at the state election.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has a complex relationship with the Liberal Party’s powerful social conservatives.
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The pressure on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to bend to the conservative right factions of the Liberal and National parties has been compounded by the election of Donald Trump.
Many in the government have clamoured for changes to be made to Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act. Liberal backbencher Julian Leeser, however is not one of them.
Malcolm Turnbull speaking at the NSW Liberal state council in Sydney on Saturday.
Malcolm Turnbull and Mike Baird triumphed over Tony Abbott at the NSW Liberals’ weekend meeting but it remains to be seen whether their initiative for broad reform will lead to meaningful democratisation…
Malcolm Turnbull during a tour of the University of Tasmania.
Is Malcolm Turnbull at risk of finding himself in a similar situation to Julia Gillard, with a disillusioned public settling into a negative view that transcends achievements of the moment?
Malcolm Turnbull is something of an odd-man-out in the Liberal Party.
The Liberal Party is increasingly preselecting parliamentarians of firm, values-based ideas, leading to a more ideological and riven party.
Tony Nutt strongly defended the Coalition’s election campaign against criticism that it was not negative enough against Bill Shorten and Labor.
Liberal Party director Tony Nutt has warned of potential dangers and difficulties in seeking to ban foreign political donations.
John Howard’s ABC documentary seeks to establish the centrality of the Menzies years in the creation of modern Australia.
There can be no doubt that Australia became modern between 1949 and 1966, the year Robert Menzies retired as prime minister.
Malcolm Turnbull poses for a photo with the leaders of Vietnam and Laos during the ASEAN Summit.
A year next Wednesday since the coup that installed Malcolm Turnbull, many Liberals are disappointed and surprised he has turned out, so far, a mediocre prime minister.
Malcolm Turnbull leaves after the government lost divisions in the House of Representatives on Thursday.
Both Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese and Liberal backbencher Cory Bernardi were in the business of stirring expectations in interviews on Sunday. And if those expectations take hold, that’s particularly…
In the first sitting of the new parliament, conservatives within the government have muscled a proposed amendment to the Racial Discrimination Act onto the agenda.
Former police minister Mike Gallacher is one of a number of current and former MPs to be caught up in Operation Spicer.
There are a few necessary ingredients for the effective regulation of any political donations system.
It would seem to be the case that Mike Baird needs a refresher course in liberalism.
In office, to what extent has New South Wales Premier Mike Baird acted according to liberal principles?
Tony Abbott has called for reform to the way the NSW branch of the Liberal Party preselects election candidates.
As the changing nature of political participation presents increasing challenges for parties, we are likely to see more experimentation with new forms of participation, not less.
Liberal senator Cory Bernardi claims his ‘Australian Conservatives’ movement has recorded more than 50,000 registrations.
In the last 12 months, under the leadership of an eastern suburbs small-l liberal, the Liberal Party has decided it wants to look more like the party of Hewson than the party of Howard.
Bill Shorten conceded defeat in the 2016 election on Sunday.
Labor and Bill Shorten are right to be pleased with the number of seats they picked up, but it was still not enough for them to form government – and that is the serious task ahead.
If Malcolm Turnbull panders too much to the conservatives he will alienate many ordinary centrist voters.
As he struggles with the lessons of the recent past and the challenges of the immediate future, Malcolm Turnbull needs to avoid two dangers. One is being spooked by the conservatives inside and outside…