This week the Liberal Party also faced questions over the proportion of female MPs it has in parliament.
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 launches Pauline Hanson’s book at Parliament House in Canberra.
Tony Abbott's supporters are derided as delusional conservatives, but they have immense political impact and are determined to bring down Malcolm Turnbull.
John Howard, pictured here with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, is fond of describing the Liberal Party as a “broad church”. But that breadth has led to increasing fracture within the party in recent years.
The battle between liberals and conservatives continues to split the Liberal Party, but its past heroes would find the ideological division puzzling.
The Hodgman government has been returned for a second term.
The Liberals went from a losing position in Tasmanian polls months ago to a comfortable victory on election day.
George Brandis gave his valedictory speech to the Senate on Wednesday.
George Brandis told the Senate that classical liberal values were under 'greater challenge than at any time in my memory'.
AEC disclosures revealed Malcolm Turnbull to be the single biggest donor to a political party in 2016-17.
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.
Hi-vis time: Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk greets voters on the hustings.
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.
Mathias Cormann and Malcolm Turnbull address the ‘yes’ result.
Malcolm Turnbull needs to continue to stare down the conservative forces in his government, because what they are demanding is prejudiced and discriminatory.
There are five women in the Turnbull government cabinet, making up just 24% of members.
Setting targets is one way to attain more female MPs, but it must be accompanied by cultural change.
Abbott’s Right ignores completely the influence of Catholic thinking on the former prime minister.
A new book attempts to cloak Tony Abbott in a political philosophy, but is not entirely convincing.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull still can’t seem to distance himself from coal.
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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 conservatives’ strategy is to reap what victories they can while Malcolm Turnbull leads.
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'.
Christianity’s effect on Australian politics is far from waning.
In a nation labelled secular, many of our elected representatives have strong religious ties, and this affects they way they the country is run.
In jettisoning Alfred Deakin, the Liberals made a great mistake and showed the thinness of their historical memory.
National Library of Australia
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.
Throughout Australian history, previous parliaments have changed the legal understanding of marriage – none needed a plebiscite.
The government seems determined to give voters a voice on marriage equality, and equally determined not to be bound by what those voters say.
This is a potent slogan, although there is a deeply conservative undertone to the idea that love always requires marriage.
The marriage equality movement could still back the plebiscite on condition that its results are binding.
At Monday’s meeting of nearly two hours, only Warren Entsch reserved his right to cross the floor.
Having lit the match that fired same-sex marriage back onto the government’s immediate agenda, the five Liberal rebels have left Malcolm Turnbull with a dangerously smouldering issue that will burn on…
Mathias Cormann said the government was confident it had a legal and constitutional way to hold a postal vote on same-sex marriage.
If the Senate as expected rejects the same-sex marriage plebiscite again, the government will move to a voluntary postal ballot.
Malcolm Turnbull has called a special Liberal Party meeting for Monday afternoon.
Even acknowledging that Australia is lagging internationally and that same-sex marriage should have been delivered yesterday, the implosion around the issue is extraordinary.
Tony Abbott’s ‘Warringah motion’ for party reform was passed by 748 votes to 476.
The endorsement of the 'Warringah model' is a huge challenge to the moderates' and soft right's factional grip on the NSW Liberal Party.