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Malcolm Turnbull receives a lick during a visit to the Port of Eden on the NSW south coast on Monday. Lukas Coch/AAP

The Liberals may have miscalculated Turnbull’s electoral appeal

Finally, Clive Palmer has formally put a full stop to his personal political career, announcing on Monday he won’t be running for the Senate. Palmer United Party (PUP) will still field Senate candidates…
Malcolm Turnbull tours Josef Chromy wines in the seat of Bass in Launceston on Friday. Lukas Coch/AAP

Coalition clings to small lead in latest Ipsos poll

The start of the election campaign has not shifted the two-party vote, with the Coalition continuing to lead Labor 51-49% in the Fairfax Ipsos poll published on Saturday.
AFP commissioner Andrew Colvin said the government was only informed when raids relating to leaks about the NBN had started. AAP/Mick Tsikas

AFP commissioner Colvin defends timing of raids on Labor

AFP commissioner Andrew Colvin has defended police raids at the Melbourne office of Labor's deputy Senate leader Stephen Conroy and the home of an ALP staffer.
In some quarters Peter Dutton’s outburst, which was quickly challenged on points of fact, will resonate politically. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Peter Dutton: a menace to multicultural Australia

If Malcolm Turnbull is returned he should tip Peter Dutton out of the immigration portfolio when he chooses his new ministry. Dutton’s Tuesday comments, when targeting the Greens’ proposal for a big increase…
Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten showed they differ on a number of policy positions, but both kept the tone of the debate civil and free from “gotcha"s and gaffes. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Leaders' debate highlights real differences on policy, but a unity ticket on civility

Sky TV’s people’s forum on the evening of last Friday gave us something refreshingly different from recent federal election campaigns: a civil discourse between the two main political leaders. Perhaps…
While state and territory leaders will be partners, Malcolm Turnbull’s government intends to be the driver of a national policy for Australia’s cities. AAP/Lukas Coch

New name, new look for latest national urban policy, but same old problem

The Turnbull government's cities policy is the latest incarnation of 'the-Commonwealth-knows-best' approach, with little regard for whether urban issues are best resolved at the metropolitan level.
Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten shake hands before the people’s forum in Sydney on Friday. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Shorten wins first debate

The first debate of the election campaign, a “people’s forum” of 100 undecided voters in western Sydney that was a relatively free-flowing affair, saw Bill Shorten come out ahead. After the encounter…

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