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It’s hard to read the recent felling of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull as anything other than an act of revenge by Tony Abbott and his closest supporters. Dan Himbrechts/AAP

Australian politics and the psychology of revenge

The psychology of revenge and how shame and humiliation can cause chaos in Australian politics.
Morrison did not want Abbott in cabinet, but he does want to be seen to be making a gesture of conciliation to the former leader, who has been a critic of policy on energy and immigration in particular. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Turnbull resigning seat on Friday, giving Morrison a real-time voting test

Wentworth has a 17.7% margin but Turnbull’s personal vote is large and the campaign there could be difficult and certainly will be expensive.
The government is now firmly focused on lowering household power bills. AAP Image/Julian Smith

Capping electricity prices: a quick fix with hidden risks

Australians are angry about electricity prices and both the federal government and opposition are proposing to cap them. Will this approach work, and what are the risks?
To become prime minister, Turnbull made himself a willing hostage at the outset to right-wing policies that contradicted his political persona. AAP/Mick Tsikas

The Turnbull government is all but finished, and the Liberals will now need to work out who they are

In staying hostage to this right-wing lunge, rather than fighting to move it back to the mainstream, Turnbull erased his moderate face, destroying his only utility – electoral utility – to the Liberals.

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