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Arthur Caldwell almost defeated Robert Menzies in the 1961 federal election, dominated by debate over the economy and unemployment. National Archives, National Library of Australia, Wikimedia

Issues that swung elections: the ‘credit squeeze’ that nearly swept Menzies from power in 1961

In 1960, Harold Holt, the then-treasurer, urged the government to abolish import restrictions, resulting in a minor recession. This nearly swung the election in the ALP's favour.
It is becoming harder to argue that neoliberal market solutions, from tax cuts to deregulation, will necessarily benefit and protect ordinary voters. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Win or lose the next election, it may be time for the Liberals to rethink their economic narrative

Whether they form the next government or not, the Liberals need to reconsider their reliance on neoliberal economics, which may no longer be serving the party – or the country.
In his speech Frydenberg repeats Scott Morrison’s warning that storm clouds hang over the global economy. Alex Murray/AAP

Frydenberg warns of economic waves ahead

As it approaches the election, the government's economic pitch on its record is being linked to the argument that the Coalition is the best manager in uncertain times.
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.
The reference to Tony Abbott in his London speech gave Malcolm Turnbull some body armour. Lukas Coch/AAP

Turnbull finds the “sensible centre” a slippery patch

If he was emphasising he's a centrist, that is hardly a surprise, although when he translates it into policy it annoys the hell out of those on the right.
The Liberal Party contains moderates like George Brandis, Christopher Pyne and Malcolm Turnbull, and conservatives such as Tony Abbott, Eric Abetz and Peter Dutton. AAP/The Conversation

Note to Liberals: on the leadership front, best to keep calm and carry on

With fringe right parties feasting on the margins of conservative political discontent in Australia, deeper questions are being asked about whether the Liberal Party itself is at risk.
Scott Morrison talked about the challenges of a nation indifferent to the business of politics. Dan Himbrechts/AAP

Australians are increasingly non-partisan: Morrison

Scott Morrison's comments reflect the concern in the government at the difficulty it is finding in cutting through to the electorate.
B.A. Santamaria (left) played a significant role in the Labor split and the formation of the Democratic Labor Party. Wikimedia Commons

Australian politics explainer: the Labor Party split

Viewed from today’s post-Cold War and secularised society, the conflicts at heart of the Labor split appear curiously arcane. Yet its ghosts remain.

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