Brian Loughnane has been campaign director for the federal Coalition in four elections.
Tony Nutt, former close advisor to John Howard, is set to become the new federal director of the Liberal Party after Brian Loughnane confirmed on Thursday that he will soon leave the job.
A change in minister needs to mean a change in tack with regard to higher education.
Higher education policy development should involve learning from the Abbott government's mistakes and other counties where university reform has been successfully achieved.
Tony Abbott’s anger and distress at losing the prime ministership is clear through a calm veneer.
The pain in politics is not pretty. Most leaders relish imposing it on adversaries. But then, when they come to bad ends, as they often do, they bleed and vent. Tony Abbott’s anger and distress is clear…
While Julie Bishop stays on as foreign minister, domestic political calculations might be less of a factor in policy if the government can put dire opinion polls behind it.
Australia will benefit if a Turnbull government pursues a foreign policy agenda attuned more to regional and global goals and developments, and less to domestic political challenges.
Malcolm Turnbull’s relaxed and natural demeanour comes as a relief after Tony Abbott and Julia Gillard, except they were once like that too.
Australians have seen their recent prime ministers lose the very qualities as communicators that took them to the top. Malcolm Turnbull's challenge is to avoid succumbing to the same fate.
Malcolm Turnbull is promising a change in leadership style from Tony Abbott, but that alone won’t be enough to qualify as government for the 21st century.
The Abbott government resisted the disruptive changes of the 21st century. To succeed, the Turnbull government will need to shed this reactionary mindset and embrace inevitable change.
Scott Morrison, through glass in a radio booth, during his interview with Ray Hadley.
Shock jock Ray Hadley and minister Scott Morrison enjoy a mutually useful, cosy relationship. Their regular on-air chats beam to a large audience; Morrison gets his message out via a sympathetic presenter…
In 2010 Malcolm Turnbull threatened to cross the floor to vote for emissions trading. Polls suggest the public would back him now, even if his party won’t.
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In backing Abbott's existing climate policy, Malcolm Turnbull looks like appeasing his party. But his prospects would be better served by appealing to voters who are anxious for strong climate action.
University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor Stephen Parker and Michelle Grattan discuss the week in politics
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop confer during Question Time.
Now the Liberals have done what they condemned Labor for doing, they are holding their breaths in the hope new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will live up to his promise.
The Liberal Party created a narrative for candidate Andrew Hastie that helped reduce the role of national politics in the byelection.
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Political analyst Natalie Mast speaks with "The Poll Bludger" William Bowe about what Monday's leadership spill will mean for Saturday's Canning byelection.
A cloud of gloom settled over the renewables industry during Tony Abbott’s prime ministership.
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Renewable energy investment dried up under Tony Abbott's prime ministership, as he made his antipathy to the industry clear. But Malcolm Turnbull has to do to revive the sector is call a simple truce.
Arthur Sinodinos was a key supporter of Malcolm Turnbull’s successful leadership challenge.
Arthur Sinodinos, a key backer of Malcolm Turnbull, talks about why the Liberals needed a change in leadership and what he hopes will change in the running of the Prime Minister's Office.
Tony Abbott’s speech after losing the leadership differed from his recent predecessors' efforts by making no mention of his successor.
A politician's final statement as leader is their chance to have the last word. Tony Abbott's speech was telling in both what he chose to say and not to say.
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It might be thought a tad ironic that Tony Abbott, having benefited so much from the cheerleading of the News Corp tabloids in his rise to the prime ministership, should now appear to blame the “febrile…
It is not entirely clear that Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has what it takes to defeat Malcolm Turnbull at the polls.
Three important claims against Malcolm Turnbull are emerging. Labor may achieve some traction on them if it plays its cards right.
University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor Stephen Parker and Michelle Grattan discuss the Liberal leadership spill and Malcolm Turnbull’s ascent to the prime ministership.
Former prime minister Tony Abbott speaks during a press conference at Parliament House.
Tony Abbott has lashed out at "a febrile media culture that rewards treachery" while pledging not to be a "wrecker", in his first public comments after being removed as leader.
For the naturally authoritative Malcolm Turnbull, restoring a more consensual and consultative government will be a major challenge.
Malcolm Turnbull comes without the two obsessions that dogged Tony Abbott’s leadership: his preoccupation with the previous Labor government and his stake in the culture wars.
It seems to be an extremely difficult task for a party leader, even as prime minister, to stamp their authority on the party.
Since 2007 Australia has not really had prime ministers of sufficient calibre. Instead, we have had an incessant struggle for power by those who believed they had the goods.