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Malcolm Turnbull and the Liberal member for Lindsay, Fiona Scott, leave after a press conference in Western Sydney. Lukas Coch/AAP

The perils of Lindsay and the hovering Abbott shadow

It’s not like the dark cloud of Kevin Rudd over Julia Gillard in 2013 but Tony Abbott’s shadow is hovering over Malcolm Turnbull’s campaign. It was there ominously on Wednesday, when Turnbull was out in…
If Tony Abbott is disappointed by the failure to choose Japan to build Australia’s new submarines, the only one he can blame is himself. AAP/Ben Macmahon

Submarines decision ultimately shows the merits of partisan debate on defence

Like oil and water, party politics and good defence policy are presumed not to mix. And the process to buy Australia's next fleet of submarines has been all about party politics.
Tony Abbott can rest assured he has made a lasting contribution to Australia’s future. Lukas Coch/AAP

Tony Abbott’s great big budget legacy

Tony Abbott spent just shy of two years as Prime Minister, but that doesn't mean he didn't leave a lasting legacy.
Whether he succeeds or not, Malcolm Turnbull’s attempt to reform the federation will be a long and tricky process. AAP/Ben Macmahon

Turnbull’s plan to fix the federation is bold – but can he deliver?

Malcolm Turnbull's bold plan to give states the power to levy income tax is a risky move, and the latest in a string of attempts to 'fix' federal-state relations that have not succeeded.
Many of the key differences between the Turnbull and Abbott administrations are in tone, emphasis, detail and priorities. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Who is right in the Abbott-versus-Turnbull policy wars?

“It’s very easy for me to campaign for the election of the Turnbull government,” Tony Abbott declared on Monday, because “fundamentally the Turnbull government is seeking election on the record of the…
Senator Ian Macdonald, pictured here speaking against the carbon tax in 2014, has since described human-induced climate change as “farcical and fanciful”. AAP Image/Alan Porritt

How climate denial gained a foothold in the Liberal Party, and why it still won’t go away

After fighting the 1990 election on a stronger climate platform than Labor, the following two decades saw an ebb and flow of climate scepticism in the Liberal Party, which still continues today.
Tony Abbott’s psychological dependence on Peta Credlin was built on gratitude and loyalty but went way beyond. Lukas Coch/AAP

Abbott and Credlin and the death of a prime ministership

It is hard to imagine the emotions of Tony Abbott or Peta Credlin as they read journalist Niki Savva’s indictment, in The Road to Ruin, of the former prime minister’s pig-headedness and his former chief-of-staff’s…
Malcolm Turnbull’s office was forced to clarify Attorney-General George Brandis' remarks on the timing of a plebiscite on same-sex marriage. AAP/Lukas Coch

Tony Abbott in a dark place; Turnbull government all over the place

In the latest example of the government’s cack-handedness, Attorney-General George Brandis on Sunday promised a plebiscite on same-sex marriage this year, only to have the Prime Minister’s Office hang…

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