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Malcolm Turnbull faces many challenges in transitioning Australia to a post-mining boom economy. Lukas Coch/AAP

A snapshot of the challenges facing the new Turnbull government

What are the key policy challenges facing the new Turnbull government in terms of economic growth and budgets, cities, transport, energy, school education, higher education and health?
Malcolm Turnbull sets about the business of his returned government with the Secretary of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Martin Parkinson. AAP/Lukas Coch

The policy agenda: what the government should do now

With nearly 25 years of uninterrupted economic growth at risk of coming to an end, the new government must make budget repair a priority.
Malcolm Turnbull emerges from the long campaign in a weakened position, having squandered the benefits of incumbency. AAP/Paul Miller

Time to learn the many lessons from a long campaign

There have been three clear lessons from this long election campaign: the vote is fragmenting, the media is fragmenting, and long election campaigns are not a good idea.
There is a strong political and economic case for the government to cut its support for private insurance and to restore Medicare to its original role. Lukas Coch/AAP

Health funding: something else for Turnbull to worry about

The Turnbull government must reconcile the political sensitivity of Medicare and the need for fiscal discipline.
Five crossbench members of the House of Representatives will take their seats in the 45th parliament, including Bob Katter, Andrew Wilkie, and the Nick Xenophon Team’s Rebekha Sharkie. Lucas Coch/AAP

Explainer: who are the independents and minor parties in the lower house?

After a slim victory, how the Coalition works with the crossbench MPs will prove important to the success and stability of the Turnbull government.
If Malcolm Turnbull panders too much to the conservatives he will alienate many ordinary centrist voters. Paul Miller/AAP

Turnbull should not be spooked by Liberal conservatives

As he struggles with the lessons of the recent past and the challenges of the immediate future, Malcolm Turnbull needs to avoid two dangers. One is being spooked by the conservatives inside and outside…
Three more years for Malcolm Turnbull and the Coalition. AAP/David Moir

Election 2016: what will a re-elected Coalition government mean for key policy areas?

What's in store for key policy areas, from health to education to infrastructure to asylum seekers, under a returned Coalition government?
How well did our experts’ predictions match the results at the ballot box? AAP/Richard Wainwright

State of the states: what were the issues and seats that mattered in Australia’s state and territories?

We reconvened our State of the states experts to respond to the results of the 2016 federal election.
Malcolm Turnbull said there would be some changes in the ministry because of frontbenchers losing their seats. Paul Millar/AAP

Turnbull celebrates victory after Shorten concedes defeat

More than a week after the election, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has formally conceded defeat, quickly followed by Malcolm Turnbull welcoming the Coalition's victory.

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