To become prime minister, Turnbull made himself a willing hostage at the outset to right-wing policies that contradicted his political persona.
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.
Happy days: Opposition Leader Bill Shorten in parliament.
Labor has managed more cohesion in recent years because its left and right wings have shifted to common ground - partly through its factions.
He won. But will he win again?
Peter Dutton has a solid base on which to work to become Liberal leader. That’s the way it usually goes- wound the first time, kill the second.
Malcolm Turnbull has survived a leadership challenge from Peter Dutton - for now.
The crowding of the centre-right is having profound consequences for Australian politics, not just Turnbull’s troubled time as prime minister.
Malcolm Turnbull called on the vote in this morning’s meeting, and won.
The prime minister has survived a challenge from the conservative wing of his party- but the deep divisions remain.
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Our penchant for overturning political leaders didn’t appear overnight. But it has been intensified through constant polls and, in the Liberals’ case, the fact that the party allows it.
Scott Morrison said he asked Peter Dutton about his intentions in Question Time on Monday and was told he was fully supportive of the prime minister.
If the next few days go quietly, Turnbull will live now from poll to poll, with enemies circling like crows over a weakened animal.
There is enough in the Dutton case to raise questions about whether disqualification has occurred.
It is possible the home affairs minister is in breach of Section 44(v) of the Constitution – and if the High Court were to find him so, it would cause yet another headache for the government.
Malcolm Turnbull is faced with a highly volatile situation. But he may need to manage it by taking a risk.
After a week of infighting, it’s time for the prime minister to press the party room into taking a decisive stand.
The Liberal Party contains moderates like George Brandis, Christopher Pyne and Malcolm Turnbull, and conservatives such as Tony Abbott, Eric Abetz and Peter Dutton.
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.
Leadership struggles are between ostensible allies.
In leadership contests in particular, the media’s role is often markedly different from the competition between parties.
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…
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks to his ministerial colleagues during the first meeting of cabinet.
When Malcolm Turnbull boarded a Melbourne tram on Thursday for a newspaper photograph, a cheer went up from passengers.
The table below shows the results of the five polls that have been conducted since Malcolm Turnbull replaced Tony Abbott as Australia’s PM. Three of these polls have Coalition leads and the other two are…
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 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.
Goodbye education, hello science.
Christopher Pyne’s policies in the education portfolio were underpinned by liberal values of the free market, autonomy and education as a private commodity.
Andrew Hastie retained the federal seat of Canning for the government at a byelection on the weekend.
What did we learn from the Canning byelection campaign? What are the result’s implications for both the new Turnbull government and the Labor opposition?
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull poses for a picture after a swearing-in ceremony at Government House in Canberra.
The change of prime minister has put the Coalition ahead in Newspoll for the first time since before the 2014 draconian budget.
‘Not the best person to liaise with us’: senator David Leyonhjelm on new government Senate leader George Brandis.
An important element in the success of Malcolm Turnbull’s government will be how effectively it handles the Senate. Some crossbench senators have greeted the arrival of Turnbull enthusiastically, contrasting…