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Tony Abbott has reportedly threatened to cross the floor if there is any attempt to legislate a clean energy target. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Abbott’s disruption is raising the question: where will it end?

Even in today’s often bizarre political environment, Tuesday night’s encounter between Tony Abbott, Peta Credlin and Alan Jones on Sky News was surreal. Credlin, Abbott’s former chief-of-staff, now works…
John Howard wants the government to lay out protections on religious freedoms and rights ahead of the same-sex marriage vote. Lukas Coch/AAP

Turnbull would need to prevent ‘protections’ fight delaying legislation after a Yes vote

In the same-sex marriage battle, Malcolm Turnbull finds himself fighting two former Liberal prime ministers, while somewhat uncomfortably aligned with an aspiring Labor one. Just as in the republic referendum…
Bill Shorten tabled a copy of his UK citizenship renunciation documents on Monday. Lukas Coch/AAP

Shorten shakes off citizenship pursuers as Labor pursues Joyce

While it would have been much easier for the government if Barnaby Joyce had stood aside from cabinet while the High Court determined his parliamentary eligibility, the Nationals leader was too big a fish…
Christine Forster and her partner Virginia plan to marry. Dan Himbrechts/AAP

Tony Abbott morphs same sex-marriage into a culture war issue

Tony Abbott, who resoundingly won an election being “Dr No”, will bring all his formidable attack skills to trying to kill the push to change the definition of marriage. In a pitch that sees him lined…
At Monday’s meeting of nearly two hours, only Warren Entsch reserved his right to cross the floor. Lukas Coch/AAP

Same-sex marriage reform heads for the snail mail

Having lit the match that fired same-sex marriage back onto the government’s immediate agenda, the five Liberal rebels have left Malcolm Turnbull with a dangerously smouldering issue that will burn on…