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The government says its position has always been that none of those on Manus Island and Nauru would ever be allowed to come here. Darren England/AAP

Sorting out what happened in UNHCR and government talks on refugees important for credibility of both sides

The fracas between the United Nations high commissioner for refugees (UNHCR) and the government over whether Australia agreed to settle a handful of the Manus Island/Nauru boat people with family here…
The reference to Tony Abbott in his London speech gave Malcolm Turnbull some body armour. Lukas Coch/AAP

Turnbull finds the ‘sensible centre’ a slippery patch

It’s passing strange when Eric Abetz, the navy-blue conservative sacked from the ministry by Malcolm Turnbull, is out defending a prime ministerial speech on the Liberal Party’s history and positioning…
The end game of Tony Abbott’s policy pitches is unknown, but in the interim they seem to be destabilising the party. Brendan Esposito/AAP

Liberal Party reform becomes the next proxy battle in Abbott versus Turnbull

For his own good, Malcolm Turnbull can’t get out of the country quickly enough. He’s off on Wednesday to the G20 in Germany and, if he has any sense, while he’s abroad he’ll try to avoid being drawn on…
A leaked recording of Christopher Pyne boasting of the success of the Liberal moderates threatens to further divide the party. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Pyne’s self-indulgence damages Turnbull because it reinforces what Liberal right-wing malcontents believe

Sometimes it’s hard to believe Christopher Pyne is actually a politician, let alone a cabinet minister. Often he seems a Peter Pan figure who treats federal politics like it was a university campus. To…
Peter Dutton says changes to citizenship legislation are a modernisation that would bring Australia in line with other countries. Lukas Coch/AAP

Labor takes a political risk and opposes government’s tougher citizenship legislation

The government has finally found an issue it can cast in terms of “national security” on which it can get a fight with Labor. Bill Shorten usually sticks leech-like to bipartisanship on anything with even…