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Peter Dutton casts himself as championing freedom of speech. Dean Lewins/AAP

Free speech? It depends who you are, in Peter Dutton’s view

Peter Dutton has advised Alan Joyce and other business executives who have written to Malcolm Turnbull urging action on same-sex marriage to “stick to their knitting”. It’s advice some in the government…
Malcolm Turnbull will have to work out how best to handle Pauline Hanson and One Nation before the next federal election. AAP/Brendan Esposito

Turnbull’s refusal to rule out preferencing Hanson raises questions about the ‘real Malcolm’

For the national narrative, perhaps the most notable story out of the Western Australian election revolves around Pauline Hanson and Malcolm Turnbull. Despite the backlash from WA Liberal voters over the…
The Human Rights Commission and its outgoing president Gillian Triggs have become high-profile and symbolic targets for conservatives. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Parliamentary inquiry sidesteps making recommendation on 18C

Malcolm Turnbull had hoped that throwing the controversial Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act to a parliamentary inquiry would help resolve an issue that has become totemic for conservatives…
Malcolm Turnbull let fly with barely repressed fury against Tony Abbott. Dean Lewins/AAP

Turnbull turns shock-and-awe on Abbott

Malcolm Turnbull has unleashed massive retaliation against Tony Abbott as appalled Liberals, who can only fear where it will all end, watch the former prime minister tear at the leadership of the man who…
Peter Dutton predicted the first offshore refugees would move to the US in the next couple of months. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Dutton blows Turnbull’s credibility – for now and perhaps for later

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton’s explicit linking of the arrangements to send Australia’s offshore refugees to the US and to accept some from Costa Rica presents not just an immediate credibility problem…
Scott Morrison is headstrong – a quality that has marked his career, including before he was an MP. Lukas Coch/AAP

Morrison’s tanty over bankers hiring Anna Bligh was arrogant and absurd

Less than three months from his second budget, Treasurer Scott Morrison is not in a happy place. The last week has been a disaster for him, culminating in the exit of his strategy and communications director…
Malcolm Turnbull has raised the prospect of new ‘clean coal’ generators – despite the fact investors don’t want to go into coal. Mick Tsikas/AAP

There is a difference between a strong contest of views on energy policy and counter-productive hyper-partisanship

Whether it’s the awkward politics of preferences for One Nation or the extremely complex policy conundrum of improving Australia’s energy security, the Turnbull government’s default position is to attack…