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The Nick Xenophon Team had been dug in for a long time behind backing cuts for businesses with turnovers up to $10 million. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Company tax compromise is limited but works for both Turnbull and Xenophon

The government’s company tax deal with Nick Xenophon has given Malcolm Turnbull something to spin between now and the May budget. It’s much less than the government’s A$48 billion plan, but it’s more than…
Pauline Hanson and her Senate colleagues have sniffed the wind on penalty rates. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Hanson stirs the sugar pot and backflips on penalty rates

The next big judgement day for Pauline Hanson will be the election in her home state of Queensland, due in under a year. Her vote there will determine how much fear she puts into the Coalition ahead of…
Malcolm Turnbull on Tuesday contacted leaders of the Jewish, Indigenous and Muslim communities, seeking to reassure them. Sam Mooy/AAP

Conservatives have captured Turnbull for culture war crusade

Malcolm Turnbull is now, it seems, wholly owned by the conservatives in the Liberal Party and their strident media allies. His capitulation to them over Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act has…
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…