Morrison’s chameleon quality means that he may be able to modify the blokey approach if the focus groups suggest that’s required.
Morrison is conflicted. It's risky for him to play down the allegations of standover tactics, let alone fail to take seriously enough the party's need for more female MPs.
Sudmalis’ announcement follows Victorian backbencher Julia Banks’ decision also to quit at the election, citing bullying.
Morrison met with Sudmalis and said she 'raised a number of genuine concerns' about her treatment in her local Federal Electoral Conference in the NSW Liberal state division.
Morrison’s style of campaigning and how well he goes over on the ground will be carefully watched for indications of his potential strengths or weaknesses come the main game next year.
For Phelps the byelection is important but for Morrison, it is critical. If Wentworth is lost, the Coalition loses majority. There could be some paralysis and the fear in the ranks will increase.
Michelle Grattan speaks with Nick Klomp about the week in politics.
The Liberal Party has pre-selected Dave Sharma for Wentworth, against Scott Morrison’s wish for a female candidate.
The Liberal preselectors of Wentworth have selected Dave Sharma, even though Prime Minister Scott Morrison wanted a female candidate.
View from the crossbench: Cathy McGowan and Rebekha Sharkie on the role of community candidates.
McGowan and Sharkie have given the government their confidence until the Wentworth byelection - after which they will consult with their electorates.
Likely independent candidate for Wentworth Kerryn Phelps could attract a lot of disillusioned Liberal votes.
The byelection is vital for Scott Morrison who will face a very difficult test in his initial days as prime minister. He will encounter a lot of anger in the electorate at the removal of Turnbull.
Under sustained opposition attack in question time, Dutton sheeted home the claims that have been made against him to Quaedvlieg.
He said Quaedvlieg was “someone the Labor Party should not rely on”, calling him “your Godwin Grech”.
Morrison talks about a new generation of leadership but the difficulty his ministry had explaining the change makes it look more like the old generation heavily bandaged after a bar room brawl.
We talk about “narratives” in politics. This coup does not have a presentable public “narrative”.
Julia Banks and Julie Bishop were seated next to each other on the backbench when parliament resumed on Monday.
There are three women in the field - Mary-Lou Jarvis, a vice-president of the NSW Liberal party; Katherine O'Regan, a commercial board director, and Maxine Szramka, a rheumatologist.
The poll comes as parliament meets for the first time since Malcolm Turnbull was ousted.
The Liberal party is also reeling after a massive swing has cost it the previously safe seat of Wagga Wagga in Saturday's NSW state byelection.
The Nationals have been unable to make a finding on a sexual harassment allegation against Barnaby Joyce.
The National Party has been unable to reach a verdict on a complaint by Catherine Marriott that Joyce sexually harassed her,
Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced this week the government would scrap the plan to lift the age for pension eligibility to 70, capping it at 67.
Another hectic week in federal politics saw the government change the age of pension eligibility, Julie Bishop arguing for more women in parliament, and the Peter Dutton au pair story continuing to bubble along.
Morrison’s preacher-style stump speech invoking Menzies sent some wider messages.
It’s hard to fault Morrison’s first fortnight, if you can get past his description of events that tore down a PM as “that Muppet Show”, and swallow any cynicism about his careful choreography.
The bitter exchange has raised the au pair affair, already difficult for Dutton and the Morrison government, to a new level.
A Senate committee is inquiring into Dutton's use of his ministerial discretion over visas. He overrode advice from officials when he granted visas to two au pairs who had been detained.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has abandoned the plan to raise the pension age to 70.
The controversial plan to raise the age of the pension to 70 has been scrapped, with eligibility rising to 67 in 2023, where it will stay.
Judith Troeth on the Liberal party’s woman problem and asylum seekers.
Troeth says the party should adopt quotas to rectify the "abysmally low numbers" of Liberal women in parliament.
O'Dwyer said Scott Morrison in the party room on Tuesday would make it clear he “has no truck with bullying.”
Backbencher Lucy Gichuhi said she’s willing to out people when parliament resumes. She said she couldn’t do it outside parliament but was “absolutely” willing to do so under parliamentary privilege.
Interviewed on 2GB Morrison seized on an offensive Father’s Day tweet from John Setka, Victorian state secretary of CFMMEU’s construction and general division.
The Liberals have for years sought to make Shorten’s union background and associations work for them. They haven’t so far had anything like the success they hoped. The question is, can Morrison?
No, these veggies are not trying to kill you.
Don't believe the hype – tomatoes are not trying to stop you from eating them with poison.