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Cory Bernardi announces the recruitment of the Australian Christian Lobby’s Lyle Shelton to his Australian Conservatives political party. Regi Varghese/AAP

Why the Australian Christian right has weak political appeal

Despite attempts to import its ideas, evangelical Christianity has never held the same political appeal in Australia as it does in the United States.
Liberal Democratic Party Senator David Leyonhjelm is the only libertarian in the federal parliament. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Are Australians ready to embrace libertarianism?

Libertarianism is a minority concern in Australian politics, but it offers a philosophical framework to understand contemporary social and economic challenges.
Tony Abbott launches Pauline Hanson’s book at Parliament House in Canberra. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Tony Abbott and the revenge of the ‘delcons’

Tony Abbott's supporters are derided as delusional conservatives, but they have immense political impact and are determined to bring down Malcolm Turnbull.
John Howard, pictured here with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, is fond of describing the Liberal Party as a “broad church”. But that breadth has led to increasing fracture within the party in recent years. AAP/Dean Lewins

Can the Liberal Party hold its ‘broad church’ of liberals and conservatives together?

The battle between liberals and conservatives continues to split the Liberal Party, but its past heroes would find the ideological division puzzling.

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