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Likely independent candidate for Wentworth Kerryn Phelps could attract a lot of disillusioned Liberal votes. Danny Casey/AAP

Wentworth goes to the polls on October 20

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.
Phelps, a Sydney City councillor lives and practices as a GP in the Wentworth electorate, and could be expected to attract a substantial vote if she ran as an independent. Joel Carrett/AAP

Party leaders need to address federal parliament’s intolerable workplace culture: Phelps

Attention is coming on the Minister for Women Kelly O'Dwyer, who issued a general statement last week condemning bullying, to take a stronger stand. O'Dwyer is expected to say more this week.
It’s hard to read the recent felling of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull as anything other than an act of revenge by Tony Abbott and his closest supporters. Dan Himbrechts/AAP

Australian politics and the psychology of revenge

The psychology of revenge and how shame and humiliation can cause chaos in Australian politics.
Prime Minister-elect Scott Morrison would be mistaken if he believed his party’s salvation lay in a further lurch to the right in pursuit of an ill-defined “base”. AAP/Sam Mooy

Memo Scott Morrison: don’t chase the ‘base’

Morrison would be mistaken if he believed his party’s salvation lay in a further lurch to the right in pursuit of an ill-defined "base"

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