For so long the ‘coming man’ of Australian political life, Peacock’s many natural gifts always seemed better used beyond politics than within it.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has asked his department to probe whether Bridget McKenzie was in breach of ministerial standards in her handling of the sports grants program.
Our government has grappled for years to devise ethical standards for ministers and other officials. But codes are only part of the answer – MPs must also take responsibility for their own conduct.
Members of the Liberal Party’s latter-day “broad church” could do worse than secure copies of these Malcolm Fraser’s manifesto for a new political party.
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Before he died, Malcolm Fraser was working on a manifesto for a new political party with centrist ideals – realising that the Liberal Party had lost touch with the people it asks to elect it.
Cabinet confidentiality is important to ensure ministers are able to debate ideas before a decision is made public.
We need to balance a legitimate desire for transparency in politics with the need for free and thoughtful debate.
Malcolm Turnbull: not at all in the middle.
Canberra’s attitude to nuclear weapons has always been riddled with contradictions. Homegrown nuclear campaigners winning the Nobel prize have put the cat among the pigeons.
Gough Whitlam speaks to reporters after being dismissed as prime minister.
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The Dismissal soured politicians’ taste for brinkmanship. It revealed the likely consequence of a loss of political legitimacy.
Malcolm Turnbull has heaped praise on Peter Dutton’s performance while trying to avoid the flypaper of his controversial comments.
Imagine Tony Abbott was still prime minister and Malcolm Turnbull remained his restless ministerial servant.
Nudge, nudge. Wink, wink. Read between the lines. I am deliberately adding fuel to the anti-immigration, anti-refugee “movement”. How else can you interpret Immigration Minister Peter Dutton’s recent sustained…
A fired-up Peter Dutton accused Bill Shorten of trying to bully and demonise him.
Immigration Minister Peter Dutton, under fire for criticising Malcolm Fraser’s refugee policy, has sought to defend himself.
Communications minister Malcolm Turnbull has floated the idea of reforming media laws, but Australia media terrain has changed.
if anything, media concentration is worsening and diversity won’t be improved by changing Australia’s media ownership laws.
The Franklin River which would prove to be Fraser’s environmental undoing.
Malcolm Fraser may be remembered for his failure to intervene in the Franklin Dam campaign, but he otherwise led a government distinguished for its environmental action.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop made headlines face palming and rolling her eyes during a speech by Treasurer Joe Hockey.
The Coalition has had a substantial lift in the latest Newspoll, now trailing Labor in two-party terms 49-51% compared with 45-55% a fortnight ago. This is its best two-party result since September. The…
Malcolm Fraser appeared more comfortable in the media gaze out of politics than in it.
Malcolm Fraser’s relationship with the Australian media waxed and waned, from enthusiasm, pragmatism and caution to something, in the end, approaching mutual respect and perhaps even affection.
Lunch with Gough and Malcolm, as guests of Barry Jones in 2008.
Malcolm Fraser used to argue that he had not changed his political position, but he had in significant ways. This personal evolution was a wonderful quality in the former prime minister.
In his later years, Malcolm Fraser became a strident critic of Liberal Party policy.
Malcolm Fraser – as opposition leader, prime minister and in retirement – was always a polarising figure, a characteristic coming through in some of the assessment of his legacy.
Malcolm Fraser wasn’t a visionary like Paul Keating, but he did steady the Australian economic ship.
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Malcolm Fraser’s economic style was pragmatic, but he resisted the ‘dries’ in his party.
Malcolm Fraser: a memorable legacy.
From overseeing conscription during the Vietnam War to blocking government supply, Malcolm Fraser tread a rocky path.
Fraser defended and spoke up for the core Australian social and political values of a ‘fair go’ for all.
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In 1975, people wore Shame Fraser Shame badges and demonstrated in support of the sacked prime minister, Gough Whitlam. Today, those same protestors feel powerful emotions at the passing of Malcolm Fraser. Why?
From boyhood to late in life, Malcolm Fraser always seemed to be slightly removed from those around him.
Malcolm Fraser’s record in public life was remarkable, ensuring he’d be remembered not only for his role in The Dismissal, but for how far apart he and the party he once led came to be.
Malcolm Fraser has passed away at the age of 84.
In his time in office, Malcolm Fraser oversaw the acceptance of southeast Asian refugees and led economic and social welfare reforms.