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Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull is unsure if he will be able to appear on Q&A, after Tony Abbott banned ministers from appearing on the program. AAP/Stefan Postles

Abbott leaves Turnbull in Q&A limbo

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has continued the retribution against Q&A beyond what had seemed agreed within government last week, when it was thought enough had been done.
ABC managing director Mark Scott said that the ABC was ‘on the side of Australia’. AAP/Alan Porritt

Government adds its own review to two others on Q&A

The government has ordered its own inquiry and Tony Abbott has declared "heads should roll" as the row over Q&A escalated after the program was rebroadcast.
Tim Wilson sympathises with the government’s aim of finding ways to tackle the national security threat posed by foreign fighters, but has reservations about the method. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Government’s own ‘freedom commissioner’ Tim Wilson questions citizenship plan

It’s awkward for the government – but very good for the public debate – that the Coalition’s citizenship-stripping initiative coincides with the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. Next Monday’s birthday…
Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s default political position is confrontation. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Grattan on Friday: Pugilist Abbott spins for fights

Liberal backbencher Craig Laundy, who won the marginal seat of Reid from Labor in 2013, this week started making videos that he's promoting as "spin-free".
Malcolm Turnbull warned against ‘bravado’ on the citizenship debate, and expounded on the rule of law and constraints on government. AAP/Lukas Coch

Turnbull argues that members of Team Australia can have different views on security issues

Malcolm Turnbull has laid down some fundamental principles for the citizenship debate in an intervention that seems driven by conviction and wanting to explain his position rather than a view to self-interest…
Prime Minister Tony Abbott reminded cabinet members of their responsibilities and the consequences of leaking, after an unusually detailed leak from cabinet. AAP/Lukas Coch

Oh lordy what a sight – a cabinet room ‘come to Jesus moment’

Tony Abbott has told his party room that in cabinet on Monday there was a "come to Jesus moment" – by which he apparently meant a moment of collective clarity.
While Microsoft, Google and Apple have had to answer questions in Canberra about whether they meet their tax obligations, their media activities seemingly defy regulation. AAP/Nikki Short

It’s time for Australians to rewind the media policy machine

Current regulations are a complete mismatch for today's media practices and structures. While politicians shy from the debate, it's time to heed public opinion and revisit the Finkelstein Report.
Malcolm Turnbull has rejected Joe Hockey’s controversial superannuation comment as a ‘bad idea’. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Turnbull lays down way to sell budget challenges

Malcolm Turnbull has slapped down Joe Hockey over superannuation and said the government last year failed to make the case for budget repair, in comments that will be seen by some Liberals as raising his profile for the leadership.
In contrast to incumbent Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, his potential successor, Malcolm Turnbull, is often described as ‘charismatic’. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Are ‘charismatic’ leaders really charismatic?

Those of us who study politics are fortunate, but also unfortunate, to work in an academic field whose terms are widely used and abused in public debate. “Populist”, which I’ve written about here, is one…

VIDEO: Michelle Grattan on Abbott’s leadership

University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor Stephen Parker and Michelle Grattan discuss the week in politics including the New South Wales state election, if Tony Abbott is likely to be replaced and who would gain from a leadership transition to Malcolm Turnbull.
In parliament Julie Bishop flatly contradicted evidence given by a senior public servant. AAP/Mick Tsikas

When is an offer not an offer? Ask Julie Bishop

The government's war on Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs has deepened into a major test of credibility, with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop flatly contradicting evidence given by a senior public servant.
In the battles within the government between now and May, Treasurer Joe Hockey will lack the degree of authority he could deploy a year ago. AAP/Lukas Coch

Hockey on the ropes: ‘I am doing the heavy lifting for my country’

The Liberals have drawn a line under the leadership issue for the moment, but this week’s unsuccessful spill motion has changed fundamentally the dynamics within the government and the party. Malcolm Turnbull…
AAP/Nikki Short

Don’t blame the media, Malcolm

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull earlier this week linked the Liberals' leadership crisis to “bullying” by journalists covering Australian politics. He was not suggesting, I don’t think, that the…

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