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In many respects, Malcolm Turnbull seems an ideal Liberal leader for the 21st century – but there are some potential downsides. AAP/Sam Mooy

Can Malcolm Turnbull be a Liberal leader for the 21st century?

Malcolm Turnbull’s problem is that he often seems to be slightly ahead of the times – and that he can’t always take either his party room or the public with him.
Malcolm Turnbull (right) will replace Tony Abbott (left) as Australia’s prime minister after a partyroom spill. AAP

Turnbull defeats Abbott, set to become prime minister: experts respond

The Conversation's experts react to Malcolm Turnbull's defeat of Tony Abbott in a ballot for the Liberal Party leadership.
Malcolm Turnbull arrives to the Liberal partyroom for the spill vote with a modest group of supporters. Sam Mooy/AAP

Malcolm Turnbull ousts Tony Abbott in dramatic party coup

Malcolm Turnbull has seized the prime ministership from Tony Abbott by 54-44 in a late-night vote that transforms the federal political landscape.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott is struggling to contain instability in an openly divided team. Lukas Coch/AAP

A well-functioning cabinet – who are they kidding?

When Kevin Rudd came under attack from some of his ministers for the way he ran his cabinet, it turned out to be the beginning of the end. Now we are seeing Tony Abbott struggling to contain instability…
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has rejected the idea of having a same-sex marriage plebiscite at the next election. Glenn Hunt/AAP

Polling finds Abbott swimming against strong tide on same-sex marriage

New polling has shown almost seven in ten Australians favour legalising same-sex marriage, as Tony Abbott rules out a popular vote with the election and the government remains racked by division. Far from…
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has suffered another poll blow. Glenn Hunt/AAP

Another poll knock to Coalition and Abbott

Labor has extended its lead and Bill Shorten has improved his position vis-a-vis Tony Abbott in the latest polling blow to the government.
Attorney-General George Brandis has slapped down the idea of a referendum on same-sex marriage. Lukas Coch/AAP

Cabinet ministers brawl over same-sex marriage popular vote

Ministerial divisions have broken spectacularly into the open over whether Tony Abbott's proposed popular vote on same-sex marriage should be a plebiscite or a constitutional referendum.
Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has dismissed Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s same-sex marriage plebiscite idea. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Abbott no doubt is recalling Howard’s playbook for the 1999 republic vote

Tony Abbott is burnishing his lines for a popular vote on same-sex marriage in the next term, if he wins one. Abbott told parliament on Wednesday: “Going into the next election there will be two parties…
Barnaby Joyce has been outspoken in opposition to a government decision to build a coal mine in his electorate of New England. AAP/Lukas Coch

Joyce breaks cabinet rules, but his fate is PM’s call

Collective responsibility – or cabinet solidarity – is an axiom of political prudence that has mutated into a constitutional convention of how ministers should behave.
The ban on government frontbenchers appearing on Q&A will be lifted by the Prime Minister when the program is transferred into the news and current affairs department. ABC

Abbott to ABC: put Q&A under news division and ministers will return

Tony Abbott on Friday told the ABC that ministers will appear again on Q&A if and when the program is brought under its news and current affairs umbrella.
Malcolm Turnbull has called for a more robust dialogue on national security, where measures are free to be challenged. AAP/Stefan Postles

Placing the terror threat in perspective may help provide a nuanced response

The continual use of colourful language when talking about terrorism exaggerates the threat in Australia and could play into the hands of Islamic State's sophisticated recruitment strategies.
Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull said counter-terrorism measures should be right and effective, not just tough. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Don’t overestimate Islamic State threat: Turnbull

Malcolm Turnbull has warned against overestimating the Islamic State threat and amplifying its significance, in a speech contrasting sharply with Tony Abbott's declarations.
Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull is still unsure if he will be able to appear as scheduled on Q&A next Monday. AAP/Stefan Postles

Q&A affair has become theatre of the absurd

Has Q&A put some spell of madness over the government and their media mates?
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.

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