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What if Malcolm Turnbull trips and Bill Shorten vaults to victory?

The battle between liberals and conservatives would be fierce. While Shorten might just survive a narrow defeat, Turnbull almost certainly would not. Abbott, Abetz, Andrews...

Premier's "fat" joke undermines his social equality agenda

The AustralianPremier's "fat" joke undermines his social equality agendaIt was a silly thing for Andrews to say, not least because it would seem to erode...

Transurban: the making of a monster

"They drove a hard bargain and refused to sign the contract," recalls the former Victorian Liberal premier. "I told the top ... Kennett says the...

Federal politics: Real-life cost of policy highlights hard heart

The born to rule and right to privilege ethos that forms the core of the Liberal Party is offensive enough, but it is equalled by...

Donald Trump up close: he thinks you will love him

But the reason a Trump campaign is more of a threat to the Clinton campaign than one the arch conservative Ted Cruz might have waged...

Residents in Melbourne's most sought-after suburbs big tax winners

The next three winners are the eastern suburban blue ribbon Liberal seats of Higgins (27 per cent of earners over $87,000), Kooyong (26 per cent)...

Labor overturns decision by Matthew Guy, slashing millions off prime city site

Millionaire property developer Harry Stamoulis (left) in 2014 with then planning minister Matthew Guy and then premier Denis Napthine (right) at the opening of the...

Bill Shorten is back in the game as the Liberals short-circuit

Shorten is also now a hero for all whose cut of their clothes is less important than the contents of their heads, thanks to Scott...

Tony Abbott's harmful legacy lives on in climate silence

Australia had a bipartisan consensus on climate change under John Howard, Kevin Rudd, Brendan Nelson and Malcolm Turnbull. The consensus was that climate change was...

Obesity. It's time to tax soft drinks

Its treasurer, George Osborne, is part of a Conservative government that instinctively shares Hockey's reluctance to tax and regulate. Yet in his March 18 budget...

Alan Kohler's wealth advice did not work for Rupert Murdoch

BHP boss Andrew Mackenzie signed up to give the vote of thanks, while Seven boss Ryan Stokes got to rub shoulders with IAG's Peter Harmer,...

Safe Schools program: why zealots are trying to drag us back to the dark ages

For this reason, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has championed the program, last year fulfilling an election promise to spend $1 million rolling it out in...

Peter Dutton struggles to stay afloat on this ship of fools

Who's left to lead the Liberal's conservative wing? The ship of fools has somehow settled on Petty Officer ... Dumped former defence minister Kevin Andrews...

Why Tony Abbott is his own worst enemy

Labor wins power only at times of crisis or when the nation seems at some sort of crossroads, when conservative parties have run out of...

Voluntary Euthanasia: Best to leave difficult decisions in a grey area

I admire Rodney Syme's courageous and considered position on end-of-life law ("Disobedience: a path to clarity in end-of-life law", Comment, 14/5), but I have serious...

Abbott: a politician straight out of Mannng Clark's imagination

In the 1950s Clark inexplicably looked forward to Australian Catholics and Communists sinking their differences and ganging up against the conservatism of long-serving Liberal prime...

Scott Morrison, the sharpest pencil in the box, puts it right

Andrews had cut off the funds to grassroots charities and community organisations across the country but not told Liberal MPs. So when the distressed groups...

Liberal Party eyes Ballarat as polling day nears

Long-term Labor MP Joe Helper has represented Ripon since he won it in 1999, but is retiring at this election. The Labor candidate, Daniel McGlone,...

Gough Whitlam: A very public life

Such records give no clue to the undoubted truth of his assertion at the National Press Club in 1986, when asked by journalist Mungo McCallum...

Who is supporting high immigration levels?

Good on the Liberals' lord mayor Robert Doyle for taking on Labor's federal MP Kelvin Thomson in a ''Big Population'' debate on Monday night. And...

Napthine faces a delicate balancing act over same-sex equality

In this context, you can't help but wonder why the government is taking part in a hardline event organised by a conservative US group that...

WorkCover in push to restrict union officials' safety probes

WorkCover inspectors are being told to restrict union officials from investigating safety complaints amid claims of escalating political interference in the regulator. Briefing documents given...

Putting the cart before the horse

Viciousness, vindictiveness, stupidity and greed: the four pillars of Liberal philosophy are safe in Amanda Vanstone's hands. How dare people complain about ... Scott Morrison...

Tony Abbott chooses conservatives to judge the Prime Minister's literary awards

Tony Abbott has remade the $600,000 Prime Minister's Literary Awards in his own image, with a line-up of mostly like-minded judges, including his publisher Louise...

Five things you didn't know about Arthur Sinodinos

Arthur Sinodinos, who was John Howard's closest adviser for more than a decade, was so crucial to the fortunes of the Howard government that when...

Meet the man who split the Liberals

The most important thing that we all do now is act in the best interest of the Liberal Party and the people of Victoria to...