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Turnbull's backbench muscles up

Liberals up in arms include vocal conservatives such as Eric Abetz and Kevin Andrews; the argument goes beyond the substance to the anger of donors...

Turnbull's reshuffle: Pyne, Nationals winners; conservatives get little

Cabinet minister Christopher Pyne and the Nationals are winners in Malcolm Turnbull's post-election reshuffle, which has promoted only one new conservative Liberal face to the...

Grattan on Friday: In Conversation with Tony Abbott

TA: Well, look, I want to be as useful as I can be and that will mean standing up for what I think are good...

The Indi Project: Sophie Mirabella in the bunker

Phil Cleary, left-leaning one-time independent member for Wills, and Sophie Mirabella, the former Liberal MP for Indi who is trying to regain the seat, are...

From top dog to underdog – Tony Windsor's fight in New England

Windsor has gone from top dog when he was the member to being, as challenger, the underdog in the seat, which was won in 2013...

Betrayal and guilt: past and future collide in Easter Rising commemorations

Smyth follows the Irish cultural traces of betrayal in the works of key novelists from James Joyce to Anne Enright. ... Paul Murray has, with...

Explainer: how Australia can legalise same-sex marriage

The Conversation is funded by Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Alfred P Sloan Foundation and William and...

Decoding the Crosby campaign: how to find voters and finish first

Adelaide-born in 1956, Crosby was an active Liberal Party member as a teenager and ran unsuccessfully for former Labor premier Don Dunstan's seat of Norwood...

The evolution of Malcolm Fraser was a wonderful thing to behold

Fraser's style and associations were patrician, something that the Melbourne-educated Robert Menzies aspired to, and the Oxford-educated John Gorton rejected. Gough Whitlam was patrician in...

NZ PM John Key makes it three in a row as Labour goes backwards

... the Internet-Mana coalition has bombed out. Dotcom has apologised to Harawira for damaging Mana's brand. And many of Harawira's former supporters accuse him of...