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Labor now does politics better than the Liberals

  • Written by Geoffrey Robinson, Senior Lecturer, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Deakin University
Labor now does politics better than the LiberalsHappy days: Opposition Leader Bill Shorten in parliament yesterday.AAP/Mick Tsikas

The obverse of the current crisis in Australian conservative politics is the resilience of the Australian left.

The Labor Party has twice climbed off the canvas after dramatic political setbacks: the Rudd-Gillard civil war and the ascension of Malcolm Turnbull to the...

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What Australian states can learn from Trump dismantling climate change policy

  • Written by Sarah Graham, Honorary Associate, University of Sydney
What Australian states can learn from Trump dismantling climate change policyPresident Trump is challenging the US states' right to set their own emissions targets.Photo by John-Mark Smith on Unsplash

The Trump administration’s withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement was greeted with dismay around the world. Less well known, but probably just as damaging to emissions reductions, was freezing standards for carbon...

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Malcolm Turnbull struggling to shore up his border

  • Written by Michelle Grattan, Professorial Fellow, University of Canberra
Malcolm Turnbull struggling to shore up his borderHe won. But will he win again?AAP/Mick Tsikas

Malcolm Turnbull is still upright, but he will have to be a miracle worker to survive to take the government to the election.

Peter Dutton’s 35 votes – to Turnbull’s 48 – is a solid base for a challenger to build on. That is the usual way it goes – wound the first time, kill...

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Dutton v Turnbull is the latest manifestation of the splintering of the centre-right in Australian politics

  • Written by Rob Manwaring, Senior Lecturer, Politics and Public Policy, Flinders University
Dutton v Turnbull is the latest manifestation of the splintering of the centre-right in Australian politicsMalcolm Turnbull has survived a leadership challenge from Peter Dutton - for now.Glenn Hunt/AAP

So, Malcolm Turnbull survives. In part, the trigger for the stand-off between Turnbull and Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton was Turnbull’s poor handling of energy policy and the flips flops over the NEG.

But much of the commentary on...

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  15. is Peter Dutton ineligible to sit in parliament?
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