Good morning, early birds. Coalition and Labor eat the lunch of the minor parties, Tony Abbott gets major victory in plebiscites, and Peter Dutton goes postal. It's the news you need to know, by Josh Taylor and Max Chalmers.


Although Tony Abbott has claimed the overwhelming win for his so-called Warringah Motion at the NSW Liberal Party is not about him, the former prime minister is pretty happy this morning. His proposal could mean candidates would be preselected to run in elections via plebiscite by party members, including preselection for already-elected MPs.