Topic archives: federal liberal party

Quotas, WhatsApp: the troubled future of the Coalition’s sorority

August 28, 2017 13

There are fewer female Coalition MPs than there have been for a generation. Paula Matthewson investigates how to change this unrepresentative old boys' club.

Turnbull’s ‘conservative’ quandary is all about the N-word

July 12, 2017 9

Malcolm Turnbull might be right about Robert Menzies, but that's no help when the ideological debate has been fractured by the collapse of neoliberalism.

Dissension in the ranks: NSW Young Libs censor members

Dissension in the ranks: NSW Young Libs censor members

October 13, 2015 4

The NSW Young Liberals are attempting to discipline a member for speaking out on Facebook.

Poll Bludger: is Abbott setting himself up for a fall in Canning?

Poll Bludger: is Abbott setting himself up for a fall in Canning?

August 28, 2015 9

Bill Shorten has set the bar to claim Labor victory very low for the Canning byelection. But the Prime Minister may well be grasping at straws.

Rundle: bring on the gay-marriage plebiscite — but do it now

Rundle: bring on the gay-marriage plebiscite — but do it now

August 17, 2015 32

There now isn't any good reason for the pro-gay marriage campaign not to get behind a "Plebiscite Now" push.

I hope Abbott continues to block gay marriage

I hope Abbott continues to block gay marriage

August 13, 2015 14

Affording equal legal status to all does not create or even promote equal social or economic status, and the deck would still be stacked against gay people even if they were legally allowed to spend days discussing bomboniere.

Rundle: so much for liberalism

Rundle: so much for liberalism

August 3, 2015 23

The individual is paramount. Except when the individual screws up, in which case it is the system that is to blame.

Sharman Stone should be ashamed to call herself a Liberal

Sharman Stone should be ashamed to call herself a Liberal

July 30, 2015 7

Quotas are not Liberal. End of story. You don’t get to buy a hate cake and cram your pie-hole with it, too.

Poll Bludger: should preselection be done by the rank and file?

Poll Bludger: should preselection be done by the rank and file?

June 9, 2015 2

Both parties are talking about allowing the rank and file to have their say, rather than stater powerbrokers. Is this the way forward?

Mayne: which corporations donated to put Tony Abbott in The Lodge?

Mayne: which corporations donated to put Tony Abbott in The Lodge?

February 2, 2015 12

There are no limits as to who can give money to Australia's political parties, and only donations over $12,400 have to be reported. Here are some of the companies that helped elect Tony Abbott.

Liberals are really neocons

December 4, 2014 4

Crikey readers have their say on what the Liberal Party should call itself, the speed of HFC cable and the future of the Campbell Newman government.

Country for old men? A parliamentary snapshot

Country for old men? A parliamentary snapshot

June 4, 2014 10

Which political party is full of spring chickens, and which is moving gracefully into later years? Are our senators older or younger than our lower house MPs? Crikey intern Jake Stevens takes a look at the demographics of our august chambers.

Tony Abbott: boxer, priest, prime minister

Tony Abbott: boxer, priest, prime minister

September 8, 2013 10

Tony Abbott walked out on stage last night as our next prime minister. But did he step up from the ruthlessly effective opposition leader we've come to know over the last four years?

Abbott’s pitch is to abandon his party’s principles to win

Abbott’s pitch is to abandon his party’s principles to win

August 29, 2013 14

Muscular 19th century liberalism is dead in Australia as a mainstream ideology. And Tony Abbott is helping kill it with his pitch for a Coalition government.

No Lib elder statesmen to support the monkey king

No Lib elder statesmen to support the monkey king

August 26, 2013 54

Tony Abbott officially launched his campaign in Queensland yesterday, and it was the first time he gave anything like a political speech. But the divide between the old and new Liberal party has never been so stark.

Tips and rumours

Tips and rumours

July 17, 2013

Tensions get to Liberal staffer? ... Greens dare to charge for fundraiser ... Alexander Downer circa 1897 ...

Libs will face off with Nats over optional preferential voting

January 10, 2013 23

Some Liberals may want optional preferential voting to freeze out Labor and the Greens, but history shows the National Party will again stand in the way. It can't do without it.

Latham’s Henderson Watch: liberal with the truth

June 4, 2012 23

A man who regards himself as Australia’s leading authority on the Liberal Party does not even know the name of the current Liberal leader’s electorate, writes former Labor leader Mark Latham.

Malcolm Fraser: multiculturalism hasn’t failed, only the Liberal Party

February 17, 2011 58

Multiculturalism is not a failed idea, says former PM Malcolm Fraser. He welcomes Labor's re-embrace, but in this piece for Crikey he condemns his former Liberal Party for creating a climate of fear on the issue.

Hey Tony, funding Indonesian schools works

February 9, 2011 30

As Julie Bishop and Tony Abbott fight over foreign aid cuts, Crikey examines why his proposal to cut $400 million from Australia's aid budget to Indonesia's schools program is a desperate measure, and one that won't see the light.