Those complaining about Rupert Murdoch wielding influence over prime ministers ignore the fact that prime ministers assiduously seek his favour.
Good morning, early birds. Kerry Stokes is now embroiled in reports about media involvement in the usurpation of Malcolm Turnbull. Plus, a Senate inquiry finds Peter Dutton misled parliament over the au pair scandal. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.
A month on from the leadership spill, and things are far from "business as usual". Crikey speaks to public servants about what effects this chaos really has within government departments.
While accusations of bullying in parliament have continued behind closed doors, one alleged perpetrator has been publicly named by departing MP Ann Sudmalis: Gareth Ward.
Just 4.5% of the world population lives in a free and fair democracy, and Australia is part of that lucky elite.
And that is, ultimately, why he failed.
Bullying, resignations, leaks and conspiracy theories — the Libs have not been providing Scott Morrison with the unity he's been craving.
Ms Tips spent much of 2015 keeping an eye on the doings of Malcolm Turnbull. She was right to.
A lot would have to go right for a Labor landslide in 2019, but even more would need to go right for Australian conservatism to recover from the leadership fiasco.