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Summer of ’69: lessons from a Liberal spill

Summer of ’69: lessons from a Liberal spill

John Gorton saw off the first Liberal party room spill, but he was ousted next time around, and Gough Whitlam was happy to pick up the pieces. But does Labor have a Whitlam in the wings?

The not always rewarding history of defamation and political leaders

The not always rewarding history of defamation and political leaders

My own experience in this and other defamation matters perhaps gives me a different perspective to many people on the balance there should be between critical commentary and reporting on political matters.

Rudd navigates the thicket of early election timing

Rudd navigates the thicket of early election timing

Rudd is a natural conservative, a low-risk player, and early elections are a risky strategy. If Rudd decides that the advantages of boosting the minor party strength in the Senate outweigh the disadvantages, he can do it.

Rudd need not apologise for G20

Rudd need not apologise for G20

Last week's G20 meeting was extraordinary, and Kevin Rudd played his part, writes Mungo MacCallum.

Richard Farmer’s political bite-sized meaty chunks

Richard Farmer’s political bite-sized meaty chunks

Meaty snippets from the home of government by Richard Farmer.

In the Territory, a coup takes two

In the Territory, a coup takes two

The Northern Territory's Country Liberal Party has divided down the middle. That's two all. Our Man In Darwin reports.

Brendan Nelson, the Alexander Downer for a new century

Brendan Nelson, the Alexander Downer for a new century

For what has been, on the whole, a very successful political party, the Liberal Party has a decidedly mixed record on leadership, writes Charles Richardson.

Sleaze to be found in all sorts of high offices

Sleaze to be found in all sorts of high offices

It had to happen. Overnight a Facebook group has appeared called I won't be voting for a drunken p-rvert 07, writes Christian Kerr.