Crossbenchers want to get rid of the biggest hurdle to effective climate policy in Australia: politicians. But to do that, they need to go much further.
Good morning, early birds. Nationals backbencher Llew O'Brien has quit the party, and the storms that helped extinguish fires in NSW over the weekend have led to extreme flooding and evacuations. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.
Steggall's win against Abbott should have felt like a revolutionary occasion, but it's been somewhat of an anti-climax.
Independent candidate Zali Steggall has thanked her supporters for "voting for the future". And with that, Abbott is condemned to the past.
There are the two realities that Abbott forever inhabits — the messianic protector of Western civilisation, and Australia's great clanging embarrassment.
It was an enlivening and evenly matched piece of political theatre — and it's almost impossible to tell who actually won.
Tony Abbott's key challenger in Warringah doesn't want to change the system — she wants to see it managed better.