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Leadership coups have become an increasingly common feature of Australian politics, but the electoral results aren’t always encouraging
Malcolm Turnbull’s defeat of Tony Abbott was the seventy-second leadership coup among major political parties at state or federal level since 1970 – a remarkable...
With declining reach and influence, the Murdoch empire can no longer determine election results
Labor might not have noticed it yet, but Rupert Murdoch’s capacity to influence the outcome declines with each passing election. Over the past eight months, Victoria and Queensland have...
What is the influence of the media on leadership styles and practices in Australia? Some people claim that the national media are setting the political agenda. Others say that their influence is declining as people move to digital media for their news - or abandon...
There’s a worrying thread running through decisionmaking in Canberra
Political attention over the past few weeks has been fixed on the drama of the Abbott government’s first budget – the winners and losers, the problem of broken promises, the prospects in the Senate....
Rodney Tiffen looks at the government’s current tendering process for Australia Network.
THERE have been so many records set recently in Australian politics that the politicians should be tested for steroids. We began the current electoral cycle with the personal defeat of a prime minister for only the second time in 110 years, with John Howard...
This essay analyses Canberra journalist and Costello advisor, Niki Savva's memoir.
'First we had the "Howard battlers": working and middle class Australians repelled by Keating's exotic pursuits and attracted to Howard's sound economic management. Then we had the "Howard haters", the term his supporters...