Turnbull picks up the phone to Muslim leaders

Nicole Hasham, Rachel Olding 7:11 PM   Muslim families are Australia's "front line of defence" against radicalised young people, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says, as the federal government departs from former Prime Minister Tony Abbott's more blunt language towards the Muslim community.

Latest political news

Nauru 'hell for refugees'

Zijah Haider, 17, was one of two youths beaten by Nauruan men in an attack.

Nicole Hasham 1:04 AM   Refugee advocates say the situation on Nauru is "out of control", following an alleged attack on two young men by a gang of locals.

AFP called in to find Nauru whistleblowers

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Nicole Hasham 12:15 AM   The federal government called in the Australian Federal Police to investigate information leaks from the Nauru detention camp six times in as many months.

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Armoured vehicles to be replaced

Malcolm Turnbull is expected to announce today that the Australian army's ASLAVs are to be replaced.

Mark Kenny 7:15 PM   Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is set to announce a key piece of Australia's future defence force capability: up to 1000 armoured vehicles.

Mental health shake-up imminent: Ley

Health Minister Sussan Ley said 70 per cent of about 5700 items on the Medicare Benefits Schedule have not changed since 1984.

Nicole Hasham 12:15 AM   Health Minister Sussan Ley says Australia's mental health system will soon be overhauled after a review found the current regime was disjointed and must get better at "catching people before they fall".

Dick Smith savages PM for shielding rich

Taxing times: Dick Smith says there's no threat to the rich.

Heath Aston   Dick Smith says Malcolm Turnbull will be "ratting on typical Australians who pay their tax" if the Coalition goes through with plans to shield large private companies from disclosing how much tax they pay.

Nauru scraps curfew at asylum seeker camp

'From Europe To Australia Welcome Refugees' rally on September 12, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced an additional 12,000 places for Syrian refugees on September 9, 2015. The extra permanent resettlement places will almost double this year's refugee intake, however protesters are calling on further allowances from the Federal Government in addition to the closure of offshore processing centres in Nauru.

Heath Aston 1:21 PM   More than 600 asylum seekers detained on Nauru will be able to move around the island 24 hours a day, with the Nauru government poised to scrap the curfew at its Australia-funded processing centre.

Deported Nauru staff demand explanation

Former Save the Children worker Natasha Blucher. "The whole thing has been surreal – and symptomatic of a complete lack of justice in the system."

Adam Morton   Social workers deported from Nauru last year following unsubstantiated claims they encouraged asylum seekers to self-harm and fabricate stories of abuse are yet to receive an explanation.

Russia's second wave raises major fears 

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop speaking at the United Nations on Tuesday.

David Wroe   Russia carried out a second wave of bombing raids in Syria on Friday while Iran reportedly sent ground troops, raising tensions with Washington..

Liberals to release China FTA attack ads 

Bill Shorten.

Heath Aston   The Liberal Party is set to raise the temperature in the fight over the China Free Trade Agreement, with attack ads that accuse "ratbag unions" of stoking racism against the Chinese.

Hockey anoints political successor

Liberal Party sources say Trent Zimmerman is all but certain to win preselection for North Sydney.

Heath Aston   Former Treasurer Joe Hockey has given his blessing to Trent Zimmerman to replace him in the seat of North Sydney.

Comment & Analysis

Is this the end of the war as we know it?

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Judith Ireland   Under Tony Abbott, the culture war has been more of a thematic mixed bag, complete with retro 1990s stylings.

The problem with men


Phil Cleary   We need our politicians to speak with the same fervour about this violence as they do about Islamic State.

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Why  we should get five weeks' annual leave

Jessica Irvine

Jessica Irvine   Hands up if you spend 10 minutes each weeknight checking work emails?

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Why I want the PM to give up his $500k salary

"One commenter demanded to know where I was when Kevin Rudd was elected to office. I was seven years old and playing with Lego.": Corbin Duncan

Corbin Duncan   How much is a prime minister worth? The way we've discarded them over the past five years, perhaps a dollar sounds generous. 

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So that's it for Abbott? Don't bet on it

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Mark Kenny   Despite his promises to the contrary, the former PM has been doing the rounds telling anyone who will listen that he still has what it takes.

Juvenile detention: Australia is falling behind

Michael Bochenek is senior counsel for children's rights at Human Rights Watch.

Michael Bochenek   For Australia to begin to regain the moral authority it once had on human rights, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has his work cut out for him. A new report is a stark reminder to add juvenile detention to his list.

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IS wants nuclear weapons for slaughter

Paul Sheehan.

Paul Sheehan   Given the US inertia, the Australian government should support Russia's military intervention in Syria in support of the Assad regime.

Interview shows why Abbott is no longer PM

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Mark Kenny   Tony Abbott's choice of media outlets to justify his position and his government's performance says everything.

No more slogans please, Mr Morrison

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Peter Martin   The Treasurer must accept we have a revenue problem as well as a spending problem.

Defence white paper: bin it and start again

 Nicholas Stuart.

Nicholas Stuart   A white paper can either represent the clear, distilled thinking of a bureaucracy, or it can do its job.

DC's wind power could make Joe's eyes bleed

Mr Hockey has described wind turbines as a ''blight on the landscape''.

Tony Wright   Poor Joe Hockey. He'll need to wear a blindfold if he's not to be affronted in the next episode of his career.

The Liberal Party needs revitalising

Peter Reith.

Peter Reith   Malcolm Turnbull has a great opportunity to clean up the federal Liberal Party and inject some enthusiasm back into the party and the rank and file. As at today, the federal party is virtually defunct.

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University high jinks come back with bite

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Annabel Crabb   The world of politics is powerfully overrun with people who did embarrassing things when they were at university.

PM's Manus and Nauru conundrum

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Michael Gordon   Malcolm Turnbull is confronting two ugly realities as he responds to his own instinct and the pressure of others to end the suffering of asylum seekers in limbo on Manus Island and Nauru.

New Malcolm faces off with an old foe

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Mark Kenny   The Australian War Memorial seemed a fitting location for Brendan Nelson and Malcolm Turnbull to meet again.

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So the new PM is really, really rich. Get over it

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Judith Ireland   The fact that Turnbull is fabulously wealthy is no secret and no revelation. So why are we so fixated by it?

Time to retire 'the gender card'

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Anne Summers   Women in power should be judged by how well they perform their jobs, not by standards that are based on gender.

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China promise on climate change a gift to PM

US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping walk on the North Lawn of the White House in Washington on Thursday evening.

John Garnaut   Australia can no longer rely on the excuse of waiting for action from the world's two great emitters.

When Keating kept Turnbull in the game

Alan Ramsey

Alan Ramsey   When the new Prime Minister was considering quitting Parliament, former Labor prime minister said the country needed him to stay on.

Funding reform is the debate we must have

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Michael Spence   Any assessment of future options should not pretend the status quo is perfect.

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Special features

Turnbull's response to shooting part of new approach

Responding to the latest incidence of politically motivated violence, new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull struck a deliberately different tone from that of his predecessor, Tony Abbott.

Turnbull must dump draconian citizenship bill

Far from making us safer, legislation allowing Australian citizenship to be stripped from dual nationals would make matters worse.

Worker's paradise or black labour haven?

Ryan Tseng says something is "wrong" when the country once dubbed a 'working man's paradise' is now known for its thriving market in 'black' labour.

The times politicians tried to care about footy

Politicians trying to show they care about football is a bit like mixing hydrogen and oxygen: the results are often unstable and can sometimes blow up in your face.

Pyne never earned 'fixer' title but flatmate might

Matthew Knott As anyone who has lived in a share house knows, cleaning up a flatmate's mess is no fun.

Russian bombing: what are the risks?

What are the risks to Australian pilots of the Russians bombing in Syria? And what are the risks for the future of the country? Analysis with David Wroe.

'Fierce' Julia Gillard cheered alongside Michelle Obama

As Tony Abbott is criticised for his disgruntled-seeming dismount from the top job, Julia Gillard seems to be flourishing in a post-political career as a champion of girls education and feminist hero.

Interview shows exactly why he's no longer PM

Mark Kenny Tony Abbott's choice of media outlets to justify his position and his government's performance says everything.

Abbott is perfectly OK. Thanks for the therapy, Ray

Tony Wright Tony Abbott's interview with Sydney radio's Ray Hadley - a shouter, often, but in this case, a soother - was clearly so therapeutic it might have taken place on a couch.

Scott Morrison: no more slogans please

The Treasurer must accept we have a revenue problem as well as a spending problem.

Washington's wind power could make Hockey's eyes bleed

Tony Wright Poor Joe Hockey. He'll need to wear a blindfold if he's not to be affronted in the next episode of his career.

Liberal Party needs revitalising

Malcolm Turnbull has a great opportunity to clean up the federal Liberal Party and inject some enthusiasm back into the party and the rank and file. As at today, the federal party is virtually defunct.

Defence white paper: bin it and start again

A white paper can represent the clear, distilled thinking of a bureaucracy, in which case it will be anodyne, or it can do its job. There's no prize for guessing which model's likely to be picked for the Defence white paper.

Hope springs Turnbull

The new optimistic tone set by Prime Minister Turnbull has already boosted confidence. Now the challenge is to explain why we all need to get on board for more change.

Despair reigns over Manus' forgotten people

More than 50 people who have been recognised as refugees are stuck in a transit centre in Papua New Guinea's Manus province.