Federal Politics

Fergus Hunter

Fergus Hunter is a political reporter for Fairfax Media in the federal press gallery at Parliament House

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull distanced himself from the WA election campaign.

WA defeat shows 'PM must embrace centre'

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has been warned he must embrace the political centre, rather than the far right, after voter anger at a preference deal between One Nation and the Liberal Party helped deliver a massive loss for the Liberals at the West Australian election.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said Australians are sick of political correctness.

Dutton points to super-sized security departments in the US, Britain

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton, seen as the chief government backer of a proposal to create a super-sized homeland security department, has articulated the intelligence-sharing rationale for the United States making a similar change and said Australia must continue to have a modern system that strives for "world's best practice".