Government ministers bring very different approaches to the job.
John Warhurst is an emeritus professor of political science at the Australian National University.
The industry may be unpopular but it has vast political power at its disposal.
Australia has long had its share of minor party and independent voters, informal voters and non-voters.
State of origin still matters a great deal in federal politics, which isn't entirely a party v party contest.
Senior Liberals must step in and stop the Nationals' damaging, self-interested push to the bush.
Despite declining church attendance, the community's Christian roots should not be underestimated.
In politics, those who have most to gain or lose usually prevail over the majority.
The public yearns for more consensus rather than confrontation, but our parties are yet to learn.
Since 1970, governments switched leaders 17 times - and lost almost all the following elections.
Peter Dutton has revealed an unusual sensitivity and unwillingness to recognise community concerns.