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Palmer sticks to his guns over lobbyists' roles in Liberal Party

Lenore Taylor THE bitter feud between Liberal Party life member Clive Palmer and senior Liberal figures will spill into the party's federal council meeting this weekend, with Mr Palmer saying his concerns about...

Fraser quits Liberal Party

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Former PM Malcolm Fraser quits Liberal Party after allegedly telling his friends that his replacement, Tony Abbott, was "all over the place" in terms of policy

Grange affair a hard act to swallow

Barry O'Farrell.

Deborah Snow, Sean Nicholls A throw-back to old-fashioned courtesies helps bring down a premier.

Coalition celebrates a religious Easter: Eight of 19 cabinet members are Catholic

SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES - SEPTEMBER 07:  Australian Prime Minister-elect, Tony Abbott claims victory in the 2013 Australian Election on September 7, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. Liberal-National Coalition leader Tony Abbott was elected Prime Minister in a landslide victory over Labor leader Kevin Rudd, bringing the conservative party to power for the first time in six years.  (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams-Pool/Getty Images)

Jonathan Swan Catholics are in power this Easter, with the highest proportion of ministers of that faith occupying senior positions in a Coalition government.

Mike Baird fills Barry O'Farrell breach

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Sean Nicholls Newly commissioned NSW Premier Mike Baird has foreshadowed changes to the way lobbyists operate in the state, declaring people are ''incredibly disappointed and shocked'' at what has unfolded before...

A family at war

Dallas Abbott

James Rose For most people, the Battle of Fire Support Base Coral wouldn't quite rank with Gallipoli or Tobruk in the nation's military pantheon.

Ms Fix-it

Peta Credlin, Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Jane Cadzow As chief of staff to Tony Abbott, Peta Credlin is regarded as the organisational brain behind the prime minister - and by some as having way too much power.

Institute of Public Affairs calls for the abolition of the minimum wage

Ben Schneiders The Institute of Public Affairs - a think tank well connected within the Liberal Party - has proposed that Australia's minimum wage be abolished.

Clive Palmer puts Liberals' third seat at risk in WA Senate vote

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Tom Allard The Liberal Party is battling to hold a third Senate seat in Western Australia in Saturday's historic byelection for the upper house as an advertising blitz from mining magnate Clive Palmer begins to...

Liberal fund-raiser linked to Hockey pays back $22,000

Joe Hockey

Mark Kenny, Sean Nicholls Twenty-two thousand dollars worth of funds paid to a Liberal Party fundraising group for Treasurer Joe Hockey's electorate, from the Obeid-linked Australian Water Holdings company since 2009, have...

Sinodinos was warned 'company may be dishonest'

Michaela Whitbourn and Kate McClymont Liberal Party heavyweight Arthur Sinodinos was warned by top public servants to be careful of the company he was keeping as chairman of Obeid-linked company Australian Water Holdings because ''they...

Arthur Sinodinos hires silk to represent him at ICAC inquiry

Kate McClymont dinkus

Kate McClymont There was a great deal of interest when one of the state's most accomplished and costly barristers stood to announce his appearance at the Independent Commission Against Corruption on Monday morning.

Universities face claim they avoid scrutiny of fossil fuel investments

Larissa Nicholson A leaked email has embarrassed Australian universities by suggesting they plan to avoid scrutiny of fossil fuel investments.

Slush fund royal commission: the labour movement faces its demons

March starting at the Parliament House in Perth by Western Australian Unions.

Royce Millar and Ben Schneiders The Royal Commission into union corruption could fatally wound Bill Shorten’s leadership. Or so Tony Abbott hopes. But the PM should be careful what he wishes for.

Analysis: Disenchanted SA voters driven by fears of economy in decline

Tony Wright South Australia's two big political parties - particularly the Liberals - are famous for long and bitter internal divisions.

Liberals set to seize power in Tasmania

Andrew Darby Hobart The Liberal Party's grasp on majority government in Tasmania strengthened early in the count on Saturday night.

South Australian state election vote count could last days

Steven Marshall

Tony Wright Both Labor and Liberal leaders claimed they were confident of forming government.

Liberals rely on early votes as South Australian election too close to call

Tony Wright The South Australian Liberal Party is pinning last-minute hopes on a record number of pre-poll and postal votes to scrape it into government, but Labor believes it can still win the support of...

Arthur Sinodinos stood to make millions from company linked to Eddie Obeid, corruption inquiry told

Eddie Obeid.

Kate McClymont and Michaela Whitbourn Senior Labor and Liberal figures including Assistant Treasurer Arthur Sinodinos stood to make tens of millions of dollars from a company linked to the family of crooked former powerbroker Eddie...

Arthur Sinodinos quits frontbench, but ICAC scrutiny set to continue

Arthur Sinodinos.

Mark Kenny, Kate McClymont Tony Abbott's six-month-old government has been plunged into its first ministerial crisis after Assistant Treasurer Arthur Sinodinos fell on his sword, becoming the first federal victim of a widening...

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