Madonna King In 2009, everyone - including the man himself - assumed that Joe Hockey was a shoo-in as the next Liberal Party leader. So what went wrong?
Josh Gordon, Daniel Flitton and Adrian Lowe Howard-era finance minister Nick Minchin has emerged as a contender to take over as consul-general in New York after Steve Bracks was dumped from the role as one of the first acts of the incoming...
David Ellery Defence Minister Stephen Smith has been accused of sitting on a report into the Australian Defence Force Academy's handling of the Skype scandal because it is personally embarrassing.
Tom Arup Climate change sceptic Nick Minchin will star in a documentary set to appear on the ABC early next year.
Phillip Coorey THE South Australian Liberal senator Cory Bernardi spent three weeks in European cities in April touring suburbs rife with ethnic tension and meeting with politicians who were outspoken on Muslim...
Phillip Coorey SENIOR Liberals have defended Malcolm Turnbull against another attack on him by the conservative member Nick Minchin, saying it was unwarranted and stupid.
Arthur Sinodinos knows a thing or two about managing ''the elephants'', as he calls them. He had a ringside seat during the drawn-out struggles between John Howard and Andrew Peacock in the late...
Phillip Coorey PETER REITH has scolded Tony Abbott for being too timid to embrace industrial relations reforms, saying the Opposition Leader's ambivalence was a source of growing concern in the business community.
Jessica Wright IN A year of extraordinary events, the nation is about to witness yet another significant slice of Australian political history.
Jacqueline Maley, Phillip Coorey Until recently, Peter Reith's political legacy seemed settled. One of John Howard's most dependable ministers, an architect of workplace reform, a key player in the waterfront dispute and children...
Phillip Coorey THE Liberal Party has overshadowed the first anniversary of Kevin Rudd's ousting with a brawl between former cabinet ministers over the party's federal presidency.
Phillip Coorey THE Liberal powerbroker Nick Minchin has mounted a Labor-style industrial relations scare campaign in a last-ditch bid to prevent Peter Reith from becoming the Liberal Party's next federal president.
Phillip Coorey NICK MINCHIN has drawn the curtain on an 18-year career, citing his greatest achievement as defeating the republic referendum and lamenting his failures to speak out against the Iraq war and to force...
At about 3.30 on the afternoon of June 23, 2010, Kevin Rudd's press secretary, Lachlan Harris, was anxious.
Phillip Coorey THE cancellation of a Liberal Party federal executive meeting scheduled for this weekend has fuelled claims it was a deliberate act to stymie Peter Reith's bid to become the party's national...
Michelle Grattan Peter Reith was one of the Liberals' more controversial politicians and now he wants to be party president.
Phillip Coorey THE shadow treasurer, Joe Hockey, has told his colleagues to stop squabbling and put the party first as the Coalition braces for a hit in the polls after a week of internal dissent.
Jessica Wright TONY ABBOTT'S treatment of his leadership rival Malcolm Turnbull has backfired so badly that he has enraged frontbenchers and created a bitter split in the Liberal Party's senior ranks.
Jessica Wright Liberal Party unity is in tatters, with claims that Tony Abbott's relationship with his shadow treasurer, Joe Hockey, and rival Malcolm Turnbull is ''poisonous in every way''.
Phillip Coorey TONY ABBOTT has backed the disciplinary action taken against Malcolm Turnbull for missing a vote in Parliament despite the revelation that the Opposition Leader has missed just as many votes himself.