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Royal commission will finally give the elderly a voice
Opinion
Opinion

Royal commission will finally give the elderly a voice

“Elderly people have no status. Everybody knows that once you get old and you retire, you don't have any rights as elderly people."

  • by Adele Ferguson

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Political turmoil sends business confidence tumbling
Malcolm Turnbull

Political turmoil sends business confidence tumbling

Business confidence slumped to a two-year low in August, a period marked by upheaval in the government that saw Malcolm Turnbull ousted as prime minister.

Nuance to the numbers in PM's population pledge
Analysis
Opinion

Nuance to the numbers in PM's population pledge

Scott Morrison rejects the idea that the population debate has to be simplified into whether you stand for a “big Australia” or not.

  • by David Crowe
Small business returns to cabinet with appointment of Michaelia Cash
Craig Laundy

Small business returns to cabinet with appointment of Michaelia Cash

A new small business minister has been appointed in Scott Morrison's overhaul and the role has been returned to cabinet.

  • by Cara Waters
Senior right-wing Liberal was not an actual party member ... until now

Senior right-wing Liberal was not an actual party member ... until now

Ivan Stratov, a leader of the Liberals' 'Mormon faction' and a key power broker behind the Victorian right wing faction, has only just been made a member.

  • by Farrah Tomazin & Ben Schneiders
The Shire's 'bloke from next door' who became the Prime Minister
Scott Morrison

The Shire's 'bloke from next door' who became the Prime Minister

Deck chairs, footy, pizza and a pew: Scott Morrison's neighbours speak about his "average" life in the shire

  • by Carrie Fellner
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Time to pop the vox popped back in their box
Opinion
Opinion

Time to pop the vox popped back in their box

One was reminded by every spasm of vox pop interviews of Winston Churchill's famous insight that "The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter".

  • by Ian Warden
Queensland LNP MPs urged to reject abortion laws

Queensland LNP MPs urged to reject abortion laws

The youth branch of Queensland's Liberal National Party is calling on its state parliamentarians to reject abortion laws introduced to State Parliament this week.

  • by Sonia Kohlbacher
'I’ll be turning to Peter for advice': new Treasurer taps Costello

'I’ll be turning to Peter for advice': new Treasurer taps Costello

Newly-minted deputy Liberal leader and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg hits the streets of Kooyong with Peter Costello on Saturday.

  • by Tom Cowie
Liberals missing heart ... and the mark
Canberra

Liberals missing heart ... and the mark

Tony Abbott's political career may one day provide the perfect subject for tragic plays, operas full of madness, ruthlessness, plotting and true horror.

  • by Ian Warden
Gaffer tape government: Liberals patch over enduring hatreds
Malcolm Turnbull

Gaffer tape government: Liberals patch over enduring hatreds

The infighting over Malcolm Turnbull's leadership nearly destroyed the government and it is not over yet. Key figures have sullied their own reputations.

  • by Mark Kenny National affairs editor