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In election gear but no election this year

m.switzer.com.au — Let's clear one thing up. There will be no election this year. There is no mood for a 2015 election within senior ranks of the Liberal Party. Despite a strong reception for last week's Budget, the plan is still to run a full term and continue on the path to recovery.

Both parties wave white flag on Budget repair

m.switzer.com.au — By David Speers When it comes to Budget repair and reducing the size of government, a big white flag was hoisted over Parliament House this week. Joe Hockey began the process on Tuesday night. Bill Shorten finished it off with gusto last night. The Government made a strategic shift this week from spending restraint to stimulus.

What's happened to lower taxes? Costello has a point

m.switzer.com.au — By David Speers Peter Costello delivered a well-targeted kick to the government's backside this week. It hit the mark and some raw nerves as well. The nation's longest serving Treasurer served it up to both sides of politics, but his main target was the Abbott Government.

This Budget needs to be so much better than the last

switzer.com.au — By David Speers Joe Hockey is due to hand down his second budget in just a month and there is still deep confusion within the government over what it is trying to achieve. If the problem with the first budget was a failure to adequately prepare the ground, this isn't a good sign.

Abbott backs down on Budget fight

switzer.com.au — By David Speers He's been the master of the three-word slogan. "Stop the boats", "end the waste", "scrap the tax". Tony Abbott has thrived in black and white political messaging. This week, however, the Prime Minister found himself delving into shades of grey, trying to deliver a nuanced message about his new softer approach to budget repair.

Support Slipping for PM

switzer.com.au — A growing number of Tony Abbott's own ministers have now come to the conclusion he is all but finished as Prime Minister. The only question remaining in their minds is the timing and method of his removal. In the leadership ballot earlier this month, 39 MPs voted in favour of a spill.

A glimpse into the future of coal

switzer.com.au — By David Speers in Japan An hour from the city of Hiroshima, across the calm waters of the Seto Inland Sea, lies the island of Osakikamijima. It's beauty once inspired famous Japanese haiku poems, but now the island is home to a huge construction project aimed at keeping the coal industry alive.

Time to get off the ropes Tony

switzer.com.au — By David Speers Immediately after surviving what he called a "near death experience" in Monday's leadership ballot, a shaken Tony Abbott promised to change his ways and urged his divided troops to unite behind him. "I'm terrible at fighting Liberals", he acknowledged with sleeves rolled up, "but fantastic at fighting Labor".

All trains lead to Turnbull

switzer.com.au — By David Speers There may not be a declared candidate yet, but make no mistake, a leadership contest is underway. Malcolm Turnbull has emerged as the only serious alternative to Tony Abbott and the partyroom knows it.

The leadership genie is out of the bottle

switzer.com.au — By David Speers Tony Abbott may well hang onto his job through to next year's election, but he won't be able to escape damaging speculation from now on. Everything he does will be scrutinised through the leadership prism, as will every move made by Julie Bishop and Malcolm Turnbull.
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