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Killing season closes in

m.switzer.com.au — By David Speers This was no ordinary party room meeting. At the end of the week, Coalition MPs are still picking over that marathon gay marriage debate and trying to work out what it all means for the competing rivalries for power and influence in the Abbott Government.
Aug 13, 2015

The party room meeting they're still talking about & where it leaves the PM. My thoughts on the week: m.switzer.com.au/the-experts/da…

Aug 13, 2015

Turnbull warned party of giving Shorten a “stick to beat us with every day” on #SSM decision, @David_Speers reports m.switzer.com.au/the-experts/da…

A free vote is the only option on gay marriage

m.switzer.com.au — By David Speers The same sex marriage debate has been simmering for a long time, but after Sky News this week revealed a cross-party push to bring on a vote in the spring session of parliament, tensions escalated quickly. Liberal conservatives came out all guns blazing, led by no less than the Government's Senate leader Eric Abetz.
Jul 02, 2015

"most serious & challenging internal split Tony Abbott has faced during his five and a half years as Liberal leader" latika.me/1GS51O9

Jul 02, 2015

Top story: A free vote is the only option on gay marriage - The Experts | Swit… m.switzer.com.au/the-experts/da…, see more tweetedtimes.com/peterfra?s=tnp

Make or break time for Bill

m.switzer.com.au — By David Speers I remember listening to Bill Shorten's interview with Neil Mitchell back on June 21, 2013. At the time we were all focused on Bill Shorten. A bunch of Labor heavy hitters had already drifted to Kevin Rudd. If Bill finally moved away from Julia Gillard, it was all over.

All’s not fair in love, war, politics or sport

m.switzer.com.au — By David Speers It was another depressing week on the domestic political front. Joe Hockey again demonstrated his lack of political finesse with his blunder on the Sydney housing market. While Bill Shorten pretended his union past wasn't a problem amid growing questions about how he ran the Australian Workers Union WU in Victoria.

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.
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Aug 28, 2015

Did Vic Govt think Border Force were just tagging along with police on this operation for the experience?

Aug 28, 2015

Can't quite understand why the Vic Govt thought Border Force were needed to target "anti-social behaviour". Don't police do that?

Aug 27, 2015

Commissioner Dyson Heydon will hear further submissions tomorrow at 10am. His decision now delayed until Monday

Aug 27, 2015

Royal Commissioner Dyson Heydon has further delayed decision

Aug 27, 2015

RT @TURoyalComm: Decision on disqualification application now expected next Monday #turc #auspol

Aug 27, 2015

ACTU concerned about revelations in The Australian about when Heydon may have been aware of media interest in the Barwick Lecture

Aug 27, 2015

Presumably Commissioner Heydon will have to hear this ACTU submission tomorrow

Aug 27, 2015

ACTU has written to TURC requesting delay in Commissioner Dyson Heydon's ruling tomorrow

Aug 26, 2015

RT @adamgartrell: Palmer United has postponed its Canning by-election launch on Saturday due to "unforeseen circumstances"

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