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Canberra, Australia
Political Editor, Sky News Australia — Sky News
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Sky News Political Editor

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.

A difficult end to a difficult year

switzer.com.au — By David Speers The past week has provided a perfect illustration of 2014 in politics: a disaster for the government on the Budget, coupled with a strong response on national security. The Prime Minister's calm and confident handling of the siege in Sydney has impressed his critics both within the government and on the Labor side.

In defence of Joe

switzer.com.au — By David Speers Some of the conversations going on in the corridors of parliament this week have been frankly ridiculous. Yes, the government is in trouble. It's made big mistakes. The suggestion from some, however, that Joe Hockey should be replaced is simply bizarre. The Treasurer is far from blame-free for the government's troubles.

The week from hell

switzer.com.au — By David Speers By any measure this was the Abbott Government's worst week in office. A week mired in a broken promise, a spectacular ministerial gaffe and the appearance, at least, of the Prime Minister being rolled on a key policy.
Feb 26, 2015

Morrison on radio this morning: "these things are the gift of the party room..anyone who pretends different is kidding themselves"

Feb 26, 2015

I'm jumping in the #amagenda chair next for @Kieran_Gilbert who's off to host a NSW election leaders' debate at 1pm. @SkyNewsAust

Feb 26, 2015

RT @ljayes: Out for a run this morning in Rose Bay. Man of public transport @TurnbullMalcolm on the 324 to the city. No water taxis in sight.

Feb 26, 2015

RT @ljayes: Gillian Triggs "categorically denies any suggestion that the issue of an alternative job & resignation came at her instigation"…

Feb 26, 2015

Sky News has been told Triggs asked if "anything could be done" for her. A role in international law arena was suggested. #pmagenda

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