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

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.
Jan 31, 2015

Now looks like Labor will have at least 44 seats. Far more likely to form govt than LNP. Amazing result #qldvotes @SkyNewsAust

Jan 31, 2015

Michael Kroger says Newman has lost Ashgrove. No disagreement from rest of Sky News panel @SkyNewsAust

Jan 31, 2015

About to kick off #qldvotes coverage on Sky. Late mail not sounding good for Campbell Newman in Ashgrove. @SkyNewsAust

Jan 31, 2015

RT @ljayes: LNP confident of holding on but @theqldpremier's tenure is over. Newman will stay leader till partyroom vote @TimNichollsMP likely successor

Jan 31, 2015

RT @Kieran_Gilbert: Mr Brough has confirmed people are talking "backbenchers are only concerned about what's in the best interests of the nation"

Jan 31, 2015

RT @Kieran_Gilbert: When contacted by Sky News Mal Brough has not rejected the reports that some coalition MP's have urged him to challenge ping @jamesmassola

Jan 31, 2015

My prediction: Labor 33, LNP 53, independents 3. Genuinely unsure if Newman will hold Ashgrove. tinyurl.com/k6cqgpd #qldvotes

Jan 31, 2015

@critker no sarcasm...I'm a complete nerd. This is going to be a very interesting night.

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