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NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet and state president Phillip Ruddock.

NSW Liberals asked to consider end to new native title claims

A year after the High Court ruled anyone with Indigenous heritage could not be deported some NSW Liberals are calling for a referendum to change the constitution.

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  • Samantha Hutchinson
Alex Hawke.

NSW Liberals eye reforms to prevent another election debacle

The party is considering changes that will strip a high-powered position once occupied by Alex Hawke of the bulk of its decision-making powers.

  • Samantha Hutchinson

This Month

For a conservative voter, there appeared to be little difference between the policies of Anthony Albanese and Scott Morrison.

Here’s the real reason the Liberals lost the election

The lesson of the Morrison government’s election defeat is that caving to leftist positions might have changed the subject, but it didn’t win votes, writes this former senator and new The Australian Financial Review columnist.

  • Amanda Stoker
High school teacher Daisy Turnbull

Daisy Turnbull a potential candidate as Liberals try to head off teals

The NSW moderate Liberals are hunting for a successor in the state electorate of Vaucluse as incumbent Gabrielle Upton will not contest the seat next year.

  • Samantha Hutchinson


OECD secretary-general Mathias Cormann is in a much happier place than his former home in the Western Australian Liberal Party.

Liberals look for love in all the wrong places

The party’s disastrous financial and political decline in Western Australia is just the most extreme example of its state-by-state fall from political grace.

  • Jennifer Hewett
 July 2002, Williams with The Sphere in Battery Park. The sculpture sat between the twin towers and miraculously survived the attacks of 9/11.

‘Bloodhound’ Pam Williams looks to her last deadline

In a career at the Financial Review spanning more than 30 years, with a series of scoops and six Walkley Awards, she has put away her notepad – for now, anyway.

  • Andrew Clark
The party of John Howard, right, and Peter Costello has drifted away from the economic policies they believed in.

Liberals have regressed to big government

During the recent era of Coalition rule, the party of Howard and Costello rarely explained how growth comes from the private sector, entrepreneurship and innovation.

  • Tom Switzer
Former Liberal staffer Bruce Lehrmann.

Brittany Higgins case: Accused’s trial set for October 4

The trial of the man accused of raping former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins at Parliament House will start later this year.

  • Tom McIlroy
NSW Treasurer Matt Kean believes facilitating more female participation will boost workforce numbers.

NSW invests big on getting women into work

An extra $3 billion in childcare subsidies by the NSW government will trigger a modest increase in the number of working women, according to official forecasts.

  • Aaron Patrick
NSW Treasurer Matt Kean last week.

Treasurer Matt Kean emerges as the real power in NSW

The left-wing Liberal has become the dominant force in the NSW government, and is using his power to implement teal-like policies.

  • Aaron Patrick
Genghis Khean rides down Macquarie Street, circa 1222:

‘I didn’t invade Ukraine’ joins the great excuses of world history

Need a good reason for why the dog ate your homework? There is a grand historic lineage you can turn to!

  • Rowan Dean
John Roskam has called on Opposition Leader Peter Dutton to drop net zero from Liberal Party policy.

Net zero will be the new zero-COVID

The energy crisis should prompt Peter Dutton to ditch the 2050 emission target that, like eliminating the virus, no one will ever admit to supporting.

  • John Roskam
Scott Morrison promises his support for Malcolm Turnbull a few days before replacing him as prime minister in August, 2018.

Turnbull is the shadow figure in Morrison’s downfall

The 29th prime minister turned himself into a quasi opposition leader – and channelled wavering inner-city Liberals towards the independents, Labor and Greens.

  • Aaron Patrick
Andrew Constance has asked for a recount in Gilmore.

Electoral commission considers Constance request for recount

Andrew Constance said he was concerned with the scrutiny of informal votes in Gilmore, hours before the AEC was due to declare Labor’s Fiona Phillips the winner.

  • Michael Read
David Pocock

Wallabies great David Pocock wins ACT Senate seat

Pocock defeated Liberal Zed Seselja in an historic victory, ending the major party stranglehold on ACT Senate representation.

  • Tom McIlroy
Employment Minister Stuart Robert.

Stuart Robert’s accusation of Labor’s secret super raid backfires

The modelling was commissioned by a former Liberal MP as part of a broader look at the system and does not form part of any party’s policy development process.

  • Ronald Mizen and John Kehoe
The Uluru Statement from the Heart was released in 2019, with a Voice to Parliament one of its main aims.

‘Very good message’: Labor welcomes Dutton’s openness on Voice

The Albanese government says Julian Leeser’s appointment as opposition Indigenous affairs spokesman is a positive sign for constitutional recognition.

  • Tom McIlroy
Opposition Leader Peter Dutton announced the Coalition’s new frontbench on Sunday afternoon, alongside Deputy Leader David Littleproud.

Dutton flags switch to nuclear power

The opposition is gearing up for a fight over nuclear energy with the appointment of advocate Ted O’Brien to the Climate Change and Energy portfolio.

  • Phillip Coorey
John Howard launches his 1996 election campaign.

Liberals must fight back to win the battle of values

The Liberal Party will continue to lose elections if all it does is just respond to the arguments made by the Labor Party without trying to change the national conversation.

  • Alexander Downer
Peter Dutton and Anthony Albanese

Reversal of fortune: Labor electorates earn more than Coalition seats

Households in Labor electorates now earn $8580 more a year than those in Coalition areas – a shift that could have profound effects on politics.

  • Aaron Patrick