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The myth of the base: electing Dutton will threaten glorious defeat for the Liberal Party

The party hard man is seen as a sure vote winner by his supporters. But when even his own seat is not safe after 17 years, how can he win over the nation? Peter Dutton is not a sure vote winner even on his own home turf. The assumption that he’s a potent adversary of his party’s enemies in Queensland ...

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Peter Dutton: how the ‘minister for misery’ has defied his detractors

The former home affairs minister has consistently been underestimated throughout his political career As often as he has been loathed, Peter Dutton has been underestimated. He was not supposed to win his seat of Dickson in 2001, when he ran against the prominent shadow minister Cheryl Kernot, and with polls showing Labor set for a landslide election win. In the ...

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Australian PM set for showdown with party critics as crisis deepens

Senior frontbenchers resign and government suspends parliament as Malcolm Turnbull fails to quell Liberal party revolt Australia is on the brink of ushering in its sixth prime minister in a decade after the incumbent, Malcolm Turnbull, promised to hold a meeting of the Liberal party on Friday to see if he still commands the support of a majority of his ...

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New South Wales drops pledge to reform state’s racial vilification laws

  Attorney general Mark Speakman says there ‘are no present plans’ to amend Anti-Discrimination Act    Christopher Knaus     The New South Wales government has quietly dropped plans to reform the state’s racial vilification laws, prompting anger from Jewish leaders, ethnic groups and the Labor opposition.   The state government had previously pledged to fix the laws, which are ...

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