A replication of previous political outings with closed shop decision making will only go so far as the political graveyard testifies.
It is a provision that nabs the unsuspecting member of Parliament who discovers, by self-pursuit or otherwise, that he or she is, in fact, seized of the loyalty of another state.
We donít seem to have noticed that when it comes to the state of the nation, the Blues (and Victoria) are all over us.
In a throwback to the 1950s, the divisive demons of the Catholic Church versus the state still plague the ALP in South Australia.
Neither George Pell nor Malcolm Turnbull are experiencing happy days at the moment.
He ought to be allowed to say what he thinks without his automatically attracting the 'naughty boy' label by doing so.
If the Coalition were to bleed a few thousand votes to One Nation over its newfound support for gay marriage, this could mean the difference between holding and not holding marginal seats.
This article puts forward a simple thesis. The expectation that the elected members of a party toe their party line is the complete antithesis of democracy.
The one which failed has had as important implications for the workings of government in Australia as the one which succeeded.
The problem with the Government's claim of Senate obstruction is that most of the abandoned zombie measures were never debated or voted on in the Senate.
Conservative voters' chief expectation is that Liberal/National governments will be economically responsible. There was an expectation that they would put an end to the Rudd-Gillard spending-spree-driven deficits.
They are wrong and the nostalgia is misplaced. Howard failed conservatives as well as the rest of us. But he doled out so much cash that few noticed.