The AFP raids were a flashpoint for progressives who are increasingly unhappy with Malcolm Turnbull. But while they may be punishing him in the polling, many other voters would have been left nonplussed by the events of last week.


Behind the scenes, politicians’ minders will be working overtime during the election to win you over.

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The political weekly: Politics escalated from fantasy to farce this week as the Labor opposition tried to find ways to trip up the tyro Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his shiny new ministry.

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Why has new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull – an early adopter of social media and a prolific app user – nearly vanished from Twitter?

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I won’t add my thoughts to the likely millions of condolences expressed at the sudden death of Phillip Hughes. Mainly because I’d never heard of him until this week as I don’t follow cricket.

That’s not to say Hughes’ death didn’t affect me. I was reminded of my own fragile mortality, gave thanks for the health and safety of those I love, and also looked afresh at the week’s political antics.

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Trigger warning: this post contains descriptions of graphic images including death, disfigurement, violence, abuse, and suicide

I don’t need to see a photo of Luke Batty lying battered in the morgue to bear witness to the senseless domestic violence that stole his young life.

I don’t need to see a photo of Jill Meagher dumped in a shallow grave to bear witness to the flawed justice system that placed her in the path of the parolee who raped and murdered her.

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