The Political Weekly: There’s nothing quite so pathetic as a self-deluded has-been politician, desperately trying to squawk their way back into the political spotlight, but in so doing only reinforcing the reason they were relegated to feather duster status in the first place.

He was touted as leadership material but, in the end, the rigours of high office brought his career to a sudden, unwelcome end.

Bombing Syria, cutting taxes, and dumping Joe Hockey as Treasurer – the latest ideas coming out of this Government suggest Tony Abbott is desperately scrabbling for anything in the hope of escaping his dire situation.

The Political Weekly: The political fortunes of an MP, party or even a government, can change in the wink of an eye as Bill Shorten and Bronwyn Bishop learned this week.

Talk of a cabinet reshuffle is ramping up in Canberra, but is that just wishful thinking from ambitious MPs, and can the PM risk the appearance of instability by rolling senior Liberals?

The Political Weekly: The Abbott government bangs the conservative drum on a range of issues to make sure all the talk of legalising gay marriage hadn’t made Coalition voters think the government had gone soft.

The Political Weekly: Overnight sensations, sloppy rhetoric and a spectacular own goal. Analysis of the week in politics.

Two post-budget polls show the Government is back in voters’ good books, but how long this lasts will depend on the ill-advised equity war Scott Morrison seems determined to fight.

The Political Weekly: All we saw was vote-buying with money the Government doesn’t have.

Contradictory messaging from the Treasurer Joe Hockey has exposed the government to criticism.