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In 13 years, Australia went from marriage apartheid to marriage equality

In 13 years, Australia went from marriage apartheid to marriage equality

In 2004, under prime minister John Howard, Australia amended marriage law to define what marriage was, and to very clearly rule out the recognition of…
Australian political feuds: five of the biggest bust-ups

Australian political feuds: five of the biggest bust-ups

As Turnbull and Joyce trade blows, the Guardian looks back at stoushes that toppled leaders on both sides of the houseWhen Malcolm Turnbull ousted Tony Abbott from the Liberal party leadership in
Turnbull dismisses Howard's call to defund schools that make sex education mandatory

Turnbull dismisses Howard's call to defund schools that make sex education mandatory

Former PM wants funding denied to schools that don’t allow parents to withdraw children from ‘values-based’ classes • Sign up to receive the top stories in Australia every day at noonMalcolm Turnbull
University explains why it walked away from grant for western civilisation degree

University explains why it walked away from grant for western civilisation degree

Vice-chancellor held talks with John Howard over Ramsay Centre donation but says ‘there was no prospect of’ agreementThe vice-chancellor of the Australian National University has spoken out about the
Howard backs Turnbull's fortunes as Liberal party votes to privatise ABC

Howard backs Turnbull's fortunes as Liberal party votes to privatise ABC

Former PM tells Liberal party council there’s a clear mood change among people because of Shorten’s ‘very leftwing agenda’The former prime minister John Howard says he senses “a clear mood change in
Euthanasia bill defeat: former territory leaders say Malcolm Fraser's promise broken

Euthanasia bill defeat: former territory leaders say Malcolm Fraser's promise broken

Paul Everingham says former prime minister had given him an undertaking not to override territory lawsAmid a fresh push to allow the territories to legalise euthanasia, the Northern Territory’s first
Israel embassy move: Morrison says there's no evidence 'at this time' of planned violence

Israel embassy move: Morrison says there's no evidence 'at this time' of planned violence

Prime minister accuses Labor of ‘behaving in an antisemitic way’ as John Howard backs shift on IsraelScott Morrison insists there is no evidence “at this time” of any planned violence as a consequence
Why are Australia's petrol prices so high? – video explainer

Why are Australia's petrol prices so high? – video explainer

Petrol prices have risen 20% in the past year, moving the issue to the top of the political agenda. But why? About half the cost is down to the international oil price but taxes make up 35% and
Liberal party changes rules to require two-thirds majority to unseat sitting PM

Liberal party changes rules to require two-thirds majority to unseat sitting PM

Scott Morrison said Australians were sick of ‘coup culture’ and announced new rules to make unseating a leader more difficultThe Liberal party has moved to disrupt the cycle of leadership instability
Morrison trumps even Howard with size of pre-election war chest

Morrison trumps even Howard with size of pre-election war chest

Governments often use their final budgets to conceal spending but the $9.3bn Myefo sweetener is biggest in 15 yearsThe Morrison government’s $10bn pre-election budget “war chest” is the biggest in 15
How the Howard government set up its bruising 1998 waterfront union showdown

How the Howard government set up its bruising 1998 waterfront union showdown

The 1996-97 cabinet papers are strangely muted on Coalition government’s role in the industrial dispute that reshaped AustraliaDuring 1996 and 1997, the Howard government was readying for one of the
John Howard praised by PM after reportedly intervening in domestic violence incident

John Howard praised by PM after reportedly intervening in domestic violence incident

Scott Morrison says Howard’s intervention ‘shows the character of the bloke’ as Kevin Rudd also praises former PMScott Morrison has lauded the former prime minister John Howard for intervening in a
Without facts, we slide into Trumpism. The truth matters here | Katharine Murphy

Without facts, we slide into Trumpism. The truth matters here | Katharine Murphy

It may be risky for Labor to open up a point of difference on asylum seekers – but it’s time to call out self-serving bullshitOn a frantic parliamentary night in late August 2001, all bedlam and
Neighbourhood bully: Australia views Asia through the wrong end of the telescope | George Megalogenis

Neighbourhood bully: Australia views Asia through the wrong end of the telescope | George Megalogenis

Will rookie PMs and our domestic political circus cause Australia lasting damage in the Asian century?“We do not claim to be Asian.” This provocative statement defined John Howard’s first overseas
George Pell's lawyer says child abuse was 'plain vanilla' sex as cardinal heads to jail

George Pell's lawyer says child abuse was 'plain vanilla' sex as cardinal heads to jail

Cardinal Pell is remanded in custody following his conviction for child sexual assault, which judge calls ‘callous, brazen offending’Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Catholic cleric ever
‘Not a life sentence’: Christopher Pyne plots next move after 26 years in parliament

‘Not a life sentence’: Christopher Pyne plots next move after 26 years in parliament

The ‘fixer’ intends to enter the world of business, and lists the advice he gave John Howard in 1993 as one of his big regretsRegrets, the retiring Christopher Pyne may have had a few, but one quickly
John Howard and Tony Abbott condemn NSW Labor over deal with Shooters party

John Howard and Tony Abbott condemn NSW Labor over deal with Shooters party

Howard says if ALP wins state election, gun control would be at risk at ‘great cost to community safety’John Howard and Tony Abbott have joined criticism of Labor’s preference deal with the Shooters,