Why would Bill Shorten stand by him? The answer lies in Sam Dastyari's importance in the NSW Right.
What is it with banks? The Coalition began dismantling the rules Labor had put in place to protect the public from them within weeks of taking office.
This has been a year for bizarre "firsts".
The Coalition wagon is puttering precariously towards the end of the year. The fuel light has been on for the last 20 kilometres and it's not clear where the next servo is.
Australians need to have confidence in their elected representatives, and an inquiry is needed.
There's no quick fix for the deep divisions among Coalition voters and MPs.
For a Coalition at war with itself, this banking inquiry is a potentially life-and-death question.
The impossible task of balancing the demands of the navy, industry and thrift.
"By passing this bill, we are saying to vulnerable young people: there is nothing wrong with you. You are not unusual. You are not abnormal. You are just you."
Who do you think would perform worse in an election: Malcolm Turnbull running as a local candidate in George Christensen's regional Queensland seat of Dawson, or Christensen running in Turnbull's inner-Sydney seat of Wentworth?
Pauline Hanson's populist movement is shown to be not so much anti-incumbent as anti the conservative establishment.
The PM's formal opponents will be ruthless following this shellacking, but it will be friendly fire from his right flank posing the most immediate danger.
Australia joined the Open Government Partnership but seems reluctant to actually do anything.
Queensland attracts a lot of national attention and not just because the Gabba test match kicks off the summer around this time each year.
Australia's richest and brightest are on to something. Super can fund business.
An unelected official and a weak PM prevented the people's representatives from being heard.
Among the overreactions a weakened Prime Minister can commit is to order a leak inquiry into his own cabinet.
Australia is a country worried about a future under a mighty and demanding China, and afraid that American leadership has already checked out.
Australian Greens leader Richard Di Natale stood Wednesday on a high park lawn with a sweeping view over Brisbane city and its inner suburbs and declared "we are going to make history at the weekend".
Suddenly the question is everywhere: can Malcolm Turnbull survive?
The major parties are a deeply entrenched part of our political culture. One vote won't change that.
Nothing to see here. Keep calm. Everything's under control.
A country gentleman led a Jersey cow named Nola down the street, ambling towards Pauline Hanson who was holding court outside her old fish 'n' chips shop in Ipswich, Queensland.
The ADF seems keener to fight in 20th-century battles than to defend against today's threats.
When a Prime Minister cancels a parliamentary week for no apparently good reason, there is usually a very pressing?concealed?reason.
Turnbull government moderates believe the character of the government changed last week when Australians backed marriage equality.
Why Sydney – home of the gay and lesbian Mardi Gras – was so divided over same-sex marriage
Alexander needs Turnbull and Turnbull, sure as hell, needs Alexander, if he is to hang on to his one-seat majority.
A divide on a social policy issue more profound than on any since Federation.
Why are these professional politicians so determined to back ideas they know the public hate?
The hurly-burly of the 2016 election campaign, as seen through the eyes of Fairfax reporters and photographers.