Mr Briggs resigned as cities minister after acting inappropriately towards a young woman while drinking in a Hong Kong bar during a ministerial visit in late November. Since then, Peter Dutton sent an insulting and misogynistic text, about a journalist who published details of the event, not to his college Jamie Briggs, but to the journalist herself. I spoke to Melbourne University’s Dr Lauren Rosewarne about this event, and what it demonstrates about Australian politics.
September 14 was a tumultuous day for Australian politics. At 4pm Malcolm Turnbull announced he was challenging Tony Abbott as leader of the Liberal Party, at 6pm Tony Abbott spoke out, at 9.15 they had a vote, and by 9.45 there was a new leader of the Liberal Party. Is this indicative of a larger trend? And what changes might Malcolm Turnbull have in store for his party and for Australia? I spoke to Melbourne University’s Associate Professor Sarah Maddison about this.