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Liberalism is a political and moral philosophy based on liberty, consent of the governed, and equality before the law. Liberals espouse a wide array of views depending on their understanding of these principles, but they generally support limited government, individual rights, capitalism, democracy, secularism, gender equality, racial equality, internationalism, freedom of speech, freedom of the press and freedom of religion. Yellow is the political colour most commonly associated with liberalism.

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Canada's two main parties tied ahead of October vote, Greens rise: poll

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberals and the main opposition Conservatives are in a statistical tie of voters' preferences, according to a new opinion poll ahead of the Canadian federal..
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Former MP appeals for Liberal diversity

Former Liberal MP Craig Laundy says recruiting more women and people from different cultural backgrounds will be crucial to the party's future.
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China dispute casts shadow on Canadian election, and on Trudeau

Canada's dispute with China, an economic powerhouse, has been a nagging headache for Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and the feud is showing no signs of going away before his October bid for..
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CBD Melbourne: Has Berger got the lot?

Liberals, they’re just like us. Or so a Seek advertisement placed by former Aston MP turned headhunter Chris Pearce would have you believe as the Victorian Liberals hunt for their next state..
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Time to break up the Liberal boys' club

The idea that the Liberal Party is immune to sexual harassment is delusional.
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Liberals confront fresh allegations of sexual assault made by party staffers

Two female political staffers that worked for senior Liberal politicians have raised new allegations of sexual assault, targeting the party's culture and response to complaints.
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I spoke out because many others can't: the toxic Liberal culture that allows sexual predators

Two women went public this week to say they were sexually assaulted while working for Liberal politicians. One of them explains why she broke her silence.
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Teach climate science, denial: new Liberal

School children should hear a diverse range of views in the classroom, including from climate change advocates as well as sceptics, a new Liberal MP says.
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Government MP plays down Liberal sexual assault allegations as 'beat-up'

Nationals MP David Gillespie says media reports about sexual assault allegations made against Liberal staffers are a "bit of a beat-up".
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WA Liberal event skips welcome to country acknowledgement

There was no welcome to country at this weekend's WA Liberal conference, with the leader saying it's not meaningful to 'tick a box' to be politically correct.
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Plots and preselections as Liberal moderates flex their muscles

Canberra-aspirants James Brown and Natalie Ward pressed the flesh among preselectors and party stalwarts.
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My salute to a Liberal who is hearing our Indigenous voice

The film director applauds the maiden speech of a Liberal senator who has endorsed constitutional recognition of an Indigenous voice to Parliament.
The Age - Published

Newstart rise bad for budget: Liberal MP

A Liberal MP has warned an increase to Newstart would have a major impact on the budget bottom line.
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EU liberal lawmakers to back von der Leyen as next EU commission head: chairman

Liberal lawmakers at the European Parliament will support German conservative Ursula von der Leyen as the next European Commission president, the leader of the group said on Tuesday.
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Barilaro urges federal Nats to consider Liberal Senate challenge

The NSW Nationals leader John Barilaro says his federal colleagues should consider pushing the Liberals to hand over a Senate vacancy.
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Warren Mundine is weighing up a Liberal Senate bid

Prominent indigenous businessman Warren Mundine says he's looking at launching a bid to become a Liberal senator in NSW.
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Tas govt keep majority after Hickey threat

Tasmania's Liberal Speaker Sue Hickey has opted to remain a member of the party after considering her position following a cabinet reshuffle snubbing.
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Tas Liberal government keeps majority

Tasmanian Liberal Speaker Sue Hickey is expected to reveal whether she will remain a member of the party at a press conference on Friday afternoon.
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Tasmanian government majority looks shaky

Tasmania's Liberal Speaker Sue Hickey is considering quitting the party after she was overlooked in a cabinet reshuffle on the weekend.
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Liberal in-fighting back in spotlight as political 'class of 2019' given orientation

On the same day new MPs were given a crash course of Parliament, the events of the 2018 leadership contest that saw Malcolm Turnbull dumped as Prime Minister are being revisited.
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Cory Bernardi ponders return to Liberals

Australian Conservatives leader Cory Bernardi says he's thinking about his next steps in federal politics which could include a return to the Liberals.
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Politicians unite in praise of Bob Hawke

Labor, Liberal and National politicians all agree that Bob Hawke's career was an "unbelievable journey" that left Australia a stronger and better place.
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Chinese ships cause government conflict

A Liberal former minister has taken aim at her own government's handling of a visit by three Chinese naval ships to Sydney Harbour this week.
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Liberal MP backs re-wording national anthem as Indigenous players plan State of Origin protest

A conservative Liberal MP believes many Australians would support re-wording the national anthem to address Indigenous rugby league players' concerns.
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Pressure piled on WA's EPA over emissions

The resources sector and Liberals are piling pressure on WA's Environmental Protection Authority, which rescinded a carbon neutral proposal for big projects.
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Taking Liberals to court over Chinese how-to-vote cards will be 'very difficult'

Labor is considering to launch a legal challenge over how-to-vote cards shared on Chinese social media platform WeChat.
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Liberal coalition Progressive Slovakia/Together wins EU vote in Slovakia

Liberal, pro-European coalition Progressive Slovakia/Together won the EU election in Slovakia with 20.1 % of the vote, followed by the ruling leftist Smer party at 15.7 %, official results showed on..
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PM welcomes resignation of Liberal candidate Gurpal Singh over rape comments

A Victorian Liberal candidate has been asked to resign after it emerged he said an alleged rapist was the “real victim”.
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Coalition victory in Melbourne seat of Chisholm hands Morrison majority government

Scott Morrison now has a clear majority government, after the Liberals retained the Melbourne seat of Chisholm.
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I'm young, I voted Liberal and I am not a bigot

I'm sad that many people saw Liberal voters as a negative influence on this country.
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A Liberal victory in Wentworth helps Scott Morrison secure majority government

The Liberals are set to secure Wentworth which means the Coalition will have enough seats to form a majority government.
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Labor agenda way too ambitious: WA premier

The Liberals appear to have kept all of their seats in Western Australia despite fears of a Labor rout in the federal election.
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Libs lose Warringah but could gain in NSW

The Wentworth contest remains close with independent Kerryn Phelps neck and neck with Dave Sharma, but overall the Liberals may end up with an extra NSW seat.
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Anne Aly nervously waits on Cowan result

Adding to their national election loss, Labor appear to have failed to grab any seats from the Liberals in WA while Anne Aly waits on the results in Cowan.
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Australia's conservative government on course for 'miracle' election victory

Australia's Liberal-led conservative government was headed for a remarkable victory at the national election early on Sunday after uncovering a narrow path to victory that twisted through urban fringes..
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Libs set to keep Melbourne heartlands

The Liberals look set to retain their Melbourne heartland seats, with Katie Allen in the lead in Higgins and Josh Frydenberg declaring victory in Kooyong.
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Porter to get a tattoo after election win

Labor has failed to snatch the marginal seat of Pearce away from the Liberals and Attorney-General Christian Porter in Western Australia.
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Liberals on track to win Chisholm amid Chinese 'vote Liberal' posters allegations

The Liberals' Gladys Liu looks set to cinch the Victorian seat where allegations of "dirty tricks" campaigning were prominent.
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Election sticks to the script in SA

Labor looks set to dominate the Adelaide metropolitan area in Saturday's federal election, leaving the Liberals with just one city-based seat in the SA capital.
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Government takes early lead in Australia's election count

Early counting in Australia's national election showed a small swing to the governing Liberal-led conservative coalition, running counter to pre-election opinion polls and setting the stage for a tight..
Reuters - Published

Leadership tensions damaging our election votes, say senior Liberals

The Liberal Party's vote has been damaged by leadership tension and division in its ranks, senior party figures are saying.
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Birmingham fighting to the end in SA

Labor looks set to dominate the Adelaide metropolitan area in Saturday's federal election, leaving the Liberals with just one city-based seat in the SA capital.
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Abbott supporter assaulted with corkscrew at polling booth

A man has attacked a Liberal volunteer with a corkscrew and torn down campaign material at a polling station in Tony Abbott's Sydney electorate of Warringah.
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Labor looking to dominate in Adelaide

Labor looks set to dominate the Adelaide metropolitan area in Saturday's federal election, leaving the Liberals with just one city-based seat in the SA capital.
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Key WA seats at the federal election

The key West Australian seats heading into Saturday's federal election are Pearce, Hasluck and Swan, which Labor hopes to snatch from the Liberals.
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Bill Shorten cooks up democracy dumplings

Labor leader Bill Shorten says there's a mood for change after Malcolm Turnbull's son urged voters to dump conservative Liberal MPs.
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Morrison's Liberal launch mostly about him

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has launched the Liberal election campaign with an event mostly designed to let voters know more about him.
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Quotes from the Liberal campaign launch

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has officially launched the Liberal election campaign in Melbourne, a week out from polling day.
SBS - Published

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