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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 free markets, free trade, 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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Former NSW Premier John Fahey, who championed Sydney Olympics bid, dies aged 75

The former NSW premier and Howard government minister is being remembered as a 'wonderful role model to generations of Liberals'.
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Daniel Andrews defends Victoria's coronavirus curfew amid human rights questions

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has defended the state's coronavirus curfew after a Liberal MP requested an investigation by human rights organisations.
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Liberal candidate Fiona Kotvojs yet to concede Eden-Monaro

Labor candidate Kristy McBain has claimed victory for the Eden-Monaro by-election but she's yet to hear from her Liberal rival Fiona Kotvojs.
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Victoria's big idea on mental health has lots of downside for Morrison's Liberals.
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Liberal and Labor MPs unite to call for Malka Leifer to be extradited

A pair of Liberal and Labor backbenchers will move a motion calling for Israel to immediately extradite alleged paedophile Malka Leifer to Australia.
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Romania's president asks outgoing PM Orban to form government

Romania's president on Thursday asked outgoing Prime Minister Ludovic Orban to form a new government around the premier's centrist Liberal party, moving a step closer to an early parliamentary election..
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Liberal backbencher Craig Kelly savaged on British TV for being a 'climate denier'

Liberal backbencher Craig Kelly has been savaged on UK television for denying the links between climate change and Australia's bushfire crisis.
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Critics liken Tasmania's latest anti-protest legislation to 'police state'

Protesters who disrupt businesses in Tasmania could spend up to four years behind bars under laws proposed by the state Liberal government.
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Stoush over Tasmania's anti-protest push

Protesters who disrupt businesses in Tasmania could spend up to four years behind bars under laws proposed by the state Liberal government.
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'Frustrated and angry': Bishop fears a 'backlash against globalisation'

Former Foreign Minister Julie Bishop defends the "rules-based world order" and says Liberals believe "in choice and freedom".
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Belgium to have first female PM as Michel takes EU top job: papers

Liberal politician Sophie Wilmes is set to become the first female prime minister of Belgium, local newspapers reported on Saturday.
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Raising voter fears helped Trudeau to victory in Canada: sources

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pulled off a second consecutive election win on Monday with a late change in tactics designed to scare progressive voters who showed signs of abandoning Liberal..
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Labor and Liberal politicians join forces in fight for Malka Leifer extradition

Malka Leifer faces extradition on 74 charges of sexually assaulting female students during her time at Melbourne's ultra-orthodox Adass Israel school.
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Labor, Liberals join fight for extradition

Malka Leifer faces extradition on 74 charges of sexually assaulting female students during her time at Melbourne's ultra-orthodox Adass Israel school.
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Canada's Trudeau keeps the wheel but prepares for left turn

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hung onto power on Tuesday, after a tight election reduced his Liberal government to a minority, a result that will likely push his agenda to the left while..
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Explainer: What happens in Canada now that Trudeau seems headed for a minority government

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau retained power in an election on Monday, but his Liberals were reduced to a minority, making governing with the rival New Democrats and other left-leaning parties..
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Canada's opposition Conservatives pledge to balance budget with no public job cuts

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Liberal, socialist MEPs want 'European Way of Life' title ditched

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The event, hosted by Assistant Multicultural Affairs Minister Jason Wood, was to feature none other than embattled Liberal MP Gladys Liu as the night’s auctioneer.
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Canada's Trudeau resumes campaign as polls show damage from blackface photo

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List of scandals and missteps involving Canada's Trudeau

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Cormann stops short of full defence of Liu

Government Senate leader Mathias Cormann has told parliament Victorian MP Gladys Liu was elected because a majority of voters preferred the Liberals to Labor.
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Calls to refer Liberal MP Gladys Liu to security agencies over China links

Pressure is mounting on Liberal MP Gladys Liu to explain how she was listed as a member of two Chinese Communist party propaganda organisations.
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Refer Liberal MP Liu to spy chief: senator

Senator Rex Patrick wants the prime minister to get information from security agencies about Liberal MP Gladys Liu's links to a Chinese government-linked group.
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Liberal MP Gladys Liu struggles to answer questions on China links

Liberal MP Gladys Liu says she cannot recall being involved with two Chinese Communist party propaganda organisations.
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Nine's Liberal fundraiser is a serious blemish for independent journalism

The Sydney Morning Herald's former editor-in-chief writes that Nine has hurt a proud legacy of independent journalism by hosting a political fundraiser.
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Canada's ruling Liberals to target wireless bills in election: sources

Canada's ruling Liberals will promise to help cut cell phone and internet bills in an upcoming election campaign amid widespread complaints about the cost of wireless communications, party sources..
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Norway's Liberals accept PM's ultimatum, preventing government's collapse

Norway's Liberal Party, a junior member of Norway's four-party government, will accept the prime minister's ultimatum on transport policy, preventing the cabinet's fall, Liberal leader Trine Skei..
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Rudd accuses Liberals of stirring 'hysteria' over China

Former prime minister Kevin Rudd has hit out at the Liberal Party, accusing the government of using core questions of foreign policy for its own domestic gain.
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Former MP appeals for Liberal diversity

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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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