Michelle Grattan Julia Gillard lambasts media for not exposing the up to $10.6 billion black hole that Treasury found in Tony Abbott's election costings.
Dan Oakes The new defence minister will come under pressure to scrap Australia's most expensive defence project - the plan to build 12 submarines.
Michelle Grattan The tax issue is the nettle bush of politics. Unless handled with care, it stings painfully. Ask Kevin Rudd.
Phillip Coorey THE Greens leader, Bob Brown, says he will not agree to pass any Coalition legislation that would increase taxes or put pressure on the budget.
Andrew Darby Greens leader Bob Brown has pledged the party would not back any tax that lacked the Gillard government's support, as he responded to fears over the new Parliament.
Phillip Coorey THE Greens and the independents have offered Tony Abbott the opportunity to help govern from opposition, saying they would pass any policies with which they agreed, including paid parental leave,...
Katharine Murphy Wayne Swan says the tax summit pushed by the independents may discuss his mining tax legislation after Tony Windsor and Rob Oakeshott insisted the issue get a public airing.
Tom Arup, Katharine Murphy and Michelle Grattan The first cracks have appeared in the Gillard government's alliance with the crossbench MPs, with the Greens signalling they may side with the Coalition on some issues.
Andrew Darby Greens leader Bob Brown has demanded to know why key ABC television news programs failed to cover his party during the federal election campaign.
Andrew Darby The newly powerful Greens leader, Bob Brown, has demanded to know why key ABC television news programs failed to cover his party during the federal election campaign.
Michelle Grattan More than a third of voters say the three country independents should back a Gillard government, according to one poll.
Michael Gordon With the trio of independents about to decide the fate of government, will the result spell a radical shift for the two-party combat model? Michael Gordon reports.
Katharine Murphy Tony Windsor is home up north. Bob Katter is far from home, cloistered away in Canberra, where saturnine winter duels with a reluctant spring.
Phillip Coorey VOTERS would rather the three country independents side with Julia Gillard and form a minority government than join Tony Abbott and the Coalition, a new poll finds.
Royce Millar Julia Gillard's warm embrace of the Greens in Tuesday's historic Canberra pact has rattled and angered Labor powerbrokers in the Prime Minister's home state.
Jacob Saulwick ANY emissions trading scheme or carbon tax emerging from Labor and the Greens' new climate change committee could be tougher on Australia's polluting industries than the government's previous scheme,...
Phillip Coorey CHIEF POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT THE Coalition is wrangling with Treasury over discrepancies in its policy costings believed to total up to $10.
Katharine Murphy Labor will revive its attempt to disclose all political donors who give more than $1000 under a pact with the Greens.
Mark Davis A Labor minority government would consider backing a Greens push to stamp out the so-called 'secret preference deals' in the Senate.
Carol Nader Tony Abbott has accused the Greens of 'consummating' an arranged deal with Labor, and criticised Greens Leader Bob Brown for not engaging in serious negotiations with the Coalition.