Jack Waterford is Editor-at-large, The Canberra Times
Jack Waterford Armies and defence departments are always being accused of being prepared to refight the last war rather than fight the new one, but for governments, similar mistakes are just as fatal.
Jack Waterford The Eastman inquiry will have a sensational start on Guy Fawkes Day when counsel for the judge who presided over the 1995 trial seeks leave to appear to protect his good name against aspersions he...
Jack Waterford There's hardly ever been an election at which an incoming prime minister has not hoped that Parliament will be a kinder, more respectful place, without the raucous brawling and vituperation of the...
Jack Waterford A $4 million review of Eastman's murder conviction starts soon, but the DPP is trying to close it down.
Jack Waterford Nicola Roxon has been roundly chided, not least by journalists, for letting it all hang out in her John Button lecture so far as the failings and the bastardries of Kevin Rudd were concerned.
Jack Waterford An indigenous organisation finds itself plagued by problems of governance, management, transparency and accountability, and allegations of nepotism, fraud, and misappropriation of money
Jack Waterford Bill Shorten's best chance of becoming prime minister by 2016 depends upon Tony Abbott making significant mistakes, and on his Labor team maintaining the sort of tight discipline that the Coalition...
Jack Waterford "We will not do any deals with independents and the Greens,'' Tony Abbott vowed on September 6.
Jack Waterford Prevarication, self-indulgence and lack of leadership mean he will cop blame for everyone's dodgy claims
Jack Waterford Australians should watch the shutdown shenanigans in Washington, they could contain a harbinger of new adversarial Australian politics.
Jack Waterford George Brandis has done himself great damage by failing to meet the standards he himself has proclaimed
Jack Waterford It was about 60 years ago when George Pell first heard the words of B.A. Santamaria in a church hall.
Jack Waterford No one was accountable for failures on boat people. Now there's a general to blame when it all goes wrong.
Jack Waterford Tony Abbott has acted with commendable speed to set new standards for lobbying,
Jack Waterford It was more the day of the dagger than the night of the long knives.
Jack Waterford The outbreak of democracy within the Labor Party is a wonderful concept, if only a start.
Jack Waterford Joe Hockey complained six months ago of an entitlement culture in Australian and western politics.
Jack Waterford If Tony Abbott and his ministers set out to take a big axe to Canberra, one might well argue that federal Labor gave them the mandate to do so.
Jack Waterford Kevin Rudd is nervous about a supposed buy-up of Australian real estate and farms by ''foreigners''.
Jack Waterford Almost everyone seems to have given Labor's chances away.