Jack Waterford is Editor-at-large, The Canberra Times
Jack Waterford Extreme poverty is a generally bad thing, apart from the economic opportunities it provides for people parsing, analysing, counting and pontificating on it.
Jack Waterford The regularisation of mobile devices will make little difference to the way politicians behave in the House.
Jack Waterford Nothing was more predictable than an unholy rush between Labor and Liberal spokesmen to rule out any possibility of taxing the Australian family home, or to take its value into account in determining...
Jack Waterford The Prime Minister survived his party's leadership spill, but winning over the electorate will be harder.
Jack Waterford Tony Abbott spent some time during a bad week discussing ridding his ship of some barnacles. As usual, he's using the wrong metaphor.
Jack Waterford Freer trade will benefit everyone when the upturn comes. And no one stands to benefit more than Australia.
Jack Waterford It’s unlikely Australia will be showing its leadership merely by telling others to get the fundamentals right.
Jack Waterford Tony Abbott has some right to feel disappointed by a lack of enthusiasm for reshaping the federation for the 21st century.
Jack Waterford Gough Whitlam was the Australian prime minister whose ability to create create a fresh enthusiasm for ideals, sacrifice and social improvement became one of the reasons his legend is still so...
Jack Waterford One of the occasional humiliations of working as a reporter for The Canberra Times during the Whitlam years arose from the fact that Canberra did not have self-government, and that many matters of...
Jack Waterford With Joh Bjelke-Petersen, it was sometimes called "Queenslandism" – the struggle to protect the poor people of Queensland from "the alien and stagnating, centralist, socialist,...
Jack Waterford I don't want to play for team Australia, or for team Abbott. And I wouldn't encourage my children to, either.
Jack Waterford It's a mess that has, so far, enveloped only state ministers, but can it be long before the whiff is discernible in Canberra? Asks Jack Waterford.
Jack Waterford I not not think that there is any ad which leaves me as unmoved as the that accusing people who watch pirate movies of burning up the Australian film industry.
Jack Waterford Today, by contrast, the direct access of public servants, even at the most senior levels, to ministers is quite restricted.
Jack Waterford The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption inquiry that has enmeshed Liberal minister Arthur Sinodinos may be a turning point in fighting the entrenched bipartisan business of corrupt crony...
Jack Waterford The republic of the Australian Capital Territory may well be a red island in the middle of a sea of blue monarchies on Sunday, but, for Tony Abbott and Bill Shorten, navigation is not going to get...
Political leaders dilute their power when they try to manage, control and strait-jacket their followers
Jack Waterford Micromanagement has its own inexorable corrective and - if recent Australian history is any guide - a fairly fatal one. So why are political leaders so attracted to the practice?
Jack Waterford It's by no means clear what government can or should do for a Qantas, or any corporations iconic or not, in its position.
Jack Waterford Six months on, Shorten shows no strategy, won't defend Labor's record and offers no alternative vision.