Jack Waterford is Editor-at-large, The Canberra Times
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.
Jack Waterford Robert Armstrong, secretary of the British cabinet, famously called it being ''economical with the truth''.
Jack Waterford Abbott has little to gain at a by-election for six Senate seats - but fighting it could badly affect his momentum.
Jack Waterford The Treasurer is taking personal responsibility for a crusade his own side - and leader - may not let him win
Jack Waterford Four more lawyers, led by senior counsel, Ian Freckelton, joined the bar tables yesterday at the inquiry into doubts about whether David Eastman was rightly convicted of the 1989 murder of Assistant...
Jack Waterford Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has virtually declared victory in recent days.
Jack Waterford One of the tests of character of the modern politician is how well they stand up to moral panics.
Jack Waterford Most notable in the economic statement was the Coalition abandoning the majority of its old prescripts.