Nic Stuart is a Canberra writer.
Nicholas Stuart Julie Bishop says she’s acted to wrestle back control of the aid agenda. This isn’t about waste, for her it’s seemingly about focus.
Nicholas Stuart We elect politicians to represent us... We expect them to meet a higher standard.
Nicholas Stuart Stephen Conroy still doesn't really understand how he stuffed up, and that's the real story.
Nicholas Stuart Australia's next defence white paper will have to urgently address entirely new threats to our security.
Nicholas Stuart Pyne seems determined to take a shortcut to electoral oblivion.
Nicholas Stuart If enough time passes strange, even wondrous things can happen - you might find yourself, for example, actually agreeing with Alexander Downer.
Nicholas Stuart Spying revelations are highly complex and there are only a few people who can really say anything knowledgeable about them.
Nicholas Stuart We've had the election and the results are in. We should be able to determine - exactly - who is our most popular politician.
Nicholas Stuart Frankly, Labor needn't bother until it has a real answer to fundamental issues.
Nicholas Stuart If the fleet is going to be able to provide the capacity we expect, the RAN needs to be funded appropriately.
Nicholas Stuart This election result is a disaster beyond belief for the left. Labor's lowest vote in a century.
Nicholas Stuart Although not normally known for either an instinctive understanding of scientific concepts or a specific grasp of quantum mechanics, political strategists are obsessed with the idea of ''momentum''.
Nicholas Stuart Instead of plans for nation building, baubles and giveaways have dominated the election campaign.
Nicholas Stuart The Prime Minister is focused on winning and Abbott needs to fight fire with fire.
Nicholas Stuart Will the loveable Dr Kevin be able to outrun the horrific reality of Mr Rudd?
Nicholas Stuart I've been weighing up putting my name forward for preselection in Julia Gillard's former seat of Lalor.
Nicholas Stuart ADHD has become quite an acceptable label to paste on children, but what if the problem is something else?
Nicholas Stuart When Parliament resumes on Tuesday after the Christmas break, it's presented with a stark choice. It can seize the opportunity to discuss the fires and the floods; the devastation and the losses and...
Nicholas Stuart I can't help it: I'm a contrarian. Whenever the weather bureau predicts there's "a 95 per cent probability of rain" I'm willing to bet it will be dry.
Nicholas Stuart Sometimes it's necessary to look beyond the headlines, which is why, if you want to understand this week's National Security Statement, it pays to dissect the motivations of the key players.