Nicholas Stuart

Nicholas Stuart

Nic Stuart is a Canberra writer.

Who is the jester in Tony Abbott's court?

Nicholas Stuart Lord Acton got it right: power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. But there's more to it than this.

David Johnston is wrong, ASC could build a canoe (but please note terms and conditions)

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Nicholas Stuart If the government can't be bothered explaining the decision-making process over ASC and the submarines, it could be in for a short time at the helm.

Under Tony Abbott we are going nowhere, with the nowhere man

Optimistic: Tony Abbott is said to be in a positive frame of mind as the Government enters a crucial period.

Nicholas Stuart If he can't manage a renovation, how can Tony Abbott hope to manage a country?

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Ground war in Iraq: the wait is nearly over

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Nicholas Stuart Australian advisers will soon be working with Iraq troops but trust must be established before they tackle Islamic State, writes Nicholas Stuart.

Australia's politicians have failed to solve the new economic equation

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Nicholas Stuart Paul Kelly's books always provide a detailed and accurate reflection of Australian politics. As a result they are becoming both more interesting and more depressing.

A message to Joe Hockey and Tony Abbott: I want my money back

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Nicholas Stuart Tony Abbott's playing consular cop hasn’t advanced national interest one tad, not least when it comes to passing the budget.

Finding the centre of Liberals' clouded ideology

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Nicholas Stuart Theoretically, the Liberal party should be on top of the world. So why have things gone belly-up?

A new direction in aid, but is it the right one?

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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.

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Politicians must prove they are worthy


Nicholas Stuart We elect politicians to represent us... We expect them to meet a higher standard.

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Senator Stephen Conroy will prove a problem for Labor over defence

Nicholas Stuart Stephen Conroy still doesn't really understand how he stuffed up, and that's the real story.

New enemies, new challenges for next defence white paper

Nicholas Stuart Australia's next defence white paper will have to urgently address entirely new threats to our security.

Christopher Pyne, the joker in pack, could bring down Tony Abbott

Christopher Pyne

Nicholas Stuart Pyne seems determined to take a shortcut to electoral oblivion.

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Sea dragons not toys for egotistical, young koala


Nicholas Stuart If enough time passes strange, even wondrous things can happen - you might find yourself, for example, actually agreeing with Alexander Downer.

Shake off phone taps and shake on friendships

Nicholas Stuart Spying revelations are highly complex and there are only a few people who can really say anything knowledgeable about them.

Plibersek's our favourite pollie but will she remain so?

New Minister for Health Tanya Plibersek

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.

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Labor still not listening and is on road to nowhere


Nicholas Stuart Frankly, Labor needn't bother until it has a real answer to fundamental issues.

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Gala was great but navy fleet no plain sailing

Crowds gather on the Sydney Harbour foreshore for the 2013 Naval Review fireworks display.

Nicholas Stuart If the fleet is going to be able to provide the capacity we expect, the RAN needs to be funded appropriately.

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Labor must redefine and say goodbye to Rudd

Nicholas Stuart This election result is a disaster beyond belief for the left. Labor's lowest vote in a century.

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Telling glimpse past facade

Illustration: Pat Campbell

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''.

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Both parties on the wrong track

Nicholas Stuart Instead of plans for nation building, baubles and giveaways have dominated the election campaign.