Nic Stuart is a Canberra writer.
Nicholas Stuart Lord Acton got it right: power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. But there's more to it than this.
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.
Nicholas Stuart If he can't manage a renovation, how can Tony Abbott hope to manage a country?
Nicholas Stuart Australian advisers will soon be working with Iraq troops but trust must be established before they tackle Islamic State, writes Nicholas Stuart.
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.
Nicholas Stuart Tony Abbott's playing consular cop hasn’t advanced national interest one tad, not least when it comes to passing the budget.
Nicholas Stuart Theoretically, the Liberal party should be on top of the world. So why have things gone belly-up?
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.