Peter Hartcher Tony Abbott thought about offering one of his senators a diplomatic posting. Not so much because he thought it would be a good appointment but because he wanted him out of the way.
Mark Kenny Labor leader Bill Shorten has promised to be positive and has called on his frontbench to present the ALP as the party of ideas against a government he says is already running out of policy options.
Cameron Atfield If anyone in Australia can lay claim to a solid case of voter fatigue, it's the good burghers of Griffith.
Daniel Hurst The replacement of paper-and-pencil voting with an electronic system could see Australians lose confidence in the integrity of election results, the nation's electoral chief has warned.
Bianca Hall Mining giant Clive Palmer’s lead in the seat of Fairfax has narrowed to a tiny 45 votes, increasing the likelihood of a recount.
Mark Kenny Bruised Labor MPs are bracing for a potentially hostile byelection as early as February in Kevin Rudd's Brisbane seat of Griffith, with party hard-heads conceding defeat is likely if the Liberal...
Heath Aston The coalition will divert election resources from the vacant seats of Tony Windsor and Rob Oakeshott and increase focus on winning marginal seats in Sydney and Melbourne to fight a much "tighter"...
Julie Power The evidence in favour of water fluoridation is crystal clear and compelling for this Sydney academic.
Clive Palmer always thinks big, whether it's mining, property development or a bid for the Lodge. But when Frank Robson probes Palmer's past, he finds a gift for exaggeration - and distortion.
Philip Dorling On Saturday, WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange could be a senator for Victoria and still be an exile being pursued by a US government determined to put him behind bars.
Benjamin Law Undaunted by repeated electoral failure, Pauline Hanson is to again fly the One Nation flag in an attempt to woo voters. Benjamin Law goes on the hustings with "The Redhead You Can Trust".
Anna Patty Loredana Alessio-Mulhall is not ready to die. But NSW Greens MP Cate Faehrmann wants to help her when she is.
Mark Hawthorne Queensland's anti-corruption watchdog claims it does not have the powers to investigate a complaint made against former treasurer Peter Costello.
Tim Dick New Zealand may be only three hours' flight from Australia, but it is light years ahead on equality. Feel free to resort to a sheep joke or an accent jibe while I cite some evidence.
Amy Remeikis Tony Windsor says he is not Clive Palmer's phantom federal candidate despite rumours of the independent federal MP joining the United Australia Party, sparked by a cryptic tweet.
Former West Coast Eagle AFL star David Wirrpanda has finally committed to a tilt at federal politics, becoming a Senate nominee for Western Australia's Nationals.
Judith Ireland Opposition Leader Tony Abbott is standing by Liberal candidate Mal Brough, despite calls for the former Howard minister to be disendorsed after his fund-raiser used a menu that made lewd jokes about...
Tony Wright Donald Mackay knew he was marked down as an enemy of the drug-growing families of the irrigated farmlands around Griffith, New South Wales, and the secret syndicate that ran them.
Tom Arup Senior Labor figures urging Gillard government to protect parks from state-backed grazing and logging.
Barry O'Sullivan, the wealthy detective-turned-property developer who was recently chosen to replace Barnaby Joyce in the Senate, is one of the many high-profile Australians who has had a company...