Maxine McKew It was one of the most brutal coups in Australian political history and Julia Gillard was at its heart.
Phillip Coorey The former finance minister, Lindsay Tanner, says the Australian Labor Party could be entering a period of ''unprecedented bleakness'' due to a combination of factors - including the rising affluence...
Lenore Taylor, Phillip Coorey LINDSAY TANNER says his book criticising the Labor Party and the poll-driven ''panic'' that led to the coup against Kevin Rudd was not designed to help provoke another leadership change.
Chris Johnson Former prime minister Kevin Rudd has delivered a clear message to government ministers who are angry that his time in office has been publicly defended, saying they should be tough enough to wear it.
Michael Gordon A literal and metaphorical fall for Julia Gillard sees the PM starting the parliamentary year on the back foot, and in dire need of a leap of faith to retain the leadership.
Phillip Coorey THE Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kevin Rudd, has raised the ire of colleagues by proposing a democratic overhaul of the Labor Party far greater than any of the reforms being proposed at this...
Federal bureaucrats often failed to warn ministers against approving controversial grants that could harm their political careers, an audit has found.
Federal bureaucrats repeatedly failed to warn ministers against approving controversial grants that could harm their political careers, an audit has found.
Former prime minister Paul Keating has likened ABC TV's Q&A program to the Punch and Judy show, saying he wouldn't be seen dead on it.
Markus Mannheim Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese approved $28 million in grants against his department's advice, and another $3 million worth of roads projects in his own electorate, in breach of government...
Ben Butler THE head of one of Australia's largest superannuation funds has defended its policy on investments amid growing criticism of funds predominantly investing their money in highly volatile sharemarkets.
Phillip Coorey LINDSAY TANNER attributes the coup against Kevin Rudd last year to the culture of modern-day politics in which MPs are spooked by an increasingly rapacious media cycle.
Michael Gordon Former Labor Party minister Lindsay Tanner laments in his book Sideshow the demise of big issues, big ideas and big battles amid the rise of petty intrigue, gimmicks and stunts.
Michael Gordon For a long time, Lindsay Tanner couldn't quite pin it down. The big changes in his life after politics were obvious enough - a four-day week, more time with his four kids, Mondays on the farm - but...
Former federal finance minister Lindsay Tanner has launched a broadside at what he describes as the 24-hour media "carnival".
Lucy Battersby FEDERAL public servants will spend at least $1.5 billion on airfares over three years despite attempts to reduce federal travel costs and bargain for bulk discounts, new tender documents show.
On Tuesday, Kevin Rudd visited the federal Labor MP, Daryl Melham, in his southern Sydney seat of Banks. Melham, in common with federal Labor MPs in the western suburbs, is in need of help.
THE Greens MP Adam Bandt made history at the 2010 federal election by wresting the once-safe Labor seat of Melbourne from the ALP and yesterday came to Sydney to try to help two candidates do the...
Tom Hyland and Josh Gordon WHEN they were politicians they rarely agreed on anything. Not now. Bob Carr, Jeff Kennett and Steve Bracks; Peter Costello, Gareth Evans and Lindsay Tanner; Carmen Lawrence and Alexander Downer.
Phillip Coorey A push to cut funding to the Foreign Affairs Department to help recover revenue lost from free trade agreements makes a mockery of the government's claim to be an economic reformer, the opposition...