Robert Menzies

Martyr for a moment, an achiever for life

Tony Stephens 'W ith all my reservations,'' said Gough Whitlam on his 80th birthday, ''I do admit I seem eternal.''

Gough and Margaret Whitlam: the greatest partnership

Damien Murphy Margaret broke the mould of the political wife, writes Damien Murphy.

The war that shaped Australia

Karl James Twenty-year-old John “Jack” Yarra wrote this letter to be sent to his mother in the event of his death. He was killed six months later.

Letters to the Editor

Lessons of history fail

Letters to the Editor It might not have been the war to end all wars, but it was the last one broadly to keep to the laws of war and maintain conventional regard for civilian life.

Arcade ghosts flow through Emporium

new emporium shopping centre.

Mel Campbell What most decisively shapes the city’s retail landscape is the inexorable flow of Melburnians through it.

ATO braces for more work, less money

Tax Office

Noel Towell and Phillip Thomson Public servants at the Australian Taxation Office face more work collecting Treasurer Joe Hockey’s new taxes, but with fewer workers to carry the load, ATO bosses have warned.

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How they coalesce in the Coalition

TURNBULL.AFR.24 SEPTEMBER 2013.Photo by ROB HOMER ..... minister for communications MALCOLM TURNBULL holding a press conference at  the governments office at 1 bligh st to release the governments interim statement of expectations to the NBN Co. TURNBULL.AFR.24 SEPTEMBER 2013.Photo by ROB HOMER ..... minister for communications MALCOLM TURNBULL holding a press conference at  the governments office at 1 bligh st to release the governments interim statement of expectations to the NBN Co.

James Massola, Political Correspondent At 10 minutes past five on Thursday afternoon you could hear a pin drop in Parliament House's marbled Members' Hall.

Feeling the heat

Illustration: Joe Benke.

Tony Wright Tony Abbott, on the most basic measure, was Australia's most successful opposition leader. He oversaw the destruction of prime minister Kevin Rudd, prime minister Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd again.

ASIO files: That looks suspicious, doesn't it?

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Rick Feneley The plot to murder a federal minister at a Sydney television studio is one of the nation's great untold stories. It went like this.

The graduates

Mark Dapin's story on

While thousands of Australians were fighting in Vietnam, a select group was quietly achieving success in PNG. Mark Dapin reports.

Cranky ladies resurrected from history in planned anthology

Oodgeroo Noonucal reading poetry.

Linda Morris Oodgeroo Noonuccal deserves to be a good deal more famous than she is.

What's on the table?

Plate

John Garnaut Trade, tension, triumph: the PM's Asian trip pays off.

Coalition celebrates a religious Easter: Eight of 19 cabinet members are Catholic

SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES - SEPTEMBER 07:  Australian Prime Minister-elect, Tony Abbott claims victory in the 2013 Australian Election on September 7, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. Liberal-National Coalition leader Tony Abbott was elected Prime Minister in a landslide victory over Labor leader Kevin Rudd, bringing the conservative party to power for the first time in six years.  (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams-Pool/Getty Images)

Jonathan Swan Catholics are in power this Easter, with the highest proportion of ministers of that faith occupying senior positions in a Coalition government.

Malcolm Fraser: An unlikely radical

The Good Weekend Magazine.Malcolm Fraser heading out from Somerville in his boat.Pic Simon Schluter. 15 March 2014.

Robert Manne Hated by progressives for his role in Gough Whitlam's dismissal and his ultra-conservative foreign policies when Liberal PM, Malcolm Fraser today believes Australia should cut all military ties to...

Monarchists want Queen to choose Governor-General

Queen

Tim Barlass Monarchists in Australia on Sunday launched a petition calling on Prime Minister Tony Abbott to change the way the next governor-general is nominated following outspoken comments by the incumbent...

Politicians get office decor down to a fine art

Liberal Senator Ian Macdonald poses with a stuffed fish,

Bianca Hall A black and white portrait of Liberal Party legend Sir Robert Menzies hangs in pride of place in Prime Minister Tony Abbott's office, near the staunch monarchist's portrait of the Queen.

Following in the footsteps of power

Summer reading dink

James Button's tale of being a PM's words man is also a memoir of his famous father.

What's the Big Idea this time around?

Ballot box.

Tony Wright Election years are a wonderful time for Big Ideas. You may, or may not, recall the marvellously named Multifunction Polis.

A memory of Thatcher

heckler-dink

The Heckler The passing of Margaret Thatcher had friends and foes worldwide digging deep for memories good and ill.

Rates hit record low

Glenn Stevens, governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia, speaks at the House Economics committee hearing at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. Stevens endorsed the current level of interest rates and said he'd need to be confident the currency is

Peter Martin Deep concern about the high Australian dollar has driven the Reserve Bank to cut its cash rate to the lowest level on record, a cut quickly passed on by all but one of the big banks.