Michael Gordon Clive Palmer was the headline act, but the biggest crowd came to support the woman who turned out to be his warm-up act, Cathy McGowan, the giant-slayer from north-east Victoria.
Peter Hartcher In the fourth part of a five-part investigation, Peter Harcher reveals that factors that led to the downfall of Australia's first female prime minister,
Peter Cai John Nguyen and Wesa Chau are in the race to become the first Asian-born member of the House of Representatives.
Mark Kenny Outgoing Labor stalwart Simon Crean has warned colleagues to hold Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to his word to ensure Labor does not again degenerate into a ''one-man show''.
Michael Gordon and Mark Kenny Kevin Rudd has dumped Julia Gillard's proposed September 14 election date and is weighing up whether to go earlier or delay the poll to maximise his chances of rebuilding public confidence in the...
Judith Ireland Prime Minister Julia Gillard is working on major changes to her ministerial line up but won't confirm if more firings are imminent.
Natalie O'brien Desperate families have been forced to leave their homes on Norfolk Island and there are fears many more will follow after the federal government backed away from a financial reform package that...
Judith Ireland Budget day in Canberra is a time-honoured tradition. It's a festival of lock-ups, leaks and scurrying about.
Heath Aston Australians would vote in a referendum on gay marriage as soon as September under a radical proposal by independent MP Tony Windsor, supported by the Greens and other crossbenchers.
Michael Gordon The TV cameras on both sides of the corridor that leads from the Prime Minister's suite to the House of Representatives were the dead give-away.
Michelle Grattan Julia Gillard's Four Corners appearance has deepened Labor MPs' concerns.
Jonathan Swan Federal government to cut TV licence fees in exchange for more Australian content.
By Steve Dow Australia has lost a $200 million film by the makers of the Matrix movies that would have employed 2000 people because the federal government refuses to increase financial support, apart from a...
Andrew Taylor Head of Australia Council for the Arts says there is nothing conspiratorial in her impending departure.
John Howard THE Bali attack in October 2002 rocked Australia to its very core. It was an act of murderous terrorism, claiming the most lives in a single incident outside Australia, except in wartime.
Tony Abbott We turn to each other in adversity, and often the worst can bring out our best.
Matt Wade, Michelle Grattan HOW do you get India's attention? Give Sachin Tendulkar a gong.
Matt Wade, Michelle Grattan How do you get India's attention? Give Sachin Tendulkar a gong.
Markus Mannheim THE days of paper-pushing bureaucrats may be coming to an end because the government can no longer afford to put it off.
Markus Mannheim The pipedream of the paperless office will be within reach in three years – because taxpayers can no longer afford to put it off.