Damien Kingsbury The treatment of Sri Lankan asylum seekers shows that further punishing victims is deemed acceptable if it can score domestic political points.
The Loaded Dog
The day after ratepayers in NSW went to the polls to elect new councils, we ask: does local government matter?
Peter FitzSimons There were a thousand stories in the naked metropolis last week. This is one of them ...
Doug Hall Among the carry-on of adversarial politics, the arts supposedly enjoys bipartisan support. But it is no longer central to national consciousness shaping.
Gerard Henderson Ronald Reagan is reputed to have once said, in a private conversation, that some of his clearest memories were of events that never took place.
Susan Ryan A recent report from the Australian Institute of Actuaries suggested it was plausible that the life expectancy of young people living today could exceed 120 years.
David Hensher The commentary on the O'Farrell government's transport master plan has focused almost exclusively on a lack of timelines for action and any detail on where the money is coming from to pay for the...
Jayne Josem New York's twin towers memorial has been fraught with difficulty.
Gerry Geen The federal government's decision to legislate to give it power to selectively stop the Abel Tasman from fishing is a reaction to the controversy and anxiety stirred up by environmentalists.
Peter Craven Melbourne harbours a thousand worlds, whether we visit or not.
Michael Ahrens As the leading worldwide anti-corruption body, Transparency International named Australia as one of its most improved enforcers in our annual progress report on the enforcement of the OECD...
Michael Ahrens Our Parliament needs to take firm action to ensure Australian businesses are held to higher standards.
Ranald Macdonald and David Gill
Ranald Macdonald and David Gill Planning changes promoted by the Baillieu government for Victoria are the recipe for an unmitigated disaster for urban and city dwellers alike.
Lenore Taylor Suddenly, politicians of all persuasions have begun worrying that we need to ''do something'' about ''trolls'' and the misuse of social media.
Suzy Freeman-Greene Imagine four male leads changing nappies or filling lunchboxes on the blokiest of TV stations, Channel Nine.
Mary Crooks Discord is created by a clashing of harsh sounds. Our reflex action is to shut our ears.
Mary Crooks Discord is created by a clashing of harsh sounds. Jarring and unpleasant, it jangles the nerves. Our reflex action is to shut our ears.
Andrew Darby When Michael Egan quit his job as New South Wales' longest-serving Treasurer in 2005, he declared a retiring ambition to learn to fish.
Peter Hartcher Australia is entering something of a China frenzy. The federal government is preparing to launch its Asian century white paper.
Gerard Henderson There was much intimidation and considerable violence to and from the Muslim demonstration outside the United States consulate in Sydney on Saturday.