Mark Kenny Gary Gray is probably not the first frontbencher you would choose to channel Comical Ali – Saddam's insanely optimistic information minister who insisted victory was assured even as Baghdad...
Gerard Henderson Julia Gillard, Wayne Swan and Greg Combet appear to believe Labor will win the election.
Richard Klass The common reaction to North Korea is to laugh away its threats, along the lines of, ''They'll never do it … have you seen the guy?''
David Cameron’s same-sex marriage bill has passed, but there are deep divisions in his own party.
The Sandy Hook Elementary School killings spark soul-searching and a call for urgent gun law reforms.
Barnaby Joyce If you only knew the chaos which is the last parliamentary week as everyone tries to get all they need before Christmas.
Phillip Coorey When Julia Gillard knocked off Kevin Rudd two years ago yesterday, Labor was floundering principally because of three intractable policy issues - the mining tax, carbon pricing and asylum seekers.
Mark Metherell Tanya Plibersek speaks softly but with a sharp tongue. This week she enters her first parliamentary week as Health Minister facing a clutch of tough-talking assignments.
Hugh White Allowing US bases on the Cocos Islands is a very worrying development.
Tim Colebatch Why is it so hard for the federal government to get its budget back in surplus?
Peter Jensen We are in the midst of a sustained and brilliantly orchestrated campaign to radically alter the marriage laws of this country to allow same-sex marriage.
Heckler ''I'D LIKE to send this parcel by registered post, please.''
Heckler THE Great Vomit of Y2K was the last time I ever drank champagne or wine. I threw up so violently I lost a contact lens.
Peter Hartcher Elections define nations. This one has already redefined Australia even before the first vote is counted.
Tim Dick I once saw Tracey Emin's dirty bed, the one exhibited with stained sheets, used prophylactics and empty vodka bottles. The one Charles Saatchi reportedly paid £150,000 to own.
Tony Wright Lewis Carroll knew a caucus when he saw one in his luxuriant imagination.
Andrew Leigh This willingness to use public servants as political playthings is pretty shocking.
Jack Waterford Nothing erodes effectiveness more than constant reorganisation, rebadging and reshuffling at the top
Judith Ireland Kevin Rudd may be busy offering his assistance to the Labor Party, but he is not the only ALP member here to help.
Peter Hartcher Julia Gillard's venture into the so-called ''gender wars'' has been an unmitigated disaster with the voting public.