Roy Robins-Browne John Spooner's opinion article 'Sceptics weather the storm to put their case on climate' published in The Age on December 29, 2012 confirms that he is not qualified to comment on global warming.
Martin Flanagan Right now Nate Silver is the Black Caviar of US political culture, and with good reason.
Neville Nicholls Changes to the system are almost certainly due to human activity.
Michael Ashley It's either the greatest threat civilisation has ever faced, or a hoax perpetrated by fraudulent scientists.
Richard Glover Do climate-change sceptics have the same attitude to other pieces of expert advice? When their car develops a fault and the local mechanic says the brake pads are shot, do they seek a second...
Phillip Coorey Principle will make a rare appearance in Parliament today when Malcolm Turnbull speaks in favour of the emissions trading scheme legislation that was reintroduced
Paul Sheehan As I write this, the atmosphere in the Canberra press gallery is akin to a mood of collective sexual arousal. Blood, chaos, betrayal and division.
Stephanie Peatling The Government needs to reclaim the terms of the debate from the sceptics.
Daniel Bray Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s announcement of a carbon tax has unleashed another round in the climate change fight, this time with the added complications of minority government.
Bella Counihan Aren't things getting dramatic in federal politics? Suddenly every policy issue is a bomb about to go off with no one knowing who it will destroy — a leader, a party, a government.
Peter Hartcher The biggest policy disagreement between Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd was over the emissions trading scheme.
Mark Kenny Politician after politician has squibbed it, making florid gestures but avoiding serious discussion of the goods and services tax.
Mark Kenny Gillard and Swan have tried to use this budget to make it as hard as possible for Abbott to enjoy a clean run to the election.
Jacqueline Maley The annual budget lock-up is a like a hostage situation crossed with an exam. Armed with a notepad, a calculator and a sense of existential dread, journalists huddle from about 1pm outside the...
Chris Johnson Senior cabinet minister Greg Combet has attacked some of his Labor Party colleagues as ''whingers'' in an angry and expletive-laden speech to supporters and donors, expressing his frustration at...
Stephanie Peatling As fans of Yes Minister and Yes Prime Minister would know, a "brave decision" was always arch civil service supremo Sir Humphrey Appleby's way of saying "Do not go there for that way lies almost...
Michael Short Michael Short speaks with Mark Triffitt, long-time politics and policy thinker.
Michael Short Compulsory voting is contentious. To some, it is a small price to pay for democracy and is even a civic responsibility.
Jack Waterford In the Labor Party, they have been called tree people. The Liberals once did not have them, as such, but now also maintains a veritable forest.