Peter Hartcher America has plenty of enemies but they can probably relax. Who among them could do to the US the amount of damage that it is doing to itself?
Peter Sheehan Australia has seen many resources booms - and busts. But we have never seen the like of the current boom, in which, since 2003, prices of Australia's raw materials such as iron ore have soared and...
Tim Colebatch The opposition is making a dangerous case that doesn't stand up to basic scrutiny.
Amanda Vanstone The next government will have an awful financial mess to clean up.
John Watson Vanstone's claims are dodgy, unreliable - and wrong.
Kenneth Davidson The PM is wrong to give priority to paying off Australia's small debt.
Jessica Irvine I'm thinking of a four-letter word that might make your heart race: debt. Basic human instinct seems to tell us debt is bad - to be avoided entirely or paid off as quickly as possible.
Peter Costello Australia's healthy birth rate means a more secure future for all.
Peter Hartcher Labor's budget this week is like the pyramid of an Egyptian pharaoh, says one of the party's federal MPs: "Gillard is building the monuments for her legacy, and she's sacrificing us slaves in the...
Jacqueline Maley Shadow treasurer Joe Hockey thought he was having a good week. And he was, right up until the moment he called 2GB broadcaster Alan Jones on Wednesday morning.
Chris Berg They say every political career ends in failure. But some more than others. All the evidence suggests Wayne Swan's sixth budget, released last Tuesday, will be his last.
Kenneth Davidson A clever budget? More likely it gives the Coalition room to wind back the welfare state.
Peter Hartcher The first time the nation tried to look across the generations to glimpse the problems beyond the horizon, it received a jolting wake-up call.
Amanda Vanstone Gillard will find the people unforgiving at the ballot box.
Peter Hartcher Australia is in a state of national political schizophrenia.
Barnaby Joyce Life in politics is punctuated with major challenges that throw into question the authenticity of your political mettle.
Michael Short Michael Short speaks with Mark Triffitt, long-time politics and policy thinker.
Ross Gittins Something highly significant has happened in just the past week: it's become clear the tide has turned in our politicians' demonisation of budget deficits and debt.
Julia Gillard Julia Gillard outlines the problems that have cut a $12 billion hole in the federal budget.
Michael Gordon Julia Gillard's warning underscores reality that selling this pre-election budget will be even harder than framing it.