Eden Parris PM's tough rhetoric on self-harming reveals darker forces at work.
Michelle Grattan Amid political angst after the latest boat tragedy, we must face up to one reality, which is hard to accept.
Tony Wright It was as awkward as an anniversary dinner for a marriage gone cold; everyone attempting desperate pleasantries until Uncle Ernie swerves two swigs over his limit and decides it's time to be frank.
Michelle Grattan Tony Abbott's intransigence over asylum seeker policy looks more indefensible and irresponsible after the latest boat disaster.
Rachel Stevens Australia's compassion towards Vietnamese boat people had its limits.
Phillip Coorey IF the Newspoll results are correct, Labor has a right to feel a little miffed. For Malcolm Turnbull, the poll is an obvious and welcome circuit breaker.
Michelle Grattan The Rudd Government is hostage to 78 Sri Lankan asylum seekers Australia rescued, and at the mercy of increasingly obstreperous Indonesian authorities.
Gerard Henderson The task facing Kevin Rudd over asylum seekers is not an easy one. Yet Rudd Labor has demonstrated its ability to run a consistent political line.
Phillip Coorey One of the stranger moments of the US presidential election campaign in 2004 came when the Democrat candidate, John Kerry, shot a goose.
Peter Hartcher Chris Bowen has dumped the harsh rhetoric for a humane detention policy.
Nicholas Stuart If anyone tells you they know who will be prime minister in a fortnight's time they are lying.
Tim Colebatch Rudd might not deserve to lead, but he would be able to make important changes.
Paris Aristotle I was profoundly dismayed at hearing the news of yet another boat laden with asylum seekers capsizing north of Christmas Island.
Paris Aristotle A humane plan to manage asylum seekers will elude us as long as political posturing continues.
Peter Hartcher As much as our leaders would like the next 100 days to be about their policies, it will be about them - and their lack of political leadership, writes political editor Peter Hartcher.
Mark Kenny Doug Cameron isn't one to take backward steps and he wasn't doing so on Wednesday morning when he made repeated media appearances variously explaining, justifying, and validating, what looked like a...
ON THE QT
Judith Ireland You have to feel for Anna Burke. Is there a more tedious job in Australia than being parliamentary Speaker?
Jacqueline Maley Was there a harried Canberran mother who watched the news on Thursday night, or perhaps logged on to smh.com.
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.
Andrew Macleod We don't need new leaders of the two main parties, we need new parties.