Annabel Crabb Forget the Prince Harry photos. Forget Julian Assange's balcony address from the Ecuadorean embassy.
Katharine Murphy All politics is local, goes the maxim. It's a quaint notion in our globalised world, and yet it's still substantially true. Here's a case study to illustrate the point.
Hamish McDonald Papua New Guinea has seen plenty of political wild men - like the late prime minister Bill Skate with his Albanian-Australian political adviser and connections to Port Moresby's raskol gangs.
Every night, as the evening call to prayer ends its slow passage across the dusty Afghan army training centre on the outskirts of Kabul, hundreds of Afghan army recruits tread a weary path from the...
Peter Hartcher Labor cabinets have tolerated the behaviour of egotistic and temperamental leaders in the past. Why not now?
Virginia Trioli Enough, Peter Reith. It has been infuriating hearing the former defence minister repeat all this week that the Children Overboard scandal was just 'a minor incident, long finished', just 'a small...
Michelle Grattan Will the Pacific solution mark II work? The short answer is, it's too soon to judge.
Phillip Coorey Julia Gillard is entering a critical phase for both her leadership and her government. Clearly she has decided to go on the front foot.
Michelle Grattan Julia Gillard likes to box. A trainer goes to The Lodge twice a week, holding up the pads while the Prime Minister slugs away.
Katharine Murphy It's bitterly cold in Canberra; one of those winters so bleak you worry spring will never come.
Michelle Grattan Despite Angus Houston's claims that politics played no part in his panel's thinking, its package is crafted cleverly enough to given maximum push towards forcing a compromise.
Tony Wright A storm at sea, the Taliban and Peter Reith? Mere aggravations compared with stepping into the asylum stand-off apparently.
Kate Shaw Once again, a government is selling itself, and the people, short with a bad plan.
Peter Hartcher The last time the US sent its defence secretary to Australia, he planned to host a cocktail party for local luminaries in Melbourne as part of his program.
Gerard Henderson It's not often that a government loses control over key areas of domestic or international policy. Yet it happens occasionally. Whitlam Labor lost control of economy policy around the middle of 1974.
Ross Gittins One thing that gets me going is comfortably-off people who feel sorry for themselves: those who complain how hard it is to get by on $150,000 a year, or retired people who profess to be...
Ross Gittins Tax concessions on super take a huge toll on the federal budget.
David Dixon Premier Barry O'Farrell's announcement of plans to restrict the right to silence in NSW has ignited a debate.
Ramesh Thakur Taking a country to war is the single most solemn international responsibility of any government. It requires our soldiers to kill complete strangers solely on the authority of the government.
Susan Metcalfe Nauru and PNG should be used as temporary circuit breakers only.