Sean Nicholls There's nothing new in senior political staff jumping ship to join the private sector, but proximity to the milestone of one year in office for the O'Farrell government appears to have triggered a...
Ross Gittins The rich and powerful are never short of experts happy to fly to their defence. But there is often a shortage of knowledgeable people willing to hold them to account.
Gerard Henderson Premier Barry O'Farrell is a proud follower of Robert Menzies (1894 to 1978), the founder of the modern Liberal Party.
Cheryl Saunders There is no good reason for this referendum now.
Gerard Henderson Julia Gillard, Wayne Swan and Greg Combet appear to believe Labor will win the election.
Emma Macdonald and Peter Jean Federal largesse to the ACT was minimal in the budget, despite the announcement it would claw back $74 million.
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...
John Garnaut The Rudd government's defence white paper of 2009 exploded like a bomb beneath the China relationship.
Paul Daley Yes, it's arrived. We have arrived at that time in the cycle of public life where everything is viewed through the opaque window of a looming election.
Chris Berg If the government has its way, we'll have an extra question to answer at the federal election in September.
Tim Soutphommasane There isn't a better time to introduce a national disability insurance scheme.
John Falzon The Gonski review tells us 79 per cent of the most socio-economically disadvantage students go to public schools.
Tim Colebatch Thank you, Joe. Shadow treasurer Joe Hockey scored a vital win for fiscal sanity last week when he finally persuaded Tony Abbott that the Coalition should drop its pledge to have the budget in...
Michael Gallagher The Gillard government's university efficiency dividend provides no sustainable basis for funding Gonski increases in schools.
Gerard Henderson The media in Australia is obsessed with same-sex marriage. It is far from clear, however, that this is a priority for many Australians living in the suburbs and regional centres - far away from the...
Carol Bennett Hip pocket pain is replacing the once soothing notion of universal, free access to health services. For over a decade "out of pocket" health costs have been rising in Australia, making a joke of...
Michael Short There will be at least some debate ahead of the federal election about policies and ideas. And there will be the banal and brutal attacks.
James Brown While Kim Jong-un is threatening destruction of US cities, North Korea's elite can't get enough of US popular culture.
Tim Colebatch From little things, big things grow. But from big things, even bigger things grow. And yes, that will remain true – even if Labor's new plan to take a small nibble at superannuation tax breaks ever...
Gerard Henderson Perhaps the most compelling of the paintings in the 2013 Archibald Prize at the Art Gallery of NSW is Xu Wang's Self-portrait (interviewing Maoist victims).