Malcolm Fraser The ownership of islands in the East China Sea now represents a highly sensitive and dangerous issue.
Anna Brown As the State Coroner, Mary Jerram, begins her inquest into the death of the Brazilian student Roberto Curti, we need to ask ourselves if the investigation into his death was flawed from the outset.
Jo Chandler I used to shared a small, dank office at The Age's old 'Spencer Street Soviet' with the late David Wilson, associate editor and distinguished raker of quality muck.
Thalia Anthony A review of a recent death involving a Taser is welcome, but does not diminish the appearance of police investigating police.
George Williams Last week on budget day the federal government released two independent reports on Australia's anti-terrorism laws.
Gerard Henderson Julia Gillard, Wayne Swan and Greg Combet appear to believe Labor will win the election.
Matt Wade Will your family be around the TV on Tuesday night to see what the federal government has in store?
Emma Macdonald and Tom McIlroy Canberra workers and visitors to national institutions will be forced to cough up almost $74 million in new parking fees in the Parliamentary Triangle and at Acton over the next three years.
Tim Colebatch Why can't we believe the budget forecasts? Why were they so wrong over the past decade? Does Wayne Swan decide the forecasts, as the Liberals imply, or does Treasury?
Tim Colebatch Why can't we believe the budget forecasts? Why were they so wrong over the past decade? Does Wayne Swan decide the forecasts, as the Liberals want us to think, or does Treasury?
Stephanie Peatling Imagine if this Parliament finished with national disability insurance scheme signed, sealed and delivered.
John Warhurst Supporters of same-sex marriage would be misguided to encourage a referendum this September.
Michael Gordon Tony Abbott has produced a minimalist industrial relations policy with a bold objective - to eliminate what he considers the biggest threat to a Coalition victory in September.
George Williams A national vote on gay marriage holds the alluring prospect of providing an immediate way to achieve this important social change.
Barnaby Joyce Life in politics is punctuated with major challenges that throw into question the authenticity of your political mettle.
John Falzon The Gonski review tells us 79 per cent of the most socio-economically disadvantage students go to public schools.
Nicholas Reece The education reforms are the circuit-breaker our schools desperately need.
Sean Nicholls Julia Gillard's plan to implement David Gonski's education reforms was unveiled at a crucial time for the states and territories: right in the middle of their budget preparations.
George Williams A report has found Australia participated in the CIA's detention and torture of terrorist suspects after the attacks of September 11, 2001. This should come as no surprise.
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.