Phillip Coorey Unsurprisingly, the government was able to find $100 million last night to soothe the concerns of the Greens and usher the mining tax through the House of Representatives at 2.42am.
Peter Hartcher Tony Abbott addressed Julia Gillard directly across the dispatch box on Thursday and delivered the punchline to his censure motion against the Prime Minister: "The Australian public do not believe...
Katherine Murphy When I first arrived in the parliamentary press gallery as a cub reporter in 1996, my then bureau chief gave me a tip.
Joanna Howe Tony Abbott and Eric Abetz relate to unfair dismissal law like most people relate to the in-laws.
Michelle Grattan Gillard's marginal-seat members fear for their political lives.
Mark Metherell Tanya Plibersek speaks softly but with a sharp tongue. This week she enters her first parliamentary week as Health Minister facing a clutch of tough-talking assignments.
Peter Hartcher HARRY JENKINS has given the Gillard government new life and liberty, but only by making a startlingly large personal sacrifice.
Lenore Taylor LABOR'S Speaker surprise is another sign that Tony Abbott's strategy to bludgeon the minority government into an election is falling just short.
Tony Wright He is considered by political watchers to be tricky as a ferret and slick as a weasel - except when he needed to make a quick getaway from a Parliament House lavatory some years ago.
Michelle Grattan Julia Gillard has ''landed'', as they say in Labor circles, the most significant reform this government has made.
Peter Hartcher When Julia Gillard challenged Tony Abbott to engage in a serious debate about the economy, the Opposition Leader revelled in the invitation.
Amanda Vanstone REMEMBER that terrible line run by the monarchists during the 1999 republic referendum? Which one, I hear you ask - there were so many. Well, the worst one, namely: ''You can't trust the politicians.
Phillip Coorey When dozens of private hospital staff gathered outside Rob Oakeshott's Port Macquarie electorate office on Saturday to urge him to reject means testing of health insurance, they risked provoking the...
Labor wants an inquiry after ACT Liberal Leader Zed Seselja was repeatedly warned about failing to account for the attendance of his taxpayer-funded staff.
Tony Wright The Honourable Peter Slipper seemed awfully keen to impress as he swept to the majesty of his new throne as Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Phillip Coorey As opposition leader between 1998 and 2001, Kim Beazley was the last person to lead federal Labor for a full term.
New video footage appears to prove that Unions ACT secretary Kim Sattler may have helped spark the Aboriginal tent embassy protest at Canberra's Lobby Restaurant which marred Australia Day.
Katharine Murphy Odd perhaps to note this, given all the eulogising that Labor conferences deliver about Curtin, Chifley, Whitlam and the rest, but an interloper ghost hovers over this weekend's federal ALP...
Tony Wright All you need to know about the state of affairs in Canberra is that question time was interrupted yesterday by a debate about the difference between ''muck'' and ''muckraking''.
Michelle Grattan Julia Gillard receives little credit for getting major legislation through a difficult Parliament.