John Watson When reporters use the word 'historic' they mean: 'not in the time that I've been here'.
Rachel Browne Prime Minister Julia Gillard's predecessors have faced their fair share of nasty labels but they've been mild compared to the invective which has flown Julia Gillard's way, and well before she became...
Stephanie Peatling One thing no one can dispute about the prime ministership of Julia Gillard is the impact a woman's elevation to the top job has had on political discourse.
Jacqueline Maley Of all possible '90s throwbacks - high-waisted jeans, scrunchies, the music of Mariah Carey - a renewed debate about abortion law has to be the least welcome.
Chris Johnson So we are expected to believe that a busy business owner knocks up a classy-looking but offensively written menu targeting the Prime Minister in a vile and disgusting fashion, only for his own...
Michael Gordon For more than two years, Rod Cameron's pessimism about Labor's prospects has been a strictly private affair.
Ross Gittins The way our pollies play the political game perpetuates the cycle of cynicism and the ever-declining credibility of their profession.
Jacqueline Maley Was there a harried Canberran mother who watched the news on Thursday night, or perhaps logged on to smh.com.
Peter Hartcher Tony Abbott came on Thursday not to demolish the Labor government as a tribal leader but to chide it as an adult alternative prime minister.
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...
Chris Berg They say every political career ends in failure. But some more than others. All the evidence suggests Wayne Swan's sixth budget, released last Tuesday, will be his last.
Tim Soutphommasane It is simplistic to think we are entering a new conservative stage in our national politics.
Gerard Henderson Premier Barry O'Farrell is a proud follower of Robert Menzies (1894 to 1978), the founder of the modern Liberal Party.
Mark Kenny Hypersensitivity over the GST dates back to Howard and Costello.
John Warhurst Pressure groups and organised interests are the weathervanes of political shifts.
Mark Kenny Politician after politician has squibbed it, making florid gestures but avoiding serious discussion of the goods and services tax.
Jack Waterford The personality, temperament, character and reliability of Tony Abbott is pretty much the primary issue that voters should be weighing up.
Chris Johnson Kevin Rudd did his best to continue that Australian tradition of former PMs wanting to seem more moderate out of office than they ever did while in the top job.
Andrew Macleod We don't need new leaders of the two main parties, we need new parties.
Tim Colebatch Without a much lower dollar and painful reforms to cut costs, world markets will be out of reach.