Shaun Carney The public's gratitude for cash it believes it already owns is fleeting.
Martin McKenzie-Murray YOUNG reporters must consider Canberra exciting. A marred and endlessly contested leadership coloured by interminable scandals, deliciously heightened by the perilous calculus of the House.
Michael Gordon It's time Tony Abbott made it possible for Julia Gillard to implement policies to prevent asylum-seeker tragedies.
Mike Carlton One hundred years ago, prelates and parsons and other assorted killjoys were up in arms against a frightful evil sweeping the Western world.
Peter Hartcher Exactly two years after she walked into Kevin Rudd's office to demand the prime ministership from him, Julia Gillard is like Lady Macbeth walking the battlements trying to wipe the king's blood from...
Nick Dyrenfurth World Refugee Week began last Saturday. Protesters chanted slogans and waved banners. Since then we have witnessed a plethora of commentators and politicians, usually of a progressive or liberal...
Michael Bachelard Did politics play a part in the latest asylum seeker tragedy, asks Michael Bachelard.
Michelle Grattan Amid political angst after the latest boat tragedy, we must face up to one reality, which is hard to accept.
Misha Schubert Politicians who exaggerate might find the joke's on them, writes Misha Schubert.
Katharine Murphy Talk of the looming death of newspapers blurs the issue. What's really under threat in the shift from print to digital is a commercially sustainable 'objective' model for news.
Jacqueline Maley ON A second anniversary, a gift of cotton is traditional. But when it's the Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott, organising the celebrations, a suspension of standing orders will do just as well.
Tony Wright It was as awkward as an anniversary dinner for a marriage gone cold; everyone attempting desperate pleasantries until Uncle Ernie swerves two swigs over his limit and decides it's time to be frank.
Tim Colebatch Australia will remain one of the lowest-taxed countries in the Western world.
Clive Kessler And now another hundred souls lost. Another hundred souls on all our consciences.
Gerard Henderson There is delusion. And then there is self-delusion. When both forces come together, what follows is an absence of reality. This is evident in much of the debate about the future of the print media.
Nicholas Stuart There's still some argument about whether Mark Latham won the last election. Appearing on 60 Minutes just before the poll, he advocated informal ballots.
Jacqueline Maley IN HIS campaign against the carbon tax, the Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott, has named butchers, fishmongers, cabinet makers and smelters as its victims.
Ross Gittins When psychologists study those sects that predict the end of the world on a certain day, they find the leaders rarely willing to admit they were wrong and their true believers rarely willing to admit...
Michael Gordon There is a simple way to end the impasse on asylum seeker policy, but Tony Abbott and his immigration spokesman refuse to embrace it. Why?
Ross Gittins People who feel carbon tax is terrible will continue to think this way, whatever the reality.