Clive Palmer The Treasurer attacks business leaders, but ignores his own failings.
Tim Colebatch Save the budget or save the economy? That may be the conundrum that tests the Coalition's mettle.
Kenneth Davidson A clever budget? More likely it gives the Coalition room to wind back the welfare state.
Waleed Aly Tea Party in the US, the UKIP in Britain - Abbott better beware the rising attraction of conservative splitters.
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...
Jacqueline Maley Shadow treasurer Joe Hockey thought he was having a good week. And he was, right up until the moment he called 2GB broadcaster Alan Jones on Wednesday morning.
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.
Chris Johnson There are plenty of people in the current Parliament who, when they deliver an address, look more prime ministerial than Tony Abbott: the actual Prime Minister, for one.
Jacqueline Maley The annual budget lock-up is a like a hostage situation crossed with an exam. Armed with a notepad, a calculator and a sense of existential dread, journalists huddle from about 1pm outside the...
Peter Hartcher The first time the nation tried to look across the generations to glimpse the problems beyond the horizon, it received a jolting wake-up call.
Amanda Vanstone Gillard will find the people unforgiving at the ballot box.
Michael Gordon Comeback the one thing Wayne Swan will not be expecting from his sixth budget.
Peter Hartcher Australia is in a state of national political schizophrenia.
Nicholas Stuart The moniker of world’s greatest treasurer will be cold comfort as he delivers what’s sure to be his last budget.
Tim Colebatch Only a diverse, timely and merit-based set of transport solutions can meet the needs of fast-growing cities.
Gerard Henderson Julia Gillard, Wayne Swan and Greg Combet appear to believe Labor will win the election.
Lindy Edwards The government is reaping the consequences of a train wreck set in motion six years ago.
Jacqueline Maley All writers know that books are like children. So it was no surprise that when Opposition Leader and author Tony Abbott faced the media on Monday, he clutched his latest literary creation to his...
Matt Wade Will your family be around the TV on Tuesday night to see what the federal government has in store?