Joe Hockey Who could ever deny our children the best education possible? It is of critical importance and Australia can offer no greater commitment to ensure the prosperity of the nation and its next generation.
Peter Hartcher Julian Assange rose to fame as a principled and plucky champion of freedom of speech. His decision to publish millions of leaked US government documents on WikiLeaks was principled because it was in...
Chloe Angyal Mitt Romney's running mate likes policies that are strikingly regressive.
Nicholas Stuart Back in 1987, while working for Bob Hawke's second re-election campaign, the advertising man John Singleton created what was, quite possibly, one of the most obnoxious characters ever to appear on...
Connors and McMorrow
Lyndsay Connors and Jim McMorrow If international comparisons are any guide, Australia is starting to pay a price for its long-standing inability to engage in informed and rational debate about its national public investment in...
Shaun Carney Politicians should resist middle class expectations about their entitlement to a highly subsidised private education.
Lenore Taylor Perhaps Tony Abbott needs to send out a search party or post a reward because, bafflingly, his carbon tax wrecking ball appears to have gone missing.
Dave O'Neil So Julia Gillard sees an independent school in a well-established suburb and she sees a ''great example''. Hmmm, an example of what? How four-wheel-drives can clog up a street in Kew?
Peter Sheehan Australia has seen many resources booms - and busts. But we have never seen the like of the current boom, in which, since 2003, prices of Australia's raw materials such as iron ore have soared and...
Kasy Chambers While most Australians are significantly better off than they were 10, or five, years ago – even those on relatively low incomes such as the pension – there is a group on the edges of our society who...
Phillip Coorey Fancy an elected leader likening people's jobs to dog poo. Boil it down and that's what the Queensland Premier, Campbell Newman, did last Thursday during a rowdy debate over his plans to take the axe...
Kenneth Davidson It has been truly said: every man for himself and the devil take the hindmost. The Gonski report on school funding concluded that restoring equity across the three systems (public, Catholic and...
Peter Hartcher In the days after the terrorist attack on the US in 2001, a small group of Australian primary schoolchildren held a solemn candlelit moment of mourning and reflection for the dead.
Phillip Coorey PUTTING a floor price on carbon pollution when the carbon tax morphed into an emissions trading scheme in 2015 was always a silly idea.
Josh Gordon If the government can't sell itself to voters, what chance has it got?
Michelle Grattan Reality checks are needed to balance the political hype.
Peter Hartcher Labor cabinets have tolerated the behaviour of egotistic and temperamental leaders in the past. Why not now?
Mike Carlton The St Jensen's Parish Newsletter
Phillip Coorey A signature difference between government and opposition is that the former must account publicly for its promised spending every six months.
Amanda Vanstone How do you brown off the Greens? Put them last on the ballot paper.