Phillip Coorey Julia Gillard is taking a week off and, in the process, doing her bit for Queensland's struggling tourism sector.
Daniel Flitton Some day, the coal and copper deposits in Australia will be exhausted, the mining boom, bust.
Wayne Swan Acting Prime Minister Wayne Swan's John Button lecture.
Jack Waterford Peter Costello, when treasurer, had a politically cynical, as well as an ideological, argument in handing back budget surpluses as tax cuts to voters.
John Howard Australia was right to take a different path to the US and opt for gun control.
Debra Jopson It's a clunky name, but the people of NSW should be grateful that the very colonial moniker given their state makes it almost impossible to herd them into one descriptor, such as ''Territorians'' or...
Paul Daley Thank goodness there's a doctor in the house. You simply never know when you might need one.
Paul McGeough An all's-well presumption in some quarters on the Egyptian presidential election is bizarre.
The Loaded Dog
Should the federal government negotiate prisoner exchanges to secure the return of Australians jailed overseas, such as trading Schapelle Corby for Indonesian teenagers accused of people smuggling?
Peter Hartcher Who could put a loaded gun to the head of a baby and pull the trigger? The coverage of the barbaric violence against women and children in the Syrian town of Houla at the weekend sent a wave of...
Ross Gittins It's taken me too long to realise it, but when I retired for a quiet meal after the federal budget lock-up this month, it struck me: there's truth to the opposition's charge that Labor is a big...
Jack Waterford Julia Gillard was ill-served by her advisers over the decision to allow Gina Rinehart to import 1700 foreign workers to help quarry her iron ore.
Ross Gittins A thirst to spend and a desire to stay in surplus cohabit uneasily.
Annabel Crabb Am I the only person in the world who could not care less if David Petraeus was shagging his biographer? I mean, don't get me wrong.
Elizabeth Farrelly Had I 10 wishes for the planet, one would be to take the ''me'' out of planning. You might think there's no me in planning. I'd be forced, respectfully, to disagree. As a rule there's nothing but.
Craig Pearson AUSTRALIA is a food bowl for the world, at least in the cases of bulk commodities such as wheat, beef, sheep meat and wool.
Nils Hanson There is little that reflects the changes in attitude to parenting so well as the game of pass the parcel as it is played at third birthday parties.
Nicola Roxon Shared parenting comes second to the welfare of the child.
Susan Ryan Access to the workforce is blocked for older people not only by age prejudice but by external barriers.
Susan Metcalfe The majority of people who arrive by boat have fled from persecution. Australia must look beyond its own borders for long-term solutions.