Gerard Henderson Premier Barry O'Farrell is a proud follower of Robert Menzies (1894 to 1978), the founder of the modern Liberal Party.
Mark Barabak BY CALLING a halt to the deportation of hundreds of thousands of young people who are in the US illegally, President Barack Obama not only helps himself politically with two groups vital to his...
Dave Noonan Most Australians would be astonished that employers do not even have to advertise for Australian workers before getting 457 visa workers approved, let alone prove no Australian workers are available.
Annabel Crabb The Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, has much to report on the climate front. For instance, as he told his colleagues yesterday at their regular Tuesday morning love-in, Australia has just been invited by...
Ross Gittins The Big Australia issue has gone quiet since the election but it hasn't gone away. It can't go away because it's too central to our future and, despite Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott's rare agreement...
Tim Soutphommasane It is simplistic to think we are entering a new conservative stage in our national politics.
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...
Chris Johnson Immigration Minister Brendan O'Connor returns today from a visit to Sri Lanka, where he discussed the challenges of refugees and people smuggling.
John Warhurst The judgments of Thatcher in death have been as diverse and as spirited as they were in life.
Bianca Hall It's gathering dusk at Christmas Island's Flying Fish Cove. A father stands tall and strong on his paddleboard, his infant cross-legged on the board behind him.
Gillian Triggs Australia is at risk of breaching human rights treaties with its treatment of asylum seekers.
Jacqueline Maley These people, the online commenter said, should be sent home ''now, today, if not sooner''. Sooner than now? I thought. Isn't that the name of a Smiths song?
Matthew Kidman Is Tony Abbott about to become the single most important driver of the Australian share market?
Jane McAdam While the Coalition may have hoped to score political points with the reappearance of its "illegal boats" billboard this week, it has shone a spotlight on its feeble grasp of international law.
Daniel Flitton Keeping people in detention with no explanation, no trial, no appeal, should be a crime.
Matthew Zagor As Scott Morrison has now confirmed his ''behaviour protocols'' for boat arrivals released into the community is opposition policy, it's worth looking at exactly what the opposition immigration...
Jack Waterford Julia Gillard has concluded a week's electioneering without any obvious signs of triumph.
Tim Colebatch The foreign worker program is being rorted just as the student visas were.
Paul Sheehan What follows is a quote from a column I wrote about Stephen Conroy, which enraged him.
Amanda Vanstone The Labor Party is bound to the unions, divisive, deceptive and desperate.