Paul Sheehan Tony Abbott is a hack. A dog. An aggressive, carping, bitter, mindless, deceptive, dodgy, mendacious, rancid, negative, nasty, muck-raking, untruthful, obstructionist, opportunistic, sexist,...
Jacqueline Maley Last week, I spied a peculiar photograph accompanying a newspaper story about the legalisation of gay marriage and adoption in France.
Stephanie Peatling Kevin Rudd has joined the ranks of politicians who have changed their mind on same sex marriage.
George Williams Australia's first referendum in 14 years promises a small, but significant change to the Constitution.
Jacqueline Maley Opposition Leader Tony Abbott may well be a misogynist. He might be plotting to scrap abortion rights. He might truly believe that women are not temperamentally suited to leadership roles.
Chris Johnson Senior cabinet minister Greg Combet has attacked some of his Labor Party colleagues as ''whingers'' in an angry and expletive-laden speech to supporters and donors, expressing his frustration at...
Tony Wright Late last month, a woman stood alone on the forecourt of Canberra's Parliament House, inhaling gulps of cigarette smoke. ''All very nice,'' she said. ''Too late. Tomorrow it'll be wrapping chips.''
Mark Kenny The federal government's political skills are again being exposed as slipshod amid a messy prelude to a pre-election budget.
Peter Hartcher Simon Crean has said that Labor can't win the federal election as the party now stands, and he is behaving accordingly - as if there is nothing to lose.
Peter Hartcher Today's poll confirms that the Gillard government remains on track to lose the election due in 153 days. It also shows that one of its main escape plans is not working.
Amanda Vanstone Like it or not, capitalism is the best way to help Australia grow and prosper as a nation.
Tony Wright Chris Bowen's publishers, you'd imagine, are hoping he can write better than he can count. Finding himself with unexpected time on his hands over the past weeks, Bowen has been busily scribbling a...
Anne Summers When she announced her new ministry last Monday, Julia Gillard made history. For the first time, women make up one-third of the Australian government.
Gerard Henderson If Julia Gillard's supporters really believe the Prime Minister's political discontents are due to prevailing misogyny in a contemporary patriarchal society, they are delusional.
Jack Waterford In the Labor Party, they have been called tree people. The Liberals once did not have them, as such, but now also maintains a veritable forest.
Lindy Edwards It impoverishes our politics when we are told political meltdowns are about nothing but personality.
Jacqueline Maley Now that the leadership boil has been lanced, Labor is still arguing, but at least they're arguing about policy, right?
Jacqueline Maley What does it mean to be ''fabulously wealthy'' and how does one achieve it? When I was at university it meant ''anyone who owns a car''.
Lenore Taylor It's time to call out the incredible hypocrisy of politicians banging on about tape. And also the way politics is trumping policy on an almost daily basis.
Amanda Vanstone Julia Gillard's crackdown on 457 visas is symbolic and symptomatic of every problem dogging the Labor Party. It is bound to the unions, divided, deceptive and desperate.