George Williams When Prince Charles and Camilla arrived at Longreach on Monday, they were met by the Governor-General, Quentin Bryce. Ms Bryce did so as the Australian representative of Queen Elizabeth II.
Josh Gordon The anti-corruption body may be hamstrung from the outset.
Elizabeth Farrelly When James Packer had his stomach stapled the event made national headlines. We were supposed to be impressed that, unable to master his own appetite, he paid someone else for surgical help that...
Tim Williams The chief executive of the Committee for Sydney responds to Elizabeth Farrelly's column last week on Sydney's urbanism.
Kellie Tranter The COAG review of anti-terrorism legislation is a chance to establish independent scrutiny of the agencies involved in implementing the laws.
Kathryn Wicks If your son or daughter attends a school with more than 88 kids in it, the chances are that one of those children has autism. There's a greater chance, though, you don't even know.
Julia Baird Elizabeth Warren, the first female senator elected by the state of Massachusetts, has long been the scourge of Wall Street.
Michael Gordon They were the other expert panel, the one that wasn't charged with stopping the boats.
Peter Costello A minority government protects conduct that should not be tolerated.
Peter Costello 'T his will be a different Parliament'' Rob Oakeshott claimed when he announced he would swing behind Labor and make Julia Gillard Prime Minister, again, after the 2010 election.
Barnaby Joyce Sometimes the whole political creature gets so fascinated with its own navel, the media staring intently full frontal at it as well, that frustration in the suburbs and the regions goes from anger to...
Josh Gordon Our politicians continue to give us reasons to not believe in them.
Elizabeth Farrelly As a primate of signal curiosity I often feel like some urban fringe dweller, guddling about in the detritus of the culture industry, feeling with my fingerless gloves for gleams of truth or...
Judith Ireland Australian politics may be busy trying to out-bizarre itself, but Anthony Albanese has been getting on with the business of government.
Shaun Carney Most notable among the non-Craig-Thomson news this week was the passage in the lower house of the Gillard government's gambling reforms with the support of the independent member for Denison, Andrew...
Chris Berg It's been fun for the left in Australia to fixate on the Republican candidates for the American presidency. It's been fun to joke about their policy quirks and eccentricities.
Michelle Grattan Refugee lawyer David Manne is on the legal hunt again.
Annabel Crabb The incomparable Clive Palmer steamed on last week, marking his $2 billion devaluation at the hands of the boffins at BRW's Rich List by initiating several immediate austerity measures, including not...
Chris Berg Obama has destroyed more civil liberties than Bush ever did.
Michelle Grattan The Prime Minister has a set of new crises that will make for a tense and testing week.