Barry Jones Since Gough Whitlam's time, Australia has undergone a serious decline in the quality of debate on public policy - and the same phenomenon has occurred in the US, Canada and Europe.
Charles Moore Conventional politics is failing. That's why non-conformists appeal.
Julian Meyrick Art is a major measure of civilisation because it enriches society and tells us myriad stories about ourselves, yet Australia doesn't invest in it nearly enough. Unlike sport.
George Williams It is time to ask whether we need all our anti-terrorism laws. For example, should citizens not suspected of a crime be detained for up to a week for questioning by the Australian Security...
Ramesh Thakur Taking a country to war is the single most solemn international responsibility of any government. It requires our soldiers to kill complete strangers solely on the authority of the government.
Misha Schubert In the desert, it's personal experience that matters, not statistics.
Wayne Swan The sense of accountability to ordinary workers that lies at the heart of Bruce Spingsteen's music is what continues to inspire Labor.
Michael Wesley We are used to anticipating and enjoying the Olympic Games as a quadrennial festival of human sporting excellence.
Nick Dyrenfurth With its relentless negativity, the Coalition could well be wasting its time in opposition.
Michelle Grattan If you are an Australian leader, you have to watch your words in delivering major speeches.
Tim Soutphommasane It is often said that being the leader of the opposition is the hardest job in Australian politics. For the past
Wayne Swan Acting Prime Minister Wayne Swan's John Button lecture.
MICHAEL KIRBY It was Deputy Prime Minister Tim Fischer who, after attacking the majority of the High Court for its decision in the Wik case, called bluntly for the appointment of “capital ‘C’ conservative[s]” .
Amin Saikal On the sidelines of the Chicago meeting on Afghanistan, the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, and the Afghan President, Hamid Karzai, signed a strategic partnership agreement to define Australia's role...
Peter Christoff TALKBACK radio suggests we are growing tired. We might have had our fill of the hunt for a while. We're weakening and becoming vaguely compassionate. Time to draw breath.
Paul McGeough ELEMENTS of the commentariat are demanding a Sister Souljah moment from Mitt Romney. The call harks back to 1992 when candidate Bill Clinton gave the African-American rapper a jab in the ribs for her...
Hamish McDonald Rupiah, baht, dollars … the currency of south-east Asian politics is changed. Where it used to be green shirts, meaning army battalions, or green banners, meaning masses of the faithful, now...
Sean Nicholls Since announcing his government's intention to sell the state's electricity generators, the Premier, Barry O'Farrell, has withstood a barrage of criticism from groups wanting him to extend his...
Paul McGeough There's a fiendish cleverness in perpetrating a fraud in broad daylight.
Nick Dyrenfurth Radical reform in short bursts is better than trying to govern forever.