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...
Paul Daley Yes, it's arrived. We have arrived at that time in the cycle of public life where everything is viewed through the opaque window of a looming election.
Michael Gordon Simon Crean has removed the threat of Kevin Rudd and gave Julia Gillard's prime ministership a fresh start.
Christopher Brown Forget Canberra. The power centres for this election will be places such as Casula in Sydney's west.
Daniel Flitton The mention of ''Sydney's west'' is enough of a hint to tell you the real threat is to Labor's re-election chances – national security has not compelled Julia Gillard to produce this document.
Gay Alcorn Will spin and personalities be the headlines, or will policies be the news?
Michael Gordon Julia Gillard should be congratulated for nipping six months of election speculation in the bud - and calling a September 14 election.
Gerard Henderson President Barack Obama's convincing victory this month reinforced the truism that, in the United States, what matters is the support received by the Democrats and the Republicans in the swing states.
Nick Dyrenfurth This past week has seen an outbreak of the 'relevance deprivation syndrome' among the political class.
Emma Young Men are free to consider all issues when deciding how to vote but women must focus on reproductive rights.
Peter Hartcher US politics is one of America's many gifts to the world - as free theatre, it's hard to beat. It can be pretty funny unassisted, and the late-night TV comedians add an extra layer of levity.
Brian Owler Is health on the agenda for the next federal election? While state governments have come under deserved scrutiny for cuts to their health expenditure in recent times, it is Commonwealth health...
Peter Hartcher In the days after the terrorist attack on the US in 2001, a small group of Australian primary schoolchildren held a solemn candlelit moment of mourning and reflection for the dead.
Sean Nicholls Chris Hartcher is one of the most experienced hands in the O'Farrell cabinet. A former environment minister in John Fahey's government, he also served as government whip under Nick Greiner in the...
Heath Aston Barry O'Farrell's high political ideals took a sharp turn south last week like a wild duck shot from the sky.
Hamish McDonald On the Kokoda Track, about the point where General Tomitaro Horii's invasion force was halted in September 1942 in sight of the Coral Sea, a mobile phone will now pick up the signal from the Port...
Sean Nicholls SOUL-SEARCHING over Labor's difficult relationship with the Greens dominated the lead-up to this weekend's party conference, but the issue with at least as much potential to cause angst was all about...
Peter Hartcher Barack Obama had been elected president, but not yet sworn in, when he asked to see the US's topmost military officer, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs, alone in Chicago.
In its first policy announcement for the 2012 election ACT Labor has promised to expand the nurse-led Walk-In Centre at Canberra Hospital by double funding for the service.
Josh Gordon Two years from now, Ted Baillieu might ponder his poll chances thus.