Nicholas Reece Sensibly, the party is reclassifying its most contentious policies.
Judith Ireland The Greens have long prided - and pitched - themselves as being different from the other parties. The question is, how different can they afford to be if they want an extra 400,000 votes.
Katharine Murphy Christine Milne's challenge is stark: develop mainstream policies or risk irrelevance.
Paul Sheehan It was surprising how little was made about the meltdown in the Greens vote in statewide local elections held in NSW over the weekend.
Michelle Grattan Mostly it's the opposition that has been in the frame for stymieing efforts to get a more effective policy to combat people smuggling.
Daniel Andrews In just over two weeks, voters in the Victorian state seat of Melbourne will have the chance to vote for the person and party who they believe can best deliver for them.
Narelle Miragliotta Labor's recent declaration of war against the Australian Greens is a very public concession that the minor party has moved from political fringe dweller to a credible electoral threat.
Martin Flanagan The Greens and the people who support them are routinely decried by their enemies as thinking they are morally superior to others.
Gerard Henderson Sometimes politicians are deauthorised not so much by defeat as by their response to failure. The late Liberal Party leader Billy Snedden never recovered from his comment, after his defeat by Labor's...
The ACT Greens received an unprecedented half a million dollars in donations, loans and election funding in the past financial year, the biggest in the local party's history.
ACT Greens Shane Rattenbury and Caroline Le Couteur could face a challenge to their incumbency as lead candidates for their party in the Molonglo electorate in this year's election.
Sean Nicholls A fter a difficult start to the political year, Barry O'Farrell had an unexpectedly sweet victory on Thursday: the passage of his bill to ban political donations from corporations.
The ACT Greens will call tomorrow on their ALP colleagues to vote against national Labor policy and support equal marriage rights at a federal level. The party will ask the Legislative
Phillip Coorey Later today, if all goes to plan, the Senate will pass the legislation for the minerals resources rent tax, enabling it to start on July 1.
Gerard Henderson Imagine the media reaction if the atheist Julia Gillard or the Christian Tony Abbott raised the possibility, in a major address, of extraterrestrial life on one or more planets beyond Earth.
Shaun Carney Lucky breaks have been few and far between for the Gillard government but Bob Brown's resignation offers a genuine opportunity to win back some of the former Labor voters who have re-identified as...
Natasha Stott Despoja
Natasha Stott Despoja Bob Brown's decision to step down as Greens' leader - and resign from the Senate from June - will test the Greens as never before.
Peter Hartcher On announcing his retirement from politics, Bob Brown yesterday recalled his life in his home state of Tasmania in the 1980s, when "I couldn't walk down the street without windows being wound down"...
Phillip Coorey The Gillard government's immediate reaction to the departure of the Greens leader Bob Brown and to his replacement by Christine Milne was one of concern.
Peter Hartcher The next Senate is the Greens' chance to break out of the ''fringe'' category of politics and into the mainstream, from being a receptacle for protest votes to being a responsible centre-right party...