Malcolm Fraser The ownership of islands in the East China Sea now represents a highly sensitive and dangerous issue.
Thalia Anthony A review of a recent death involving a Taser is welcome, but does not diminish the appearance of police investigating police.
Jack Waterford Nothing erodes effectiveness more than constant reorganisation, rebadging and reshuffling at the top
Jacqueline Maley Of all possible '90s throwbacks - high-waisted jeans, scrunchies, the music of Mariah Carey - a renewed debate about abortion law has to be the least welcome.
Mark Kenny Like the carnivorous Dasyurus (quoll), Factius Powbrokius is mostly timid and rarely sighted in the open.
Wayne Swan The Asian Century is another reason to revive this debate.
Peter Hartcher The delegation of parliamentarians from four tropical Pacific Islands nations braved the Canberra cold last week, and that wasn't the only climate shock they suffered.
Judith Ireland There was something almost genteel about the meeting that took place in committee room 1.
Sally Young Collusion by the major parties on political funding has been alive and well for two decades.
Peter Hartcher When the union movement's new ad campaign hit TV screens this week, it took the Liberal Party - and many in Labor - by surprise.
Peter Reith Joyce should read the fine print before advocating a proposal that will mean more power to the federal bureaucracy and potentially significant disadvantage to the people he wants to represent.
Jewel Topsfield Education Minister Martin Dixon has long lamented that the most significant reform of school funding in 40 years has been reduced to a motherhood statement.
Peter Hartcher Tony Abbott began his public backdown on Thursday morning by saying: "Well, it is pretty clear the people have spoken and the electoral funding bill is dead.
George Williams Last week on budget day the federal government released two independent reports on Australia's anti-terrorism laws.
John Warhurst Supporters of same-sex marriage would be misguided to encourage a referendum this September.
Michael Gordon Tony Abbott has produced a minimalist industrial relations policy with a bold objective - to eliminate what he considers the biggest threat to a Coalition victory in September.
Gerard Henderson Julia Gillard, Wayne Swan and Greg Combet appear to believe Labor will win the election.
Matt Wade Will your family be around the TV on Tuesday night to see what the federal government has in store?
Emma Macdonald and Tom McIlroy Canberra workers and visitors to national institutions will be forced to cough up almost $74 million in new parking fees in the Parliamentary Triangle and at Acton over the next three years.
Tim Colebatch Why can't we believe the budget forecasts? Why were they so wrong over the past decade? Does Wayne Swan decide the forecasts, as the Liberals imply, or does Treasury?