Anne Summers While I was watching the ugly events of Thursday afternoon unfold, I was trying to remember the last time Australia had a perfect prime minister. Or even one who was universally popular.
Lenore Taylor Surely now it's time to take stock of how politics is being conducted.
Michelle Grattan The cynic might say that Justice Steven Rares has answered most of the questions about Brough, whom he found plotted with James Ashby against Peter Slipper.
Mark Baker Gillard's denials of wrongdoing in the AWU rorting scandal have failed to kill off the issue.
Paul Sheehan Test: how long does it take to deduce whether the following text messages are sexual and in poor taste?
Misha Schubert In the desert, it's personal experience that matters, not statistics.
Emanuele Ottolenghi As prospects of an Israeli attack against Iran's nuclear program mount, the concerns of many are understandable - an Iranian response, some argue, would be devastating, and the potential for faulty...
Paul Sheehan In the months leading up to the 2007 federal election that ended the Howard era, the NSW central coast was alive with a political blitzkrieg.
Lenore Taylor It was supposed to be Craig Thomson's ''judgment day''. Instead he told the parliament and the media they had no right to pass final judgment on anyone.
Phillip Coorey The question being asked rhetorically around Parliament House this morning was ''why?''. As in, why did Gillard agree to be interviewed for a show which, many in the ALP feared, was always going to...
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?
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 want us to think, or does Treasury?
Tom Chivers The annual White House Correspondents' Dinner is an opportunity for the President to try out a bit of self-deprecation.
Malcolm Jorgensen John Howard's decision to commit Australia to the 2003 Iraq war remains as indefensible as it was 10 years ago.
Jack Waterford Tony Abbott's plan to put a sub-department of Aboriginal affairs inside his own portfolio of Prime Minister and Cabinet has achieved some publicity as an evidence of his good intentions in the area.
George Williams Like many people, I have had a conflicted reaction to Julian Assange. On the one hand, he has done the community a great service in bringing to light secret information such as combat video showing...
Michael Short There will be at least some debate ahead of the federal election about policies and ideas. And there will be the banal and brutal attacks.
Daniel Flitton Keeping people in detention with no explanation, no trial, no appeal, should be a crime.
Anna Patty A few folks on Barry O'Farrell's backbench - and maybe one or two in his cabinet - are scratching their heads about his decision to appoint a former Liberal premier, Nick Greiner, to head its...
Peter Hartcher When Bob Carr challenged Julia Gillard's authority to decide how Australia would cast its vote in the United Nations last November, it was a moment of potential crisis for her prime ministership.