Paul Daley If you want to restore faith in parliament as a public institution, give a few seats to outstanding community members.
Andrew Herscovitch The Rudd and Gillard governments have put issues of constitutional reform at the back of the queue. This is not surprising, given the other challenges they have faced.
Damien Murphy A HOMECOMING of a sort - the foreign minister-in-waiting, Bob Carr, had Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Fiji, Indonesia, Syria and China on his mind as he strolled into State Parliament to be sworn in...
Peter Costello Remember the old days when cabinets were chosen from Parliament?
Gerard Henderson Julia Gillard, Wayne Swan and Greg Combet appear to believe Labor will win the election.
John Warhurst Supporters of same-sex marriage would be misguided to encourage a referendum this September.
Chris Johnson So Tony Abbott wants to relocate hordes of Commonwealth public servants from the nation's capital to the states and regions if they want to keep their jobs.
Barnaby Joyce Life in politics is punctuated with major challenges that throw into question the authenticity of your political mettle.
Gay Alcorn The WikiLeaks founder's Senate bid is a long shot, but there is method in his move.
Jacqueline Maley These people, the online commenter said, should be sent home ''now, today, if not sooner''. Sooner than now? I thought. Isn't that the name of a Smiths song?
Mark Forbes Our former prime minister has revisited 'the most controversial foreign policy decision' taken by my government'.
Anne Summers When she announced her new ministry last Monday, Julia Gillard made history. For the first time, women make up one-third of the Australian government.
Paul Sheehan What follows is a quote from a column I wrote about Stephen Conroy, which enraged him.
David Wroe, Tony Wright Julia Gillard's speech apologising from the nation to the broken-hearted women whose babies were taken from them at birth, the children who were adopted out before there was the chance of a bond...
Canberra Opposition frontbencher Christopher Pyne says he's receiving text messages from Labor MPs still agitating for Julia Gillard's removal as prime minister before the election.
Paul Sheehan At 6.02 pm last Wednesday I received a text sent from Parliament House in Canberra. It said: ''I'm hearing Labor has been asked to stay in Canberra on Friday.
Michael Gordon The late John Button had his own strategy for coping with the tedium of Parliament during his years as the government leader in the Senate.
Michael Gordon A month before Julia Gillard's mini-campaign in Sydney's outer west, Tony Abbott took his own mini-campaign to Melbourne's outer east, and reflected with justifiable pride on the diversity of...
Paul McGeough This is about carnal relations, not global security - got it? We're talking sex, so if you're looking for heavy breathing about ethics and morality, move on, turn the page.
Jack Waterford Bob Hawke thinks political parties should restrict the subjects over which they caucus and hold supporters to a combined view.