Josh Gordon Former Liberal premier Dick Hamer simultaneously had three big infrastructure projects on the go: the West Gate Bridge, completed in 1978; City Loop, completed in 1981; and the first two stages of...
Chris McGreal Tense relationship of Obama and Netanyahu dashes hopes to break Arab-Israeli impasse.
Geoffrey Robertson The first war of 2013 - Israel's attack on Iran - is threatened for ''spring or early summer'', the time by which the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, who is likely to be re-elected next...
Allan Patience To become a respected middle power we need a streamlined national government.
George Williams The end of the year has seen a burst of government reform activity including reviews and inquiries.
Gerard Henderson On Friday, Julia Gillard, the social democratic Prime Minister of Australia, said that her government ''condemns the repeated rocket and mortar attacks on Israel from the Gaza Strip and calls on...
Katharine Murphy It is striking how often you get the question from people outside politics: why aren't Rudd and Turnbull leading their respective parties, or why don't they join forces?
Colin Long Proposed changes would give the state government unprecedented ability to interfere in the running of universities and TAFEs.
Richard Ackland It's a depressing notion that a glitzy, over-designed casino filled with Chinese whales champing to be fleeced, is the engine room of the city's tourism-led future.
Andrew Darby A good environment-versus-development stoush seems so much part of Australian politics, it's hard to imagine life without it.
George Williams The states are facing some big bills. They should pay their share each year of the $6.5 billion to implement the Gonski report and the extra $8 billion required for the National Disability Insurance...
Debra Jopson It's a clunky name, but the people of NSW should be grateful that the very colonial moniker given their state makes it almost impossible to herd them into one descriptor, such as ''Territorians'' or...
Michael Koziol In all likelihood, it's as simple as this: someone in the state government had a rough night's sleep a few weeks ago and now teenage house parties are on the hit list.
George Williams On Thursday the NSW Legislative Council passed a motion by 22 votes to 16 calling on the Commonwealth to provide for marriage equality.
Heath Aston When I began covering NSW politics in 2010 I had a map of faces of the Labor government pinned to the office wall.
Sondra Davoren In the classic film Groundhog Day, embittered television meteorologist Phil Connors, played by Bill Murray, reluctantly travels to Punxsutawney to cover the annual Groundhog Day event.
Michelle Grattan The blame game is starting in the Melbourne byelection, well before there's a result to cast blame about.
Rae Wear There are two main requirements for a change of government: an electorate that is dissatisfied with the incumbent and an apparently viable alternative.
Chris Middendorp Those who want the market to rule often put profit before welfare.
Josh Gordon Smart planning would be a better policy than regurgitating old numbers.