Jack Waterford Julia Gillard has concluded a week's electioneering without any obvious signs of triumph.
Lenore Taylor It's time to call out the incredible hypocrisy of politicians banging on about tape. And also the way politics is trumping policy on an almost daily basis.
Peter Hartcher If you haven't already seen the Liberal Party's new anti-Rudd attack ad on YouTube, you need to know that it is a staccato collation of soundgrabs of the Gillard government's damnations of Kevin.
Andrew West Many in the political class - politicians, aides, consultants, even many journalists - have decided the crisis facing the Labor Party in NSW can be explained away in one man, or at least one family:...
Katharine Murphy There has been no shadowy coup against former Victorian premier Ted Baillieu - simply an ''orderly transition to a new premier'', Tony Abbott says.
Mike Carlton Kevin Rudd has abandoned a celebrity tour of Sydney's western suburbs to avoid an embarrassing clash with the Prime Minister's election campaign visit there next week.
Ross Cameron With Prime Minister Julia Gillard in Sydney's west the past week, it seems timely to update some of the tired old cliches about this area.
Paul Strangio Before the unfortunate Ted Baillieu, the last Victorian premier to fall on his sword was John Cain in August 1990.
Sean Nicholls It's a fairly safe bet Andrew Stoner hasn't been spending much time contemplating ways to spend his new pay rise.
Michael Gordon Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott agree on something. There are no parallels between the political assassination of Kevin Rudd in 2010 and Ted Baillieu's decision to fall on his sword this week.
Bruce Guthrie Ted Baillieu was an accidental leader whose luck ended when former allies turned on him.
Josh Gordon Denis Napthine might take a measure of comfort knowing that voters have - more or less - backed his party's decision to make him leader.
Peter Hartcher Would it help if a skywriter blazed the message in huge letters across the Canberra skies?
Peter Hartcher I t's often claimed that the Hippocratic oath for new doctors commands: "First, do no harm." That's not quite right. This phrase does not appear in the oath.
Peter Hartcher Would it help if a skywriter blazed the message in huge white letters across the Canberra skies?
Paul Sheehan The media's obsession with Kevin Rudd may be missing the point. Shorten may be the better bet.
Tim Soutphommasane We sometimes forget just how hard politics can be as a vocation, how it brutally exposes those in office to unforgiving scrutiny. We forget because of the remarkable resilience of modern politicians.
Mary Delahunty Last Tuesday I sat next to Daniel Andrews at the state funeral for Australia's first female Speaker of the House of Representatives, Joan Child.
Jack Waterford Bob Hawke thinks political parties should restrict the subjects over which they caucus and hold supporters to a combined view.
Chris Berg In Australia, bills of rights haven't had much support by liberals and conservatives. The reason is simple.