Mark Kenny Hypersensitivity over the GST dates back to Howard and Costello.
Mark Kenny Politician after politician has squibbed it, making florid gestures but avoiding serious discussion of the goods and services tax.
John Warhurst Pressure groups and organised interests are the weathervanes of political shifts.
John Watson When reporters use the word 'historic' they mean: 'not in the time that I've been here'.
Jack Waterford The personality, temperament, character and reliability of Tony Abbott is pretty much the primary issue that voters should be weighing up.
Tim Soutphommasane It is simplistic to think we are entering a new conservative stage in our national politics.
Gerard Henderson Premier Barry O'Farrell is a proud follower of Robert Menzies (1894 to 1978), the founder of the modern Liberal Party.
Peter Hartcher Labor's budget this week is like the pyramid of an Egyptian pharaoh, says one of the party's federal MPs: "Gillard is building the monuments for her legacy, and she's sacrificing us slaves in the...
Chris Berg They say every political career ends in failure. But some more than others. All the evidence suggests Wayne Swan's sixth budget, released last Tuesday, will be his last.
Peter Hartcher Tony Abbott came on Thursday not to demolish the Labor government as a tribal leader but to chide it as an adult alternative prime minister.
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.
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.
Jack Waterford The somewhat confected budget ''crisis'' has provided the Gillard government with a window of opportunity for changing a game - by now almost a foregone conclusion - into a match again.
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.
Stephanie Peatling As fans of Yes Minister and Yes Prime Minister would know, a "brave decision" was always arch civil service supremo Sir Humphrey Appleby's way of saying "Do not go there for that way lies almost...
George Williams A report has found Australia participated in the CIA's detention and torture of terrorist suspects after the attacks of September 11, 2001. This should come as no surprise.
Jack Waterford Tony Abbott has done us all a favour by placing anathema on the appointment of a new governor-general by the prime minister, Julia Gillard.
Tony Wright Late last month, a woman stood alone on the forecourt of Canberra's Parliament House, inhaling gulps of cigarette smoke. ''All very nice,'' she said. ''Too late. Tomorrow it'll be wrapping chips.''