Rodney Croome The importance of Kevin Rudd's change of heart on marriage equality can't be overestimated.
Stephanie Peatling Kevin Rudd has joined the ranks of politicians who have changed their mind on same sex marriage.
Tim Soutphommasane It is simplistic to think we are entering a new conservative stage in our national politics.
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.
Nicholas Stuart The moniker of world’s greatest treasurer will be cold comfort as he delivers what’s sure to be his last budget.
Jacqueline Maley All writers know that books are like children. So it was no surprise that when Opposition Leader and author Tony Abbott faced the media on Monday, he clutched his latest literary creation to his...
Chris Berg If the government has its way, we'll have an extra question to answer at the federal election in September.
Daniel Flitton Stephen Smith tried to pass the Goldilocks test on Friday when serving up Australia's latest military blueprint.
Nicholas Stuart The defence white paper has no deeper substance than a glossy political statement.
John Garnaut The aims of 'enemy work', as they still call it today, have not much changed in 2500 years.
Carol Bennett Hip pocket pain is replacing the once soothing notion of universal, free access to health services. For over a decade "out of pocket" health costs have been rising in Australia, making a joke of...
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.
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...
Dean Frenkel Just 15 days before Julia Gillard became Prime Minister in 2010, a Fairfax Media poll asked who among our leading politicians had the best speechmaking skills.
Ross Gittins Something highly significant has happened in just the past week: it's become clear the tide has turned in our politicians' demonisation of budget deficits and debt.
Mark Kenny Setting the election date eight months in advance represented a calculated risk for Julia Gillard. So far, it has not worked.
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.''
Gerard Henderson Perhaps the most compelling of the paintings in the 2013 Archibald Prize at the Art Gallery of NSW is Xu Wang's Self-portrait (interviewing Maoist victims).