Katharine Murphy Having been invited to express some humanity, Turnbull thought he might bin the standard dot-point formulations about what it's like to lose the party leadership, and tell the truth.
Heath Aston Another 400,000 homes in NSW will be promised super-fast broadband in a new three-year plan for the rollout of the national broadband network.
John Warhurst Tony Abbott is coming ever closer to becoming prime minister. In hindsight this is an unlikely development as he came from well behind in the race to be Liberal Leader and Opposition Leader.
Heath Aston This was not your average election policy launch. This was a Tony Abbott media event minus the fluorescent vest and safety glasses but with a little bit of Steve Jobs-type salesmanship.
Michael Short Compulsory voting is contentious. To some, it is a small price to pay for democracy and is even a civic responsibility.
Peter Hartcher When Bob Carr challenged Julia Gillard's authority to decide how Australia would cast its vote in the United Nations last November, it was a moment of potential crisis for her prime ministership.
Michael Gordon Simon Crean maintains Australia's new cultural policy joins the dots on a range of Labor priorities.
Katharine Murphy Should we be surprised when it comes to media reform that most of the protagonists are working an angle?
On the QT
Judith Ireland You don't need a PhD in political genius to know federal Labor is in a special kind of trouble right now.
Judith Ireland The long, low groan you can hear across the country is Australia asking: ''Are we there yet?''
James Button Can Labor throw open its doors to say, ''We are no longer a party of insiders and apparatchiks."?
Tony Wright Opposition Leader Tony Abbott carries a shield with him as he darts from greengrocer to drycleaner to manufacturer warning of the evils of the carbon tax and how Julia Gillard's government is...
Anne Summers On Q&A last Monday night, Malcolm Turnbull described, with unusual candour for a politician, how it felt when he lost the Liberal Party leadership in December 2009.
Anne Summers On Q&A last Monday night Malcolm Turnbull described how it felt when he lost the Liberal Party leadership in December 2009. It was "very, very gut-wrenching, it was devastating", he said.
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.
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.
Katharine Murphy Next week or not at all, says the Communications Minister Stephen Conroy of his media reform package.
Jacqueline Maley Anyone who says Canberra doesn't know how to party was not in the capital on Monday night, when fireworks marking its centenary festooned the skies over Lake Burley Griffin, and some public servants...
On the QT
Judith Ireland If you're a political leader in a precarious position, it can be hard to know what to do.
Katharine Murphy Media 'gatekeepers' can often help you weigh the significance of the news.