Jack Waterford Julia Gillard was ill-served by her advisers over the decision to allow Gina Rinehart to import 1700 foreign workers to help quarry her iron ore.
Phillip Coorey Kevin Rudd looked a little lost last week when wandering the Senate corridors looking for Bob Brown.
Gerard Henderson The former Liberal Party leader John Hewson went missing in action on Q&A last week.
Katharine Murphy Adrian Dodd, on Twitter, pretended to agree with Mr Hockey's analysis of Wayne Swan. ''I loved him in Wolf Creek.'' Blogger Possum Comitatus did not pretend to agree. He demurred.
Tim Colebatch There's an old saying among economists: if a figure looks wrong, it usually is.
Phillip Coorey JOE HOCKEY hasn't looked so uncomfortable since Australia last avoided recession.
Andrew Leigh In the 1970s, psychologists uncovered an unusual phobia: patients who were scared of the possibility of having a panic attack. They called the condition phobophobia. It could be debilitating.
Peter Hartcher It's strike one against Tony Abbott's scare campaign on the carbon tax and mining tax. "Australia reported its economy was the fastest-growing in the developed world in the first three months of...
Lenore Taylor In every good horror movie the thing you think is going to be scary doesn't turn out to be the thing you should really fear.
Katharine Murphy A BIT out of the blue, this fight between Canberra and Queensland over approval for a $6.4 billion coal project owned by Gina Rinehart and the Indian conglomerate GVK? Possibly, it looks that way.
Amanda Vanstone Political party rooms can be frustrating places. They are where all the different views from around the nation get an airing.
Paul Sheehan The numbers are extraordinary. The failure is breathtaking - a failure in every possible way, of policy, morality, practicality, security, sovereignty, fairness and budgeting.
Tim Colebatch Our latest economic figures are good, but what happens next in Europe is crucial.
Ross Gittins THERE has never been reason to doubt Barry O'Farrell's skill as a politician, but it helps for a pollie to be lucky and, failing that, for him to have the steel to make his own luck.
Jacqueline Maley THE carbon tax comes into being in less than a fortnight, which means we are reaching the business end of the gulag march that is the carbon pricing debate in this country.
Tim Colebatch The sense of common purpose that Australia enjoyed under Menzies, lost during the Whitlam era and regained under Hawke has been lost again.
Jacqueline Maley AS EMBARRASSING photos go, it could have been worse. There are no cocktail waitresses in shot and its subject, the Deputy Opposition Leader is not in an especially compromising position.
Jacqueline Maley WHENEVER the Assistant Treasurer, David Bradbury, rises to the dispatch box in the House of Representatives, Coalition members pipe him aboard with a pretendsies boatswain's call.
Katharine Murphy Talk of the looming death of newspapers blurs the issue. What's really under threat in the shift from print to digital is a commercially sustainable 'objective' model for news.
Phillip Coorey When Julia Gillard knocked off Kevin Rudd two years ago yesterday, Labor was floundering principally because of three intractable policy issues - the mining tax, carbon pricing and asylum seekers.