Peter Hartcher The Indonesian President has chosen just one city for his three-day visit, and it's not a conventional choice: Darwin.
Phillip Coorey In those mad days in February as Kevin Rudd geared up to challenge Julia Gillard for the leadership, Rudd, in an appeal to Labor MPs fearing July 1, promised to take the edge off the carbon tax.
Gerard Henderson It's not surprising that a narcissist such as Julian Assange has one standard for himself and another for everyone else.
Nicholas Stuart As happens so often during times of turmoil, reasoned debate has stuttered to a halt. Wild-eyed fanatics now walk the land, bearing placards prophesying pestilence and war.
Daniel Flitton Try as hard as we might to build links with Indonesia, we never seem to get truly close.
Jessica Wright In politics, memories can be conveniently short. As short, one might even proffer, as the pink tutu on a jolly green giant tripping the light fantastic to Abba's Dancing Queen.
Michelle Grattan The Labor camp should be having a rethink. When those performing stunts incur the ridicule that was aimed at the object of them, there’s a problem.
Tim Colebatch Both sides have used emissions to divide us instead of uniting us.
Ross Gittins For years when people at dinner parties worried about houses becoming too expensive for the younger generation to afford, I used to tell them not to worry: it was logically impossible for prices to...
George Monbiot The facts have changed, now we must change too. For the past 10 years an unlikely coalition of geologists, oil drillers, bankers, military strategists and environmentalists has been warning that peak...
Ross Gittins The decade of skyrocketing values was down to a one-off, and now it's over.
Eric Dyrenfurth Policing corruption involves a radically different mindset to unearthing secrets.
Jack Waterford Tony Abbott has been very successful in painting Julia Gillard as a liar and person who cannot be trusted. Footage of the broken promise about a carbon tax is on constant replay.
Simon Breheny It is a basic tenet of parliamentary democracy that the decision to spend public money is made by the parliament.
Josh Gordon State Labor is fighting for existence. It is an existential battle, and its biggest enemy is not the Coalition, but the Greens.
Richard Ackland Limbo is the state of neglect or oblivion. It's where a grotesque politics has placed the processing of asylum-seeking boat arrivals.
Damien Kingsbury When East Timor goes to the polls tomorrow, its people will be deciding not just which party they support or, at a stretch, who will form government.
Michelle Grattan What is it about the conservatives in Queensland? They can deliver a heap of seats but they always seem to bring trouble, too, for their Canberra crew.
Jessica Irvine This week we enjoyed a glimpse of a largely invisible and previously poorly understood part of the universe. No, not the Higgs boson. The LIBOR.
Suzy Freeman-Greene We'll marvel at their bodies, admire their grace, their discipline and verve. In a few weeks, our elite athletes will take on the world.