Stephanie Peatling Kevin Rudd has joined the ranks of politicians who have changed their mind on same sex marriage.
Rodney Croome The importance of Kevin Rudd's change of heart on marriage equality can't be overestimated.
George Williams Last week on budget day the federal government released two independent reports on Australia's anti-terrorism laws.
Gerard Henderson Premier Barry O'Farrell is a proud follower of Robert Menzies (1894 to 1978), the founder of the modern Liberal Party.
Jewel Topsfield It seems the Prime Minister is on her own when it comes to an education ''crusade''.
Tim Colebatch Save the budget or save the economy? That may be the conundrum that tests the Coalition's mettle.
Kenneth Davidson A clever budget? More likely it gives the Coalition room to wind back the welfare state.
Tim Soutphommasane It is simplistic to think we are entering a new conservative stage in our national politics.
Peter Hartcher It's the poll result that will shock the political class more than any other. A government has defied all convention by taking money away from voters in an election year. And the voters notice.
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.
Chris Johnson There are plenty of people in the current Parliament who, when they deliver an address, look more prime ministerial than Tony Abbott: the actual Prime Minister, for one.
Waleed Aly Tea Party in the US, the UKIP in Britain - Abbott better beware the rising attraction of conservative splitters.
Jacqueline Maley Mothers of Australia, switch off Super Nanny. Put down your parenting manuals and bin the baby books.
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.
Mike Carlton Julia Gillard is so much better when not trying. Stuck behind a lectern, droning away at some boilerplate speech cranked out by her office gnomes, she is cold and remote, more than a bit prissy.
Anne Summers If Tony Abbott is serious about wanting to boost women's workforce participation, there are more effective and less expensive ways to accomplish this than via his paid parental leave scheme, which...
Tony Wright In the past few decades we have been joined by ever-growing numbers of long-distant wanderers.
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...
Jacqueline Maley Shadow treasurer Joe Hockey thought he was having a good week. And he was, right up until the moment he called 2GB broadcaster Alan Jones on Wednesday morning.