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.
Josh Gordon There is a gap in Victoria's accountability regime that is growing wider by the day - although you wouldn't necessarily know it, such is the insidious nature of the problem.
Andrew MacLeod Decreasing density was seen as one of Melbourne's greatest threats. Now we see the urban growth boundary extended again.
Guy Rundle Guy Rundle uncovers the inside word on dealing with Britain's new national scourge: optimism.
Adam Carey Metro should not be allowed to treat some of us as collateral damage.
Elizabeth Farrelly Cynicism, when it comes to developer motives, is usually just realism - especially when it's gangs of developers and those motives miraculously coincide with a green agenda.
The Loaded Dog
Should users of major road networks alone bear the infrastructure costs - like public transport - or ought we all pay for the alleviated congestion?
Heath Aston I once received a letter from a gentleman claiming to have an answer to Sydney's transport conundrum.
Brigid Delaney I finish my delicious, very large chicken and salad sandwich ($5), before taking the train ($2.25) home to my massive apartment ($400 a week), stopping off on the way at a bar to meet some friends...
Fiona Armstrong The birth of Australia's carbon price legislation is predictably being heralded by the chorus of criticism that has accompanied its gestation, despite the early distribution of handouts as the...
Josh Gordon Over-promising leads to disappointment and then to cynicism.
Josh Gordon State Labor is fighting for existence. It is an existential battle, and its biggest enemy is not the Coalition, but the Greens.
Chris Johnston Careful reporting of suicides may help us understand them.
Tim Colebatch Part of the slowdown in Australia is real, but the other part is a mirage.
Bob Brown Both Labor and Liberal have abandoned voters in the Melbourne by-election.
Miriam Lyons In my spare time I like to play the policy nerd's version of fantasy football. I imagine cabinets made up of ex-politicians whose policies would no longer be welcome in the modern-day versions of...
Peter Mares Planning Minister Matthew Guy has an admirable aspiration, but it will be realised only if residents are engaged in working out the detail.
Michael Buxton Hopes have faded that the Baillieu government would continue the moderate approach to land use of former premier Sir Rupert Hamer. Instead this is government in the Jeff Kennett style.
Michelle Grattan When a government is in trouble, there is nothing like a byelection to send a frisson of excitement through the political system.
Michelle Grattan When a government is in trouble, there is nothing like a byelection to send shivers up its spine and a frisson of excitement through the political system.