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.
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.
Judith Ireland With the baby bonus to be scrapped from next March, there are plenty of Australians wondering what it means for them.
Tony Wright Julia Gillard once spoke of having been a shy, reserved child who had grown a shell hardened by the rigours of politics and who had learnt the arts of ''holding a fair bit back, and hanging tough''.
Judith Ireland Budget time always reminds one of The Sound of Music.
Tony Wright Julia Gillard once spoke of having been a shy, reserved schoolchild who had grown a shell hardened by the rigours of politics and who had learnt the arts of ''holding a fair bit back, and hanging...
Josh Gordon Former Liberal premier Dick Hamer simultaneously had three big infrastructure projects on the go: the West Gate Bridge, completed in 1978; City Loop, completed in 1981; and the first two stages of...
Amanda Vanstone Gillard will find the people unforgiving at the ballot box.
Tony Wright The embattled Gillard government's battalions of media advisors, facing a tough budget and an even more difficult election campaign, are being put on a war footing worthy of the D-Day landings ...
Peter Hartcher Australia is in a state of national political schizophrenia.
Nicholas Stuart The moniker of world’s greatest treasurer will be cold comfort as he delivers what’s sure to be his last budget.
Hugh White The first assumption is that America and China are going to get along fine.
Tim Colebatch Only a diverse, timely and merit-based set of transport solutions can meet the needs of fast-growing cities.
Andrew Darby Old timers have seen it before. A rising union star climbs a step up Labor's ladder onto the national stage from an unlikely platform in Tasmania.
Gerard Henderson Julia Gillard, Wayne Swan and Greg Combet appear to believe Labor will win the election.