The passing of Margaret Whitlam has elicited an outpouring of respect bordering on reverence across Australia. But Tony Abbott has again shown himself to be less than compassionate, writes David Ritter.
I worry about Gerard Henderson, really. He has a chronic case of corresponditis — the inability, at the end of a protracted exchange of letters, to allow his correspondent to have the last word, writes former Labor leader Mark Latham.
Abbott and Gillard’s recent gaffes on the international circuit pale in comparison to past blunders - including Malcolm Fraser’s rendition of I Like Aeroplane Jelly and Gough Whitlam’s declaration that “trade is so f — -ing boring,” says Tony Wright.
It’s a terrible time for tax reform, writes George Megalogenis. Federal spending is up, revenue is low and rather than slashing spending our PM has introduced a national hospital plan. Do we need a financial crash?
The old Howard classic “We will decide who comes to this country and the circumstances in which they come” is still the best refugee policy for this country and Kevin Rudd is slowly realising it, writes Greg Sheridan.
The role of the Governor General — Australia’s head of state — is pretty low key in Australia these days. But Australia should look to Canada’s recent constitution woes as it looks towards the possibility of a republic.
Whether it be your childhood crush on Bob Hawke, a poem penned in primary school for Gough Whitlam or a secret fondness for John Howard, join in the discussion at Larvartus Prodeo about your earliest political memory.
An investigation into the Balibo Five wont reveal anything we don’t know about Indonesia’s culpability in the matter — but it will expose the Whitlam government’s bureaucratic bungling both before and after the murders, says Geraldine Willesee.