January 17, 2011 11 Comments
Seldom has an Australian politician received the kind of accolades accorded to Queensland Premier Anna Bligh after the disastrous floods that engulfed her state.
January 10, 2011 6 Comments
For the first couple of weeks of 2011 the big story has been the weather -- it well and truly pushed politics off the front pages.
December 20, 2010 6 Comments
The Australian again has become a haven for sceptics, deniers and downright nutters.
December 13, 2010 11 Comments
Julian Assange may not merit a Nobel prize, but he sure as hell doesn’t deserve to be persecuted either. If we are serious about defending democracy, he is not our enemy but our new best friend.
December 6, 2010 43 Comments
It must be the silly season. The old arguments are all back on the agenda, and none of them is more thoroughly worn than the one about Australia going nuclear.
November 29, 2010 3 Comments
It was a fitting climax to Labor’s tumultuous parliamentary year. Julia Gillard finally brought off a big win with the passage of the Telstra legislation, but hostile commentators were still able to spin it as a defeat.
November 15, 2010 17 Comments
The Liberal Party's cadaver in waiting, Phillip Ruddock, described last week’s High Court decision on the rights of asylum seekers as "diabolical." The misuse of the word was so grotesque as to suggest that the former Immigration Minister and Attorney-General’s use of it might have itself been satanic inspiration.
November 8, 2010 6 Comments
Julia Gillard is there to govern and must be seen to be doing so. To be -- how should one put it? -- moving forward. Banks may be providing her a perfect opportunity to do so.
October 18, 2010 20 Comments
Judging from the shambling swagger he affects these days (part-Western gunslinger, part-silverback gorilla) Tony Abbott is brimming with confidence.
October 11, 2010 14 Comments
The Murray-Darling Basin is not just Australia’s major food bowl, but an important economic resource in its own right.