November 27, 2014 14
With a chance to convey his vision for Australia in a set-piece speech, Bill Shorten failed to deliver.
October 24, 2014 19
The death of Gough Whitlam enabled some comparisons to a giant of Australian politics. Some measured up better than others.
September 8, 2013 10
Tony Abbott walked out on stage last night as our next prime minister. But did he step up from the ruthlessly effective opposition leader we've come to know over the last four years?
September 5, 2013 3
Tony Abbott is good off-the-cuff but his stump speeches are dispiriting, according to former Liberal Party adviser Tom Switzer. He talks to Crikey about the art of political speechwriting.
July 16, 2012 132
Julia Gillard's relentless focus on working Australians defines Labor as a cause, but says nothing about its direction or "brand". Time to go back to the drawing board.
September 24, 2009
With Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the fifth row, Barack Obama criticised Iran and North Korea for nuclear proliferation. It was just was one part of a speech to the UN General Assembly in which Obama called for a "new era of engagement" on climate change and peace. Full text here.