Michael Fullilove is an energetic and well-respected commentator, with the pale moon-tan of the true library-bound scholar.
In Malcolm Roberts' defence (or not) ... more ballots dumped ... is Fed Uni in "massive debt"? ...
No love for Bob Carr from Lowy Institute ... Qantas hosties on the clock ... Frozen pensions fight to ease the budget burden ... PUP man's take on violence ...
Talk about an all-star dinner. But then, Rupert Murdoch is the most powerful Australian in the world. Crikey rubbed shoulders and wondered just what the media mogul might be on about.
Kevin Rudd has mapped out his foreign policy priorities for the next term, talking Syria while shifting a major naval base and resisting the temptation to boost DFAT. Freelance journalist David Donaldson tuned in.
Watch closely in the parliamentary debate on Afghanistan this week for how often the speaking MPs remind you of their support for the troops. But there's nothing wrong with being partisan on military policy, writes Special Forces Afghanistan veteran and Lowy Institute associate James Brown.
The Lowy Institute has released its annual Lowy Poll, with fascinating data showing waning concern over climate change in the last three years. Possum Comitatus has the figures.
Rudd's a speech about climate change sceptics was clever politics, and statesmanlike to boot, writes Tony Kevin. But Tim Hollo doesn't agree -- in fact, he says Rudd might be the worst kind of climate sceptic.