With a chance to convey his vision for Australia in a set-piece speech, Bill Shorten failed to deliver.
The death of Gough Whitlam enabled some comparisons to a giant of Australian politics. Some measured up better than others.
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?
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.
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.
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.