18 Jun, 8:28 AM
The way the media and independents are calling it, the Coalition is late for a very important date – running the country.
14 Jun, 6:10 PM
Labor powerbroker Bill Shorten is stuck between a rock and a hard place where, despite temptations, he is best served to stay the course until September 14.
13 Jun, 8:27 AM
Wayne Swan seems to think he can create a shining legacy as Treasurer if the economy can just hold together until the election. In reality its performance under the next government will be his biggest test.
12 Jun, 8:03 AM
Yesterday was the moment Julia Gillard's 'gender card' became a liability rather than an asset, as she herself turned women's health into a political plaything.
7 Jun, 7:00 PM
Pigs would have to fly backwards before Kevin Rudd led Labor to the September election, and such speculation by the media only confirms a dearth of real policy analysis.
6 Jun, 8:36 AM
The more bad economic news between now and September, the better for Tony Abbott. His trick will be to lock in a post-election upturn, and a double dissolution may complicate his position.
5 Jun, 8:18 AM
Global news shines a jarring light on Australia's asbestos beat-up and shows the futility of this Coalition strategy.
4 Jun, 8:38 AM
Our politicians have been happily doing policy acrobatics, attacking visa holders and economic thinkers while throwing pies at each other. None of this falls under the category of 'work'.
31 May, 6:27 PM
With Labor now almost certainly sticking to its guns on climate policy, Tony Abbott seems destined for a double dissolution amid rising support for carbon pricing.
30 May, 8:09 AM
As Australia wakes up to the end of its Chinese-led resources boom, a future Coalition government would not be able to slash spending as hard as it may wish to.
29 May, 8:59 AM
The government's dream of dropping carbon emissions 5 per cent by 2020 is in real danger of becoming a lie under a Coalition that will say Labor spent all the money to avoid investment in renewables.
28 May, 8:42 AM
Tony Abbott's suggestion that national disability scheme bureaucrats be used to fill Geelong's economic hole left by the Ford closure is clever, but also unlikely and confusing.
24 May, 6:30 PM
There is room for reform at the nation's tax office but Joe Hockey's proposal to knock tax administration and policing into place could be counterproductive.
23 May, 8:40 AM
Both sides of politics have an interest in pretending Australian prosperity was their handiwork. But before long, global headwinds will reveal Australia’s true position.
22 May, 8:33 AM
Lack of federal budget transparency has allowed profligacy on both sides of politics, and while the Coalition has a plan for reform its hopes for a revenue jump are shaky.
21 May, 8:15 AM
Lawns are green again and voters have gone cool on climate change. So much so, says Rob Oakeshott, it may not matter to them if Labor gets behind Tony Abbott’s plan.
17 May, 1:27 PM
Whispers in Canberra suggest Bill Shorten is canvassing the numbers for support on a huge Labor carbon pricing backflip after the election.
16 May, 8:33 AM
Martin Parkinson deserves far less censure for fiscal errors than Wayne Swan but there’s little he can say on that matter – or to show what a tough time the Coalition will have with its own forecasts.
14 May, 7:59 PM
Had Wayne Swan and Kevin Rudd got the right set of numbers, today’s budget would look vastly different. But the gamble Tony Abbott has planned for next year may be just as big as this government’s.
14 May, 7:51 PM
With one tax structure tweak, Anthony Albanese has opened the way for the next government to reduce Australia’s infrastructure backlog and unlock superannuation investment on big projects.