Australians have just been given a dramatic reminder of a weakness that could easily compromise the election campaign.
A pleasing indicator of change is the rising number of high-achieving secondary students aspiring to become educators.
In 2016 Scott Morrison gave the thumbs up to the Financial Services Inquiry's major recommendation, Since then? Nothing.
The cause of this costly mess is senior bureaucrats' risk-aversion and laziness.
The Morrison government has received an adrenalin shot, giving it a rush of energy in the approach to the federal election. But watch out for adrenal fatigue.
One Nation is back in the news, but are its protagonists a threat to anyone but themselves?
The Labor policy is economically and socially rational – and just.
The global plaudits for two refugees in Australian offshore detention have exposed the absurdity of Australian government policies.
Officials are being used and abused by a panicking government. Some could complain, but don’t.
The Coalition hopes risk-averse voters will respond to its warnings about boats and the economy, but it will need the electorate to start listening.
Scott Morrison should remember the devastation this trade, this political turmoil, caused, and stop egging people smugglers on.
The truth of the matter is subverted through manipulation of the language.
The history of white settlement in Australia has been marred by failure to take the views of Indigenous people seriously.
You can only argue this bill encourages asylum seekers to get on boats if you choose not to read it.
Kerryn Phelps, Labor and the Greens do not speak for the majority of voters, they speak for activists.
Bill Shorten could have pushed harder this week and chose not to. The Opposition Leader has not turned the government’s loss into a call for an election. Given the way this Parliament carries on, that is a shame.
Public life is healthier when those in authority take responsibility when things have gone wrong and when so many powerless people have been badly hurt.
Is it a concern with practicalities or something much deeper and darker that drives our fear of asylum seekers?
The Morrison government will launch an ugly scare campaign, but Bill Shorten knows what to expect.
If the bill had passed in its initial form, there would have been a serious argument that the government had lost control over the budget, threatening its right to continue governing.
Scott Morrison was the immigration minister who restored control of Australia’s borders. He is now the PM who has lost control of Australia’s parliament.
The PM consults his new booklet on safety and security and discovers the recipe for an election scare campaign.
Most people who seek asylum arrive by air and then breach their visas and apply for refugee status.
Whatever its merits, Labor’s attempt to put an end to a tax giveaway to people who have paid little or no tax in the first place is turning into a political liability.
The principle that positions of public office are positions of public trust has been trashed.
Despite all the talk about negatively geared nurses and property baron police officers, 90 per cent of taxpayers do not use negative gearing.
No one in Morrison's government thinks they can win the election. Sometimes fatalism can be freeing
Australia remains extremely dependent on traditional health professions for mental health care.
Greed is the opposite of a fair go - and if we don't confront it, we'll be having another royal commission in ten years' time.
Banks and the economy combine for a potent brew ahead of the May election.
The hurly-burly of the 2016 election campaign, as seen through the eyes of Fairfax reporters and photographers.