The Coalition's model for a Commonwealth Integrity Commission is so bad it would be worse than no commission at all, writes a long-term senior counsel assisting the ICAC in NSW.
Bill Shorten's colleagues want a quiet and sober ALP national conference, with no nasty surprises. The wild days of Terrigal forever remind them why.
As chaotic as it was, the leadership challenge against Theresa May acted as a force for stability. Unlike Australia's musical chairs.
I am pleased to see that the Australian Space Agency has moved on from being an aspirational web page.
The payment for people seeking paid work has not risen to meet the cost of living in a quarter of a century. Business, unions and most Australians want it lifted - and it's time for both major parties to wake up to public sentiment.
There are problems for both major parties as they get ready for an election fight on border protection.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian wants to entice overseas students to our regions to relieve the population pressure on the cities, but that would only send them to our foreign competitors.
Trust is a tricky concept, no more so than in politics.
When Sean Spicer took the gig that’d take him to the big time in Donald Trump’s White House, he apparently retained enough self–awareness to ask: “If I do this, will I ever be able to work again?” The answer, somehow, is yes.
To consider it ethical to take an early mark and run from the house to avoid voting on a bill with life and death consequences is immoral.
Seventy years after the UN recognised human rights, Australia is the only Western nation without a rights bill.
Many have written off the Coalition's election chances, but ALP insiders know they confront special challenges to win from opposition.
There’s nothing like a little Christmas cheer to get major donors opening their wallets for campaign fundraisers – at least that’s what Jobs Minister Kelly O’Dwyer is hoping.
The next time Labor blows hot air about impending historic losses they’re about to inflict on the government there’ll be quite a few less people happy to take them at their word.
Both major political parties have exposed Australians to a perilous digital future by bowing to the demands of security agencies to defeat encryption.
It is almost two years ago that Prime Minister Scott Morrison, then the treasurer, walked into question time with his friend, Mr Lump O’Coal. What's changed?
The overwhelming impression left by the final week of parliament for 2018 is that a federal election cannot come soon enough.
PM Scott Morrison saved his party from humiliation by shutting down the debate on the removal of sick refugees from Manus and Nauru.
The last day of Parliament was a perfect snapshot of the dysfunction in Australian politics.
So we all know Victorian Premier Daniel - sorry, Dan - Andrews is practically Richard Pankhurst next to the Liberals, but his equality battles aren’t over yet.
The Coalition’s demand to pass its encryption bill before Christmas risked looking like a political stunt.
The sensible position for people who support multiculturalism, refugees and non-discrimination should be to support lower immigration.
The Liberal Party is reaffirming its faith in the capacities of the people it chooses to lead it, but that may have its own risks.
The party is now characterised by disunity, disloyalty and tribalism, not by principle or policy or the national interest.
It's been a big week for Hawthorn, where the famous football name John Kennedy has returned.
The ALP bill to strip the rights of religious institutions to discriminate against students and staff would reap massive social change. It should proceed with caution.
Membership of political parties has fallen dramatically which makes it relatively easy for a small branch in an electorate to be “taken over” by new members.
Prime Minister for now Scott Morrison’s woes appeared far closer to home this week, but CBD predicts the Liberals will face a far greater problem keeping restless Nationals on-side in NSW and Victoria.
Malcolm Turnbull may have left Parliament, but he's still the media's in-demand politician. Scott Morrison will be disappointed if he wishes he'd go away.
A sham-contracting case against government agencies may be looming.
The hurly-burly of the 2016 election campaign, as seen through the eyes of Fairfax reporters and photographers.