Politics & policy

Joe Hockey and the ghost of Bob Menzies

This week’s budget raises the question of whom the Liberal Party now represents, writes Norman Abjorensen

14 May 14 |

Temporary migration: the pressure points

Australia’s temporary visa program is generally operating well, but new data shows where problems are emerging, writes Henry Sherrell

09 May 14 |

Work till you drop?

Would increasing the pension age be fair and effective? Peter Whiteford looks at the Australian and international evidence

28 Apr 14 |

More than a fraction too much faction

The timing of Barry O’Farrell’s departure, and its aftermath, reveal much about the heavily factionalised NSW Liberal Party, writes Norman Abjorensen

20 Apr 14 |

The O’Farrell legacy

David Clune assesses a premiership cut unexpectedly short

18 Apr 14 |

Two indexes, two very different impacts on pensions

If the rumours are correct, the federal government is considering a complex but far-reaching change to pension payments, writes Daniel Nethery

17 Apr 14 |

The asylum-seeker plan that keeps disappearing over the horizon

The collateral damage is too great for policy-by-slogan to be sustainable, writes Peter Browne. The alternative can bring benefits for asylum seekers and for Australia

09 Apr 14 |

New ways to dud Kiwis

New Zealand has reacted to proposed changes to Australian social security law by raising discrimination concerns with Canberra, writes Peter Mares