Europe’s, and Britain’s, populist moment

The electoral victory of UKIP, an anti-immigrant and anti-Europe party, redraws Britain’s political map, says David Hayes

30 May 14 | Comments (1)

How it all went wrong

Philip Chubb’s insider account of the demise of Kevin Rudd’s climate scheme is essential reading, says Andrew Dodd

28 May 14 | Comments (1)

When Gough Whitlam helped out with the woodchopping

Poorly judged preselections are a problem for both major parties, writes Paul Rodan, and the electoral implications are becoming clearer

22 May 14 | Comments (4)

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 | Comments (3)

The insurgent from Indi

Brett Evans catches up with federal parliament’s newest independent MP

30 Apr 14 | Comments (5)

In the frontline of the war against boredom

Andrew Dodd reviews Bob Carr’s absorbing and occasionally disturbing account of eighteen months as foreign minister

24 Apr 14 | Comments (0)

Portrait of the politician as a young man

In this extract from Mike Steketee and Milton Cockburn’s biography, first published in 1986, Neville Wran – who died earlier this week – arrives in Balmain, leaves Balmain, appears on the radio, considers becoming an actor, and joins the Sydney University Liberal Club

22 Apr 14 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (1)