The continued embargo on documents relating to the dismissal of the Whitlam government point to the lingering imperial power that comes from an incomplete severance of colonial ties.
Canberra's attitude to nuclear weapons has always been riddled with contradictions. Homegrown nuclear campaigners winning the Nobel prize have put the cat among the pigeons.
Politics Podcast: Judith Brett on The Enigmatic Mr Deakin.
Judith Brett's biography, The Enigmatic Mr Deakin, reveals the intense inner world of one of the most important fathers of Australian federation.
The University of Canberra’s Nicholas Klomp and Michelle Grattan discuss the week in politics.
While a lot of people just shrug impatiently at insider politics, a substantial number have turned to 'outsider' players.
Malcolm Turnbull's claim that Robert Menzies' party was meant to be one of the 'sensible centre' has some validity – but it may also be that that centre has shifted significantly, too.
If he was emphasising he's a centrist, that is hardly a surprise, although when he translates it into policy it annoys the hell out of those on the right.
With fringe right parties feasting on the margins of conservative political discontent in Australia, deeper questions are being asked about whether the Liberal Party itself is at risk.
Scott Morrison's comments reflect the concern in the government at the difficulty it is finding in cutting through to the electorate.
Viewed from today’s post-Cold War and secularised society, the conflicts at heart of the Labor split appear curiously arcane. Yet its ghosts remain.
The formation of the Liberal-National coalition significantly changed Australian politics. But the Nationals' influence has waned as Australia has become more urbanised.
Riven by dispute about the idea of liberalism espoused by Robert Menzies, and increasingly at risk of fracture, a once great party is in turmoil.
We check the facts on how Australia's foreign aid spend has changed over time.
The Liberal Party is increasingly preselecting parliamentarians of firm, values-based ideas, leading to a more ideological and riven party.
On September 27, 1956, an atomic mushroom cloud rose above the Maralinga plain - the first of seven British bomb tests. Why was Australia so keen to put UK military interests ahead of its own people?
There can be no doubt that Australia became modern between 1949 and 1966, the year Robert Menzies retired as prime minister.
Governing was not meant to be easy. It never has been either.
Every generation in the last 150 years has seen in Australia a contest over marriage which reflects shifting positions on its defining features, and its associated rights and obligations.
Dire government warnings and counter-terrorism raids in our suburbs paint a picture of the worst threat Western nations have ever faced. A little historical perspective is in order.
The anniversary of Menzies' fateful decision to commit troops to the escalating war in Vietnam marks a turning point that is at least as significant as the Gallipoli landings for Australia today.