Total government spending has increased over time. But the pressure on the budget under a Turnbull government is more acute now than ever before, because spending is outpacing revenue.
The latest reflection on just how appalling things are in federal politics came this week from former Treasury head Ken Henry.
The way times have changed is exemplified in the frequency of party coups against sitting prime ministers.
Women remain systemically underrepresented at the top levels of Australia's most powerful institutions – including the media, universities, government, judiciary and corporate sector.
Malcolm Turnbull has said coal will be important for "many decades to come" – joining a long line of prime ministers who talked big on climate policy but found themselves talking up fossil fuels.
A new database that shows the use of gendered words in major Australian newspapers tells us much about whose voices are being heard.
Four years after her famous 'misogyny speech' attacking Tony Abbott, Julia Gillard reflected this week on her experience as a woman at the top.
Is Malcolm Turnbull at risk of finding himself in a similar situation to Julia Gillard, with a disillusioned public settling into a negative view that transcends achievements of the moment?
Political reporter Karen Middleton is releasing a book about the life and career of Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese. At its heart is a deeply personal story of Albanese's absent father.
Hillary Clinton’s political success has been partially due to a willingness to conform to certain journalistic expectations about gender.
What impact can offensive language have? Is it really a case of 'political correctness gone mad'?
Minority governments can successfully prosecute their policy agendas even while being destabilised.
There is nothing in the Constitution to deal with the situation in which neither side can form a majority government.
There is a coterie of politicians on both sides who are trusted, or at any rate supported by, the pokies lobby.
Polls suggest that Nick Xenophon’s team will win a bag of Senate seats. Along with a re-elected Andrew Wilkie, and the Greens, will there be enthusiasm for gambling reform in the next parliament?
Not only is the Australian Christian Lobby losing relevance, it has had to appeal to Bill Shorten to pay attention to the group in the lead-up to the 2016 election.
With the election result almost certain to be close, preferencing will play a key role, leaving the progressive parties in particular in a difficult bind.
Talk of a Labor-Green coalition brings with it images of Julia Gillard and Bob Brown signing the agreement that helped usher in her minority government.
In 2015, the ABC aired a gripping documentary series covering the tumultuous Rudd-Gillard era. This week, Sarah Ferguson has released a book developed from the documentary.
Greens leader Richard Di Natale has copped a lot of flak on social media for his "black Wiggle" photoshoot, but he is simply broadening the idea of what it means to be Green.