Politics podcast: Dennis Richardson on telling it like it is.
Dennis Richardson was never afraid to tell ministers what he believed they should hear, and any grudges they had as a result they apparently got over very quickly.
The Conversation’s political experts react to the 2017-18 budget's key measures in the areas of welfare, foreign aid, defence spending and more.
One of the most challenging jobs in the federal public service has opened.
The new Joint Strike Fighter will make its first appearance before an Australian crowd this weekend. But how close to being operational is the new fighter aircraft?
The small city-state is an important regional ally, and we should work hard to maintain that strong relationship.
Beijing has traditionally retained its nuclear weapons on a no-first-use basis, but it's ready to deploy them more assertively.
More than ever, Pine Gap remains at the heart of the Australian alliance with the United States, but serious reform is needed.
An industry in crisis needs a government that can deliver help where it's needed.
When it loses the UK, the EU loses an important military power, which makes the remaining countries keener than ever to collaborate.
Is Australia's reliance on nuclear defence agreements keeping us on the wrong side of history?
Obama has said he expects European allies to chip in their fair share of defense spending, and European public opinion supports it. But as a Tufts expert points out, many challenges in Europe remain.
The issue of crime committed under the influence of prescription drugs has received high profile media attention. So should we be worried about a new wave of prescription drug-induced crime?
It is important to restore public trust in any future decision for Australia to go to war. For this, a system that provides better democratic accountability is essential.
Military institutions and militarised cultures seek to generate a unity of people and purpose. Initiation rituals have been a historically stable strategy to achieve this.
The US and the UK realise the urgent need for serious investment in cybersecurity. So why is the Australian government taking the issue so lightly?
On reform, the 2016-17 budget is a holding one, with tinkering on the sides.
Australia's new submarine fleet will be designed for a range of different missions in our challenging maritime environment.
Submarines possess a number of unique capabilities that make them ideal to protect Australia's interests.
Industry and research spillovers could generate a benefit well in advance of the net cost of the submarine project.
There were significant differences between the three submarines on offer in the competitive evaluation process. Here's what made the French sub stand out.