While trust in politicians and political systems is lower than ever, new research shows the Gillard government kept most of its promises.
Both the Liberals and Labor complain about government advertising when they're in the opposition. So why hasn't anyone tried to better regulate the system?
With John Howard in 2004-7 the last prime minister to serve a full term, it may seem Australia has sunk into a long rein of political instability. But that is not necessarily the case.
Michelle Grattan speaks about the week in politics with Nick Klomp.
Scott Morrison, unless his prayers for a political miracle are answered, will go down as the fireman who arrived late armed only with leaky buckets to confront a building ablaze and collapsing.
Policymaking is no longer based solely on what a party stands for. Now, it also matters how a decision is going to play in the opinion polls – and that's a problem for our political system.
Australians have never liked sitting PMs being deposed by their own parties - but the outrage over Malcolm Turnbull's destruction is the greatest in modern history.
Labor has managed more cohesion in recent years because its left and right wings have shifted to common ground - partly through its factions.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has abandoned the emissions-reduction component of his signature energy policy, in the latest chapter of a brutal decade-long saga for Australian climate policy.
Many female politicians have had to endure sexist abuse, from Cheryl Kernot to Julia Gillard to Sarah Hanson-Young. And it is not a matter that should simply be brushed aside.
Australia's proposed redress scheme for victims of child sexual abuse is more complex, bigger, and includes more sites than any other.
Even with the most favourable laws, unions will still need to confront the reality of a dramatic transformation in the world of work.
A new survey asking Australians to rank the most significant events in their lifetimes show that same-sex marriage, September 11 and the apology to the Stolen Generations matter most.
It is ten years since the 2007 election that swept Kevin Rudd into office. But if Kim Beazley had become PM instead, we might have avoided the constant instability and dysfunction we see today.
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.