Bob Hawke had a huge influence on Tim Harcourt deciding to become an economist. He looks back on a man who shaped a career, and a nation.
There are generally two kinds of federal election: one when the government is returned; the other when it is defeated. History tells us the former is far more common.
Our penchant for overturning political leaders didn't appear overnight. But it has been intensified through constant polls and, in the Liberals' case, the fact that the party allows it.
Creating epithets for political opponents has a long history in Australia – and when it works, it can be devastating.
Some have set the course for electoral victory, others have tanked. In any case, federal budgets are important moments in the life of governments – especially those that are a little wobbly.
The Australian prime ministership has never been easy, but the most successful tenures have been those in which the person has matched the circumstances.
The environmental issues we face are ideal recruiting for green parties, but the breakthroughs aren't happening, and after 25 years as a federal party the Greens are still fighting on the same fronts.
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.