Would Abraham Lincoln ever have become president if he didn't stumble into a dry goods store in Springfield, Illinois, and strike up a friendship with its owner, Joshua Speed?
The way times have changed is exemplified in the frequency of party coups against sitting prime ministers.
By far the most significant projected savings in the government's omnibus bill is the phasing out of end-of-year supplements for family tax benefit recipients.
Australian and American leaders over the years have, from time to time, disagreed or said things to cause embarrassment. But, for the most part, such disagreements have been kept out of the limelight.
For once in its life, under the premiership of Don Dunstan, South Australia felt like the very centre of the universe.
Mike Baird is the fifth New South Wales premier in ten years, and only one of them lost their job to an election. There's little time, it seems, to learn and grow as a political leader.
Leaving aside party-politics, there are good reasons why Australia should consider changing its Constitution to abolish state governments.
Labor’s project of economic transformation hit some harder realities as Paul Keating assumed the top job. And a new push on remaking Australia stirred a brooding reaction of its own.
For Australians to vote in favour of a republic, it may require something more than just crossing out 'governor-general' in the Constitution and writing in 'president'.
With two of the past five presidential election winners losing the popular vote, it's hard to justify the continuation of the Electoral College.
While it's unprecedented to call an election 'rigged' before voting has even taken place, there is a history of candidates crying foul after suspicious results.
In a globalised world, the credibility of the birthright lottery as grounds for excluding people from protection may be diminishing.
How do the media management strategies devised in haste 15 years ago affect how asylum seekers are portrayed today?
The Liberal Party is increasingly preselecting parliamentarians of firm, values-based ideas, leading to a more ideological and riven party.
The normal rules of political engagement – coherence, consistency, fact, logic, proportion – do not apply to members of the paranoid right like Pauline Hanson.
US presidents over the past 25 years have had varying views of the alliance with Australia. While none have questioned its value, commitment has not been even across the board.
There can be no doubt that Australia became modern between 1949 and 1966, the year Robert Menzies retired as prime minister.
The history of foreign investment in land and real estate shows the global movement of people and capital is closely linked to the prevailing geopolitics.
In office, to what extent has New South Wales Premier Mike Baird acted according to liberal principles?
As the government hints the marriage equality plebiscite may be delayed until 2017, calls intensify for the parliament to legislate on the issue instead. So what is parliament's role here?