MPs from all sides are jumping ship in the dying days of Parliament, as both major parties writhe in damage control — Labor on boats and the Coalition on the Helloworld scandal that smacks of overly cosy relationships, writes Michelle Grattan.
From China to MH17 to her ill-fated run for the prime ministership, Julie Bishop has outlasted and outperformed most of her contemporaries, all while cutting a quiet but respected figure, writes Philip Williams.
Even if we give Mathias Cormann the benefit of the doubt over the airfare affair, it smacks of cosiness and cronyism — a politician using his connections to smooth his way, writes Michelle Grattan.
Morrison's border scare campaign appears to be working. But the doomed Victorian Liberals' campaign on "African gangs" shows fear doesn't always work at the polling booth, writes James Norman.
A reading of evidence from Senate estimates yesterday paints a very different picture of the security implications of last week's debate about medevac legislation than the one generally reported, writes Laura Tingle.
Jim Pembroke stands to lose thousands if Labor wins office and goes ahead with its plan to scrap franking credit cash refunds for self-funded retirees. And he doesn't mind one bit.
If I were a nation-state hacker, you can bet I'd be going after every politician and staffer's poorly secured personal network I could find — which could be most of them, writes Elise Thomas.
A prominent economist calls for an overhaul of the superannuation system to eliminate the "rorting" of cash refunds for franking credits, saying some self-funded retirees will be treated unfairly under Labor's proposed changes.