The government's critics could be spot on in suggesting Wayne Swan got the numbers wrong - not because they have superior insight into the economy, but because it's near impossible to get economic forecasting right, writes Jeffrey Braithwaite.
Labor might lose the next election, but it could radically remake the political landscape as it tries to save itself, writes Lindy Edwards.
If the euro falters, we could be in for a bumpy ride, writes Ross Buckley.
The targeted additions to spending in the budget are in part symbolic, but also likely to be quite progressive in their impact, write Peter Whiteford and Gerry Redmond.
Australia has once again shown its willingness to promote human rights abroad, but not at home, as the recent case of Stefan Nystrom has illustrated, writes George Williams.
According to the federal government, quick action to instigate stimulus policies saved the Australian economy. The real story is rather different though, writes Peter Swan.
The recent flurry of defence reports and reviews is creating a false sense of purpose and action, and cannot disguise a drift from defence policy, writes Alan Dupont.
Focusing on health and safety responsibilities is a key development in addressing workplace bullying, writes Carlo Caponecchia.
Open sharing of medical clinical trial data would lead to faster and more trustworthy evidence for many of our most pressing health problems, write Adam Dunn and Enrico Coiera.
It is disappointing that the importance of maintaining a healthy federal judiciary is not reflected in the current bills before parliament, writes Andrew Lynch.