Given the importance of the seats of Dobell and Robertson, the political parties should have done their utmost to get good quality candidates without troublesome baggage, argues Mark Rolfe.
As Rudd's popular support has dived over the past month, he's demonstrated he doesn't understand the importance of ideology in a democracy, writes Lindy Edwards.
Both major parties are in a race to the bottom about how best to shut down Australia as a place of refuge for people who take to the sea, writes Jane McAdam.
Vision and detail are relatively absent from all three major parties' education policies, write Kalervo Gulson and Shaun Rawolle.
Australia's presidency of the UN Security Council is an opportunity for the government to support the women, peace and security agenda in Syria, writes Laura Shepherd.
Without a return to a more stable distribution of investment returns, many people will find they reach retirement without much of the money they thought they would have, writes John Evans.
No party has properly addressed the issue that women's experience of gender-blind systems like education, superannuation and aged-care, are shaped simply by the fact that they are women, writes Helen Hodgson.
The UN Security Council’s sanctions regime processes are in need of reform. Can Australia make any effective changes during its presidency, ask Christopher Michaelsen and Marie-Eve Loiselle.
Australia should use its position as president of the UN Security Council to deliver durable improvements to the Council's effectiveness, write Jeremy Farrall and Jeni Whalan.
For Australia to become an idea launcher, it needs to institute a culture that makes big, bold bets on new discoveries to allow them to flourish, writes Ben McNeil.