For comedians it was a gift: a figure who dresses in a distinctive way, fast becoming unpopular, using expensive transport unnecessarily in a dramatic way.
There are few occasions that shine such penetrating light on the deeply embittered ideological divide between the Labor Party's left and right factions quite like its national conference.
Federal parliament is replete with those whose travel costs are over the top, and some of them are Labor members.
Tony Abbott doesn't measure up to any of his predecessors.
Hardly a week goes by without another item of wedge politics delivered by the Prime Minister. It's time to add them up and produce a big picture of the state we are in.
Religion is privatised. Why not marriage?
According to an Essential Poll released on Budget day, nearly four-fifths of Australians – 79 per cent – reject the proposition that universities should be able to set course fees at any level they want.
WA loses out this year from the Grants Commission formula, but it will be other states, like Queensland in subsequent years.
Nevertheless the Prime Minister has shown himself to be accident-prone both in utterances and decisions. His errors have had a cumulative effect.
Our challenge is not to say goodbye; it is to be more magnanimous in his death than we were in his life and to acknowledge this giant, who was surely one of us.
The very different results in Lakemba and Auburn, adjacent seats with high Muslim populations, points to the influence of the Lebanese Muslim Association and its activist president Samier Dandan.
Santos, Woodside Energy and Hancock Coal were some of the companies that donated more than $1.1 million to the major parties. The implications for democracy are deeply concerning.