Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten and Prime Minister Scott Morrison attending an ovarian cancer event at Parliament House in February.
Knowledge is important to produce informed policy, but an understanding of people is also vital in a democracy. And that requires listening – to all sectors of society, not only elites and lobbyists.
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A Pennsylvania elector holds her ballot for President-elect Donald Trump before casting it in December 2016.
Does the Electoral College encourage candidates to campaign in rural areas, as its supporters claim? And do electors actually filter the 'passions' of voters, as the founders wanted them to?
John F. Kennedy’s 1962 speech inspired the modern consumer rights movement.
AP Photo/Bill Allen
JFK pushed consumer rights to the top of the national agenda in 1962, leading to a raft of new laws offering new protections. But without enforcement, such rights are meaningless.
A detective holds a Bushmaster AR-15 rifle, the same type of gun used in the Sandy Hook School shooting.
AP Photo/Jessica Hill
The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled that the families of the Sandy Hook shooting victims could sue a gun maker, a decision that could open the floodgates to more lawsuits.
They said it, but is it true?
Psychological phenomena like confirmation bias and the Dunning-Kruger effect make it easy for people to fall for deliberate or inadvertent lies in the news.
Cohen testified that the Trump Organization is more about Trump than doing business.
While Trump may be an extreme example, much of the conduct Cohen highlighted reflects attitudes and actions commonplace among public companies.
A soldier guards a fuel distribution centre in El Salto, Mexico.
Recent pipeline explosions have brought the problem of Mexico's black market for oil into tragic relief.
Critics say the U.S. can’t afford a Green New Deal.
AP Photo/Susan Walsh
Democrats such as Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Markey are proposing an ambitious decarbonization plan that critics are calling unaffordable. A green economist explains how the US could pay for it.
A mother teaches her daughter by reading Alquran inside a mosque in Indonesia.
Hijab-wearing culture in Indonesia has changed over time. The hijab is becoming much more popular, so why does it remain a source of controversy?
The discovery of oil can make or break a country’s economy.
With ExxonMobil set to begin oil production in Guyana next year, this tiny South American country will soon become unthinkably rich. But neighboring Venezuela shows how an oil boom can go bust.
Female members of Congress wore white in a nod to suffragists during the State of the Union.
AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster
Being the media-savvy women that they were, suffragists realized they needed to come up with a meaningful, recognizable brand.
Does a few more trillion make a difference?
AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta
Although US debt may be at eye-popping levels, an economist explains why it shouldn't keep you up at night.
UK Parliament/Stephen Pike
Parliaments might argue more but they make democracy more stable and produce stronger economies.
Local newspapers keep readers’ interest on local politics.
American politics has gotten more partisan in the last 50 years. One of the reasons: the closing of local newspapers.
Journalist Jamal Khashoggi at a 2014 press conference in Bahrain.
Jamal Khashoggi's brutal murder happened at a consulate, a space not subject to the laws of the host country, Turkey. That means the alleged murderers did not fear interference by local authorities.
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell speaks at a news conference.
AP Photo/Alex Brandon
The Fed abruptly ended two years of aggressive interest rate hikes, signaling the longest economic expansion on record may be coming to a close.
A hallowed chamber for an important address.
AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite
As Trump prepares to deliver his delayed State of the Union address, here's what four economists had to say about the state of the union.
Wall Street traders aren’t the only ones who rely on government economic data.
AP Photo/Richard Drew
The government collects reams of economic data that are vital to the functioning of companies, policymakers and even families.
A police officer stands guard over the global elites who decided to make the trek to Davos this year.
AP Photo/Markus Schreiber
The high-profile absence of several world leaders including Trump from the World Economic Forum has led some to suggest its influence is in decline. A philosopher who has seen Davos up close disagrees.