Revellers celebrate the ‘yes’ result of the same-sex marriage postal ballot in Sydney.
What's still missing in the religious freedoms debate is any clarity around what people think they won't be able to do, or where the existing laws are likely to fail to protect them.
Liberal candidate John Alexander has a fight on his hands to win the Sydney seat of Bennelong.
The polls are showing a close contest in the Bennelong byelection between the Liberals' John Alexander and Labor's Kristina Keneally.
Women working full-time earn on average $26,527 less than men each year.
The gender pay gap is declining in Australia, although that probably has more to do with underlying economic conditions than anything else.
A royal commission has recommended that the Don Dale detention centre be closed.
The Don Dale royal commission's capacity to make lasting change lies with the government implementing its recommendations.
Michelle Grattan and Nick Klomp discuss the week in politics.
Plague still exists in wild rodents and eradication probably isn’t possible.
A plague outbreak in Madagascar has killed 170 people. Here's what you need to know about treatment options and chances it will spread.
Right now there are more than 20,000 objects in space.
By taking on the role as leader in space traffic management, Australia can gain international power and exploit commercial opportunities.
Amazon this week purchased the global rights to J.R.R. Tolkein’s The Lord of the Rings to turn it into a television series. What are the implications for Australia's content and its global reach?
There are few options left for the asylum seekers remaining on Manus Island.
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There are about 400-600 people in the now-defunct regional processing centre refusing to move to recently built transit centres in Lorengau – but these numbers shift daily.
Blaxland MP Jason Clare voted ‘yes’ to same-sex marriage in a strong ‘no’ electorate.
Some people may think it's the duty of their MP to vote in the way they do. But political theory shows this doesn't work.
In Taxi Driver, Robert De Niro’s character, Travis Bickle, inhabits his own crazy paradigm, yet ultimately events frame him as a hero in the eyes of others too.
As Orwell knew only too well, if the concept of objective truth is moved into the dustbin of history there can be no lies. And if there are no lies there can be no justice, no rights and no wrongs.
A chain used for land clearing is dragged over a pile of burning wood on a drought effected property near St George, Queensland.
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The failed attempt to reinstate land clearing regulations in Queensland has prompted 'panic clearing', pushing Australia into the global top-ten deforesters.
Jacqui Lambie bids a tearful farewell in the Senate this week, after becoming the latest politician caught up in the dual citizenship saga.
Changing the Constitution is the only way to draw a line under this chaos.
Fossilised ancient human footprints at the Mungo National Park. How are we to engage with a history that spans 65,000 years?
Over the past half century, Australia has experienced a 'time revolution' with Indigenous history pushed back into the dizzying expanse of deep time. The latest discovery reminds us that science, like history, is an ongoing inquiry.
In the US "liar loans" have been identified as one of the key reasons behind the 2008 financial crisis. But how big a problem are poor loan checking practices in Australia?
Treasurer Scott Morrison is eager to point out jobs growth, but wages growth remains stubbornly slow.
The narrative that Australia has "transitioned from the mining boom successfully" seems a lot like wishful thinking.
Couples who are carriers of genes for recessive diseases don’t show any symptoms.
Photo by Drew Hays on Unsplash
Cystic fibrosis, spinal muscular atrophy and fragile X syndrome are serious diseases, and most couples carrying the genetic mutations for these don't know it. Should they all be tested?
Highton Shopping Village in Geelong.
Low-density suburbs can cause social isolation that's harmful for individual and community well-being. But research confirms we can plan neighbourhood centres so they become vibrant social hubs.
Results from the 2017 NAPLAN results showed very little improvement since the test was introduced 10 years ago.
NAPLAN is good at measuring some aspects of education, including knowledge difference between demographics, but has not produced a positive effect on student learning outcomes.
Trevor Evans, Trent Zimmerman and Tim Wilson congratulate Dean Smith following the second reading of his marriage bill.
Despite its dubious ancestry, the popular vote on same-sex marriage has done its job, delivering an overall majority and majorities in all states and territories.
Bees don’t attack unless they feel threatened.
While bee sting deaths are rare, bees cause more hospitalisations than any venomous creature.
Of all the valid votes in the same-sex marriage survey, 61.1% said ‘yes’.
The same-sex marriage postal survey gave Australians a chance to create data for social change. And that's rare.
Jobs have been a constant theme of the Labor government’s campaign for a second term in Queensland.
Queensland Labor claimed it has 'created 122,500 jobs – more than four times the number of jobs created under the Newman-Nicholls government'. Is that right? We asked the experts.
Jason Mamoa as Aquaman and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman are the best things about Justice League.
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The makers of Justice League embed the film in a post-9/11, post-global warming, post-Brexit, post-Trump context. But it is loud and disappointing with some genuinely unimaginative action sequences.
RAAF warplanes fly over Syria in Australia’s first airstrikes in that country in September 2015.
The wars in Syria and Iraq are products of secretive decision-making by the executive. Their disastrous consequences are evidence of the need for war powers reform.