The Australia-China relationship involves walls and whispers, as well as all the rhetoric about trust and respect.
While the Turnbull government's ratings have improved, the focus on its tax policies and the Barnaby Joyce story may be holding back its vote.
In response to the legalisation of same-sex marriage in Australia, conservative clergy have hardened their stance against it, causing even more pain for same-sex Christian couples.
Any voters so angry about the more conventional parties that they are tempted to look Palmer's way again might like to consider the shenanigans on Monday.
Women now make up a sizeable share of football audiences, but unless decked out in short shorts and cropped jerseys, they are barely visible in the media.
The author and academic makes some valid points about rape, but to decriminalise it, as she suggests, fails to recognise bodily autonomy as a key marker of humanity to which women are entitled.
It has been described as virtue-signalling to the base. I think it is rather more serious. It will reinforce the anti-ABC sentiment of some in government ranks - which has reached absurd levels.
Interest in the sport is starting to wane as the Socceroos have struggled internationally and the A-League has failed to evolve.
Michelle Grattan speaks with Mark Evans about the week in politics.
Advising women to "stay safe" is problematic because it transfers the responsibility for men's violence onto women, and distracts us from more difficult conversations.
At this stage one can only judge the atmospherics and optics of the summit, and on that basis, Beijing and Pyongyang have plainly come out ahead, while Tokyo and Seoul seem to have been overlooked.
Enthusiasm for Indigenous treaties at the state and territory level is misplaced. The power to bring about real change lies only at federal level.
One paradox of leaders of personality parties is that while they attract voters and so can get others elected, this can be their downfall, because they are by nature loners not team people.
Politicians like to appear tough on crime in election years. But Victoria's move to require youth offenders to wear electronic monitoring devices may not have a real impact.
It may be because we're early adopters and know the risks of social media, but a new study has found Australians are particularly careful about expressing political views online.
Compared with years past, the build-up to the Russia World Cup has been relatively subdued from a marketing and advertising standpoint.
The government's response to the Royal Commission, which includes a formal apology, is heartening. But the real test will come in redress for the harms done.
FIFA has never been free of political interference and controversies since its inception in 1904.
One noticeable omission was any mention of "complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearisation" - whether this was strategy or capitulation on President Donald Trump's part remains to be seen.
Scandal-plagued FIFA says it's committed to reform. Changing the way World Cup hosts are selected would be a start.