Labour reformers toyed with the image of democratic participation without realising what it would actually lead to – a democratic debate. But the next step is not to backpedal against democracy.
Many in Australia look to the use of the referendum in Ireland as an example of how its marriage equality debate might be resolved. But what worked well in Ireland might be very damaging in Australia.
Dallas Rogers speaks with Ilan Wiesel and Ray Forrest about the impact of the super rich on local politics, our cities and wealth inequality.
Understanding animal management and making it work better for our interspecies society will benefit humans and dogs alike.
Survey findings are typically considered in isolation in the media, with no understanding of context, of what is within and what is beyond the expected.
Changes in news media distribution and the impartiality of news sources provide good reason to be concerned. However, digital inequality is not the way to understand or measure it.
Tourism will have to be a key element in future peace-building and peace-keeping strategies in Syria.
In contrast to increases in vehicle safety over the decades, we have seen little new technology to ensure the safety of pedestrians – and current innovations are still based on a car-centric approach.
Social media can have a damaging effect on body image, but the way to protect against that is learning how to view images critically.
Given the ubiquity of civil marriage and support for marriage equality, how do heterosexual brides and grooms who support marriage equality manage legal requirements at their weddings?
Capitalism has become focused on expanding the proportion of social life that is open to data collection and processing – as if the social itself has become the new target of capitalism’s expansion.
University of Canberra professorial fellow Michelle Grattan and senior lecturer in political science Michael de Percy discuss the week in politics.
While Indonesia's Constitutional Court deliberates whether casual sex should be outlawed, the government plans to ban gay dating apps.
The federal government's review of intelligence agencies is important not just for our understanding of their function, but also for a more open public debate about spying and security.
Scott Morrison posted a this-was-mine claim on Facebook after Christian Porter promoted what was received as a fresh approach to welfare reform in his Tuesday speech.
Anti-Chinese hostility, channelled and fanned by the mainstream media, may fuel negative sentiments toward Australia on the part of Chinese migrants.
A bomb threat delivered to LGBTIQ radio station Joy FM this week highlights how divisive, dangerous and ugly the same-sex marriage plebiscite campaign could become.
ASEAN has been silent over the blatant disregard of human lives by the Philippines and Indonesia in the name of the 'war on drugs'.
When even the most senior politicians go on to work as lobbyists, it can profoundly undermine democracy.
Who’ll profit from the value uplift arising from the huge investment of taxpayers’ funds in creating better-serviced, higher-density suburbs? And what will the changes mean for existing residents?
Unless managed more effectively, forced migration will have permanent and intensifying negative impacts on countries across the globe.
A new policy to take refugees from Central America may be paving the way to solve the refugee problem on Manus Island and Nauru.
The normal rules of political engagement – coherence, consistency, fact, logic, proportion – do not apply to members of the paranoid right like Pauline Hanson.
The proof of whether an investment approach to welfare actually does improve outcomes for the disadvantaged is still some years down the track.
Public attitudes toward migration are a key driver of political instability and controversy across Europe and North America.