Michelle Grattan speaks with Deep Saini about the week in Australian politics.
The best defence against post-truth politics is not 'the truth'. Democracy should resist the political tyranny of claims to some immutable truth as a basis for governing the lives of others.
Lowering the voting age to 16 would bring the age of political responsibility more in line with the age of criminal responsibility and the age of informed consent for medical procedures.
The recent elections in Tasmania, South Australia and the byelection in Batman have left an impression that the advance of the minor parties has stalled. This is not necessarily the case.
If the government clinches the tax cut legislation it will be a major victory – with its own irony.
George Pell's current committal hearing engages the principle of 'open justice' and some of its most important exceptions.
Social and economic inequality is a serious threat to the sustainability of liberal democracy. It cannot be addressed by declaring that identity claims are democratically suspect.
Survival sex – the exchange of sexual favours for aid packets – happens in refugee camps everywhere. Victims are not protected by international human rights law.
In Australia, far fewer people are killed by police firearms than in the US – there are clear ways to ensure we never go down that path.
Implementing the Don Dale royal commission's recommendations will test the capacity to redress the 'systemic and shocking failures' it identified.
Politics podcast: Sarah Hanson-Young on the Greens Batman setback.
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Sarah Hanson-Young has strongly backed Richard Di Natale's push to purge those who leaked against Alex Bhathal in the Batman byelection.
The Victorian government's new centre to prevent terrorist and lone actor attacks needs to fully understand the links between these types of attacks and violence against women.
Individually rational actions can lead to collectively undesirable outcomes. Rethinking our individual moral obligations as forming part of a collective pattern of action can lead to positive change.
Writing a negative online review can have serious consequences, so you need to be careful about how, and what, you write.
Peter Dutton’s call for 'civilised nations' to rescue white South African farmers draws explicitly on a long history of equating civilisation with a global white identity.
Technology isn't value-neutral. Unless we understand the ethical assumptions behind our technology, we can't trust the solutions it offers.
Like most forms of protest, the #MeToo movement offers evidence of problems but fails to tackle the broader causes and how to fix them.
While Labor lost in South Australia it was far from a disaster, and new Liberal premier Steven Marshall will need to move quickly to ensure he does not test voters' patience.
After 16 years in government, the Liberals oust Labor in South Australia – but the biggest disasters of the night were Nick Xenophon and SA-BEST, with Xenophon not even winning his seat.
Michelle Grattan speaks with Lawrence Pratchett about this weekend's elections.
There are undoubtedly advantages for unions in terms of access and policy influence by having former officials as MPs.
Much is in play for South Australia in this weekend's state election – politically and economically.
Labor sources are talking down the chances of Ged Kearney in Batman, though the party is not writing off the seat.
When Aung San Suu Kyi led her party to victory in 2015, many hoped Myanmar's worst days were behind them. But the government's complicity in the Rohingya crisis has tarnished her reputation.
Too often, we automatically dismiss ideas with unsettling implications. We need to focus on evidence, and on ordinary fairness and compassion towards others.