The 2016 Closing the Gap report represents Malcolm Turnbull’s first substantial statement on Indigenous affairs since assuming office.
Though commendable as a means of keeping Indigenous disadvantage on the policy agenda, the annual Closing the Gap report has come to reflect a lot of what is wrong with Indigenous affairs.
Suffragette Vida Goldstein became the first Australian to meet an American president at the White House.
Australia’s inimitability with regard to women’s political equality has barely entered conventional studies of political history.
Anglican Dean of Brisbane Peter Catt is one of several Australian church leaders to promise sanctuary to asylum seekers.
The church’s assertion of sanctuary will stimulate debate about the morality and justice of Australia's current laws with regard to asylum seekers.
Trump’s performances never fail to make breaking news, securing him the public’s attention.
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Donald Trump has applied the lessons of winning a TV audience to politics. Much as we might deplore the theatre of entertaining voters, we can't wish it away.
In the Netflix series Making a Murderer, Brendan Dassey is subject to interrogation tactics known as the ‘Reid technique’.
Innocent people do confess under interrogation to crimes they did not commit, even providing details about the crime. What leads them to falsely confess to very serious crimes?
Every state and territory in Australia permits sentences of life without parole.
As a country that claims to uphold the human rights of all – including those before the law – Australia should take notice of international practice when it comes to life imprisonment.
The cover that trees provide transforms cities into much more hospitable places, especially in hot weather.
Six years after Black Saturday, it's worth remembering that heatwaves kill more people than bushfires do, so shade can be a life-saver. But tree cover and shade are not evenly distributed in cities.
Consorting laws have been introduced under the pretext of combating organised crime – including that committed by bikie gangs.
Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia have introduced restrictive "consorting" laws. But are the laws justified? Are they an efficient and effective way to combat organised crime?
Julian Assange sought asylum and has remained in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012.
A UN panel has called on the UK and Swedish governments to ensure Julian Assange’s human rights are respected and to compensate him for his time in 'arbitrary' detention.
George Brandis says the government will adopt the proposed changes to anti-terror laws that criminalise disclosure.
Until a public interest exemption is included in Section 35P, the offence will continue to impact press freedom and have a chilling effect on media organisations’ ability to report on ASIO’s activities.
As parliament returned this week, the government was rattled by a GST debate that had run wild, agitating backbenchers and causing the government to pause.
Treasurer Scott Morrison had a bad first week of the new parliamentary year, as the idea of a possible GST increase came in for a barrage of negativity.
If the government eventually decides against embracing a 15% GST, we might look back and conclude that the mortal blow was delivered this week.
The housing problems experienced by low-income households are a symptom of entrenched inequality within Australia.
Government policy has not, on the whole, failed. It has been a huge success insofar as protecting the opportunities for speculative investment and profit for homeowners and private landlords.
At the start of a frenetic year for independent Nick Xenophon, the South Australian senator says his new national political party, the Nick Xenophon Team, will fill a vacuum.
It may be accepted wisdom that Australians are disengaged from politics, but there are plenty of other indicators to suggest otherwise.
We may believe that Australians are disengaged from the political process, but that may be because we're not looking in the right places.
A recent Human Rights Watch report condemned Australia for its ‘abusive’ approach to asylum seekers.
Strong evidence backs the increasing weight of international sentiment opposing Australia’s human rights record. Australia may already have pariah status in terms of its asylum policies.
Michaelia Cash reveals to Michelle Grattan she is willing to agree to David Leyonhjelm's call for a sunset clause on the ABCC legislation.
There is no endgame for refugees on either Manus Island or Nauru – no answer to where they are supposed to settle in the long term.
Parts of a High Court decision on the legality of offshore processing deal a crucial blow to the tired argument that what happens offshore is not Australia’s responsibility.
Panellists discussed domestic violence on Q&A on February 1, 2016.
Are domestic violence figures actually on the decline? FactCheck investigates.
Tony Abbott sought to rule rather than govern, in much the same way that Kevin Rudd did. Both unravelled.
Only when systems change and cultural adjustments occur will the political class return to governing rather than ruling.
It is hard to imagine what a partitioned Syria would look like.
There is no guarantee that a partitioned Syria would create a more stable environment. Many Syrians would reject partition and would attempt to reverse it.
John Curtin and Ben Chifley were successful in expanding the power of the Commonwealth – and thus that of the prime minister.
Alfred Deakin and his contemporaries invented the Australian prime ministership. But it was not settled as a platform for national leadership until John Curtin and Ben Chifley's time.
Malcolm Turnbull can put his values into practice by calling on all members of his party to vote in favour of legalising same-sex marriage.
A vote on whether same-sex couples can get married is discriminatory because it applies a standard to them that does not apply to heterosexual couples.
Some voters in New South Wales may be forced to vote in a different electorate at the next federal election following a recent redistribution.
Any redistribution of electoral boundaries may significantly impact how parties are represented in the parliament. But how does Australia’s system of changing seat boundaries actually work?
The Heritage Foundation has had a profound effect on defence spending and military action in the US.
Even many Americans don’t know much about organisations like the Alliance Defending Freedom and the Heritage Foundation. But these groups play a critical role in advancing conservative policies.