The location and targeting of Islamic State's latest attack, on the Spanish city of Barcelona, deviates from the group's previous efforts.
In the marriage equality debate as in any other, media outlets must balance the right to freedom of speech with the balance of evidence.
Malcolm Turnbull is an optimist, or so he always tells us, and he'll be looking at how things could all work out for the best in the best of worlds.
The Australian government had and has the power to do things necessary to establish and maintain its immigration detention facility on Manus Island, despite detention violating PNG law.
Making self-interest seem normal and a commitment to fairness an elite aberration has been a long-term project.
A pattern of male leadership and female passivity in heterosexual romance is woven into the formula on the popular TV show The Bachelor.
The High Court ruling over the five MPs' legitimacy to hold seats may hang on whether they took reasonable steps to renounce their non-Australian citizenships.
Reporting child sexual abuse to police, and any subsequent investigation or trial, is a time of profound instability for victims and their families.
While climate denialism impedes policymaking in both the US and Australia, there are key differences in their political and public cultures.
Malcolm Turnbull’s postal plebiscite on marriage equality is on the cusp of recreating the mistakes of Doug Lowe’s Tasmanian dams plebiscite.
Michelle Grattan and Nicholas Klomp discuss the week in politics.
Ambivalence among voters is reason to think about how democracy is working for us as a community. To keep democracy alive we need to be sceptical about the exercise of power and keep it in check.
Politics podcast: Derryn Hinch on surviving the senate.
After spending a year immersed in the parliamentary machine, broadcaster-turned-senator Derryn Hinch is keen to see a more efficient Senate.
While Bill Shorten has little at risk, his campaigning on same-sex marriage could come to Malcolm Turnbull's aid.
The key question in a legal challenge to the 'postal plebiscite' is whether information about Australians’ opinions on same-sex marriage constitutes 'statistical information'.
The issue with Donald Trump’s ad-hoc response and commentary on North Korea is the inconsistent messages this sends to an already paranoid and isolated regime.
Stigma continues to inform legal, social and cultural attitudes towards sex work and remains a barrier to health, human rights and justice. Developing stigma indicators is one step towards change.
Whether or not a prospective citizen would face a longer wait in Australia compared to Germany, Canada or the UK comes down to their individual circumstances.
It’s worth defending the principle that the national governing body, not the clubs and not the states, should run football in Australia.
The sex industry doesn’t need your admiration, but nor does it deserve your condemnation.
The government seems determined to give voters a voice on marriage equality, and equally determined not to be bound by what those voters say.
The marriage equality movement could still back the plebiscite on condition that its results are binding.
If the gap between the wealth of the billionaires and that of the average residents continues to widen dramatically, there is likely to be discontent.
While getting more women to take part in sport is a laudable achievement, it would be better if the campaign also helped free them from the objectification of the dominant male gaze.
The car, the phone and the internet have changed the way the sex work industry operates, but debates about regulation have not advanced with new technologies.