Are gender differences innate or learned? Or both?
Whether gendered toys are creating stereotypes or just playing to boys' and girls' innate differences is a vexed question.
The battle for the Victorian seat of Indi is shaping up as a three-way contest.
The political crisis surrounding the 2012 ousting of Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed led to a return to authoritarian rule.
Democracy did not fail in the Maldives because it clashed with Islam. Instead, a privileged and powerful elite helped topple the elected government, and nations that advocate democratic ideals did little to stop them.
Australia’s two major political parties are highly dependent on contributions from business by the standards of other rich democracies.
Australia’s political finance system is corrupt – but not because of bribery, or indeed any substantial quid pro quo.
Former independent member for Wills, Phil Cleary, joins Sophie Mirabella and Cathy McGowan in photos at a Wodonga football match.
Sophie Mirabella/Pat Hutchens
Phil Cleary, left-leaning one-time independent member for Wills, and Sophie Mirabella, the former Liberal MP for Indi who is trying to regain the seat, are far from political soulmates.
Cathy McGowan rates strongly for fighting for Indi, being hard working, approachable, responsive and a good communicator.
Independent member for Indi Cathy McGowan is seen very positively in focus group research in her Victorian seat of Indi – except for one thing.
Do we accept attraction and attachment the way they are, or find ways to intervene?
"Love drugs" have their risks, but are also potentially liberating, so people must be free to make their own choices about what works best for them.
Labor’s strategy is to portray Bill Shorten as a caring politician, in contrast to an out-of-touch Malcolm Turnbull.
History suggests Labor should be more concerned than it currently appears to be about the effects of its populist rhetoric in mobilising opposition from business.
Political finance is an issue where there is a lot of agreement in Australia among people who vote for different parties.
Every time there's a scandal involving political finance, politicians from unaffected parties talk about the public’s outrage. But how much do people actually care?
Who are the major donors to Australia's big political parties? And what are the rules around disclosure at state and federal level?
Australia’s system of political donations was the subject of a recent Senate inquiry.
The struggle for political equality has shaped Australian democracy. This is undermined by a fragmented political donations system that can be easily evaded.
Who took the points in the first leaders' debate of the 2016 campaign?
The Conversation’s experts respond to the first Turnbull-Shorten debate with an eye across key policy areas and the leaders’ performances.
Jane Jacobs holds up documentary evidence at a 1961 press conference during the campaign to save the West Village.
In an age of data-driven urban science, we need to remember how Jane Jacobs gave voice to the multiple languages, meanings, experiences and knowledge systems of a vibrant city.
As the opinion polls remained tight between the two major parties, there were costly gaffes this week from both sides.
The Coalition has fundamentally altered the architecture of Indigenous policymaking and delivery since 2013.
Serious policy focus on Indigenous affairs has been notably absent during the early weeks of the long election campaign.
Diplomats and officials from 17 countries met in Bangkok in May 2015 to discuss how to deal with the thousands of Rohingya and Bangladeshi refugees.
Plans for more robust architecture on forced migration need to be more advanced. Countries in our region must not rest on their laurels.
Malcolm Turnbull digs up potatoes with farmer Eric Coleman while Barnaby Joyce leans in for a smell.
Mark Textor, the Liberal pollster, has raged against the modern addiction to polls, in an article this week that shows he can indeed walk both sides of the street, as insider and observer.
While there may not be too many voters in swimsuits or shorts at this year’s winter poll, increasing numbers of Australians are voting before election day.
A growing number of people are pre-polling, or voting before election day. This has significant implications for the parties in terms of rolling out policy and voter engagement.
The UK’s ‘City Deals’ have been claimed as responsible for the renaissance of Greater Manchester.
Evidence from the UK experience suggests there are pros and cons in both City Deals and Devolution Deals.
Regional leaders must continue to take concrete steps to avoid a repeat of the 2015 Andaman Sea refugee crisis.
Reuters/Soe Zeya Tun
The region is showing signs it is determined to ensure similar mass displacement crises such as that which took place in the Andaman Sea in 2015 are avoided.
Social insects such as bees live in a common nest site.
By working together, social insects are able to fix a small failure before it becomes a larger one.
Why does the number of members of Australia’s lower house fluctuate?
The number of members of the House of Representatives is variable. It is a result of a formula given in the Constitution.
Opponents of projects are often scorned as NIMBYs, but active citizenship and local consultation are key elements in creating a city that works well for as many people as possible.
Cities are home to many different people who will not always agree. We need to learn to embrace public debate as an ongoing, constructive process for working through diverse views and values.
Blended, rainbow, single or two-parents are just some of the ways to make a modern family.
It's tempting to look back nostagically when thinking about the idea of the "family", but the evidence shows that it's strong, functional and flourishing.
What does a modern Australian family look like and how does it compare with 10, 20 or even 30 years ago?