Australia was designed at Federation to ensure nationals of British descent would be able to create a society populated by individuals as much like themselves as possible.
Informal settlements are often undocumented or hidden on official maps, but they house about a billion people worldwide. Their existence demands a more sophisticated approach to urban development.
There has never been a time when the disconnect between political elites and the public interest was greater than it is today.
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key is leaving as a leader, and not in defeat.
With its irresistible mixture of celebrity 'news', fashion, beauty and health, Dolly magazine gave girls high-quality, accurate information they were not getting anywhere else.
Volunteers in Australia are essential to the provision of a range of services. Yet Western countries – including Australia – have recently reported a decline in volunteer rates.
Do affordable housing projects drive down property values? Does neighbours' quality of life suffer? Case studies in Brisbane and Sydney suggest such fears aren't justified.
Malcolm Turnbull's government has had a rocky year, almost losing an election and incurring a number of self-inflicted wounds. They will be hoping for better in 2017.
In the final fortnight of the parliament for the year the government clinched some deals on major pieces of legislation.
The extradition process for Australian citizen Neil Prakash could be prolonged, as Turkey and other countries may want to interrogate him or seek his extradition.
Waves of policies from successive Coalition and Labor governments have followed a paternalistic lead. This has created further impediments to thousands of Indigenous peoples who are doing plenty.
It's no wonder Malcolm Turnbull has been desperate in parliament's final fortnight of 2016 to get some legislative wins.
There must be genuine efforts to ensure transition from uncertainty to permanent status for refugees currently detained offshore as soon as possible.
The draft plan for Southeast Queensland largely takes a 'provide land for the predicted demand' approach, which assumes regional planning is a type of technical process best left to the experts.
Donald Trump employed a ‘choreography of shame’ that diminished everybody – except white working-class men.
If news pundits had been paying closer attention to memes, they may have been less shocked by the result of the 2016 US presidential election.
Ducking hard choices means avoiding change that could make a real improvement to the effectiveness of Australia’s infrastructure.
Using intellectual property laws to try to shut down Mark Rogers’ 'Save Medicare' website shows how these laws serve to restrict free speech and advance government privatisation agendas.
Greater Geelong's 'Our Future' is a process of involving industry professionals and the community in the development of a long-term vision for Victoria's second-biggest city.
Women’s exclusion from legal and political power for much of last century makes Susan Kiefel’s appointment all the more significant.
Proposals to introduce a national sport lottery system in Australia are not new.
Australia is now having a national conversation on domestic violence. Yet the way violence degrades women's financial status remains in the shadows. Much more needs to be done.
To avoid misguided use of sacred texts, religious believers should understand the context in which the texts appeared the first time.
How real is the threat of pornography? And what are the most appropriate responses?
The stereotype of a dependent generation who won’t leave home ignores the many reasons adult family members choose to live together in the one house.