University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor Stephen Parker and Michelle Grattan discuss the week in politics.
Outgoing Greenpeace executive director Kumi Naidoo sees the struggles against political repression, poverty and climate change as intrinsically interconnected.
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The international executive director of Greenpeace, Kumi Naidoo, explains why he believes the big global challenges cannot be tackled in isolation.
Online petitions almost certainly do not hold the same weight with their targets as offline petitions do.
Online petitions send a certain signal to politicians and other leaders: we care, but maybe not enough to get off our seats.
Joe Hockey’s difficulty in carrying the economic reform case was obvious this week.
There's an ad on TV that starts: "If you were me, what would you do next?" If I were Tony Abbott, I'd scheme to get a new treasurer without the existing one blowing me up.
Usain Bolt (centre) won the highly anticipated men’s 100m event at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing.
In sport, there seems no reasonable justification for drawing a line in the sand that places drug use on one side and the other performance enhancers on the other.
American journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward were shot dead live on air, allegedly by a former colleague.
If someone wants to create panic with a gun and a smartphone, they can. If journalists want to protect the public from disturbing images, they can't.
Former Prisoner star Maggie Kirkpatrick was found guilty of a charge of child sex abuse dating back to the 1980s.
Many factors are at play in enabling or constraining a child to speak directly about abuse and bringing that complaint to the attention of the authorities.
Residents of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip watch a parade by the military wing of Hamas to mark the anniversary of the war with Israel.
Although Hamas also wants a return to normalcy in the Gaza Strip, it is potentially a double-edged sword for the movement.
Tony Abbott has flagged a plebiscite, or ‘people’s vote’, on same-sex marriage.
Every generation in the last 150 years has seen in Australia a contest over marriage which reflects shifting positions on its defining features, and its associated rights and obligations.
Australia has been more comfortable in the ‘slipstream of power’, rather than leading, says Peter Varghese.
DFAT secretary Peter Varghese sat down with Michelle Grattan to talk about aid, the integration of AUSAID, Islamic State, the Asian century and much, much more.
An image from the Manus Island detention centre during a hunger strike by asylum seekers in January.
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Australia's system of offshore immigration detention operates outside of any effective state jurisdiction.
Children from a village in Papua New Guinea’s Western Highlands Province stand in one of countless sweet potato gardens destroyed by frost across the country, August 2015.
Papua New Guinea is now facing a drought and frosts that look set to be worse than 1997, when hundreds of people died. So how can memories of 1997 save lives over the next few months?
‘Marriage equality’ is directly linked to gender equality.
At the heart of the debate around the language of marriage is a conflict about whether a marriage between same-sex partners is the same or different to a marriage between opposite sex partners.
Most Asia-Pacific governments are more focused on preventing irregular movement of asylum seekers and refugees than addressing the underlying causes of such movement.
In many regional countries there are civil society organisations attempting to fill the protection gap for refugees through service provision, advocacy, or both.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott watches the signing of the free trade agreement with China, which he now accuses Labor of opposing for ‘racist’ reasons.
Charges of racism against Labor for querying aspects of the free trade deal with China are a mark of how much Australian attitudes have changed and how adversarial politics fuels hyperbolic attacks.
US forces have been making targeted airstrikes over Syria since late 2014.
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Australian air attacks against Islamic State targets in Syria would not be definitely legal but not definitely illegal.
Public broadcasting is a lot more than a safety net for commercial market failure.
Repeated surveys show that people value public broadcasters highly. But the political class isn't listening.
An appropriate process for achieving consensus among Indigenous communities is critical to the success of constitutional recognition.
Tony Abbott’s belated agreement with Indigenous leaders on a consultation process for constitutional recognition is a step in the right direction.
The ABC has, in general, been able to withstand the pressures and (less common) interventions of governments or media barons.
The history of the ABC reveals battles lost and won around censorship, concessions made in times of crisis and independence compromised or overturned.
A boy contemplates the guns handed in during an amnesty for gang members in Panama City. How do communities respond to violence?
Many communities struggle with crime, violence and abuse, but they are not all the same. Those that look to local expertise for solutions offer hope in a world where success in preventing violence is rare.
Greater Australian air commitment to the campaign against Islamic State is a low-risk venture, militarily.
While symoblic, an increase in Australian firepower in the fight against Islamic State in Syria will not greatly affect the battlespace's fundamental reality.
Dyson Heydon prided himself throughout his judicial career on the robust independence and intellectual integrity he brought to the role.
How has a former judge with an avowed commitment to judicial independence and probity found himself at the centre of a very public controversy over his own impartiality?
University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor Stephen Parker and Professorial Fellow Michelle Grattan discuss the week in politics.
This week Prime Minister Tony Abbott was beset with problems, including leaks and the sourness left by the entitlements scandal.
It's never helpful for a government to become the object of ridicule, so when the Coalition's speaking notes were leaked for a second day running it was embarrassing.
The government should follow the evidence-based advice before wasting more money on a new “trial” program that further infantilises mainly Indigenous welfare recipients and won't work.