Barack Obama assumed office in January 2009 amid public euphoria and high expectations of greater racial harmony and reduced gun violence at home and a more stable and peaceful international order.
Is Australia's reliance on nuclear defence agreements keeping us on the wrong side of history?
The government and Labor have offered up competing packages of budget savings. The question of whether they can meet halfway will be a test for both sides.
Recent developments in the US suggest it might be time for Australia to rethink its reliance on private prisons.
Australia’s national politicians again need to step up and lead the way on the inevitable process of national and global democratic innovation.
With the new parliament finally opening on Tuesday, Bill Shorten's tightrope tactics will soon be tested.
Incoming Victorian senator Derryn Hinch has the potential to be an ally or an enemy to the government's agenda.
The federal government's bill to protect volunteer firefighters following a long-running dispute in Victoria will not solve the problems to which it was allegedly directed.
New research finds almost a million Australians are living in poor or very poor-quality housing, with more than 100,000 in dwellings regarded as very poor or derelict.
To say a workplace problem is systemic means that its underlying causes are deeply embedded in the structures and everyday practices of an organisation.
Australia is lagging behind other countries in adopting practical measures to achieve gender balance in public decision-making.
To understand Rodrigo Duterte’s rise to power and the public support for killing drug dealers and users, we need to distinguish the empirical from the normative – the 'what is' from 'what should be'.
Political reporter Karen Middleton is releasing a book about the life and career of Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese. At its heart is a deeply personal story of Albanese's absent father.
Gambling losses in Australia are now close to $23 billion. What's driving this? And do we need to reform gambling regulation?
As the government hints the marriage equality plebiscite may be delayed until 2017, calls intensify for the parliament to legislate on the issue instead. So what is parliament's role here?
Since his ascendancy, the currently trim and muscular-looking Malcolm Turnbull has – for an Australian prime minister – had unusually little to say about sport.
While 60-77% of migrants of African origin and 59% of Indigenous Australians report experience of discrimination in the Scanlon Foundation survey of Australian attitudes, optimism endures.
Sport can be a driver for change; it can make a difference in people’s lives and unify communities, particularly around national successes. But it can also create tensions and cause conflict.
A new report highlights how little we know about what works and what doesn't when it comes to publicly-funded Indigenous programs. It's a similar story in other policy areas – but we can do better.
A generation on from revelations about the lack of diversity in the Australian media at the dawn of the digital era, what is pushing this concern now? And what’s changed since then?
Here’s the glaring omission in George Brandis' list of issues raised recently with Indonesian President Joko Widodo: human rights.
Hillary Clinton’s political success has been partially due to a willingness to conform to certain journalistic expectations about gender.
Eye-tracking technology helps us understand how people interact with their environment. This can improve policy and design, but can also be a tool for surveillance and control.
Successive Australian governments have dehumanised refugees and kept Australians in the dark about what really goes on in the offshore detention centres on Nauru and Manus Island.
A new book reveals the drama and comedy of Prime Minister Gough Whitlam's famous "hand back" of Gurindji land in 1975, following the Wave Hill Walk-Off 50 years ago – and the bittersweet aftermath.