On reform, the 2016-17 budget is a holding one, with tinkering on the sides.
In an increasingly individualised workplace, unions can no longer rely on organising tactics to survive. Instead, they need to undertake a major "rebranding".
Negative gearing reform is complex and fraught, with a chequered recent history. The key to any future reform will be finding a way to equitably change it without losing its benefit.
Thousands of young people with disability who end up in nursing homes lead lives of isolation and boredom. Better and smarter housing finance and support options are at last being developed.
As a political speaker, either you pick your key phrases or they get picked for you.
The discussion paper makes all the right noises, but the proof of the policy will be in the detail of partnership arrangements and implementation structures, and in how new money is used.
Having made a commitment to reduce spending, the federal government will have its work cut out with this year's budget, which may require revisiting policy ideas that have caused it pain in the past.
It is unusual to invoke the caretaker conventions so far out from an election. So why is Labor clamouring for them to kick in?
The politicians who are best at getting their messages across to voters will be those who can skilfully mix old and new media.
The Fair Work Act delivers a much more peculiar system of collective bargaining than many realise. It has outcomes that contradict the hopes and fears of both sides of the IR debate.
The future of democracy depends on developing a left-wing populism that can revive public interest by mobilising political passions in the fight for an alternative to neoliberal de-democratisation.
Online wagering is likely to be very harmful to a new generation of gamblers who habitually use mobile devices. It has the capacity to be very high intensity.
The move by PNG's Supreme Court to strike down the continued detention of asylum seekers on Manus Island carries danger for both the government and Labor.
The decision on who would build Australia’s next generation of submarines carried just as much anticipation in Japan as it did in Australia.
It is a shocking truth that, for the most part, the politicians are leaving their humanity at home as they debate the future of the men on Manus Island.
Unions may well feel justifiably aggrieved by the findings – and impact – of the trade union royal commission, but there are nonetheless lessons to be learnt from them.
A new report’s findings provide a strong economic rationale for investing in early intervention to stem the flow of young people into homelessness.
The Turnbull government sees the 'City Deal' as a way for 'smart cities' to drive innovation and growth. But what is the value proposition behind this UK concept and how might it work in Australia?
The Australian government must face the uncomfortable truth that it is no longer possible to process or detain asylum seekers and refugees in other countries in our region.
For the first time in 20 years, Australia's national arsenal of private guns is larger than it was before the Port Arthur massacre.
Despite a recent surge in the polls, the distribution of marginal seats means it will be difficult for Labor to win the coming federal election.
The future of senator Robert Simms, one of the freshest faces in the Greens team, may hang on whether he is first or second on his party's ticket.
The world's informal settlements are growing at an unprecedented rate, with about one in four urban dwellers living in slums. We need to rethink how we view and deal with these people and places.
A PNG Supreme Court judgment is likely to have profound implications for Australia’s offshore processing regime in that country.
While trade unions still exert some influence on the ALP, it is nowhere near as much as it once was.