Australia’s approach to the debate over Chinese influence should be to carefully disaggregate the various problems under discussion in this debate and risk-manage them individually.
China scholars disagree on the extent of Chinese influence on Australian politics – but it may be there are more points of agreement than most scholars realise.
‘Antifasc’ as portrayed in Romper Stomper.
Stan's remake of the 1992 film Romper Stomper swaps skinhead culture for the complexities of contemporary Australian extremist politics. In doing so, it highlights disillusion with mainstream politicians and media.
The Conversation’s academic expert FactCheck authors delved into the evidence for and against claims made by Australian leaders in 2017.
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Australian leaders make claims, we ask the experts to test them. Can you tell fact from fiction? What's spot-on and what's spin?
Another day, another report. Will it change Australia’s NBN?
The first Joint Standing Committee on the National Broadband Network's report will please few.
Scott Morrison addresses the media on Sunday.
Some predict Turnbull's leadership will be in the frame unless the numbers improve; on the other hand, another change would be extremely hard.
Was World Vision Australia chief advocate Tim Costello right to say that Australia’s foreign aid spending was at its highest under Menzies, at 0.5% of gross national income?
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We check the facts on how Australia's foreign aid spend has changed over time.
Choosing Cairns or Townsville as a northern Queensland capital would set off a political storm, as would new regional governments around Australia.
Federal politicians and the public like the idea of abolishing the states. But consider the likely result: a more powerful Canberra, with regional governments amounting to glorified shire councils.
Writer and actor Nakkiah Lui, speaking on Q&A.
Has the Coalition government cut $35 million from frontline legal services for victims of domestic and family violence?
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has a complex relationship with the Liberal Party’s powerful social conservatives.
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The pressure on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to bend to the conservative right factions of the Liberal and National parties has been compounded by the election of Donald Trump.
Trump’s demagoguery had the effect not only of humiliating reason in the face of extreme emotion and prejudice, but also of taking people into cloud cuckoo land.
Trump's demagoguery took political discourse in America to a place where it lost contact with reality.
Sydney’s WestConnex road project has a surprisingly low ‘worst case’ cost estimate.
Our infrastructure systems should promise what is worth having, and then deliver what is promised.
From a battle over an oil pipeline in the American mid-west to small Australian communities fighting for survival, Indigenous people are harnessing social media to take their stories global.
Indigenous people make up small percentages of the population in many countries – but using social media, Indigenous voices can be heard worldwide. Here are a dozen deadly Australians worth following.
Senator Bridget McKenzie, speaking on Q&A.
Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie said Australia is one of the few countries in the world to accept foreign political donations. Is that true?
The government plans to axe a supplement for Newstart recipients.
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The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre's Kon Karapanagiotidis said that what a politician can claim for a one night stay in Canberra is equivalent to an entire week on Newstart. Is that true?
Vincent Lingiari looks on as Prime Minister Gough Whitlam swigs champagne after the symbolic handback of the Gurindji people’s land.
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.
Queensland independent Peter Wellington backed Annastacia Palaszczuk (left) to form government after she promised to act on political donations.
At long last, Australia has a government that is prepared to introduce real-time disclosure for political donations – a crucial change that lets voters make an informed choice at the ballot box.
Malcolm Turnbull in full flight.
The Australian prime minister has dissolved both houses of parliament in an effort to take firm control of the government. Can he do it?
Malcolm Turnbull’s best election bet, from an economic standpoint, might be measures to improve confidence.
Popular wisdom holds that conservatives manage the economy better than their progressive counterparts, but recent data from the US and Australia does not bear this out.
Whether he succeeds or not, Malcolm Turnbull’s attempt to reform the federation will be a long and tricky process.
Malcolm Turnbull's bold plan to give states the power to levy income tax is a risky move, and the latest in a string of attempts to 'fix' federal-state relations that have not succeeded.
Rail and other public transport infrastructure could receive more funding from the new Turnbull government.
Jamie Briggs talks to Michelle Grattan about his new portfolio, the policy pivot away from just roads toward other infrastructure projects like public transport, and much more.