While fear suppresses talk about dying, marriage equality involves sex.
The assisted dying bill in Victoria – complex and significant – is engendering less heated debate than marriage equality although both tap into some of our most fundamental fears and motivations.
Australia’s campaign for a seat on the Human Rights Council opened it to further scrutiny of its record on such issues.
Australia's Human Rights Council election provides an ideal opportunity for it to show leadership and commitment on issues such as refugee flows and the death penalty.
Opinion polls are pointing strongly to a win for the ‘yes’ campaign.
The ABS, in its update on Tuesday, said it estimated it had now received 10 million ballots.
Michelle Grattan speaks to Deep Saini about the week in politics.
All the public polls so far suggest a victory for the Yes side.
The same-sex marriage postal ballot is headed for a very high return rate, with an estimated 9.2 million forms returned by last Friday.
This pamphlet, authorised by the Australian Conservatives, was received in a letter box in a Victorian suburb in September.
'Vote No' campaign material distributed by the Australian Conservatives claims that if same-sex marriage is legalised, the Safe Schools program will be 'mandatory in schools'. We looked at the facts.
Michelle Grattan speaks with Deep Saini about the week in Australian politics.
A video has been released with Tony Abbott’s daughter Frances promoting the Yes case.
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Like millions of others, I received an SMS at the weekend from the “Yes” campaign for the marriage ballot. It said: The Marriage Equality Survey forms have arrived! Help make history and vote YES for a…
The same-sex marriage postal ballot forms have been posted to Australians on the electoral roll.
There is a strong and statistically significant association between respondents’ cognitive ability and their support for equal rights between same- and different-sex couples.
There is an old adage that sport should be separate from politics. The same-sex marriage debate in Australia has revived that view, as many sport bodies have publicly advocated a position on the matter…
Bill Shorten will be buoyed by the latest Newspoll figures, which show Labor increasing its lead over the Coalition.
Labor extends its crucial two-party preferred lead over the government, while in the marriage equality postal survey, the 'yes' case appears to be losing its advantage.
Michelle Grattan speaks to Deep Saini about campaigning during the same-sex marriage postal ballot and Tony Abbott's continued undermining of the government.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics says it’s on track to get all the papers out by September 25.
It's a rare example of direct democracy – albeit non-compulsory and conducted by mail.
De facto couples still often have to go to great lengths to prove their relationship, unlike married couples, who need only furnish a marriage certificate.
Tony Abbott has claimed that same-sex de facto couples already have the same rights as married couples. This is not true.
Australia is way behind comparable countries on the marriage equality debate, thanks largely to a failure of leadership.
Historically, Australians have been leaders rather than followers on progressing social issues. But more recently, our leaders have trailed behind public opinion.
John Howard wants the government to lay out protections on religious freedoms and rights ahead of the same-sex marriage vote.
In the same-sex marriage battle, Malcolm Turnbull finds himself fighting two former Liberal prime ministers, while somewhat uncomfortably aligned with an aspiring Labor one. Just as in the republic referendum…
Michelle Grattan speaks to Deep Saini about the week in Australian politics.
The ‘Yes’ campaign’s first ad focused on the evidential flaws with the ‘No’ campaign’s ads.
The history of widespread advocacy campaigns shows that the 'No' campaign has many unfair advantages in the marriage equality debate.
Mathias Cormann gave an assurance that there would be a bias towards freedom of speech.
The safeguards bill will be introduced on Wednesday and passed before parliament rises on Thursday.
The default position in social and political theory is to disregard children altogether, or to consider them as learner-citizens.
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When children and young people have opportunities for active citizenship, they demonstrate a wide range of ways of contributing to their communities.