In a suburban hair salon, a Muslim woman suddenly feels unwelcome in the country she has loved for 40 years.
In politics, alternative facts exist. And they always have.
A new book attempts to cloak Tony Abbott in a political philosophy, but is not entirely convincing.
To secede or not to secede, that is the question for WA, as it considers going it alone (though not everyone is taking it seriously).
The environmental issues we face are ideal recruiting for green parties, but the breakthroughs aren't happening, and after 25 years as a federal party the Greens are still fighting on the same fronts.
Australians are crying out for political leadership. One way our leaders can redeem themselves is by getting to work on a complete shake-up of how we pay for and use transport infrastructure.
Australia’s federal MPs are apparently servants of the Christian God, working for His glory.
In a nation labelled secular, many of our elected representatives have strong religious ties, and this affects they way they the country is run.
Making self-interest seem normal and a commitment to fairness an elite aberration has been a long-term project.
Like Malcolm Turnbull, the three-time prime minister Alfred Deakin was sometimes accused of lacking substance, but he had core political commitments from which he never wavered.
Malcolm Turnbull’s postal plebiscite on marriage equality is on the cusp of recreating the mistakes of Doug Lowe’s Tasmanian dams plebiscite.
The marriage equality movement could still back the plebiscite on condition that its results are binding.
Bodies established around the world to hear 'black' voices have an enduring problem: they advise, but are rarely – if ever – heard.
There has been much attention paid to the widespread resurgence of populism. Restorationism in Western democracies is a subset of this.
While a lot of people just shrug impatiently at insider politics, a substantial number have turned to 'outsider' players.
Malcolm Turnbull's claim that Robert Menzies' party was meant to be one of the 'sensible centre' has some validity – but it may also be that that centre has shifted significantly, too.
If he was emphasising he's a centrist, that is hardly a surprise, although when he translates it into policy it annoys the hell out of those on the right.
The Northern Territory Intervention implemented coercive measures that would have been unthinkable in other, non-Indigenous communities.
The 1967 referendum was the culmination of a long struggle for both Aboriginal rights and respect, for social esteem as well as equality before the law.
Australia ingratiating itself into a post-Brexit, British-instigated Anglosphere would be a futile exercise in counterproductive nostalgia.