If we don't, we risk missing what's really important.
The recent elections in Tasmania, South Australia and the byelection in Batman have left an impression that the advance of the minor parties has stalled. This is not necessarily the case.
Peter Dutton’s call for 'civilised nations' to rescue white South African farmers draws explicitly on a long history of equating civilisation with a global white identity.
The reality is that Bill Shorten is, in many ways, a garden-variety centre-left leader.
Without a clear full stop there can be no certainty that the unravelling of the British Empire has ended even now.
The appointment of ministerial advisers is based on a party-political network of patronage, where the primary consideration is loyalty to the political party – not merit.
A new ABC documentary presents a nostalgic but compelling overview of one of Australia's most successful prime ministers.
The continued embargo on documents relating to the dismissal of the Whitlam government point to the lingering imperial power that comes from an incomplete severance of colonial ties.
We are so accustomed to hearing about American exceptionalism that British exceptionalism is rarely discussed.
A new survey asking Australians to rank the most significant events in their lifetimes show that same-sex marriage, September 11 and the apology to the Stolen Generations matter most.
Many of the questions that would arise if Australia wants to become a republic have been successfully tackled elsewhere.
After 1993, Paul Keating became ever-more dominant in cabinet policy discussions to ensure a legacy for the Labor government.
The arguments about a potential Australian republic in cabinet submissions suggest a failure of imagination and, more seriously, of trust.
It was Paul Keating himself who first raised the idea of a security agreement between Indonesia and Australia in June 1994 to Indonesian President Soeharto.
If Labour was such a disaster during this decade, how come so many of its then policies are now maintstream thinking?
For the Queensland LNP, the divisions between the progressive and conservative forces within the party may hamper its political prospects.
It is ten years since the 2007 election that swept Kevin Rudd into office. But if Kim Beazley had become PM instead, we might have avoided the constant instability and dysfunction we see today.
Some people may think it's the duty of their MP to vote in the way they do. But political theory shows this doesn't work.
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.