Brexit, Trump, terrorism, 18C, safe schools, the gay marriage plebiscite, a government with a wafer-thin majority and a fractious Senate: it has been quite a year in politics.
Martin Luther King Jr.'s vision of love was not sentimental. It demanded that individuals tell their oppressors what they were doing was wrong. How can this vision help with community-building today?
After Donald Trump's victory, a scholar says the biblical prophets can help show us the way forward: Just as there is no peace without justice, there is no healing without grief.
At this time, researchers cannot prove a direct relationship. But social learning theory shows that people learn from one another, via observation, imitation and modeling.
Changes to Senate voting laws and the particular case of Senator Bob Day make for an unprecedented constitutional tangle, and one that will change the make-up of the Senate.
Only about 40-45 percent of 18-to-29-year-olds turned out to vote in the 2012 election. Civic education can improve youth turnout. But civic education itself remains neglected in US schools.
The Liberal Party is increasingly preselecting parliamentarians of firm, values-based ideas, leading to a more ideological and riven party.
Liberal Party director Tony Nutt has warned of potential dangers and difficulties in seeking to ban foreign political donations.
The issues of foreign donations and electronic voting will be examined by a wide-ranging parliamentary inquiry.
The Queensland Liberal National Party has abandoned a possible challenge to the election result in the north Queensland seat of Herbert – which Ewen Jones lost by 37 votes.
We need to ask on what basis the government is making its budget savings a 'moral' issue, and how the opposition can possibly support it.
Australia’s national politicians again need to step up and lead the way on the inevitable process of national and global democratic innovation.
The returned Turnbull government can now add arguably one of the most diverse and potentially volatile senates ever to be elected in Australia to its list of political problems.
The 2016 post-election report from the Parliamentary Budget Office lacks context and comes too late to inform voters.
The new Senate is representative of the wide range of views in Australia – and far more so than the House of Representatives.
The Senate results suggest the Turnbull government will have to master the art of negotiation if it is to implement its policies.
The election for the Senate hasn't ended well. To have four senators from One Nation in the upper house is worse than unfortunate.
Pauline Hanson's One Nation has won four Senate seats – two, including Hanson's, in Queensland, one in NSW and one in Western Australia.
Labor has won the Queensland seat of Herbert, but the Liberal National Party has left the way open for a court challenge.
The message of an exciting future through innovation and high-tech start-ups has failed to engage the Australian community.