In the final fortnight of the parliament for the year the government clinched some deals on major pieces of legislation.
Tensions between Pauline Hanson and her beleaguered One Nation senator Rod Culleton have been on open display this week, raising the question of whether the party will be able to hold it all together.
Looking to America, Australia's politicians are reaching out to voters feeling left behind in times of economic transition.
The departure of up to two crossbench senators and the uncertainty over who might replace them is giving the government fresh obstacles in their efforts to pass legislation.
A still from the most recent Islamic State video, released last week.
Videos released by Islamic State have captured the attention of the world for years. But the media focus on its so-called 'slick, professional' video techniques runs the risk of mythologising the terrorist group.
The mode of delivery has a big impact on an infant’s microbiota, the bacteria that live in the gut.
The particular makeup of a newborn’s gut microbes is important as it has been shown to affect their risk of developing certain diseases later in childhood and adulthood.
There are several possible ways your gut bacteria could affect your brain.
Links have been made between the community of bacteria in your gut and depression, pain, stress and sleep. So what does the science say?
After storms left parts of South Australia without power, the government was quick out of the blocks to question the high use of renewable energy in that state.
University of Canberra professorial fellow Michelle Grattan and senior lecturer in political science Michael de Percy discuss the week in politics.
Jack Nicholson gave perhaps his greatest performance as journalist David Locke.
Michelangelo Antonioni's The Passenger (1975), starring Jack Nicholson, explored time and memory. We look at a single scene, featuring one of the most influential camera moves of '70s cinema.
In a week marking the first anniversary of Malcolm Turnbull's prime ministership, the government was able to show it could work with the new parliament.
University of Canberra Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) Professor Nicholas Klomp and Professorial Fellow Michelle Grattan discuss the week in politics.
At the end of the first sitting week of parliament, Labor caught the government flat-footed and without a majority in the House of Representatives.
The government and Labor have offered up competing packages of budget savings. The question of whether they can meet halfway will be a test for both sides.
The heightened scrutiny of Australia's immigration policies in recent weeks has shone a light on the long-term problems of indefinite detention of asylum seekers on Manus Island and Nauru.
Gillian Armstrong’s 1971 student film The Roof Needs Mowing featured a bathtub full of baked beans.
VCA Film & Television School
In less than a decade, most people won't be able to play a VHS tape anymore. Let's farewell the humble tape, and celebrate the archives finding their way to digitisation and YouTube.
The University of Canberra's acting vice-chancellor Frances Shannon and Michelle Grattan discuss the week in politics.
The University of Canberra's Nicholas Klomp and Michelle Grattan discuss the week in politics.
James Stewart and Kim Novak in Vertigo (1958).
Alfred J. Hitchcock Productions
What makes a film a classic? In a new monthly column, film scholar Bruce Isaacs analyses a single sequence from a great film. Here, we look at a scene from Vertigo.
A rare sight these days, with the decline of the VHS.
The era of the VCR is coming to a close, but it's impact on the way we consume and produce content has been profound.