Malcolm Turnbull swiftly announced a royal commission this week in response to revelations about the treatment of boys in the Don Dale youth detention facility.
University of Canberra Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) Professor Nicholas Klomp and Professorial Fellow Michelle Grattan discuss the week in politics.
After an election in which voters snubbed both major parties, the campaign postmortems have been coming thick and fast.
Malcolm Turnbull is considered favourite by both sides of politics to lead his party to victory on Saturday but the opinion polls continue to bring uncertainty.
On the back of Labor's election launch on Sunday, the party waged a Medicare scare campaign that has reverberated through the whole week.
As election day edges closer, the Labor Party finds itself without much of a tailwind. At Labor's official campaign launch on Sunday, Bill Shorten will need to bring together the party's story.
This week, The Conversation followed Nick Xenophon to his home state of South Australia, where the party formed in his name looks set to be the big winnner at this election.
Malcolm Turnbull's video and Bill Shorten's book are underpinned by the same idea: the love their parents had for them, and that in turn imbued them with the right qualities to become prime minister.
Central to the celebrity Muhammad Ali achieved was his exceptional ability as a boxer.
Passing the halfway point of the election campaign, The Conversation took an in-depth look at three key seats in Victoria.
Yes, apes and dolphins are bright. But what about the other animal Einsteins?
Bruce Isaacs looks at an intense and emotionally charged scene from the 1980 classic, Raging Bull.
As the opinion polls remained tight between the two major parties, there were costly gaffes this week from both sides.
Film scholar Bruce Isaacs dissects five classic Scorsese scenes, beginning with the celebrated director's first film, Who's That Knocking At My Door?
Immigration Minister Peter Dutton's incendiary remarks about refugees may resonate electorally. But, as Michelle Grattan explains, they will also come at a cost.
It's difficult to pick which side of politics won the first week of the election campaign.
The government's economic narrative began to emerge more clearly this week when it handed down its first budget.
The move by PNG's Supreme Court to strike down the continued detention of asylum seekers on Manus Island carries danger for both the government and Labor.
While the nation moves into unofficial election mode, Malcolm Turnbull is quick to emphasise he is still in a governing phase.
University of Canberra Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Education Nick Klomp and Michelle Grattan discuss how it all went wrong for Clive Palmer.