The future of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s reign lies with Vladimir Putin’s obstinacy and ability to withstand US pressure.
To understand the complexities of the conflict in Syria and what might happen next, it helps to untangle the three layers of strife in the war-torn country.
The issue before the court was whether Bob Day was disqualified from being elected because of Section 44(v) of the Constitution.
The key takeaway from the Bob Day case is that courts interpret the eligibility requirements for election strictly.
Bruce Springstein and Chuck Berry performing Johnny B. Good at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1995.
Chuck Berry has died age 90, rightly remembered as the legend who shaped rock and roll. But his misdeeds can't be ignored in the rush to glorify an icon.
Indigenous Labor MP Linda Burney says her party is trying to identify and remove structural obstacles to preselection.
Guaranteed representation reduces the distance between policymakers and the people for whom policy is made.
Cory Bernardi was recently caught up in a dispute over whether he had correctly disclosed a property he owns.
Politicians should be subject to a penalty regime similar to the far more stringent one that applies to company directors.
Google and Facebook are wiping out other digital advertisers.
For advertisers, media content is becoming less important than personal information.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi.
Iraq is an important country to watch in 2017, as a source of instability in the Middle East since the 2003 invasion. Iraq…
A supporter of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan holds a flag before Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim.
Turkey tops the list of countries to watch in the Middle East. Surprising shifts in domestic and foreign Turkish policy will have an important influence on the web of complex developments in the entire…
Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.
This year may be a critical turning point for Syria and the five-year civil war, at least for the Assad regime, which is…
People who take GHB at dance parties say it makes them feel euphoric and less inhibited. But the drug is easy to overdose on.
It's easy to overdose on the recreational drug GHB, as recent cases in Melbourne show.
A farmer might be more likely to chat to her hairdresser about the tough time she’s having than seeking professional help.
Professionals in rural and regional Australia such as hairdressers, accountants and bank managers often play the role of counsellors too.
Alpha Males and the Lump of Coal.
“Don’t be afraid, don’t be scared, it won’t hurt you. It’s coal.” With these words Australia’s Treasurer Scott Morrison taunted the Opposition, attempting to ridicule its commitment to renewable energy…
Policymakers are reluctant to acknowledge the care system is producing criminals.
Few people are talking about how children in residential care and those in juvenile jail are essentially the same people.
Many pastoralists in central Kenya lost access to their ancestral pasture lands in the early 20th century.
The simplistic assumption that the violence in central Kenya is the result of drought mask the more complex underlying dynamics of politics, access to resources and land.
Globally the frequency of natural disasters has more than doubled over the past 35 years.
CGIAR/Challenge food and water programme
Wetlands management is vital but sweeping statements about their universal value may do more harm than good.
Inondations au Pakistan, en 2010.
CGIAR/Challenge food and water programme
La récente « Journée mondiale des zones humides » attire notre attention sur ces espaces particulièrement fragiles et indispensables aux populations locales... mais attention à ne pas les surestimer.
A ‘loss of community’ is one of the most common concerns among contemporary Australians.
Australia is a place that prides itself on the fair go. And yet, all is clearly not well.
Obama and Podesta.
Climate deniers now rule in Washington and many are asking how much damage they can do. Already Trump has signed an executive order permitting the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, stopped after…
Anti Trump protest NYC.
There are two possible outcomes from the huge anti-Trump marches the day after the new president’s inauguration. Perhaps, having made their protest, the marchers will go home and spend the next four or…
Bashar al-Assad, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Bashar al-Assad, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan have a long history as leaders of their countries and players in the Syrian war.