Tasmania’s lower house will consider a bill to remove sex from birth certificates, which would be a first for an Australian state or territory.
Having a gender identity that does not match one's sex on a birth certificate can cause confusion and embarrassment and potentially lead to discrimination.
The government’s stubborn commitment to coal is alienating it from its natural supporters in the business community.
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The federal government's the stubborn commitment to coal is pulling the government’s economic policy towards the sort of state socialism it is supposed to abhor.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s suggestion that Australia might move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem puts us on a slippery foreign policy slope.
Australia should focus on playing a positive role in the ongoing Middle East process, rather than auctioning off its foreign policy for the sake of winning the Wentworth byelection.
Dick pics are widely considered a form of sexual violence. But while that is often true, they can also be funny, sexy and playful. Apparently, some straight guys even send them to each other.
Much attention will be on the next meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump at the G20 in late November.
Ongoing volatility is causing intense debate about how to manage relations between the two powerful nation, which is only likely to become more challenging.
If Bill Shorten becomes prime minister, he should not be afraid to take a close look at the effectiveness of the home affairs “super” portfolio.
With polling showing Labor is vulnerable on security issues, the opposition leader has the difficult task of distinguishing his party from the government while not being wedged from the right.
Board-level risk indicators include one person dominating meetings or a culture of blaming and withholding information.
It is a furphy that regulation for good corporate culture is impossible. It is done in the Netherlands and it is already under way in Australia, albeit in an unacknowledged, and limited, form.
Children not only lose their sibling, their parents can also disappear into profound grief.
It's important to make genuine room for children in discussions about death, ritual planning and meaning-making.
The US and China find it extremely difficult to see the world from the other’s perspective.
Cold War 2.0 may not be fanciful: The US and China are plainly entering a period of significant geopolitical rivalry, and each has ambitions that are mutually incompatible.
The detente between North and South Korea continues, with South Korean President Moon Jae-in (right) pushing on regardless of the United States.
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The Pyongyang Declaration between the two Koreas is about much more than nuclear power – and leaves the US on the outer.
Our society should ensure older people remain employed and engaged in their communities, rather than pushed to the margins.
Better aged care will only come when we as a society stop marginalising older people and start recognising the needs of their carers.
It’s just a tiny part of the Y chromosome that kickstarts the development of testes.
There are many cultural and social factors involved in making a baby into a man or a woman. But biologically speaking, sex starts when you're just a tiny group of cells in your mother's uterus.
Extending pharmaceutical monopolies would substantially increase costs for taxpayers.
The EU is asking Australia to extend drug company monopolies. This could mean Australians wait longer for access to cheaper, generic medicines.
On average, women tend to behave more submissively than men.
In evolutionary terms, it’s better to be at the bottom of the hierarchy than to be dead – and that's why submissive behaviours still persist in us humans. Even if we don't like it.
US President Bill Clinton, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat sign the historic Oslo accord at the White House in September 1993.
In 1993 the Oslo Accords were struck in optimism, but a quarter of a century later little has changed - and there's no real prospect it ever will.
The brouhaha over a nine-year-old girl refusing to stand for the national anthem appears to confirm that tolerance is on the wane and nationalist sentiment on the rise in Australia.
The storm over a nine-year-old refusing to stand for the national anthem is an indication of how ugly, and misguided, some aspects of national debate have become.
Care work isn’t confined to the home, or care professions such as nursing or childcare, it also happens in professional life – and it’s mostly done by women.
Once artificial intelligence takes over task-based and calculative jobs, the invisible care work that underpins our offices, marketplaces and institutions could finally become more visible and valued.
In Insatiable, Patty (Debby Ryan) seeks revenge on the people who caused her misery.
While thousands have called for the show to be cancelled, Insatiable actually does a good job of depicting the complex nature of disordered eating, sexuality and female pleasure.
In poorer communities, shared spaces tend to be poorly maintained and utilitarian.
We wear our surroundings like a cloak. Lower-income communities often live in environments that discourage healthy, outdoor activities. This perpetuates their poorer health and traps them in poverty.
Malcolm Turnbull has blamed the conservative faction in the Liberal Party for the ‘insurgency’ that led to his resignation as prime minister.
Truth and trust are in short supply in Western democracies. It's imperative our political leaders end the constant bickering and sideshows and restore public confidence in good governance.