There is little evidence that support for multiculturalism is directly tied to support for particular levels of immigration.
Senior politicians slurring the reputation of immigrants does more to erode support for multiculturalism than do uncontrolled borders.
Mature gum trees will be important for visual amenity among the higher-density residences being built to house a population growing at 5.1% a year for the next two decades.
The Green Square urban renewal area – expected to be Sydney's most densely populated area by 2030 – represents a new paradigm of urban living.
Bill Shorten takes the ubiquitous selfie with the media on the campaign bus.
If the way voters interact with the leaders' Facebook pages is any indication, social media is not having the impact on the campaign that it is assumed to have.
Retaining the universal 24-hour a week childcare subsidy is one of the measures that would help restore trust in politics.
There is increasing evidence that voters have lost their faith in politicians and politics. But the way to restore faith is by implementing policies that make economic and social sense.
Non-Indigenous Australians have been ignoring native food options for hundreds of years.
Australians will happily eat boat noodle soup with beef blood stirred through it or stinking tofu – but not quandongs or akudjura. Yet overcoming 'food racism' and eating native produce could be a powerful act of culinary reconciliation.
Uber chief Travis Kalanick has agreed the company will create and fund a driver’s association as part of a recent class action settlement.
Uber's move to establish a drivers association is akin to the 'yellow unions' of the 1930s.
Paul, of Mediterranean Foods on Sydney Rd, Brunswick, with a bowl of Italian marzipan fruit.
Multicultural issues may not decide the election. But the multicultural voting makeup of many marginal electorates will play a critical part in who wins these seats.
New ABC chief Michelle Guthrie has been in the job for a week. We asked a range of experts what she needs to do to improve news and current affairs coverage, boost local content and strengthen digital services.
Michelle Guthrie: will she shape an ABC that truly reflects modern Australia?
The ABC's new chief, who took over last week, has identified improving diversity at the broadcaster as a top priority. This is long overdue - the BBC has already tackled the issue from the top down.
One the the big disappointments for women in the budget was the postponement of changes to child care.
This budget focuses on jobs and growth, but has little in it to redress women's entrenched inequality.
Peter Dutton claims the self-immolations of two refugees on Nauru are ‘not a complaint about the living conditions’ in detention.
High rates of self-harm are endemic on Nauru. And yet, the Australian government persists in seeing suicide and self-harm as the fault of refugees and their supporters.
All eyes are now on Malcolm Turnbull to help deliver on his pitch to transition the economy.
We have to look very hard to find the "ideas boom" in this budget.
What does the budget hold for health care?
This is a steady-as-she goes budget, mostly just confirming pre-announcements with only the expected unpleasant decisions, such as the continuation of the Medicare rebate freeze.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Defence Minister Marise Payne today awarded the $50 billion future submarine to French bidder DCNS.
Industry and research spillovers could generate a benefit well in advance of the net cost of the submarine project.
When it's cheaper to buy and rent out and then rent another place, you know something is wrong with negative gearing.
Just after the second world war, union membership was almost 65% of the workforce. Now it is just 15%.
A diminishing membership base, changes to labour and industry and heightened political attention has left the once-powerful trade union movement flailing.
A Lebanese policeman prevents Australian TV presenter Tara Brown from looking towards journalists while escorting her from a courthouse to a prison for women, east of Beirut.
The fallout from 60 Minutes' bungled child recovery attempt will likely be some heads rolling and some new faces promising higher standards. But like truckies, journalists and their programs are being asked to 'go the extra mile'.
A study has found that Australians aren’t primarily motivated by racism in their attitudes towards Chinese investment and foreign investment.
A survey has found that the percentage of foreign ownership is more worrying to Australians than the country-of-origin of the investment.
Under construction: it’s extremely hard to measure productivity in construction or any other sector.
AAP Image/Richard Wainwright
Voters will hear a lot about productivity in the lead up to the budget. The key thing to remember is that it's a very rubbery concept, enormously tricky to measure and highly politicised.
Modern debates around breastfeeding would be eerily familiar to someone from the 18th or 19th century.
The Fashionable Mamma, James Gillroy, 1796. The British Museum.
Regular controversies over breastfeeding might seem like a quirk of contemporary life. But 18th and 19th century clothing reveal that women have been handling the issue of visibility and practicality for centuries.