Guaranteed representation reduces the distance between policymakers and the people for whom policy is made.
Malcolm Turnbull's government has had a rocky year, almost losing an election and incurring a number of self-inflicted wounds. They will be hoping for better in 2017.
The push for marriage equality is not just about walking down the aisle in matching outfits; it's become a potent symbol of equality and acceptance.
The Australian parliament is not a very representative place – but the bigger problems is the poor quality of its deliberations.