We need a new legal definition of ‘parent’ to reflect the diversity of Australian families.
Who is a child's legal parent? The question is at the heart of a case due before the High Court this year. It may have implications for children born via IVF or surrogacy, and the people who raise them.
The final day of parliament was just like the other sitting days of 2018: chaotic.
In the final sitting week for the year, the encryption bill was finally passed, and the Liberal Party changed its rules to prevent sitting prime ministers being toppled.
The Timber Creek claim is being seen as a test case for future Indigenous land rights compensation claims.
The decision will have huge implications for Indigenous peoples who have lost their land rights and for state and territory governments that may be liable for compensation.
There is enough in the Dutton case to raise questions about whether disqualification has occurred.
It is possible the home affairs minister is in breach of Section 44(v) of the Constitution – and if the High Court were to find him so, it would cause yet another headache for the government.
Might there be yet another way in which parliamentarians can unwittingly fall foul of dual citizenship laws?
Just when we thought the dual citizenship debacle was coming to an end, there may be another sting in our Constitution's tail.
Senator Katy Gallagher knew she was a British citizen at the last election, but maintains she took “all reasonable steps” to renounce it.
Today's High Court decision on whether Labor Senator Katy Gallagher is eligible to hold her seat will have significant implications for the whole parliament.
The Department of Human Services approach to social security fraud prosecutions has become less punitive in recent years.
Despite a public focus on punitive approaches to welfare fraud, the number of social security fraud prosecutions has fallen in recent years.
The only effective way of destroying the undue influence of large foreign donations is by placing a cap on all donations.
If the purpose of this bill is to prevent foreign donations from influencing elections, it manifestly does not achieve that outcome.
Members of the Australasian Federation Conference, 1890.
Parliamentary Education Office
The now-infamous section 44 of the Australian Constitution was a last-minute change by the authors, drafted in private and accepted out of weariness.
Labor senator Katy Gallagher has been referred to the High Court over her possible dual citizenship status.
That it has taken more than five months and a compulsory declaration procedure for some MPs' dual citizenship issues to come to light reflects extremely badly on them.
Katy Gallagher says she will not refer herself to the court because her legal advice was that she had taken all the steps required of her before she nominated.
Katy Gallagher is one of several Labor MPs likely to be referred to the High Court as the citizenship crisis turns on the opposition.
Michelle Grattan and Nick Klomp discuss the week in politics.
Jacqui Lambie bids a tearful farewell in the Senate this week, after becoming the latest politician caught up in the dual citizenship saga.
Changing the Constitution is the only way to draw a line under this chaos.
Jim Molan, the architect of the Coalition’s border policy, appears set to become a Liberal senator.
Hollie Hughes was the next candidate on the Coalition joint ticket for the 2016 election and was set to get the position on the recount.
A ministerial vacancy has opened with the elevation of Scott Ryan to the Senate presidency.
The government has agreed to Labor's December 1 deadline and tougher conditions in a deal on MPs citizenship disclosure.
Former tennis star John Alexander, pictured here with Malcolm Turnbull, is expected to resign on the weekend.
John Alexander is expected to resign over the weekend, becoming the latest MP to be claimed by the dual citizenship crisis.
There was much cynicism about Malcolm Turnbull resisting a full audit.
The bottom line is that voters want the citizenship matter fixed quickly.
Malcolm Turnbull stressed this would not be an audit – for which there have been widespread calls.
The Turnbull government is trying to limit the damage from the citizenship crisis with a plan to have all MPs make declarations about their circumstances.
Bill Shorten has said Labor would support a ‘universal disclosure to the parliament’ on citizenship.
Labor has been on a unity ticket with the Coalition in opposing an audit, but as the crisis continues to unfold it has moved to a position that falls short of bringing in an outside auditor.
Malcolm Turnbull’s current mood about how all this is playing out can be easily imagined.
The sudden exit from parliament of Senate President Stephen Parry has turned into a toxic blame game, in a further sign of a government crumbling into chaos.