Australia is way behind comparable countries on the marriage equality debate, thanks largely to a failure of leadership.
Historically, Australians have been leaders rather than followers on progressing social issues. But more recently, our leaders have trailed behind public opinion.
John Howard wants the government to lay out protections on religious freedoms and rights ahead of the same-sex marriage vote.
In the same-sex marriage battle, Malcolm Turnbull finds himself fighting two former Liberal prime ministers, while somewhat uncomfortably aligned with an aspiring Labor one. Just as in the republic referendum…
Michelle Grattan speaks to Deep Saini about the week in Australian politics.
The ‘Yes’ campaign’s first ad focused on the evidential flaws with the ‘No’ campaign’s ads.
The history of widespread advocacy campaigns shows that the 'No' campaign has many unfair advantages in the marriage equality debate.
Mathias Cormann gave an assurance that there would be a bias towards freedom of speech.
The safeguards bill will be introduced on Wednesday and passed before parliament rises on Thursday.
The default position in social and political theory is to disregard children altogether, or to consider them as learner-citizens.
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When children and young people have opportunities for active citizenship, they demonstrate a wide range of ways of contributing to their communities.
Michelle Grattan discusses the week in politics with Nicholas Klomp.
Marriage reform of any kind has been historically slow to take hold.
Changes to marriage around the world have, historically, met with strident opposition, so it's no surprise that same-sex marriage in Australia has had its own tough road to hoe.
Malcolm Turnbull received the result via a text during question time.
The seven judges were unanimous, and costs were awarded against those that brought the challenges.
Many of the studies on this question examine the outcomes for children in same-sex parented families where both parents are women.
Discussing his opposition to same-sex marriage, Liberal MP Kevin Andrews said children who are brought up with a mother and father are 'better off than those who are not'. Let's look at the research.
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Nick Xenophon's position on contentious legislation – currently media reform – is crucial for the government.
More than 16 million people are eligible to vote in the voluntary survey.
Between August 8 and 24 the AEC dealt with 933,592 enrolment transactions, 87% of which were changes or updates.
Marriage is not an automatic right for anyone.
We need to get beyond hyperbole and half-truths from those both for and against marriage equality, and go back to basics.
Qantas CEO Alan Joyce has publicly backed marriage equality.
Research shows that companies will back ethical causes only if they know they will benefit from the stance.
As the marriage equality debate heats up, some Christian groups are depicting themselves as potential victims of discrimination.
In the marriage equality debate, those who once fought against protections for religious freedom are suddenly all for it.
Marriage equality supporters protesting outside the Tasmanian Liberal Party state council this week.
A 'No' result in the postal ballot would leave a running sore that would further reduce Malcolm Turnbull's diminished authority.
In Australia, same-sex attracted young people are six times more likely to have suicidal thoughts than their heterosexual peers.
Same-sex attracted people have poorer mental health than their heterosexual peers, but In jurisdictions that have legalised same-sex marriage, the gap between the two is much smaller.
Christians who call on the Bible to support their arguments against marriage equality are on shaky ground.
For Christian groups to claim the Bible speaks against same-sex marriage is simply a misreading of biblical values.
Politics Podcast: Mathias Cormann on the same-sex marriage postal survey.
Since announcing that the ABS would be responsible for carrying out the same-sex marriage postal survey, Mathias Cormann has had no shortage of questions.
Malcolm Turnbull’s net satisfaction rating plunged from minus 12 to minus 20 in the poll.
The latest Newspoll contains encouraging news for the 'yes' case in the postal ballot on same-sex marriage.