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.
By Wednesday morning condemnation was raining down on Anning from almost everywhere.
In our frequently depressing and often toxic political climate, Wednesday's bipartisanship was a small but significant and encouraging moment of unity on what we stand for as a nation.
One Nation leader Pauline Hanson and deputy opposition leader Tanya Plibersek.
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Ahead of Saturday's crucial byelections, senior Labor Party figures have described a vote for Pauline Hanson's One Nation party as a vote for the Coalition. What do the records show?
One Nation leader Pauline Hanson says Australia has ‘run away rates of immigration’.
One Nation leader Pauline Hanson said Australia is "the highest-growing country in the world", with population growth "double than a lot of other countries". Is that right?
Clive Palmer (right) and former One Nation Senator Brian Burston announce the formation of the United Australia Party in Canberra.
Clive Palmer believes he can recapture the magic that saw him elected to Parliament in 2013, but what his new party – and others on the right – need is more discipline.
With, for now, three Senate votes as her bargaining chips, Hanson’s impact – on government policy or on the major parties’ electoral strategy – is still being felt.
Despite its dysfunction and often inconsistent policy positions, the party has cemented an influential place in the federal arena, albeit a status that’s on the verge of diminishing drastically.
It has not been a happy week for One Nation leader Pauline Hanson.
It's been another colourful week in federal politics, highlighted by Greg Hunt's swearing, the Barnaby Joyce saga taking yet another turn, and One Nation falling apart at the seams.
The government’s competitive neutrality inquiry will examine the online news services of public broadcasters ABC and SBS.
The focus raises questions about the motives behind the inquiry and how it might benefit anti-ABC crusaders, including Pauline Hanson.
When Tim Storer was sworn in he was escorted by the government and opposition Senate leaders.
Tim Storer has one hell of a decision to make shortly after the May budget, when the government plans to bring back its legislation to give tax cuts to big business.
Abbott and Hanson put their past behind them as he launched a book of her speeches at Parliament House.
Tony Abbott described Pauline Hanson as 'a remarkable and a resilient presence in our public life for more than two decades'.
One of the worst examples of identity politics came from Malcolm Turnbull on Monday’s Q&A program.
Conservatives are often critical of 'identity politics' for silencing dissenting views. But on ABC's Q&A on Monday night Malcolm Turnbull presented a very narrow vision of national identity.
Pauline Hanson’s One Nation will hold just one seat in the Queensland parliament following the state election.
The seemingly disproportionate media attention given to One Nation is the result of a potent news-making brew.
This is not the clear-cut election result Annastacia Palaszczuk and Labor hoped for.
Voters in Queensland and the rest of Australia may need to accustom themselves to a new norm of tight, drawn-out contests, where party leaders’ election night speeches might be obsolete.
One Nation Queensland leader Steve Dickson, federal leader Pauline Hanson, and one of the party’s Queensland election candidates, Tracey Bell-Henselin.
One Nation Queensland leader Steve Dickson said 'up to 21 fathers' are taking their lives in Australia every week. Is that accurate?
Fraser Anning (centre) was escorted into the Senate by David Leyonhjelm and Cory Bernardi.
The Fraser Anning defection follows weeks of tension with Pauline Hanson and her adviser James Ashby, and a bitter clash at the One Nation party meeting on Monday morning.
Given their negativity toward the major parties, some soft voters in Queensland are looking seriously at minor party alternatives.
Undecided voters are dismayed by the quality of Queensland's political leadership.
Politics podcast: swinging into the Sunshine State’s election
The pundits are reluctant to place bets on who will win Queensland's November 25 election.
Any appearance in the Queensland campaign by Malcolm Turnbull can be expected to be minimal.
People distinguish between levels of government when casting their votes. Nevertheless, a state result can reverberate federally, whether it is sending a protest or for other reasons. We only have to remember…
Annastacia Palaszczuk is seeking a second term as premier when the state goes to the polls on November 25.
Whichever major party 'wins' the Queensland election will likely be forced into tricky negotiations with minor parties to form government.
A client whose hair she had been cutting for 20 years came in as usual, and then, without any prompting or preamble, launched into a tirade against Muslims.
In a suburban hair salon, a Muslim woman suddenly feels unwelcome in the country she has loved for 40 years.