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Girls are socialised early and told normal functions of the female body must be spoken of, if at all, in strictest privacy, indirectly, and not to men. from shutterstock.com

Vulvas, periods and leaks: women need the right words to seek help for conditions ‘down there’

There are endless euphemisms for women's conditions and body parts. If you can't name a body part, how can you seek medical help if something appears to be wrong with it?
Former prime minister Tony Abbott will recontest his seat of Warringah at the next election. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Abbott says he will run for another term

Former prime minister Tony Abbott has ended months of speculation by confirming he will renominate for his Sydney seat of Warringah.
Tony Abbott remained at consistently low levels of approval throughout his time as prime minister. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Why was Tony Abbott so unpopular?

Tony Abbott failed to read the signs of the times. His rhetoric was Churchillian, emphasising struggle, crisis and emergency.
Tony Abbott leaves the partyroom on September 14, having lost the Liberal leadership and prime ministership to Malcolm Turnbull. AAP/Sam Mooy

2015, the year that was: Politics + Society

2015 started as it finished, with terrorist atrocities, intractable conflicts and political upheavals that toppled several leaders, including Australia's prime minister, Tony Abbott.
Tony Abbott, Malcolm Turnbull’s predecessor as prime minister, enjoyed a close relationship with his Japanese counterpart, Shinzo Abe. AAP/Ian Waldie

Turnbull aims to retain ‘closest friend’ tag in first Japan visit

Australia looks set to continue to confront its core foreign policy dilemma: balancing relations between its largest trading partner, China, and its key security partners, the US and Japan.
It’s been a decade since the Cronulla riots, but have the attitudes that fuelled these violent tensions changed in Australian society? Paul Miller/AAP

Ten years on from the Cronulla riots, how much has really changed?

A decade on from the Cronulla Riots, Australia needs to reflect upon the lessons that should be learnt following the riot which divided a nation.
Former prime minister Tony Abbott has hit out at various countries for not being dedicated enough to the mission against Islamic State. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Abbott has a cause, an audience and no restraints

The task of defeating Islamic State (IS) might take decades, Tony Abbott has said in his third high-profile intervention in two days on terrorism, Islam and the fight against IS. As Bill Shorten called…
Former prime minister Tony Abbott said that he was not going to rush into a decision about his future. Lukas Coch/AAP

Tony Abbott leans to remaining in parliament

Tony Abbott has extended his Christmas deadline for a decision on his future – and it sounds like he is inclined to stay in parliament.
One of Tony Abbott’s first acts on coming to office was to remove Martin Parkinson (left) as Treasury secretary. AAP/Saeed Khan

Review: Political Amnesia – How We Forgot How To Govern

Debate, serious discussion and deliberation are valued highly in a democracy not just for their own sake, but because they are considered essential to testing the quality of ideas and arguments.
Malcolm Turnbull said in a statement that having knights and dames was ‘not appropriate’ in Australia’s modern honours system. AAP/Rob Blakers

Turnbull ends Abbott’s knights and dames

The Turnbull government has scrapped Tony Abbott's controversial knights and dames awards.
Harmony Day is part of efforts in Australia to promote social cohesion, which showed a marked improvement in 2015, according to the Scanlon Foundation survey. Wikimedia Commons/DIAC Images

Social cohesion survey puts Abbott’s final months as PM in a new light

Despite perceptions of a divided and troubled nation, social cohesion in Australia actually improved on most measures in 2015, the latest Scanlon Foundation survey finds.

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