To finally succeed, the idea of an Indigenous voice to parliament must be argued as one that is fundamentally democratic.
2017 has felt like a chaotic year in Australian politics, and one in which policy progress has been swamped by other distractions. We can only hope that 2018 is calmer and more productive.
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The Flinders Street incident, in which a car was driven into pedestrians on a busy Melbourne street, underscores the need for new ways to design cities to protect pedestrians from vehicle attacks.
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Malcolm Turnbull's reshuffled cabinet has five new faces, but one of the Nationals’ best performers has been unceremoniously dumped by his party leader.
George Brandis will become Australia's high commissioner to London in a reshuffle set to be announced on Tuesday.
Here in the business and economy team at The Conversation, we love charts. This year we've made plenty of good ones with academics.
The win in Saturday's byelection was a crucial fillip for Malcolm Turnbull, who has finished a rocky year on a relative high – one he will hope continues into the new year.
John Alexander won the seat of Bennelong after a fiercely contested byelection, and declared it 'the renaissance' of Malcolm Turnbull's leadership.
Official Chinese editorials give an insight into Beijing's reaction to the stories swirling around about Chinese influence – and it's not good news.
Sam Dastyari has given in to pressure from within his party and resigned from parliament, saying he had always acted with integrity.
Sam Dastyari is again in hot water after allegations he pressed Tanya Plibersek not to meet an advocate for Chinese democracy in 2015.
The first same-sex weddings will be celebrated early in the new year after the historic change to the marriage law passed the House of Representatives with only four MPs voting against.
This is the second consecutive time the Nationals have chosen a female senator as deputy leader.
The opposition failed in an attempt to get a 'job lot' of MPs referred to the High Court.
If David Feeney was found to be ineligible, Labor would be at high risk of losing his Melbourne seat of Batman to the Greens.
Katy Gallagher is one of several Labor MPs likely to be referred to the High Court as the citizenship crisis turns on the opposition.
While the government improved compared with the previous poll, this is the 24th consecutive Newspoll the Coalition has lost in two-party terms.
Until now, Australia was the only country that required youth with gender dysphoria to seek approval from the Family Court for the second stage of hormone treatments.
Bill Shorten has forced Labor senator Sam Dastyari to quit as opposition deputy whip in the Senate.
Even though the Prime Minister and heads of the big four banks argue costly political uncertainty is the reason for the royal commission, experts argue the banks' behaviour itself is the real cost.
In a global first, hundreds of solar-powered microphones will be placed across Australia, listening out for invasive species, rare animals and the effects of climate change.
Labor's 'dark vision' that valued 'envy and populism' over growth would suffocate Australia's economy, Scott Morrison has said.