The “national interest”, at least as far as economic policy is concerned, has always been a contested compromise and a consequence of the relative political influence of domestic forces.
Many have claimed that the ending of detention on Nauru is a strategic move to undermine a constitutional challenge to Australia’s offshore detention regime, heard by the High Court this week.
Stephen Parker and Michelle Grattan discuss Bill Shorten’s second anniversary as opposition leader, the next election, the possibility of a Labor frontbench reshuffle and the safety of his leadership.
Each individual case of radicalisation has its own characteristics. But the research has highlighted some patterns that may help to explain the dark world that is drawing in some Australian youth.
Bill Shorten, having seen off a prime minister, next week will mark his second anniversary as opposition leader.
Constitutional judges are best seen as backstops, not as activists for one value like liberty over others like integrity and equality.
Why is Africa so saddled with ageing presidents who ought to be enjoying their retirement in peace when the continent desperately needs young, agile and innovative leaders equal to its challenges?
Attorney-General George Brandis told the ABC that Australia co-operates with the United Nations in relation to its human rights obligations. Is that right?
There is growing evidence indicating that violence against women may be the consequence of society's rigid and stereotyped beliefs about what it means to be a “real man”.
Bombing a hospital and killing doctors and wounded or sick persons may seem to be an obvious war crime. But the reality of both the law and the facts is significantly more complicated.
Rather than being a proactive realignment, Australia’s shift in policy on Syria was a reactive realisation that it was being left behind.
Relations between the two countries, once cordial, have been strained by Russia's intervention in Syria.
The gambling industry knows how to wield power, and does it with great expertise, backed by significant resources.
We should not downplay the significant contribution to early mortality posed by previously law-abiding gun owners who, in the heat of the moment, decide to kill.
Colombia's decades-long conflict with the FARC could be nearing a major breakthrough. But can the Colombian state stand in the way of other opportunistic militias?
The undeniable truth is that Nauru – whether inside or outside the confines of the detention camp – is a dangerous and soul-destroying place for both asylum seekers and refugees.
Shinzo Abe’s government (now in its second term) has consistently been vocal about Japan's national defence.
Beyond general expressions of “opposition” to capital punishment, Australia did not emphasise specific human rights principles in its lobbying of Indonesia to spare Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.
Women and men are just as likely to report experiencing any form of digital harassment and abuse. However, the nature and impacts of these online harms differ significantly by gender and age.
There is still much we do not know about lone-wolf terrorism. But what we do know may provide investigators with a sort of detection system to prevent attacks from taking place.