There are legitimate questions about Liu’s past connections to associations with direct or indirect links with the Chinese Communist Party.
Liu's disastrous interview on Sky News forced the government into a full scale defence of her, saying that Labor, in pursuing her, was being “xenophobic” and “grubby”.
Another stormy week in federal parliament has seen debate around Gladys Liu's alleged links to China and the ethics of the government's push to drug-test Newstart recipients.
When we argue, it's far too easy to mistreat others. This is why it's important to follow certain norms of argument, remain open-minded and remember what's morally at stake.
When it comes to improving Indigenous policies and programs, Indigenous communities should be the ones evaluating government – rather than the other way around.
Independent MP Helen Haines on using ‘soft power’
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Helen Haines, who does not have the real legislative power her predecessor, Cathy McGowan shared after the Coalition fell into minority government, says "building relationships is key to getting things done".
With serious questions being raised about Liu's possible links to United Front organisations in Australia, a dark cloud could continue to hang over both her and the Liberal Party.
A new book takes apart Australia's recent move towards a more secret state, and the implications it might have for the health of our democracy.
The proposed amendments would provide much-needed updates to Victoria's vilification laws and bring the state in line with NSW, Queensland, Tasmania and the ACT.
Australian politics' 'revolving door' is undermining efforts to counter lobbying and potential corruption, and the regulation system is hopelessly flawed.
Moderate Liberal Russell Broadbent, says mandatory sentencing interferes with separation of powers, and removes the option for judges to take particular circumstances of cases into account.
Sometimes aggrieved parties simply want an apology, and this would be an important provision under the draft legislation.
While trust in politics maybe at an all-time low, new research finds that trust in sporting bodies is relatively high.
Although opportunities have expanded for women in policing, the numbers of women on most forces remain well below 50% and women are very underrepresented in senior roles.
As Boris Johnson's tactics cause deep rifts within the Conservative Party, the UK faces a Brexit of radical conservatism - and plenty of risks.
After losing her marginal seat of Corangamite at the election, Sarah Henderson is set to return to parliament after winning preselection for a Victorian Senate vacancy.
Where should we place Mugabe among the pantheon of African nationalists who led their countries to independence?
Michelle Grattan discusses the slowing economy, and the response to Channel 9's decision to host a fundraiser for the Liberal party.
While the Liberal party reaped mega dollars at Nine's Monday fundraiser, Nine and its chief executive faced a backlash from staff at the company's recently acquired former Fairfax newspapers.
There are now more legally innocent people in jail in Victoria than there were convicted prisoners in 2005.
More and more Australian jockeys are female, but the sport's entrenched masculinist culture is proving hard to change.
Politics with Michelle Grattan: Treasurer Josh Frydenberg on a slowing economy
This week's June quarter national accounts showed the weakest economic growth since the GFC, but Treasurer Josh Frydenberg remains optimistic.
US President Donald Trump is in an unenviable position as the race towards the 2020 presidential election heats up. Meanwhile, the UK's attempts to Brexit continue to be untidy.
In an address to the Lowy Institute, outgoing ASIO head Duncan Lewis warned that “the scale and scope of foreign intelligence activity against Australian interests is unprecedented”.
The deep politics of racial division is at play when governments position mining as in the public interest, with Indigenous land owners obstructive of that interest.
When the standard evidence of identity isn't enough to justify an Australian citizenship, DNA tests are requested.
As the Sri Lankan Tamil family from Biloela prepares to learn their fate tomorrow, Scott Morrison and Peter Dutton can't avoid looking threadbare in terms of humanity.
The rate of people living to their 90s has grown by 67% in the past decade, much higher than any other senior age group.
Governments impose harsh restrictions to the freedom of sex offenders after their sentence. But there’s no evidence to support that ‘doing more of the same’ improves community safety.
By choosing to put their own bodies in a vulnerable situation, protesters are appealing to the humanity of the police to treat them with care and respect.
She's sitting third on the list of Democratic candidates at the moment, but the Massachusetts Senator's growing popularity may catapult her to the nomination.
A survey of 8,000 Hong Kong protesters shows that participants increasingly feel that radical protests are the most effective way to make the government heed public opinion.
People with high cultural intelligence are non-judgemental, tolerant of ambiguity and inclusive – and these qualities mean they are more likely to be successful in global business positions.
This proposed bill goes much further than other discrimination laws and weakens existing protections for many Australians.
Of all the news stories examined in a snapshot study, only 11% included the views or experiences of young people. And that inclusion was usually via adults.
Michelle Grattan discusses the increasing strain on the Australia-China relationship following the arrest of Dr. Yang Hengjun, and the government's draft religious discrimination legislation.
Australia is being very explicit in response to concerns about China at the moment, increasingly prepared to put aside the imperatives of diplomacy when necessary.
Given the unique aspects of the proposed bill, there should be a longer consultation period to examine why religious freedoms should be prioritised over other freedoms.
Proroguing the parliament for five weeks at a crucial time may prove to be a masterstroke in ensuring a no-deal Brexit.
The detained writer is entitled to Australian consular access while in prison in China, but like other detained Chinese-Australians, Canberra has few other legal options to help him.
The espionage allegation against the Australian writer comes against a backdrop of rising trade and political tensions – and the Australian government's response is hardening.
As the Australian government continues to pressure China over Yang Hengjun's formal arrest, Yang has appealed to Scott Morrison to please “help me go home as soon as possible”.
The NSW Labor party's general secretary Kaila Murnain was suspended on Wednesday night after sensational evidence about an alleged $100,000 donation from Chinese property developer Huang Xiangmo.
Professor of Public Ethics, Clive Hamilton, has accused "many" vice-chancellors of of losing sight of academic freedom, under the pressure of revenue and influence from China.
Systemic racism creates the architecture around which other forms of racism are enabled, supported and justified.
Since Timor-Leste's independence, relations with Australia have been undermined by contentious negotiations over oil and gas fields. But a new maritime border may mean brighter days ahead.
The Morrison government is setting up a University Foreign Interference Taskforce, as it grapples with encroachments by China into Australia's higher education sector.
Timor-Leste has had a long and violent history of struggle for self-determination, and while there is much to celebrate, there is also still much to do.
Tanya Day, Ms Dhu and Rebecca Maher are among the 400 people who have died in custody more than 25 years since the Royal Commission. How could those deaths have been avoided?
Queensland still mystifies too many politicians but its needs are surprisingly simple.
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Two Queensland-based experts discuss what so many politicians and pundits get wrong about the Sunshine State – and what its citizens are crying out for.
The Victorian Supreme Court has dismissed the John Setka's bid to prevent the Labor party from expelling him, saying the legitimacy of the motion to expel him was not within the court's jurisdiction.
Outspoken Australian-Chinese democracy advocate Dr Yang Hengjun has been formally arrested in China on suspicion of spying, further straining relations between the two countries.
After weekend, another spasm of violence in Hong Kong. Why isn't the protest movement petering out after 12 weeks, and what will the government eventually do in response?
Prime Minister Scott Morrison scored a precious invitation to the annual summit, but the meeting showed little promise of solving some of the world's most pressing problems.
In his valedictory address, outgoing secretary of the Prime Minister's Department Martin Parkinson, condemned “entrenched disadvantage” in Australia.
PM’s advisor Christine Morgan on tackling Australia’s rising suicide rates.
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On this episode, the PM's national suicide prevention advisor speaks with Michelle Grattan on what we know so far about suicide rates, and what needs more clarity.
Similar laws in the US have actually led to increasing the risk of fatal drug overdoses.
The idea that a small payment could motivate more people to vote resurfaces regularly, but this ignores evidence that monetary incentives to induce pro-social behaviour can be counterproductive.
Michelle Grattan reflects on Tim Fischer's personal and political legacy, and discusses the kind of leader Scott Morrison is with the anniversary of his prime ministership approaching on Saturday.
‘Dual use’ technology – technology used for both peaceful and military purposes – is allowed in Antarctica, according to the treaty.
The Victorian parliament should delay its vote on the birth certificate reform bill to allow more consultation with women's groups and to assess the potential impact on single-sex spaces.
After 12 months as prime minister, Morrison looks the strong leader, clearly in charge, with few constraints. But will he make a substantial entry in the history book of Australian prime ministers?
In a non-policing context, having to perform such acts would be a serious assault. This is why strip searches are meant to be a last resort and only used in serious and urgent circumstances.
US-Iran tension in the Strait of Hormuz is just one of many looming security challenges that need closer scrutiny.
Why the Hong Kong protesters feel they have ‘nothing to lose’
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Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has indicated she's open to dialogue. But unless she meets the demonstrators' demands, the protest movement isn't going to end anytime soon.
Tim Fischer leaves behind a political and personal legacy. He defied sceptics, managed his troops, and the support he provided to John Howard was crucial in achieving gun control.
As Australia commits to joining a coalition in the Strait of Hormuz, preventing escalation of any conflict should be the primary concern of all players.
Proposed reforms in Victoria will not only remove barriers for many TGD people to navigate their daily lives more safely, but help to make gender categories in general less strictly defined.
The Australian right-to-life movement is tiny compared to the US, but its recent adoption of US-style campaign strategies has given it an outsize voice in the debate here.
Extreme pace bowling has been thrilling crowds but scaring batters since the Bodyline tour of the 1930s.
Violence has returned to West Papua over the arrests of students for allegedly desecrating a flag. So much for the new push for reconciliation under Indonesia President Joko Widodo.
Scott Morrison has announced a long-expected commitment to join the US-led coalition in the Strait of Hormuz, expressing concerns over incidents in the Strait: "It is a threat to our economy”.
By a majority of two to one, the Court of Appeal has dismissed Pell's case, because it found guilty verdicts were open to the jury.
The broadcaster's latest outrage may finally make his employer act - but not because of any damage he is doing to the social fabric.
The failure of the 2018 census to get a good response rate highlights the need for multiple voting options to increase participation, particularly of Māori.
You're as free to write anything in the sky as you are to post it on the internet, provided you have a plane, or a pilot willing to relay your message.
GetUp is already subject to the same type of regulation as a political party. By challenging its links to left-wing parties, though, the Coalition is seeking to strip away its claim of independence.
The courts have provided little guidance on whether politically-motivated crimes are better or worse than crimes from 'common criminals'.