Notifications of child sex offenders living in the area have, in some cases, created community hysteria and loss of sleep.
It may seem that having a public register which shows the whereabouts of dangerous people would keep the community safe. But evidence shows public sex offender registers do more harm than good.
Players from all over the world, including Australia’s star forward Thon Maker - originally from South Sudan - play in the National Basketball Association in the United States.
Star basketball players are suffering the fallout from a race scare campaign by politicians from the Liberal party over crimes committed by a small number of young people who came to Australia from South Sudan
Prime Minister Scott Morrison in question time on Wednesday. He is being treated with less respect.
The Liberals this week are shell-shocked and unnerved after the Victorian rout and both the fact and implications of Banks’ desertion.
Three recent faces of confirmed and alleged terror attacks each treated very differently: the two separate Bourke Street attackers – James Gargasoulas and Hassan Khalif Shire Ali – and Ertunc Eriklioglu, one of the three people arrested on November 20 for allegedly planning a terror attack.
As recent events show, we might get better media reporting if journalists questioned authorities more closely on the relevance of ethnicity and religion in crime reporting.
Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton and Prime Minister Scott Morrison unveiling tough new proposals to strip extremists of their Australian citizenship.
Australia is proposing some of the toughest citizenship stripping laws in the world as it steps up efforts to curb extremist attacks - but the proposed law could run into significant legal hurdles
Scott Morrison is touring Queensland on the ‘Scomobile’ bus in a bid to retain marginal seats.
Katter is a politician who creates a fuss in search of a reaction. And what better time than when Morrison is heading north on a campaign journey through Queensland, making announcements as he goes?
If Bill Shorten becomes prime minister, he should not be afraid to take a close look at the effectiveness of the home affairs “super” portfolio.
With polling showing Labor is vulnerable on security issues, the opposition leader has the difficult task of distinguishing his party from the government while not being wedged from the right.
Michelle Grattan speaks with University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor Deep Saini about the week in politics.
Morrison’s brush strokes on his own portrait are designed to create the image of a leader tuned to the voters’ concerns, rather than the “Canberra bubble”.
Morrison is tactically quicker than Turnbull, just as in his messaging he can cut through more sharply. He’s more attuned to the emotional and knee-jerk drivers of today’s politics.
The Labor-Green majority report said the Senate should consider censuring Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton.
The Greens will try to move a no confidence motion against the home affairs minister, but the numbers are not there for it to succeed - proving government members are united.
Michelle Grattan speaks with Nick Klomp about the week in politics.
Under sustained opposition attack in question time, Dutton sheeted home the claims that have been made against him to Quaedvlieg.
He said Quaedvlieg was “someone the Labor Party should not rely on”, calling him “your Godwin Grech”.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced this week the government would scrap the plan to lift the age for pension eligibility to 70, capping it at 67.
Another hectic week in federal politics saw the government change the age of pension eligibility, Julie Bishop arguing for more women in parliament, and the Peter Dutton au pair story continuing to bubble along.
The bitter exchange has raised the au pair affair, already difficult for Dutton and the Morrison government, to a new level.
A Senate committee is inquiring into Dutton’s use of his ministerial discretion over visas. He overrode advice from officials when he granted visas to two au pairs who had been detained.
During his time as Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Peter Dutton granted tourist visas to four foreign au pairs who were denied entry at the Australian border and detained, awaiting deportation.
Australia’s Migration Act allows for ministerial discretion in cases such as the controversial granting of tourist visas to four au pairs - but there remain questions around responsible government.
It’s hard to read the recent felling of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull as anything other than an act of revenge by Tony Abbott and his closest supporters.
The psychology of revenge and how shame and humiliation can cause chaos in Australian politics.
Dutton told 2GB on Thursday he had made a judgement based on the case’s merit, not his knowledge of the person who had referred it.
A whistleblower has leaked to Labor an email trail of correspondence showing how Dutton rejected advice from Australian Border Force, granting a visa in 2015 to French au pair Alexandra Deuwel.
Most Australians did not want Malcolm Turnbull to be deposed as prime minister.
Australians have never liked sitting PMs being deposed by their own parties - but the outrage over Malcolm Turnbull’s destruction is the greatest in modern history.
Michelle Grattan speaks with Deep Saini about the extraordinary week in Australian politics.
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Analysis of the polls shows the deposing of Malcolm Turnbull made absolutely no electoral sense.