Pre-Invasion, message sticks were sent between distant communities to maintain diplomatic relations. They demanded acknowledgement and mutual respect.
A biography about suffragist Vida Goldstein seeks to reveal her strength and endurance. Sadly, it also reveals how little progress women who seek political power on their terms have made.
Many of Menzies's ideas and values were old fashioned by the time he left office in 1966, but his legacy shapes the political debate in other ways.
Branch stacking has been a problem for a long time in Australia, and changing it will take a genuine will to make party processes more open and accountable.
Parkes is known as the 'Father of Federation'. His tireless championing of a united Australia brought the colonies together and set them on a course for nationhood.
As someone who researches and teaches leadership, I’d argue New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is giving most Western politicians a masterclass in crisis leadership.
Mark Butler expresses his confidence in the Labor party's climate change policy, especially in light of the next election.
As the bushfire crisis worsens, the prime minister's fallback positions on climate change and lack of urgency on a federal disaster plan are no longer tenable – the public is demanding more.
Two prominent Indigenous Australians have been appointed to chair a senior advisory group to oversee an extensive process for developing options for an Indigenous "voice to government".
New research shows parliamentarians believe the key to improving trust between them and their constituents is in improving links to the community and better educating the public about our democracy.
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.
South Australia has lifted its moratorium on GM crops, while Tasmania has extended its ban. But the question should no longer be a simple binary of being "for" or "against" GM technology.
A group of school students have just shown what real leadership looks like on Indigenous issues – and you'll hear more about their ideas in coming months at your local school, childcare centre or uni.
New Zealand has proposed new fuel standards, along with a consumer rebates for cleaner cars – paid for by higher costs for high-polluting cars – to cut its rising transport emissions.
Anthony Albanese on Labor’s hard times
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Anthony Albanese defends Labor's vote for the government's $158 billion tax package, supports an increase in Newstart, and strongly argues the need to take the superannuation guarantee to 12%.
The Stage 3 cuts would make Australia's income tax system the least progressive in 60 years.
What everyone should want is a healthy system of government that can serve the public interest by bringing important matters to light.
Online bookies can tap into the wisdom of the crowd better than pollsters.
Leigh Sullivan speaks to Michelle Grattan about the week in politics.
Australian populism is more of a long-term grumble about the state of the world than a sharp reaction to the threat of cultural loss.