Malcolm Turnbull introduced a bill for a same-sex marriage plebiscite to parliament on Wednesday.
We don’t have to love a process like a plebiscite, or think it ideal, to make the most of it.
Labor senator Sam Dastyari has faced questions over his decision to accept money from a Chinese company to cover travel expenses.
What is meant by a 'foreign' political donation? And why should such donations be better regulated?
Former police minister Mike Gallacher is one of a number of current and former MPs to be caught up in Operation Spicer.
There are a few necessary ingredients for the effective regulation of any political donations system.
A minister of religion is not obliged to solemnise any marriage.
Ministers of religion who support marriage equality would be able to challenge the Marriage Act in the High Court. They would stand a good chance of winning.
Australia’s political representatives have the ability to legislate on a wide range of matters. Marriage is one of them.
As the government hints the marriage equality plebiscite may be delayed until 2017, calls intensify for the parliament to legislate on the issue instead. So what is parliament's role here?
Malcolm Turnbull has called for nationally consistent laws to enable convicted terrorists to be detained at the end of their prison sentence.
A post-sentence regime for convicted terrorists will only keep Australians safe if an accurate assessment of risk is possible.
Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party is seen as the favourite to secure the final WA Senate position.
One Nation candidate Rod Culleton could win Western Australia's final Senate position, but Section 44 of the Constitution suggests he is ineligible to take his seat.
A proposed new law is set to allow surrogate parents in South Africa to also take leave to care for their babies.
South African law requires surrogate mothers to hand infants to their legal parents without undue delay. But it doesn't provide leave for these parents to care for their infants. That is set to change.
An integrated reform blueprint for federal and state politics could comprise eight elements.
Political funding in Australia is governed by different rules for state (some of which do not require disclosure) and federal governments. And both levels suffer significant weaknesses.
The UK has limits on expenditure by political parties and third parties, and doesn’t allow paid advertising in electronic media at all.
Unlike similar democracies, Australia neither limits political donations nor campaign expenditure by political parties at the federal level.
Family First senator Bob Day unsuccessfully challenged the government’s changes to the way senators are elected.
The High Court regarded none of Bob Day’s arguments in his challenge to Senate voting reforms as having any merit.
Detainees on Manus Island are seeking an injunction to prevent their removal to Nauru or elsewhere until Australia’s High Court hears their case.
If a new High Court claim against Australia's offshore detention regime succeeds, it will entirely undermine Australia’s inhumane practices in relation to “those who come across the seas”.
Informed critique of the courts and their work is essential to the proper functioning of a democracy.
A "judicial activist", it seems, decides cases in favour of a preferred (non-“mainstream”) litigant or interest, to reach a result that is inconsistent with a conservative worldview.
The High Court is unlikely to be sympathetic to claims of discrimination against the microparties in the proposed Senate reforms.
A suggested constitutional challenge to the Senate reforms through the High Court is unlikely to succeed.
There is no endgame for refugees on either Manus Island or Nauru – no answer to where they are supposed to settle in the long term.
Parts of a High Court decision on the legality of offshore processing deal a crucial blow to the tired argument that what happens offshore is not Australia’s responsibility.
A Brisbane-born baby boy, whose parents are from Iran, is one of 37 babies who could be deported to Nauru.
The High Court has thrown out a challenge to the government's power to detain people offshore.
Judge Thokozile Masipa during Oscar Pistorius’ trial in the High Court.
The debate about the quality of High Court judges after the Pistorius trials reflects a different cultural clash in South Africa – one in which incompetence is often associated with black people.
The government’s revised citizenship-stripping bill improves upon the original proposal in a number of ways.
The government's revised citizenship-stripping bill adopted all recommendations made by a parliamentary committee. But it's still no certainty to survive a High Court challenge.
The Nauruan government’s announcements have already had a much greater effect in the High Court than on Nauru itself.
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.
The High Court unanimously accepted that limits on donations to parties and candidates are constitutional.
Constitutional judges are best seen as backstops, not as activists for one value like liberty over others like integrity and equality.