While contemporary Australia is proud of its multicultural status, the White Australia policy shows this wasn't always the case.
Australia's Constitution is a product of foreign and domestic political influences. It has become one of the enduring aspects of Australian politics and law, for better and worse.
In Tasmania, a changing cast of actors has colluded to grant extreme riches to a single family, extracted in large part from the state’s most disadvantaged citizens.
Governments have come to realise that no one sector acting alone has the capacity or capability to solve complex social policy problems.
The government's multicultural statement stays fairly much in the place where rhetoric around the issue has been located for the past generation – social control and integration.
Politicians should be subject to a penalty regime similar to the far more stringent one that applies to company directors.
The current system of determining which organisations can receive tax-deductible donations and which cannot is overly complex and ad hoc.
Would Abraham Lincoln ever have become president if he didn't stumble into a dry goods store in Springfield, Illinois, and strike up a friendship with its owner, Joshua Speed?
The way times have changed is exemplified in the frequency of party coups against sitting prime ministers.
By far the most significant projected savings in the government's omnibus bill is the phasing out of end-of-year supplements for family tax benefit recipients.
Australian and American leaders over the years have, from time to time, disagreed or said things to cause embarrassment. But, for the most part, such disagreements have been kept out of the limelight.
For once in its life, under the premiership of Don Dunstan, South Australia felt like the very centre of the universe.
Mike Baird is the fifth New South Wales premier in ten years, and only one of them lost their job to an election. There's little time, it seems, to learn and grow as a political leader.
Leaving aside party-politics, there are good reasons why Australia should consider changing its Constitution to abolish state governments.
Labor’s project of economic transformation hit some harder realities as Paul Keating assumed the top job. And a new push on remaking Australia stirred a brooding reaction of its own.
For Australians to vote in favour of a republic, it may require something more than just crossing out 'governor-general' in the Constitution and writing in 'president'.
With two of the past five presidential election winners losing the popular vote, it's hard to justify the continuation of the Electoral College.
While it's unprecedented to call an election 'rigged' before voting has even taken place, there is a history of candidates crying foul after suspicious results.
In a globalised world, the credibility of the birthright lottery as grounds for excluding people from protection may be diminishing.
How do the media management strategies devised in haste 15 years ago affect how asylum seekers are portrayed today?