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Australia’s political representatives have the ability to legislate on a wide range of matters. Marriage is one of them. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Explainer: what is parliament’s role in the marriage equality debate?

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?
The thrust of contemporary migration policy is not towards settlement but temporariness, not towards belonging but contingency. AAP

How temporary migration is changing Australia – and the world

Temporary migrants are excluded from the benefits and rights of Australian citizenship. Is such immigration policy compatible with Australia's democratic principles and values?
The nation’s political chasm – already wide – has grown even more since 2012. 'Partisanship' via www.shutterstock.com

Can America’s deep political divide be traced back to 1832?

Elected officials and the media are in cahoots. Both have succumbed to a two-party system that treats voters not as independent thinkers, but as blind partisans.
Tony Abbott promised the IPA that his government would repeal Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act – only to renege on this when in government. AAP/Mick Tsikas

With friends like these: just how close are the Liberal Party and IPA?

The Institute of Public Affairs was founded by rich men with rich men’s interests at its core, albeit with obligatory nods to the national interest.

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