Free speech on an issue is a constructive idea, providing it is practised with responsibility.
Freedom of speech does not mean you can say anything to anyone, regardless of the damage it does – an important consideration in the debate over a same-sex marriage plebiscite.
Tuesday’s Newspoll showed dissatisfaction with Malcolm Turnbull on 52% compared with his satisfaction level of 34%.
The government is “approaching this term with optimism”, according to the governor-general’s speech opening parliament. This is good to hear, because a more pessimistic character than Malcolm Turnbull…
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.
Since retiring from politics in 2012, former Greens leader Bob Brown has continued to offer sharp perspectives on issues of national debate.
Bob Brown said that while a plebiscite was the wrong way to go, without it ‘I think that down the line there’s three more years of waiting’.
Former Greens leader Bob Brown has said the door should be kept open for a plebiscite if that is the only way of achieving same-sex marriage in the foreseeable future.
Anthony Albanese has expressed concern about supporting the scrapping of the clean energy supplement for new welfare recipients.
Federal MPs reassemble in Canberra on Monday ahead of Tuesday’s opening of parliament, with the government talking up what the Coalition used to call a budget emergency and Labor keeping maximum pressure…
Richard Di Natale said the best way of ensuring marriage equality was through a parliamentary vote.
The government's plebiscite on same-sex marriage is unlikely to get off the ground, with the Greens announcing they will vote against its establishment.
In many ways Bill Shorten is in a box seat as parliament begins, with Malcolm Turnbull beset by difficult issues and politics.
With the new parliament finally opening on Tuesday, Bill Shorten's tightrope tactics will soon be tested.
Bill Shorten stepped up his attack on the Coalition’s proposed plebiscite on same-sex marriage.
Bill Shorten has proposed specific changes to the budget's controversial superannuation reforms, which have been under attack from the conservatives in the Coalition ranks.
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?
Colin Barnett opposes a plebiscite on same-sex marriage being held close to next year’s WA state election.
Malcolm Turnbull's plebiscite on same-sex marriage has run into new problems, with the Australian Electoral Commission recommending it should be delayed until next year.
Twenty countries in our region have laws criminalising sex between consenting males.
Our inward focus on marriage equality means Australia is largely absent from efforts to increase respect for LGBTI people in our region.
Opponents of marriage equality need to be honest about their implicit premises.
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Opponents of marriage equality have given the game away with their objection to same-sex adoption of orphaned children in Queensland.
The University of Canberra's Nicholas Klomp and Michelle Grattan discuss the week in politics.
The plebiscite on whether Australia should legalise same-sex marriage is constitutionally unnecessary.
It's the plebiscite Australia doesn't have to have. But if the plebiscite on marriage equality goes ahead, how should it be designed?
Tiernan Brady was the political director of the 'yes' campaign during the Irish referendum on same-sex marriage. He is in Australia to help advise local advocates.
Hundreds gathered on the steps of Victoria’s State Library to rally in support of same-sex marriage in June.
If they genuinely want to get same-sex marriage achieved, and as soon as possible, Labor and the Greens need to do some hard thinking.
Labor begins its next phase in opposition with bigger numbers in the parliament and with a new level of confidence as it confronts the government.
By increasing their numbers within the government, the Nationals were the surprise success story of the election, with a very locally focused campaign.
Although Malcolm Turnbull has been returned to office, he faces considerable challenges.
How did the Coalition go from a resounding victory in 2013 to the edge of electoral defeat?