Australia’s Human Rights Council election comes with a challenge to improve its domestic record

OPINION & ANALYSIS: Australia’s campaign for a seat on the Human Rights Council opened it to further scrutiny of its record on such issues.

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Turnbull’s ratings fall in another bad Newspoll

Malcolm Turnbull’s government is now more than two-thirds of the way to the 30 losing Newspolls which Turnbull used in challenging Tony Abbott for leadership.

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Same-sex marriage ballot participation rate passes Irish referendum

ABS estimates it has now received 10 million ballots. Anglican diocese reveals it gave $1 million to ‘no’ campaign while ‘yes’ campaign urges those who have not yet voted, including people overseas, to do so.

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Government’s energy plan still under wraps while Abbott shouts his from afar

OPINION & ANALYSIS: Speaking in London this week to a climate sceptics group, Tony Abbott gestured to what seems to be happening in government policy – but then set the bar higher.

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Tony Abbott’s London speech is another salvo in the interminable climate policy war

OPINION & ANALYSIS: As Tony Abbott accepts another pat on the back from a roomful of climate deniers in London, we may wonder how long business interests in Australia will tolerate his wrecking, undermining and sniping.

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Theresa May’s speech proves she has learnt nothing from her disastrous election

OPINION & ANALYSIS: In the short term, this further evasion of the Brexit issues means the ship of state can sail on, with May at the helm. But we should all be concerned about such weak leadership and its potential consequences.

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Why the world needs more global citizens

OPINION & ANALYSIS: The enlightened global citizen understands that there doesn’t have to be a tension between a nationalistic sense of duty and a moral obligations to the rest of the world.

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Young Australians are engaged in political issues, but unsure how democracy works

OPINION & ANALYSIS: Research shows young people are passionate about issues like marriage equality, but many do not understand how governments are formed and prime ministers elected.

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First Nauru and Manus Island refugees to leave for the United States

The Australian government is providing minimal detail of those who have so far passed the Americans’ “extreme vetting” and been approved to go, saying it is up to the US to do that.

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Marriage vote: how advocacy ads exploit our emotions in divisive debates

OPINION & ANALYSIS: Without an adequate counter from the Yes campaign – especially one offering more emotionally compelling messages – the advantages of the No campaign are likely to narrow the polling gap significantly.

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North Korea: who is the historical threat?

OPINION & ANALYSIS: For many people, the only reference point for what war with North Korea looks like is the ever-popular 70s television series M*A*S*H.

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Kim Jong-un’s nuclear ambition: what is North Korea’s endgame?

OPINION & ANALYSIS: How to calibrate the response to North Korea has to start from recognising the fundamental importance of the weapons to North Korea, and more particularly to Kim’s leadership.

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North Korea earthquake points to most powerful nuclear test yet

North Korea says it has developed an advanced hydrogen bomb.

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Talk of same-sex marriage impinging on religious freedom is misconceived: here’s why

OPINION & ANALYSIS: Now, in the marriage equality debate, those who fought against religious freedom protection are suddenly all for it.

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High Court sets dual citizenship hearings for October

Uncertainty for government prolonged by High Court while Opposition Leader Bill Shorten repeats call for two senior Coalition frontbenchers to stand down from ministry.

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