With the Commonwealth electoral roll in its best shape ever, are the Coalition’s worst fears being realised? Back in 2011–12, when the Gillard government was preparing to introduce direct enrolment, the Coalition was ferociously opposed. Direct enrolment would allow the Australian Electoral Commission to update people’s details, and add new voters, using data from other government agencies.
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A white coat is a potent symbol of medical expertise and authority. Yet it is rare these days to see an Australian doctor sporting the universally recognised uniform that is still worn by medics in many other countries.
When Kerry O’Brien retired from Four Corners at the end of 2015, he left the program on a high. Reporter Adele Ferguson had won a Gold Logie for “The Price of Convenience” (30 August), an investigation of 7-Eleven’s employment practices.
The Constitution is not normally front-page news in Australia. Despite the profound impact it has on our politics and society, it is easy to see why.
The United States Constitution reflects its revolutionary origins in beginning with the famous call “We the people.” By contrast, our Constitution is contained in a British Act of Parliament that opens with:
Whereas the people of New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Queensland, and Tasmania…
Bálint András Varga’s fourth book of interviews, The Courage of Composers and the Tyranny of Taste, raises a fundamental but seldom mentioned issue for all creative artists. How do you find the courage to swim against the tide, to confront the expectations of others, to avoid solutions that are too facile or too fashionable?
Five years ago, in the months before the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, Beijing was rocked by unexpected drama — most of it supplied by Bo Xilai, party boss of the huge city of Chongqing, who was regarded as a major candidate for promotion that year. His fall, following claims of corruption and his wife’s involvement in the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood, gave the build-up to the big event a portentous air.
When we hear the word “dementia,” we immediately think of Alzheimer’s disease. But although this is the most common form of medically classified dementia, the condition has many other causes. Here, I want to concentrate on age-related cognitive decline, which can lead to symptoms similar to, and even the same as, medically classified dementia — including a deterioration of memory or other thinking skills, which can compromise a person’s ability to perform everyday activities.
Between last week and this week, a sub-narrative of the Great Australian Marriage Equality Survey Saga, the rate of enrolment among young Australians, turned on its head.
Talk to people in Indigenous new media and you’ll probably hear the story of a $200 online survey that realigned the debate about the constitutional recognition of First Nations people in Australia. At first blush, it’s a tale about a niche Indigenous-led media outlet that distinguished itself sharply from a multimillion-dollar, government-sponsored publicity campaign. And it has a happy ending, because the community it represents went on to validate its work.
Episode 3 of The House with Annabel Crabb, the ABC’s new six-part series on Parliament House, focuses on Question Time. We see the public queuing to go in, and large groups of schoolchildren being shepherded through the security scanners.