Some of the Coalition government's initiatives on women and Indigenous issues have been more successful than others. Labor is promising much more.
A UN committee has identified numerous ways in which Australia is falling short on the rights of women and children – it must now take the committee's recommendations seriously, write Maria Nawaz and Tess Degan.
Australia's record on women's rights is poised to come under scrutiny, including its treatment of Indigenous women and girls, sexual harassment and violence against women.
A United Nations committee will be told Australia needs to urgently strengthen its human rights protections, especially for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.
Acknowledging the legal status of foetuses may spark a more nuanced conversation about abortion, argues Helen Pringle.