While AFL fans across the country have been made aware of the Dockers' skill on the oval, few of them would be aware of the club's association with Nelson Mandela's South Africa, writes Tim Harcourt.
To avoid defeat of a referendum to recognise Aboriginal peoples in the constitution, Tony Abbott needs to champion a community-led path to the ballot box, writes George Williams.
Although the asylum-seeker problem is highly politicised, it cannot be handled in a political way. Patient work with neighbouring states is the only way to stem the tide, argues Jenny Stewart.
Visiting New York for Leader's Week should be core business for Prime Minister Tony Abbott, write Jeni Whalan and Jeremy Farrall.
The global warming trend in surface air temperature has slowed, but low solar activity, a double-dip La Nina and more aerosol pollution means the Earth should be much colder than it is, writes Andy Pitman.
Scandals implicating pharmaceutical companies show we need better strategies if “corporate integrity” is to mean anything in the globalised medicine market, write Wendy Lipworth and Ian Kerridge.
China's re-imagining of the Silk Road linking Asia to Europe via the Middle East appeals to local ideologies and advances the quest for global influence, writes Laurie Pearcey.
Our health system is geared towards saving lives – even when the person being revived might not want to live, writes Kenneth Hillman.
Economic development cannot be the sole or even the main consideration when judging the legitimacy of planning and development regulations, write Patrick Harris and Peter Sainsbury.
Acknowledging the legal status of foetuses may spark a more nuanced conversation about abortion, argues Helen Pringle.