The Gillard government's announcement that it won't push ahead with the referendum for constitutional recognition of Indigenous peoples comes as no surprise, writes Andrew Lynch.
Indigenous women are often invisible in the administration of justice, posing a serious obstacle to rights to self-determination, UNSW law professor Megan Davis has told a United Nations panel.
As defeat looms for marriage equality in Federal Parliament, momentum is building for change in the states, writes George Williams.
Appointing a new small business commissioner without legislative teeth is futile, argues Frank Zumbo.
The Airport Economist Tim Harcourt goes into bat for his much maligned field and finds the future is far from bleak.
Retiring should be happening later, not earlier, and and we should use the policy levers we have to make this happen, writes John Piggott.
Politicians should serve in only one tier of government at a time. Doing otherwise can give rise to a conflict of interest, writes George Williams.
The manipulation of an English legal doctrine to repress South Africa's striking miners is a grotesque irony in a post-apartheid democracy, writes Andrea Durbach.
Schools' fears of litigation are behind bans on “risky” playground activities like cartwheeling. But are they justified, asks Prue Vines.
The Libor scandal shows banking culture abroad has lost its morals. Will we go the same way, asks Ross Buckley.