Unfortunately, Canberra seems reluctant to take the lead, out of exaggerated concern that criticism of rights records will drive some countries into the arms of China.
Those who deride the Morrison government for having no agenda may soon be in for a nasty shock.
Michael McCormack’s attack on 'woke capital-city greenies' paints climate disruption as just another boutique cultural concern and not real politics.
A crisis is supposed to bring out the best in Australians. For too many of our politicians, it only brings out the worst.
A refusal to countenance any discussion of climate change during this bushfire emergency ignores science, and common sense.
Australian politicians prove their failings when they cannot address the reality of climate change when confronting the immediate crisis of drought and bushfire.
Australia slips down global economic rankings as policy makers look for ways to get the country, and wages, growing faster.
Here’s a prediction. None of them will go back to Nauru.
And don't think Australia is immune from political conspiracy, either.
A Labor review gives former leader Bill Shorten a dignified burial, but he ran a secretive, centralised office and the party's defeat lies largely at his feet.
Our conservative government needs to be careful about where it meddles, from foreign influence laws to cracking down on environmental protesters.
Personal freedom is the Liberal Party's guiding light, the PM says, but not if you want to block a coal venture. The Coalition needs a lesson in free markets.
The right to protest and, yes, protest loudly is what separates Australia from countries like China.
We should remain engaged and open to the possibilities of closer ties within our region.
The proposals would be taking away a fundamental right in a free society.
Condemning a protest is easy. Passing a new law to limit free speech is another matter altogether.
For a party that returned to power in May, the federal Nationals appear ludicrously like a group of politicians cast into the wilderness.
The last 12 months has seen centre-left political parties win elections in Denmark, Sweden and Finland through a combination of attention-grabbing policies and shrewd political strategy. Why not in Australia too?
Is it time for a re-thinking of economic policy?
So far the only interesting feature about Labor's post-election self-reflection is how limp the debate has been.
There will always be a tension between politicians, public servants and the media.
The nation faces big challenges: drought, climate change, chronically weak productivity. But none is so important that it can't be met with a feeble response.
We must learn the lessons of the last election, when the law put no limit on the millions one man could spend. Which billionaire will next try to sway the vote?
The latest surveillance bill would expose almost anyone to breaches of privacy in cases where there is no urgent reason for it.
ALP leader Anthony Albanese has shown good instincts and won a couple of early rounds in his long bout to rebuild the party.
The public will benefit from better government if the free press is protected.
The government would be wrong to dismiss this campaign as simply griping from journalists.
To win the middle - and particularly Queensland - the ALP must focus on the money argument when it comes to climate change.
Most men say they’d be happy to take three months off work to be the primary care-giver, but it seems financial impediments and entrenched notions of gender roles overwhelm them.
The progressive political lobbying organisation set out to unseat six Coalition MPs. It got only one. It needs to confront its failings.
The hurly-burly of the 2016 election campaign, as seen through the eyes of Fairfax reporters and photographers.