11 June 2013, 19:02 PM
There are fresh calls for an independent review process into controversial incidents involving the New South Wales police, after charges were recommended against some of the officers involved in the death of Brazilian student Roberto Curti.
06 June 2013, 17:04 PM
The federal government is funding trials of after-hours childcare for 500 families across the country.
30 May 2013, 13:50 PM
UPDATE: Opposition Leader Tony Abbott says the Coalition will not support government legislation to give political parties more public funding.
17 May 2013, 11:40 AM
The Federal Government, with the support of the Opposition, has passed legislation which effectively removes the Australian mainland from the migration zone.
06 May 2013, 15:26 PM
Liberal MP Alex Hawke has broken ranks to query Opposition Leader Tony Abbott's generous plan for a paid parental leave scheme funded by a 1.5 per cent levy on more than 3000 big companies, saying the plan is not good economic policy.
30 April 2013, 13:17 PM
Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced the federal government will
partly fund its National Disability Insurance Scheme by increasing the
Medicare levy by 0.5 per cent.
What do you think, is a levy the best way to fund the NDIS? Join the discussion below.
23 April 2013, 12:17 PM
High profile Australians and experts are split on the issue of population growth in Australia. In 2010 Prime Minister Gillard stepped back from predecessor Kevin Rudd's vision of a 'big Australia' in favour of a 'sustainable' population.
Some experts predict at this rate, the number of people living in Australia will exceed 35 million by 2056. Listen to the two sides of the argument below, then tell us what you think.
02 April 2013, 16:11 PM
A woman who filmed a racist attack on Asian tourists in Sydney yesterday has told media she was one of only two people to speak out in defence of the victims. The Human Rights Commission is encouraging Australians to play a more active role in confronting racism. What would you do if you witnessed such attack?
27 March 2013, 15:10 PM
Bikie gangs are set to be declared criminal organisations in NSW, with new anti-gang legislation passed by parliament. Earlier this month, Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced plans to implement national anti-gang and asset seizure laws. What do you think? Should bikie gangs be made illegal?
13 March 2013, 15:46 PM
Under current rules, politicians are allowed to tweet in the House of Representatives. MPs can also text and email, as long as they don't disrupt Parliamentary sittings. Should MPs tweet during question time? Does it help to keep the public informed or is it an unnecessary distraction?
01 March 2013, 15:32 PM
The Australian Olympic Committee wants special powers given to ASADA and says jail sentences, rather than fines, would be greater deterrents for drug cheats.
Australia's Olympic chief John Coates said there should be a threat of jail instead of a less-than-daunting $5100 fine for those who don't cooperate with ASADA investigations. Coates is also pushing to shift the burden of proof onto the athlete if they do not cooperate with ASADA.
28 February 2013, 10:19 AM
A decision by Yahoo! to ban telecommuting or teleworking has come under fire.
07 February 2013, 16:13 PM
Research has backed union claims that employers are increasingly blurring the line between unpaid work trials and exploitation. A study by the University of Adelaide found a growing number of Australian businesses are using "trial periods" or the promise of employment to lure workers into unpaid roles that should be filled by paid staff.
Unions NSW Secretary Mark Lennon says "There's a fine line between volunteering in order to get a start and then being habitually exploited". Where do you think that line is?
21 January 2013, 13:16 PM
About 100 people have protested outside the
Seven Network's studios in Sydney, after presenter David Koch said women
should be 'classy' when breastfeeding in public.
Are you offended by Kochie's comments?
18 January 2013, 15:09 PM
International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound suggested cycling could be dumped from the Olympics if Lance Armstrong implicated the International Cycling Union (UCI) in covering up widespread doping. What do you think? Should the Olympics suspend cycling?
06 December 2012, 14:21 PM
The world is coming to an end but Prime
Minister Julia Gillard is looking on the bright side: at least she
won't have to appear on Q&A again.
Ms Gillard has confirmed that the doomsayers are right and the
apocalypse will hit this month.
"My dear remaining fellow Australians," Ms Gillard says in a
brief address posted on YouTube. Should a PM post videos like this one?
26 November 2012, 14:32 PM
Parents who object to immunisation are
turning their children into victims and endangering the wider
community, doctors and scientists say.
A new booklet from the Australian Academy of Science has been
launched aimed at giving parents the facts about immunisation and
countering anti-vaccination 'misinformation'.
Some arguments against vaccination are that vaccines can lead to serious long-term side effects, and that vaccines contain toxic additives and are contaminated with human and animal viruses and bacteria. What's your opinion on immunisation?
14 November 2012, 15:08 PM
Two state coroners handed down their findings on two Taser-related deaths at the hands of police, prompting a review of NSW police use of the "non-lethal" weapons.
The NSW coroner said that police were reckless in the arrest in which Brazilian student Roberto Curti died.
Should there be tighter controls on police use of Tasers - should police have weapons at all? Have your say.
31 October 2012, 15:10 PM
Legislation that would excise the whole of Australia from its own migration zone is now being considered in Parliament. The laws strip the migration rights from any asylum seeker arriving by boat at the Australian mainland.
It means that anyone who arrives at the mainland is treated in the same manner as asylum seekers picked up in boats further afield, Immigration Minister Chris Bowen said. That would include the potential for them to be sent to Nauru or Papua New Guinea for offshore processing.
23 October 2012, 0:00 AM
Lance Armstrong has been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles amid what has been described as the biggest ever doping scandal in sport. Cycling's governing body, the UCI, has been criticised for its handling of doping cases, while the sacking of Cycling Australia chief Matt White and vice-president Stephen Hodge, after both admitted to doping, has left many wondering whether the sport can recover from this crisis. What do you think?