A cross-section of Australia's most prominent Christian leaders is imploring the nation's politicians to "do the right thing" and release asylum seeker children from detention before Christmas.
Michael Gordon is the political editor of The Age.
Unimpressed with the traditions and emptiness of Parliament, the class of 2013 are pursuing reforms.
The nation's two most significant Aboriginal leaders have crafted a plan to secure Indigenous consensus on a referendum question to recognise the first Australians that could be put as soon as the next year's federal election.
Support for recognising Indigenous Australians in the constitution has reached a record high of 85 per cent as the Prime Minister hosts an unprecedented summit of Aboriginal leaders to plot a "road map" to the referendum.
Bob Brown remembers a conversation in front of a bulldozer blade as the sunshine peeped through the mist in Tasmania's Lemonthyme Forest in the 1980s. It led to the area becoming part of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.
Prominent Indigenous academic, Marcia Langton, has denounced the latest proposal for the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the constitution as setting the bar too low and predicted it will be opposed by Indigenous Australians.
The push to recognise Indigenous Australians in the Constitution has received a huge boost ahead of one of the biggest meetings of Indigenous leaders in more than a decade.
Former Victorian premier Jeff Kennett has questioned what Tony Abbott's ice taskforce will achieve and appealed for "courageous" leadership on the bigger problem of alcohol.
It is one word that has proved hard to define and impossible to deliver, but it has underpinned almost every substantial discussion about closing the gap on Indigenous disadvantage and achieving reconciliation.
The head of Australia's human rights watchdog has vowed to continue to investigate complaints against the government without fear or favour after Tony Abbott branded a recent decision "pretty bizarre".