Following life-saving throat cancer surgery, leading public figure Robert Manne is now reduced to a loud whisper. But even a whisper is better than silence; a prospect that terrified him and those he loves.
A respected academic has taken aim at aid programs such as microfinance, saying they add extra burdens onto women in developing nations who are already overloaded.
Australia has a long history of intervention into people's sexual orientations and gender identities, including conversion therapy. Yet this therapy has not received the same level of public scrutiny as it has overseas, write Marguerite Johnson and James Bennett.
Eleanor Roosevelt is reputed to have said that "great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people". As Malcolm Turnbull meets with Donald Trump, they — along with the media and political class — will be defined by what they choose to talk about, writes Stan Grant.
Barnaby Joyce may feel as if he is about to be burned at the political stake, and it raises questions about the imposition of morality and where that can lead, writes Stan Grant.
The idea of serenity seems so elusive to the jumbled human mind, yet still we seek it out. The paradox is that we can only achieve a glimpse of the serene through effort, writes Jonathan Green.
When it comes to having kids, there are many things to consider, like your emotional maturity and financial stability. For some philosophers, the biggest question is whether it is right to become a parent at all.