I’m not sure quite how to say this. The Australian Government has decided that the ability of same-sex couples to marry will be determined by a nationwide survey. Forms will shortly be sent to registered voters and on Wednesday 15 November the result will be made public. That Australia has taken this long to decide…

On the night of the early July election, Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull waited till midnight to address the media. Despite enjoying sky-high approval ratings after toppling former Prime Minister Tony Abbott in a party-room coup, a series of concessions to the right-wing of his Liberal Party (itself a conservative party despite the name), a lack…