What does it take to become an Australian citizen And what does it mean to be a citizen of two different countries Find out all about the process and a controversial new position that could leave some Aussies without a right to citizenship after a crime is committed.
Georgia has moved to Australia from New Zealand as a migrant whereas Maya is a refugee from Iran. The two of them share their stories and we learn about the differences and similarities between coming to the country as a migrant or as an refugee.
Following the announcement that Coles and Woolworths will be phasing out single-use plastic bags, Mornington Peninsular schoolgirl Meg explains why such plastics are bad for the environment and how she has campaigned to stop shops using them.
Audrey brings us along on her trip to the National Indigenous Youth Parliament where we get a glimpse at how parliament works, explore why it's important to be involved with local government and examine some of the issues that are of the utmost importance to Indigenous Australians.
Behind The News reviews Australia's live cattle export industry, explains why there is demand for live animals, and discusses how an investigation into animal cruelty has led to calls to ban the trade.
It can be pretty hard deciding on a federal budget because there are so many things that are funded by the government. Here's a bit of an inside look about how different departments campaign for better funding and some of the ongoing discussions politicians have about the country's deficit.
Reporter Ruby Cornish explains the difference between absolute monarchies and parliamentary democracies, describes the time limits placed on governments between elections, and discusses the process by which these terms could be lengthened by referendum.
Learn about the history of the Australian flag, from how it came to be to what the different symbols represent. Some people think the flag is due for a revamp; hear some of the arguments people are making for the updates they feel the flag needs.
Why do we still have police horses Isn't that method of transportation a little outdated Find out how this unique partnership between the police department and horses began and why many believe it's still beneficial to have some horses on the force.
Double dissolution sounds pretty serious and kind of confusing and that's because it kind of is. It's basically a measure in place that replaces all the representatives in parliament when they're not able to get a bill passed. Find out more about how it's been used and why some think it's a custom that should no longer exist.
Reporter Emma Davis explains what the different classification labels mean, why online streaming services classify their own content, and the Australian Council for Children and the Media's suggestion that a new system should be introduced.
Connor may only be 13, but growing up blind it became quickly apparent to him that it was difficult for blind people to use money because there was no way to differentiate between the different notes. Through a mass effort that Connor started, changes have begun to take place and new money being produced over the next several years will contain raised dots to help the visually impaired identify between notes.
It's often expected that representatives vote along party lines when it comes to voting for big issues, but what about issues that people associate with deeply held moral or religious beliefs That's where the conscience vote comes into play and it's often suggested as the best course of action for polarising issues such as samesex marriage.
Australia does not have the death penalty as a punishment used against criminals, but many countries still do. When two Australians were sentenced to death in Indonesia, the debate sprang up again as to whether or not this is an effective and ethical form of punishment. Hear both sides of the debate of this polarizing issue.
When a politician is entrusted with taxpayer money, it's kind of like giving them an allowance and trusting them to use it wisely. There have been some instances where politicians from all backgrounds have made some spending choices many disagreed with. This clip examines some of the feelings people have about the way politicians spend their money.
When you hear about a new speaker being appointed in Parliament, do you ever wonder what it is exactly they do Well, it turns out quite a bit as it's on them to keep order and try to facilitate healthy debate amongst the members. And it turns out, the position has a pretty interesting and surprisingly violent history.
Whenever a new budget is announced, people are curious what the tax code is going to look like as taxes are the way that a government is funded. Find out about some of the things that must be considered when developing a tax code and learn more about how other countries from around the world choose to tax their citizens.
This landmark program celebrating The Queen's 90th birthday, cameras have been granted close access to the work of Her Majesty and other members of the royal family across the UK and overseas during the last year.
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott come face to face in the first Leaders' Debate of the election campaign. ABC news presents live national coverage from the National Press Club in Canberra.