On 7 November 2006 a private member's Bill on embryonic stem cell research was passed in the Australian Senate.
A hard-headed and provocative dissection of the moral ambiguities underlying contemporary attitudes to torture.
In this two-part special Geraldine Doogue travels to our near neighbour, the world's most populous Muslim country, where a battle is underway for the hearts and minds of believers.
There are about 250-thousand Muslims living in Australia and they hail from vastly different ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
After Labor's defeat in the 2004 Federal Election they did a fair bit of soul searching. Kevin Rudd, the then Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs thinks a lot of it had to do with the God Factor.
Robina Courtin, an Australian-born Buddhist nun with a powerhouse personality, believes she has the key to freedom for some of the toughest criminals in the land.
John Bradley was in his early 20s when as a new teacher he was sent to the remote aboriginal community of Borroloola in the Northern Territory.
Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran are two of the three 'Bali Nine' facing execution for drug trafficking. They live each day in hope and fear knowing it could be their last.
How do you go on living when you are told you are going to die? How does a life threatening illness change you? What happens to your beliefs - relationships - and sense of self?
Rookwood Necropolis, literally the City of the Dead, lies in outer Sydney. Since 1867 around 800 000 thousand souls have been laid to rest in its park-like grounds.
The journey of Saintly relics' from their village homes in the Lebanese mountains outside Beirut to the suburban Maronite parishes of Australia, provides an revealing insight into this little known
Mary MacKillop, the Melbourne-born daughter of Scottish migrants, was undoubtedly a remarkable woman: she co-founded the Sisters of St Joseph, sailed to Rome to secure Papal endorsement of her Orde
What do young Jewish boys and girls feel as they approach the important occasion of their Bar and Bat Mitzvah?
A cultural movement which flourished in the ghettos of New York also found its own, unique voice here in Australia.
Schools have become a sort of summary of different Australian values and aspirations.
This is the story of three women who were once nuns. Although they took their vows for life, they found they couldn't keep them.
When William and Caroline Verity's 3 year old daughter is killed in a freak accident they are paralysed with grief.
There is a crisis in the Catholic Church in Australia. The shortage of priests and the workload forced upon those that are left is literally killing parish priests.
Health Minister Tony Abbott sparked the abortion debate in 2005 when he called Australia’s rate of abortion 'a national tragedy.' A study found that the overwhelming majority of Australians believe
In recent years roadside memorials have become a common sight along Australian highways and byways, marking the site where people have lost loved ones in road accidents.