The Merit of Party Institutions: Women’s Descriptive Representation and Conservative Parties in Australia and the United Kingdom

It is easy to forget that the Liberal Party of Australia (LPA) was, once, the party for women. The Liberals were better at talking about politics on women’s terms, extolling the private sphere… Continue reading

Why the de-separation of political careers matters

Bob Hawke with Yes Prime Minister star Paul Eddington, 1989. (c) Trove, National Library of Australia It is hard to keep up with the number of scandals swirling around the Morrison government. In the… Continue reading

Book Review: Winning for Women

Iola Mathews, Winning for Women: A Personal Story Monash University Publishing, 2019. Have you ever wondered about the gender transformation of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU)? Once the bulwark of the male… Continue reading

Public servants are private citizens too: Why public servants in Australia should participate anonymously

While online communication comes with an optimism in easing access to public deliberation, this access is not universal. Barriers to online political participation and communication is commonly attributed to the digital divide –… Continue reading

When did recent campaigns against tax dodging companies peak in the UK and Australia?

  How has civil society advocacy around international tax justice issues, such as multinational corporate tax avoidance, waxed and waned after the 2008 financial crisis? Which is more mobilising: austerity policies from national… Continue reading

Australians like vaccination, and overwhelmingly think it should be mandatory

Mass childhood vaccination is one of the most important public health measures ever devised. As well as protecting vaccinated individuals, high levels of overall vaccination also protect those who can’t be vaccinated themselves.… Continue reading

Evidence from Australia: women are under-represented in senior political appointments, and this affects the representation of women in parliament

Political advisers can help shape public policy. They are also often the politicians of the future, so it matters who they are. Using Australian Ministerial directories,  Marija Taflaga and Matthew Kerby tracked men… Continue reading

Making the personal political

ALP Election Leaflet 1974 Reproduced by kind permission of Bruce Petty   Michelle Arrow, The Seventies: The personal, the political and the making of modern Australia, NewSouth Publishing, 2019. How should we characterise… Continue reading

Are independents part of a ‘green-left’ conspiracy? New research finds they are more the ‘sensible centre

Feo Snagovsky, Australian National University and Patrick Dumont, Australian National University Australia’s major political parties are not popular institutions. Minor parties and independent candidates have been chipping away at their primary vote for… Continue reading

Campaign finance in Australia: What are the issues and how are they perceived by citizens?

Australians increasingly feel estranged from their representatives. According to the Australian Election Study, record numbers of Australians are concerned that the government is run not for them but for ‘a few big interests’?… Continue reading