A Tale of Two Women: A Comparative Gendered Media Analysis of UK Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher and Theresa May

Four decades have passed since Margaret Thatcher became the UK’s first woman Prime Minister and, in 2016, Theresa May won the Conservative leadership challenge to become the second. Is a woman leader’s gender… Continue reading

What does social media use during the 2019 federal election tell us about far-right parties in Australia?

The use of internet technologies, such as social media, are closely intertwined with how political parties organise and campaign today. This embrace of the internet has an impact on the organising logics and… Continue reading

The Digital Spotlight: Applying a Connective Action Framework of Political Protest to Global Watchdog Reporting

Before the Covid-19 pandemic, the last major tranche of newsroom job cuts occurred with the shift to a digital economy, further exacerbated by the Global Financial Crisis of 2007-09. During these disruptive times,… Continue reading

The Survival and Tenure of Australian Attorneys General

(c) High Court of Australia The person who holds the portfolio of Attorney-General is rarely front of mind in the Australian collective political consciousness. The positions of Prime Minister, Treasurer, and Minister for… Continue reading

Expert tips on writing Australian Research Council Grants

Want to know how to write the best ARC grant application that you can? In this short video, Latrobe University’s Dr Andrea Carson, Associate Professor, Department of Politics, Media and Philosophy talks to… Continue reading

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