Media coverage of the UK’s female prime ministers has become more gendered from Thatcher to May

Women politicians are often presented in the mainstream media as women first, politicians second – in stories that should focus on their policies but instead analyse their personal lives, appearance and gender. Has… Continue reading

Western civilisation or social engineering?

 The Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation is anxious to establish a degree course at an Australian university, to compensate for a perceived lack of attention paid to the foundations of western civilisation. This… Continue reading

Digital campaigning and the GetUp effect in election 2016

  GetUp is a unique political organisation in Australian politics. Since their formation in mid-2005 they have accrued over 1,000,000 members, and fundraise about $8 million annually, from mostly small donations. In 2016… Continue reading

A Politics of Disillusionment?

With the next election increasingly likely, it’s a good opportunity to take stock. Let’s think back to federal election night, Saturday 2 July, 2016. For those looking to get to bed before midnight… Continue reading

Foreign donations and beyond

In the furore over Chinese political donations, the broader electoral reform agenda can easily be forgotten. Australia was once a pioneering democracy but it has fallen behind in protecting its reputation for electoral… Continue reading

Partisanship and the gender gap: Support for gender quotas in Australia

After the recent by election in Batman, the Australia Labor Party (ALP) made headlines because the party had achieved near gender parity with 48% of women elected in the Australian Parliament. Discussions of… Continue reading

Does it really matter if we call Australian politics “semi-parliamentary”?

Immediately after John Kerr had sacked the Prime Minister, Gough Whitlam returned to the Lodge, set the table and sat down to eat steaks. As they ate, he and his closest colleagues thrashed… Continue reading

The Development of Semi-Parliamentarism in Australia

One thing that struck me recently when I was re-reading Fred Daly’s memoirs From Curtin to Kerr (1977) was his view that the Senate was essentially irrelevant to day to day Australian politics. … Continue reading

Semi-Parliamentary Government, in Australia and beyond

Are the Australian systems of government, at state and federal levels, “parliamentary”? Most scholars certainly think so, but there have long been disagreeing voices. A parliamentary system of government requires that the legislature… Continue reading

Australia’s Federal Political Donations Disclosure Regime is Worse Than Most Realize

At the federal level, only 10- 15% of political donations are transparently declared by our political parties. This was the major finding of my research recently published in Australian Journal of Public Administration.… Continue reading