Category Archive: Analysis

Female Comediennes are Changing Politics

They say, ‘laughter is the best medicine.’ This is true in politics as well as daily life. In fact, the rules of laughter (when are we allowed to laugh, how much can you… Continue reading

Alt-Right Memes and Clive Palmer’s Return to Politics

Former federal MP Clive Palmer has never been shy of the spotlight. In his latest effort to revive his political career, the embattled mining magnate, has taken a distinctive turn to the far… Continue reading

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

The dual citizenship saga and the challenges of democratic inclusion in the Australian Federal Parliament

The creation of citizenship registers in Parliament appeared to be the end of the dual citizenship saga. But, the last few weeks, with a new case of dual citizenship in the Federal Parliament,… Continue reading

Policy before party: women and political collaboration

In 2006, four women senators from different parties made history when they worked together across party lines to overturn the ministerial veto on medical abortion drug RU486. What led these women to collaborate… Continue reading

Australian Policy Agendas Over Time

Throughout Labor’s final term in office, the casual observer might easily have concluded that most of the government’s attention was taken up by leadership crises. Yet, despite the drama, parliament under Julia Gillard… Continue reading

Strange Bedfellows? The ideological migration of UKIP voters to Labour in the 2017 General Election

At 10pm on Thursday 8 June, British voters faced yet another political shock. Despite an overwhelming 21 percent lead (YouGov), the Conservatives failed to win enough seats to form a majority government. As… Continue reading

Representation by numbers: A statistical approach to political biography

The inner workings of democratic politics are often communicated through the narrative literary device – placing character, intrigue and dramatic flourish at the centre of political investigation. Political biography makes democratic processes fascinating… Continue reading

Rage against the machine: time to rethink our electoral systems?

Young people are increasingly becoming disinterested and disengaged with mainstream electoral politics. While this trend cannot yet be classified as long term, it raises an interesting point of why young people are turning… Continue reading

Reforming in Australia: increasing the representativeness of the Australian Senate

Prior to the 2016 federal election held on 2 July, the Coalition demonstrated a rare degree of collaboration with the Greens and passed changes to reform the electoral process for the Senate. This… Continue reading