Category Archive: Journal article

The 2019 federal election: Was there a level playing field?

Marian Sawer The multifarious attempts at voter suppression in the 2020 US presidential election might prompt Australians to be grateful for the quality of our own electoral administration. Uniquely, Australia has had since… Continue reading

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

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

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

Economic voting and party positions: when and how wealth matters for the vote

  Does the ownership of economic assets matter for how people vote? Drawing on new research, Timothy Hellwig and Ian McAllister find the answer is yes. They argue that by changing their policy positions, parties can shape the… Continue reading

Policy competition between the Greens and the Australian Labor Party

How do the Australian Greens and the Labor Party each use policies to appeal to voters? Do the Labor and Liberal parties adopt broadly similar policy positions? Are the Greens just ‘tree tories’?… Continue reading