Category Archive: Political participation

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

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

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

Political consumerism: buying better to free slaves?

  Modern slavery is hard to define and quantify, with public understandings of the problem often built through stories presented in news, government reports, awareness campaigns, and entertainment media. The political narrative of… Continue reading

Growth in online petitioning in Australia: The case of Change.org

Australians are enthusiastic online petitioners, certainly more enthusiastic than the Australian Government. Despite the fact that online petitioning is increasingly common, our government’s online petition site does not approach the standard set by… Continue reading

What is in a click?

Every year I ask my new crop of students the same thing: ‘Is clicking “Like” on Facebook political participation’? This is inevitably unpacked by way of a series of ‘yes’, ‘no’ and ‘maybe… Continue reading

The Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey: One year on

On 8 December 2017, Australia became the 26th country in the world to change the definition of marriage to include same-sex unions. In so doing, it became only the second advanced democracy to… Continue reading