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

Senate vacancy rules, turnover and the party professionalisation of the Senate

Senate casual vacancies are not rare occurrences in Australia.  Since 1901, there have been some 140 such events. The first senate casual vacancy arose within less than 18 months of the establishment of… 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

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