Have we hit peak Green?

As is most appropriate I start with a confessional. I am a member of the ALP and my views on the Greens and Labor dynamic are well known. Nevertheless I believe the data… Continue reading

What’s Their Story?: Budget 2016 and the election campaign

Tony Abbott’s leadership of the Coalition government ended in disaster. Removed from the top job by his own party, replaced by the very man he toppled six years previously, Abbott’s fall from grace… Continue reading

The Political Scientist’s Guide to Eurovision

Let’s start with a disclaimer. I need to confess that I’m a pretty big fan of the Eurovision Song Contest. But this is not a fan article…so read on. Since 1956, European countries… Continue reading

Behind the (Campaign) Scenes: GetUp!’s Investigative Journalism Role

Last week we learned that the ever controversial Manus Island Regional Processing (detention) Centre is set to close after Papua New Guinea’s supreme court ruled it illegal and unconstitutional. The announcement took me… Continue reading

Political Analysis of the Budget

  Treasurer Scott Morrison has made a fist from a bad hand he has been dealt in delivering his first (and unless the public back his play on July 2nd, possibly last) national… Continue reading

Charities and the Global Fight Against Terrorism

  In the 15 years since the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Centre, subsequent Australian governments have introduced a raft of anti-terrorism legislation to combat the threat of extremist attacks.  … Continue reading

Australian party think tanks: symptoms of party malaise or party resilience?

  Australian parties are unusual compared to their Anglo-American counterparts in having their own state funded think tanks.   There are four such entities affiliated to the main parliamentary parties at the present… Continue reading

To get what you want in Australian politics, stay well away from elections

Under the big top of Australian politics, predicting policy outcomes can feel like being strapped to the pinwheel blindfolded waiting for the knives to fall. Just take the National Disability Insurance Scheme and… Continue reading

Reforming the Labor Party

It’s the Liberal Party’s organisation that has been in the spotlight in the recent past; preselection contests, such as that for Bronwyn Bishop’s seat of Mackellar, tend to concentrate media attention, if only… Continue reading