• Sharing the sovereign and the substance of Indigenous recognition

    Dominic O'Sullivan     |      January 7, 2021

    The thorny question of indigenous rights in Canada, New Zealand and Australia is evolving as international best practice is shared.

  • Is News Corp bad for democracy?

    Dominic O'Sullivan     |      October 14, 2020

    A strong regulatory code to ensure that news media cover a wide range of political perspectives, assess them independently, and promote informed public debate would usefully complement restrictions on any one company being allowed to dominate the market.

  • Could treaties help close the political gap in Indigenous health?

    Dominic O'Sullivan     |      May 25, 2020

    New Zealand’s Treaty of Waitangi shows the potential such agreements might hold for health and other issues in Australia.

  • Too much bipartisanship is bad for democracy

    Dominic O'Sullivan     |      May 6, 2020

    Scott Morrison’s creation of a national cabinet of Federal and State leaders has helped Australia maintain a united front against COVID-19, but the division between government and opposition should be maintained to safeguard democracy.

  • Sports rorts and public accountability: why Bridget McKenzie took so long to resign

    Dominic O'Sullivan     |      February 7, 2020

    Although eventually forced to resign over misapplied sports grants, Bridget McKenzie clung to office in the hope of riding out the storm, protected by Australia’s monolithic party system.

  • Australian democracy demands a proper debate

    Dominic O'Sullivan     |      August 20, 2019

    Australian democracy is failing to deal with the complex interrelationships between coal and climate change, regional security interests, human rights and trade but today’s political culture of slogans and disengagement from proper debate and scrutiny makes it harder still.

  • White supremacy and the Australian politics of race

    Dominic O'Sullivan     |      March 28, 2019

    When an Australian white supremacist killed 50 people, and injured 50 others, in two New Zealand mosques last week, the politics of race and religious hatred merged into one. Decisive leadership is required to stamp out racism in out country, but there’s little sign that our politicians will provide it.

  • Citizenship, nationhood and the 26th of January

    Dominic O'Sullivan     |      January 26, 2019

    Celebrations of Australian nationhood should include and value all members of the community, including indigenous citizens.

  • It’s time for an Indigenous Health Purchasing Authority

    Dominic O'Sullivan     |      February 21, 2018

    For governments indigenous health continues to be an intractable policy problem. Author of ‘Indigeneity – a politics of potential’ Dominic O’Sullivan considers the proposal of an Indigenous Health Purchasing Authority.

  • A national day is an inclusive day – it must be positive for everybody

    Dominic O'Sullivan     |      December 1, 2017

    Triple J’s decision to move its annual Hottest 100 countdown from Australia Day has sparked early debate over the significance of our national day. Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan from Charles Sturt University considers the arguments for changing Australia’s national day.

  • Australian citizenship – who is in and who is out?

    Dominic O'Sullivan     |      August 1, 2017

    Recent activity in the Australian Senate has us questioning who is Australian? Australia shares high level national security information with some of the jurisdictions that Canavan, Ludlam, Waters and perhaps Banks and Roberts hold citizenship with, yet we find their citizens threatening. Dominic O’Sullivan considers.

  • Language and the right to identity

    Dominic O'Sullivan     |      July 3, 2017

    Languages matter because they allow people to think in ways that are culturally contextualised. Access to one’s own language is a measure of freedom because language is never freely surrendered, but usurped through political factors over which one has no control. Associate Professor Dominic Sullivan considers why indigenous languages matter.