• 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.

  • What’s in store for Australian political parties in 2017?

    Dominic O'Sullivan     |      January 9, 2017

    Angry and disaffected voters will increasingly be a challenge for the Turnbull Government this year. Political expert Dominic O’Sullivan talks us through the opportunities and potential pitfalls for our political parties.

  • Federal election 2016: Outcome and key players

    Dominic O'Sullivan     |      July 3, 2016

    Australia has voted. With neither of the two major parties having a clear majority, what happens next? Political scientist Dominic O’Sullivan explains.

  • No budget emergency but also no genuine economic plan

    Dominic O'Sullivan     |      May 6, 2016

    Federal Budgets are important statements of philosophical disposition, in particular for a vulnerable government two months before an election. Political scientist Dominic O’Sullivan says this year’s Budget gives away too many opportunities for opponents to argue that the ‘fairness’ test has been failed.

  • Early election ultimatum

    Dominic O'Sullivan     |      March 24, 2016

    It seems unlikely that the Australian Building and Construction Commission bill will pass the Senate, and Australia might well be faced with a double dissolution election on 2 July. Political scientist Dominic O’Sullivan says both the ALP and the Coalition now need to develop a coherent strategy.

  • Reforming the Senate voting system

    Dominic O'Sullivan     |      February 29, 2016

    The Turnbull Government has proposed to overhaul the current Senate voting system. Is this a cynical power grab or a step towards more democratic transparency? Political scientist Dominic O’Sullivan makes the case for taking the reform even further.