• 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.

  • The Turnbull Government, the ALP and the political year ahead

    Dominic O'Sullivan     |      January 11, 2016

    A sense of calm and policy focus came to distinguish the Turnbull Government’s first few months in office. Dominic O’Sullivan says the ALP would do well to enter the election campaign under the leadership of one who acts with the same clarity of purpose, confidence and certainty.

  • The new Cabinet – repositioning the Government

    Dominic O'Sullivan     |      September 20, 2015

    Will Malcolm Turnbull succeed as Prime Minister where Abbott, Rudd and Gillard ultimately failed? Dominic O’Sullivan comments on the new Cabinet, the Canning by-election and the Labor party’s future.

  • A share in public authority for indigenous peoples

    Dominic O'Sullivan     |      August 24, 2015

    If we are prepared to accept the ethnic discrepancies in our health system, what does this say about our conceptions of justice and the values we hold? Dominic O’Sullivan says we need political arrangements that allow indigenous peoples to be included, not merely consulted, in policy development.

  • A ‘boring’ Budget?

    Dominic O'Sullivan     |      May 20, 2015

    The Budget’s main goal was to position the Government for re-election. Dominic O’Sullivan says the importance of balancing the Budget raises deeply philosophical questions that are insufficiently ‘boring’ to provide political safety.

  • A Vision for Australia’s indigenous peoples

    Dominic O'Sullivan     |      May 13, 2015

    Tony Abbott once said he hoped to be Prime Minister for Indigenous Affairs. For GAP’s 'A Vision for Australia’ project, Dominic O’Sullivan explains why differentiated citizenship for indigenous peoples is the basis for meaningful political inclusion.

  • After the leadership spill a difficult task lies ahead for Tony Abbott

    Dominic O'Sullivan     |      February 13, 2015

    Prime Minister Tony Abbott narrowly avoided a leadership spill on Monday. Associate professor in political science Dominic O’Sullivan analyses the main political problems the Prime Minister is facing now.