• Reforming public service leadership

    Odette Meli     |      April 14, 2024

    Australia’s public service needs a more robust system for decision-making and policy planning to navigate increasing complexities and become more resilient to change.

  • Fear and loathing in Australia

    Sarah Maddison     |      April 6, 2024

    Successive federal governments have called into question the values that lie at the very heart of Australia’s hard-won and cherished democratic freedoms.

  • Understanding “strategic culture”

    Andrew Carr     |      April 3, 2024

    Michael O’Keefe’s new book on Australian foreign policy making offers a detailed overview of Australia’s main diplomatic relationships and strategic culture.

  • Popping the populism bubble

    Alex Yates     |      April 1, 2024

    From the storming of the US Capitol on the January 6 2021, to the similar uprising in Brazil in 2023, far-right politicians are infringing on democratic ideals across the world. If we are serious about meeting the challenge they pose, we must stop treating them as legitimate, democratic actors and instead see them as the threat they really are.

  • The underfunding of Australian diplomacy

    John Langmore     |      March 27, 2024

    Spending on Australian diplomacy has reached new lows, meaning important events, meetings, and committees are being missed or attended by interns, and Australians are still waiting for the Albanese government to do something about it.

  • United we stand

    Heather Wrathall     |      March 24, 2024

    A whole-of-nation approach to international policy must value diversity and continuously shifting consensus while recognising that Australia is stronger internationally if it has a common voice.

  • Women in politics

    Intifar Chowdhury     |      March 13, 2024

    Despite Australia’s claim to egalitarianism, achieving equal political participation and representation remains a formidable challenge for women.

  • Listen to the people

    Ross Carroll     |      March 3, 2024

    Although he once quipped that “You can never plan the future by the past” could the work of 18th-century political theorist Edmund Burke, famed for his cautionary take on the French Revolution, help modern democracies escape their current malaise?

  • Ranking Scott Morrison

    Paul Strangio     |      February 27, 2024

    Scott Morrison, Australia’s 30th prime minister, will soon deliver his valedictory speech to the House of Representatives. As Morrison leaves parliament, it’s timely to ask where he is placed in the pantheon of Australia’s national leaders.

  • Corruption watch

    Michelle Grattan     |      February 24, 2024

    The National Anti-Corruption Commission will provide guidance on “corruption vulnerabilities” ahead of next year’s federal election, given increasing public concern on the issue.

  • The death of kings

    Paul Strangio     |      February 15, 2024

    ‘A blood sport feigning as government’: what the ABC’s “Nemesis” documentary about the leadership battles in the Liberal Party taught us about a decade of Coalition rule.

  • Women in politics

    Andrea Carson     |      February 14, 2024

    Women bring unique strengths to politics and decades of research shows that everyone benefits from greater female participation, so what more can be done to encourage women to enter the political sphere?