• Albo’s folly?

    Michelle Grattan     |      October 13, 2023

    In the glow of his triumphant election victory, Anthony Albanese gambled on enshrining an indigenous Voice to Parliament within the constitution, rather than legislating such a body or listening to existing groups. As with other referendums before him, that decision now looks like a mistake.

  • Winning the media battle, but losing the voting war

    Andrea Carson     |      October 12, 2023

    The Yes campaign continues to dominate the traditional and social media debate in the run-up to Saturday’s referendum vote, but still trails in the polls across the nation.

  • Looking beyond the referendum

    Bernie O'Kane     |      October 11, 2023

    Australians tend not to spend time contemplating their own navels, and despite vociferous advocates on both sides of the debate, the Voice referendum has failed to grab the attention of the Australian public. Whatever the result on Saturday, the media and the political class should shoulder their fair share of blame for this widespread lack of engagement.

  • The horror of dealing with Trump

    Brendan Nicholson     |      October 9, 2023

    Former Australian defence minister Christoper Pyne has compared the experience of dealing with US President Donald Trump’s administration to watching the supernatural horror film The Conjuring.

  • After October

    Paul Strangio     |      October 6, 2023

    Prime Minister Albanese was confident of success when the Referendum campaign was launched, but Labor strategists will soon have to spin what appears to be an inevitable defeat in the poll on October 14.

  • Rights and wrongs

    Max Thomas     |      October 5, 2023

    The ‘yes’ campaign now appears to be about avoiding the consequences of failure for the PM and the nation. Should the referendum fail, it will severely embarrass the government. Far worse, it will bring shame, division and national disgrace onto Australia.

  • Deciphering Dan

    James Murphy     |      October 1, 2023

    Dan Andrews insisted on control over his party, the machinery of government, the media and the issues, and retained that control up to and including his own surprise resignation from power.

  • A cacophony of voices

    Albert Zhang     |      October 1, 2023

    Misinformation and disinformation have come to curse the debate around all national issues in recent times, and the Voice Referendum is no exception.

  • Plain speaking for the public service

    Christiane Gerblinger     |      September 27, 2023

    The ways public servant policy advisers articulate arguments, communicate ideas and influence decision-makers are in urgent need of reform.

  • Yes can’t spend its way to success

    Andrea Carson     |      September 27, 2023

    The Voice referendum has been fought out on social media as much as traditional channels, but despite outspending the No campaign 10 or 20 to 1, the Yes campaign’s advertising blitz has failed to arrest its steady decline in support to less than 40% of Australian voters.

  • A lot of hot air?

    David Uren     |      September 23, 2023

    Summit season is in full swing, with a host of global issues discussed at the East Asia, BRICS and G20 leaders’ gatherings over the last month and APEC summit scheduled for November in San Francisco.

  • The referendum game

    Benjamin Jones     |      September 21, 2023

    Referendums are rare and tend to fail in Australia, and the beleaguered Voice campaign lacks at least three of the characteristics which have propelled others to success over the years.