• No taxation without representation

    Bob Ford     |      March 27, 2022

    Australia’s insistence on mandatory voting in elections does not guarantee proper representation for absent property owners and ratepayers in local government.

  • South Australia today, Australia tomorrow?

    Rob Manwaring     |      March 20, 2022

    Although many local factors were in play, the loss suffered by the Marshall Liberal government in South Australia might pave the way for a similar result in the coming Federal election.

  • Scott Morrison’s sports rorts

    Jim McKay     |      March 18, 2022

    The Federal government perverted the Community Sport Infrastructure Grant program, supposedly under the purview of Sport Australia, for electoral advantage, but may end up paying an electoral price.

  • When girls run the world

    Isabella Keith     |      March 14, 2022

    The Girls Run The World program facilitates young women completing placements in diplomatic missions across Canberra and looks to address the critical underrepresentation of women in diplomacy.

  • Hawkes and doves

    Michelle Grattan     |      March 12, 2022

    The raft of policies offered by an over-confident Bill Shorten gave the Coalition some easy targets before the last election, but Anthony Albanese’s low-key approach is proving a more difficult target for Scott Morrison to hit.

  • Should Australia hold more referendums?

    Paul Kildea     |      March 11, 2022

    Policy referendums have been far more frequent at the state and territory level than in Federal politics, and demonstrate the enduring appeal of giving the public a direct say on the big issues.

  • The case for national values

    Graeme Dobell     |      March 9, 2022

    Australia’s leaders need to be idealistic as well as pragmatic in their international dealings, because strong national values are as important as political favours and the economic bottom line.

  • Lies, damned lies and politicians

    Toby Prike     |      February 14, 2022

    People lie all the time, and politicians are no exception, but do the lies of our leaders really affect the way we vote when it comes to a major election?

  • Lessons learned from the Manchurian crisis

    Honae Cuffe     |      January 21, 2022

    Australia’s muted reaction to Japan’s invasion of Manchuria 90 years ago mirrors the current policy towards China’s aggression against its neighbours in its balance of economic self-interest against the need to contain a voracious opponent.

  • Five lessons from 2021 we should take into 2022

    James Arvanitakis     |      January 6, 2022

    While many people greeted the New Year with a sense of relief, lessons will have to be learned from the travails of 2021 to ensure western democracies and societies are resilient enough to meet the challenges to come.

  • Farewell to 2021 in federal politics

    Frank Bongiorno     |      December 14, 2021

    It’s been an interesting year in Federal politics to say the least, but the verdict of the voters will have to wait for 2022.

  • Australia’s public service challenge

    Benjamin Cherry-Smith     |      November 29, 2021

    Staffing shortages, an erosion of capability, and blunting of core policy functions in the Australian public service has increased the government’s reliance on expensive consultants.