• The Yes campaign goes down in flames

    Michelle Grattan     |      September 16, 2023

    A barnstorming speech by Senator Jacinta Nampijinpa Price, the leading Indigenous woman of the “no” campaign, at the National Press Club capped another disastrous week for the Yes campaign, which now seems unlikely to carry a single state in October’s referendum.

  • The magnificent seven

    Joe McIntyre     |      September 12, 2023

    As support for the Voice to Parliament continues to plummet in the run-up to October’s referendum, the intensity of the campaign on both sides is bound to increase, so here are seven guidelines to bear in mind to ensure a healthy and positive debate on both sides of this divisive issue.

  • Two sides to the ‘no’ campaign

    Bronwyn Carlson     |      September 8, 2023

    While the “yes” campaign has largely coalesced behind a single message, the “no” campaign is not a singular cohort. There are two sides to the “no” camp and they are very different.

  • Why Scott hangs on

    Paul Strangio     |      September 5, 2023

    Dethroned Australian Prime Ministers have tended to beat a hasty retreat from Parliament in recent decades, but Scott Morrison, like Tony Abbot before him, seems determined to keep a toehold on power.

  • The arguments for yes and no

    Gabrielle Appleby     |      September 2, 2023

    Australians will be asked to vote “yes” or “no” to a constitutional amendment establishing a Voice to Parliament in October, so what are the arguments for and against the idea?

  • Who has the loudest voice on social media?

    Andrea Carson     |      September 1, 2023

    Support for the Voice to Parliament has fallen steadily over the past 12 months, despite a well funded media campaign and sympathetic coverage on the ABC and other media outlets, leaving its advocates with a hill to climb before the referendum in October.

  • Will the vote for the Voice unite or divide us?

    Michelle Grattan     |      August 31, 2023

    The stakes in October’s referendum are high for politicians on both sides of the fence, not least Anthony Albanese and Peter Dutton, and the country as a whole.

  • Australia to vote on October 14

    Anne Twomey     |      August 31, 2023

    Australians will go to the polls on October 14 to vote in a referendum on an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice in the first federal referendum since the Republic was voted down in 1999.

  • Knowing when to go

    Mark Kenny     |      August 28, 2023

    Just like pop and sports stars, most politicians cling to office long past their sell-by date, tarnishing their reputation in the process.

  • Reimagining democracy

    Bruce Schneier     |      August 9, 2023

    Social media and artificial intelligence are often framed as threats to liberal democracy, but new technology could also be used to revitalise and modernise democratic interactions.

  • Lessons in leadership

    Brendan Nicholson     |      August 5, 2023

    Former Defence Minister Kevin Andrews recalls the worrying security briefings which stiffened Australia’s resolve to acknowledge and face China’s expansionist agenda.

  • Restoring the balance

    Stephen Bartos     |      July 22, 2023

    In the wake of a string of consultant scandals, the Albanese government produced a detailed breakdown of the A$3 billion it plans to save over four years by cutting the use of outsourced labour and advice.