• Storm clouds over Canberra

    Joshua Black     |      January 4, 2024

    Australian democracy remains robust, but a succession of political scandals in recent times have damaged public faith in our politicians.

  • Narrowing the trust divide

    Fergus Neilson     |      December 20, 2023

    Mistrust between elected politicians and the electorate continues to widen, undermining faith in democracy itself. Fergus Neilson discusses proposals from political professionals and voters to narrow the ‘trust divide’ and improve the internal resilience of Western liberal democracy.

  • Three ways to shape the future

    Sharon Bessell     |      December 15, 2023

    Pessimism about our ability to address the issues that face humanity is understandable, but there are many signs we’re making progress in a number of ways.

  • Will Labor’s slide continue into 2024?

    Zareh Ghazarian     |      December 15, 2023

    In less than two years, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has gone from clear choice to fighting for majority support in the polls. What happened and will he fight back next year?

  • Against tribalism

    Dennis Altman     |      December 13, 2023

    A new book argues that the tribal identities exalted by the neo-Marxist ‘woke’ agenda are undermining the traditional claims of the left for a universalist understanding of justice and progress – and woke reviewers don’t like it.

  • Marking the class of 2023

    Michelle Grattan     |      December 8, 2023

    It’s not just Australian children who get report cards as school breaks up. So do government ministers, when parliament rises at the end of the year, so how is Anthony Albanese’s administration faring as the inevitable political problems pile up now the honeymoon is over.

  • Reflections on the Voice Referendum

    Bernie O'Kane     |      November 29, 2023

    The dust has begun to settle after Australia’s contentious Voice Referendum, but amid the accusations of bad faith and ignorance, how many people on either side bothered to read or understand the report which laid out how the Voice would have worked, and the problems it raised or failed to address?

  • Applications open for Youth Parliament 2024

    Open Forum     |      November 29, 2023

    The next generation of youth leaders is invited to apply to participate in the Y NSW’s Youth Parliament program in 2024 with submissions now open.

  • Happy Christmas, Albo?

    Michelle Grattan     |      November 25, 2023

    Halfway into its first term, the big question is whether the Albanese government is in a temporary bad patch, or at the beginning of a downhill slide.

  • Australia’s grand strategy

    Peter Layton     |      November 20, 2023

    The grand strategy methodology is a useful framework with which to consider Australia and its contemporary international policies and activities as a middle power.

  • Misconstruing misinformation

    Max Thomas     |      November 18, 2023

    The defeat of the Voice referendum has been blamed on latent racism and misinformation, but the Prime Minister was repeatedly warned the referendum would fail if recognition was linked to the Voice.

  • Lifting the lid on the lobby

    Katherine Cullerton     |      November 13, 2023

    Well paid lobbyists outnumber politicians three to one in Canberra, and are able to walk the corridors of power without hindrance or regulation. As well as lobbyists from the energy and mining industries, the alcohol, tobacco, fast food and gambling industries are particularly active in their attempts to bend public policy to suit their paymasters’ interests.