• Taking on toxic partisanship

    Jake Sandler     |      February 19, 2020

    Toxic partisans have contempt for their opponents, won’t listen to other ideas, refuse to compromise and put their own interests over the country. They dominate political discourse in the USA and too many other nations, and the public should demand an alternative.

  • Sports rorts and public accountability: why Bridget McKenzie took so long to resign

    Dominic O'Sullivan     |      February 7, 2020

    Although eventually forced to resign over misapplied sports grants, Bridget McKenzie clung to office in the hope of riding out the storm, protected by Australia’s monolithic party system.

  • Cain was able

    Paul Strangio     |      February 2, 2020

    Remembering the life of John Cain, a willing and able premier, and long-term servant of the state of Victoria.

  • Time for political performance reviews?

    Jake Sandler     |      January 31, 2020

    Let’s embrace the idea we should manage politicians like an executive manages their direct reports. Let’s acknowledge we have not only the power but the responsibility to give feedback, hire the best leaders and fire poor performers.

  • Mike Baird: The value of authenticity

    Andrew Trounson     |      January 22, 2020

    The McKinnon Prize in Political Leadership recognises those who’ve driven change though visionary leadership. Former NSW premier Mike Baird says leaders need a broad vision that gets people off the couch and cabinet ministers out of their chairs.

  • Australia – The hapless country?

    ANU Editorial Board     |      January 13, 2020

    On climate change and Australia’s geopolitical future, political time is running out. Whatever the sentiment before this summer’s horrific fires, the political pressure on Morrison’s febrile coalition has increased dramatically.

  • It’s Boris, actually

    Bran Nicol     |      December 22, 2019

    Britain’s Conservative’s fought a smart campaign focused on the major issue of the day, tapping into the public’s weariness with Parliamentary wrangling over Brexit, while the opposition tried to ignore it altogether.

  • GAP in 2019 – A year in review

    Catherine Fritz-Kalish     |      December 19, 2019

    Global Access Partners, the institute for active policy which publishes Open Forum, has enjoyed a busy year tackling a wide range of issues and looks forward to fresh endeavours in 2020.

  • Who’s in the driving seat?

    Rod Lyon     |      December 12, 2019

    Global leadership works best when liberal great powers embrace a shared, inclusive vision of global order, jointly manage the challenges to that order, and fund the public goods that underpin it. Lately, things haven’t been going so well.

  • Voter trust in politicians hits a new low

    Michelle Grattan     |      December 11, 2019

    The Australian National University’s election study has underscored the woeful lack of trust voters have in the political system, and highlighted the role economic issues and Bill Shorten’s unpopularity played in the May poll outcome.

  • Australian climate politics need an independent path

    Warren Brown     |      December 4, 2019

    The failure of Australia’s traditional political parties to act on the worsening climate crisis means that independent politicians must step up to force their hand in the Senate.

  • Nuance and nostalgia

    Frank Bongiorno     |      November 15, 2019

    The internal report on Labor’s election debacle bemoans the party’s tendency to become the vehicle for various interests with diverse grievances at the expense of serving the needs of economically insecure working-class voters.