• Strengthening Australian leadership in regional institutions

    Tony Walker     |      July 9, 2019

    The Australian prime minister’s first foreign policy speech last week repositioned Australia as a creative middle power that seeks to develop a regional security architecture. For this he deserves credit, though the test is to realise these ambitions.

  • Young Australians champion freedom and democracy in designing constitutional change

    John Warhurst     |      June 18, 2019

    120 high school students from around Australia met in Canberra for the 24th National Schools Constitutional Convention. The new preamble for the constitution they drafted spoke to their current concerns and plans for the future.

  • 2025 will be like 2019 – only more so

    Peter Jennings     |      June 14, 2019

    The international scene has been grim for some time, and there’s little prospect of it improving. Indeed recent trends of authoritarian bluster and democratic decline are set to intensify, plunging the world ever closer to crisis.

  • Australia takes the fossil option

    Mark Fabian     |      June 1, 2019

    Progressive parties’ best hope for making inroads into these electorates in the future may be investing greater thought into the notion of a ‘just climate transition’ for fossil fuel jobs.

  • “Congestion busting” in the public service

    Peter Jennings     |      May 31, 2019

    Scott Morrison’s decision to put himself directly in charge of the public service underlines his interest in seeing more innovative policy and better delivery from an institution that’s soft pedaled on both for some time.

  • Australia’s election silences call for mandatory debates

    Graeme Dobell     |      May 28, 2019

    A federal election debates commission should be created to ensure debates become a permanent, scheduled element of every federal election.

  • What next for Scott Morrison?

    Open Forum     |      May 25, 2019

    Political science and election history offer some clues as to why the pundits failed on election night and Scott Morrison inched towards a famous victory, but what – if anything – will he do with power now?

  • What next for Labor?

    Michelle Grattan     |      May 25, 2019

    Anthony Albanese will face some tricky choices given the need to redouble Labor’s appeal to middle class suburbia while keeping left wing and progressive activists on board.

  • Voter aspiration powered the Coalition victory

    Mark Triffitt     |      May 24, 2019

    Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s message of aspirational individualism resonated with voters, leaving the polls behind and leaving Labor contemplating a reshaped agenda.

  • Mending the opinion polls

    Adrian Barnett     |      May 24, 2019

    Election opinion polls are like penalty shoot-outs at a World Cup final: there’s huge pressure to get it right and we remember the big misses most of all. Better opinions polls are more expensive, because pollsters must make more effort to get a representative and honest sample of voters, but it’s a price worth paying in the future.

  • 3 lessons from behavioural economics which Labor forgot

    Tracey West     |      May 23, 2019

    Labor’s extensive policy platform was bold but its leaders overlooked some fundamental principles of behavioural economics in trying to sell it to the voters.

  • Understanding #Quexit

    Anne Tiernan     |      May 23, 2019

    Progressive voices have lit up social media with memes blaming Queensland for Labor’s loss in the federal election, but condemning the state as regressive and redneck does nothing to understand voters’ motivations.