• Too much bipartisanship is bad for democracy

    Dominic O'Sullivan     |      May 6, 2020

    Scott Morrison’s creation of a national cabinet of Federal and State leaders has helped Australia maintain a united front against COVID-19, but the division between government and opposition should be maintained to safeguard democracy.

  • COVID-19 spurs the resurgence of the state

    Roman Darius     |      April 28, 2020

    Unprecedented stimulus packages and interventions are being deployed to mitigate the effects of the pandemic. COVID-19 has generated the requisite conditions for a fundamental transformation in the social and economic role of the state sector.

  • Australia’s federation hasn’t hindered our response

    Narelle Miragliotta     |      April 17, 2020

    Having multiple governmental leaders might seem inefficient but this pandemic has shown that not all of them rise to a challenge. Having some other options in the leadership supply chain then comes into its own.

  • Australia needs a national mobilisation committee – right now

    Michael Shoebridge     |      March 28, 2020

    Coronavirus is primarily a public health crisis, but it is also wreaking havoc with our financial, political, economic and social systems. Government as usual is not an option.

  • Australia stands with the US (most of the time)

    James Laurenceson     |      March 3, 2020

    When Ambassador Joe Hockey returned earlier this month from the Washington posting he had held since the beginning of 2016, he pushed back against allegations that Australia is an American lapdog.

  • 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.