• Arvanitakis on American politics

    James Arvanitakis     |      September 7, 2019

    The race for the American presidency is already hotting up, with Democratic contenders vying for the chance to challenge the incumbent. Professor James Arvanitakis is in the USA and assess their chances of success in the light of Trump’s popularity in middle America.

  • Can internet voting keep our votes secure?

    Vanessa Teague     |      August 30, 2019

    Victoria’s Electoral Matters Committee is looking at how our elections are conducted and internet voting is a real option. But is there any real proof that our votes would be safe from tampering?

  • Remembering Tim Fischer

    Tim Harcourt     |      August 27, 2019

    Former Austrade chief economist Tim Harcourt reflects on the passing of the quirky and kind Tim Fischer.

  • Australian democracy demands a proper debate

    Dominic O'Sullivan     |      August 20, 2019

    Australian democracy is failing to deal with the complex interrelationships between coal and climate change, regional security interests, human rights and trade but today’s political culture of slogans and disengagement from proper debate and scrutiny makes it harder still.

  • Constitutional change is hard for good reason

    Anne Twomey     |      July 24, 2019

    Constitutional change in Australia is always an uphill battle, but that is no reason to shirk it. Instead, it should be a spur to produce better proposals for constitutional change, develop strong and clear arguments for reform, cultivate widespread public support and undertake vigorous, but honest, campaigns.

  • 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?