• Is democracy a victim of COVID-19?

    Tom Gerald Daly     |      August 13, 2020

    The sidelining of state and federal parliaments during the COVID-19 crisis, and the emergence of a dominant National Cabinet has raised few public concerns, but is it weakening our democracy?

  • What’s next for the National Cabinet?

    Cheryl Saunders     |      June 12, 2020

    A new Australian institution – the National Cabinet – emerged at a time of crisis, but its success depends on how it works in practice, once the COVID-19 pandemic passes.

  • 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.

  • Why does Australia have a “National Cabinet”?

    Jennifer Menzies     |      April 1, 2020

    Writers such as Naomi Wolf have worried about Australia’s abandonment of its normal checks and balances, but the rebadging of COAG as a ‘National Cabinet’ is in line with constitutional norms during a severe but temporary national crisis.

  • Restoring trust in governments and institutions

    Grant Duncan     |      November 12, 2018

    The difficult task of restoring political trust will require leaders to reflect on their own behaviour and then working for significant reforms to social and economic policies and electoral systems in the public’s interest, rather than their own.

  • Improving health literacy crucial to better health outcomes

    Grant Kardachi     |      February 15, 2018

    Health literacy and self care are vital components of a sustainable healthcare system – but Australia has disturbingly low levels of both. Grant Kardachi considers the fundamental importance of improving Australia’s health literacy.