• Cultural values and democracy

    Open Forum     |      December 5, 2019

    The relationship of cultural values and democracy is a ‘chicken and egg’ conundrum, does one rely on the other, or are they inter-dependent? New research on political trust may shed light on the answer.

  • An afternoon of inspiration and intrigue with the U.S. Foreign Service

    Sophie Mayo     |      October 16, 2019

    GAP’s Sophie Mayo recently attended an address by two U.S. Consular Officials, Kira Moriah and Donald Maynard, to UTS international and Global Studies students about their careers and the challenges of today’s high-stakes political environment.

  • 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.

  • Hatred is no substitute for strategy

    Susan Rhodes     |      December 15, 2018

    Controversial political leaders such as US President Donald Trump stir up strong feelings in their opponents, but a calm and rational approach to political debate, rather than a surfeit of passion, is the best way to strengthen the democratic process.

  • Tinkering can achieve a lot. Politics isn’t broken

    Emily Millane     |      November 7, 2018

    Today’s politicians are often criticised for failing to deliver the bold, sweeping reforms of their predecessors, but in reality much of the progress in our political and social systems comes through gradual and incremental change.

  • Penny Wong on courage and political change

    Shaun Carney     |      November 4, 2018

    The McKinnon Prize in Political Leadership aims to recognise political leaders who’ve driven positive change and Labor senator Penny Wong hopes it will help politics reconnect with a disgruntled electorate.

  • The rise of the female independent

    Tony Nagy     |      October 28, 2018

    Whilst it is early days, there are certainly some interesting takeouts from the surprise victory of Dr Kerryn Phelps in the recent Wentworth byelection.

  • Fascism has not returned to Europe

    Mike Scrafton     |      October 14, 2018

    Were fascism to ascend again in Europe, international security would be menaced and the liberal international order be even more imperilled. However, Europe’s current far-right parties fail to meet the minimum fascist criteria.

  • Turmoil in Trumpland

    Barbara Keys     |      September 8, 2018

    Tumult is the Trump administration’s middle name – and never more so than in the last few days. However the latest revelations about President Trump’s erratic behaviour and chaotic White House may only further endear him to his supporter base.

  • Political leadership cannot be disentangled from collective psychology

    Andrew Frain     |      September 4, 2018

    Much has been made of individual motives for revenge in recent political turmoil, but collective psychology underlines that people behave as members of a collective as well as individuals.

  • The high costs of our destructive coup culture

    Michelle Grattan     |      September 1, 2018

    There are no easy ways to rid ourselves of the coup culture, or to force tin-eared politicians to lift their game. But it wouldn’t hurt for more people to follow the example of those in the community leadership program and remind their MPs of their KPIs.

  • Malcolm Fraser’s political manifesto would make good reading for the Morrison government

    Tony Walker     |      August 30, 2018

    In their calculations about how to rebuild the Coalition’s shattered credibility, Morrison and Frydenberg should remind themselves that a lot of Australians are fed up with politics as usual.