• Remembering Andrew Peacock

    Ian Hancock     |      April 18, 2021

    Andrew Peacock, one of Australia’s most urbane politicians, has died in the USA at the age of 82.

  • Apathy – Why?

    Warren Brown     |      March 21, 2021

    The current government sets its sights no higher than remaining in office after the next election, but Australia needs a more fundamental rethink of its political system and policies.

  • Is this the end of the “American Century”?

    Sarah Walsh     |      March 16, 2021

    Is the United States’ time in the sun as the world’s superpower coming to an end? While American exceptionalism reigns supreme, the Capitol Hill riots revealed a truth.

  • Trumpism down-under

    Mark Kenny     |      January 19, 2021

    Australians followed the 2020 presidential race in the United States with greater-than-usual interest, but the spectacle might herald a plausible descent for Australia’s politics, too.

  • Counterpoint by Mark Nicol – Trump, and the fracturing of the West

    Mark Nicol     |      October 7, 2020

    Western culture is a product of myriad influences, forces and ideas, and though assailed by internal critics and foreign foes, it has stood the test of time,. Donald Trump has posed as its defender, but he has failed to appreciate, let alone meet, its latest, and perhaps greatest, challenge.

  • Politics means never having to say you’re sorry

    Richard Holden     |      June 30, 2020

    We judge the competency of politicians by what they say and do, and this creates perverse incentives for even competent politicians to refuse to admit mistakes.

  • Arvanitakis on American politics: Three key developments this week

    James Arvanitakis     |      May 30, 2020

    Another frenetic week in American politics has seen gaffes from Joe Biden, urban rioting and a twitter temper tantrum from President Trump, but the most significant development may be China’s power grab in Hong Kong.

  • Bridging the divide in American politics

    Jake Sandler     |      March 19, 2020

    Attempts to bridge the stark divisions in American politics will become more important than ever in the common fight against coronavirus. Here’s some practical, bipartisan ways in which this can be done.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.