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This category has rather long title in order to be able to include some articles on political culture that do not fit elsewhere. Primarily, however, the articles are about political parties and takes a broad definition of elections to include issues such as election commitments, polling, preselections and advertising.

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State governments are vital for Australian democracy: here’s why

Frank Bongiorno writes in The Conversation (29.10.18) that, despite intermittent calls to remove them, state governments provide important... More »

Liberals trounced in huge Wentworth swing, bringing a hung parliament

Michelle Grattan writes in The Conversation (20.10.18) about the dramatic result in the Wentworth federal by-election, suggesting that the... More »

Abortion will no longer be a crime in Queensland after historic vote

Felicity Caldwell reports in the Brisbane Times (17.10.18) on the passing of the Palaszczuk government's Termination of Pregnancy Bil... More »

The Morrison government’s biggest economic problem? Climate change denial

Judith Brett writes in The Conversation (19.10.18) that the federal government's stubborn commitment to coal is pulling the government&rsq... More »

Ruddock report constrains, not expands, federal religious exemptions

Liam Elphick and colleagues write in The Conversation (10.10.18) about the release of details from the federal government's Ruddock Review... More »

Pre-selection of candidates for political office is failing us

TJ Ryan Foundation Board member, Geoff Edwards, writes in The Mandarin (21.9.18) that our national governance is failing because the proce... More »

The Coalition's deep ravine will be hard for Scott Morrison to cross

The ABC's Laura Tingle writes (25.8.18), in the wake of this week's surprising Liberal leadership challenges, about the prospects of new Prime Mini... More »

Crucial Super Saturday Labor victories a major fillip for Shorten

Michelle Grattan writes in The Conversation (28.7.18) that the 'Super Saturday' by-election results are a deep disappointment for the Turn... More »

A growing mistrust in democracy is causing extremism and strongman politics to flourish

Mark Triffitt writes in The Conversation (10.7.18) that public trust in government is declining in democracies around the world, particula... More »

By-election guide: what’s at stake on Super Saturday

As the 'Super Saturday' round of by-elections on 28 July nears, pundits give their assessments of the key issues and major candidates' chances in e... More »

Joint event: 'Reviving the Republic'

The TJ Ryan Foundation, in conjunction with the Australian Republic Movement (ARM), is pleased to have jointly hosted a public symposium on 'Revivi... More »

Twenty years on, One Nation is still chaotic, controversial and influential

TJ Ryan Foundation Research Associate, Chris Salisbury, writes in The Conversation (8.6.18) that, despite One Nation's dysfunction an... More »

Australians don't trust politicians, but the pollies don't appear fussed

Jill Sheppard comments at the ABC's website (30.5.18) that citizens in democracies are expecting more from their political systems and politic... More »

Roger Scott: The prominence of women in Queensland politics

TJ Ryan Foundation Board member, Roger Scott, writes in the Pearls & Irritations blog (18.5.18) about the Liberal Party's du... More »

Dual citizenship debacle claims five more MPs – and sounds a stern warning for future parliamentarians

Anne Twomey writes in The Conversation (9.5.18) that the High Court decision against Labor senator Katy Gallagher has clarified how to int... More »

The government owes voters an apology - opposing this banking commission was wrong

Katharine Murphy comments in The Guardian (19.4.18) that, in the wake of alarming revelations of corporate malpractice at the banking roya... More »

Can the Liberal Party hold its ‘broad church’ of liberals and conservatives together?

In the first of a series of articles in The Conversation about the fractious nature of the political right in Australia, Gregory Melleuish... More »

Ged Kearney’s candidacy shows the relationship between Labor and the unions remains mutually beneficial

Ray Markey writes in The Conversation (16.3.18) about the continuing close association between the union movement and the ALP, suggesting ... More »

Rise in protest votes sounds warning bell for major parties

Danielle Wood and colleagues write in The Conversation (13.3.18) about their latest Gratttan Institute report analysing why the minor part... More »

Post-election panel discussion at Parliament House

The Queensland branch of the Australasian Study of Parliament Group is staging a post-election public event at Parliament House in Brisbane. A pane... More »

The Coalition goes existential

Peter Brent writes in Inside Story (17.2.18) that, in the wake of revelations of Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce's extramarital affair with an off... More »

How the Australian Constitution, and its custodians, ended up so wrong on dual citizenship

TJ Ryan Foundation Research Associate, Hal Colebatch, writes in The Conversation (6.2.18) that the now-infamous section 44 of the Aus... More »

Cabinet files story shows Australia still needs to be more open about the debates that shape the nation

TJ Ryan Foundation Research Associate, Patrick Weller, writes in The Conversation (1.2.18) that, in the wake of the federal government's i... More »

Why businesses want the ear of government and are willing to pay for it

George Rennie writes in The Conversation (1.2.18) that federal politicians are finally moving against political donations after repea... More »

Australia needs more politicians, Australia Institute says

Gareth Hutchens reports in The Guardian (25.1.18) on a new Australi Institute report which indicates that democracy would improve if ... More »


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