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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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Are voters moving left?

Peter Brent writes in Inside Story (1.9.17) about the surge in enrolments on the federal electoral roll owing to the same-sex marriage pos... More »

Henry Reynolds: That day again

Historian Henry Reynolds comments in John Menadue's Pearls and Irritations blog (24.8.17) on the resurfacing of debate and contention over... More »

As Australia becomes less religious, our parliament becomes more so

In the first of a series of articles in The Conversation, Jonathan James writes (21.8.17) that, in a nation labelled secular, many of... More »

To the High Court we go: six MPs under clouds in decisions that could undermine the government

TJ Ryan Foundation Research Associate, Graeme Orr, writes in The Conversation (16.8.17) that the High Court's ruling over at least fi... More »

Abbott's obstruction of gay marriage is a defence of privilege and the power of shame

David Marr writes in The Guardian (9.8.17) about Tony Abbott's declared opposition to the notion of marriage equality, with the author arg... More »

The restorationist impulse: why we hanker for the old ways

Rodney Tiffen writes in The Conversation (28.7.17) about recent media and academic attention focused on the widespread resurgence of ... More »

Race for political centre is futile, Labor needs to be more progressive

Greg Jericho comments in The Guardian (23.7.17) on the major parties' moves to capture the political 'middle ground', pointing out that a&... More »

Shorten and Turnbull to talk on four-year terms

Michelle Grattan writes in The Conversation (23.7.17) about Opposition Leader Bill Shorten's proposal to extend the tenure of federal gove... More »

An electoral anachronism claims more victims

TJ Ryan Foundation Research Associate, Graeme Orr, writes in Inside Story (18.7.17) about the constitutional rules that have seen two Gree... More »

Australia’s new ‘Home Office’ is a worry for immigration policy

Adele Garnier writes in The Conversation (20.7.17) about the new 'Home Affairs' mega-portfolio headed by Minister Peter Dutton, suggesting... More »

Vale Emeritus Professor Colin Anfield Hughes, 1930-2017

Paul Reynolds has composed an obituary for his former University of Queensland colleague, and inaugural Commissioner of the Australian Electoral Co... More »

New Home Affairs department should prompt review of Australia’s human rights performance

Amy Maguire writes in The Conversation (18.7.17) about the Turnbull Government's new 'Home Affairs' mega-portfolio aimed at consolidating ... More »

Adding fuel to the Abbott conundrum

Norman Abjorensen writes in Inside Story (29.6.17) about the latest airing of factional divisions among federal Liberals, asking whether i... More »

Census 2016 reveals Australia is becoming much more diverse – but can we trust the data?

Nicholas Biddle writes in The Conversation (27.6.17) about how the 2016 Census reveals that Australia is becoming much more diverse &... More »

Minister to get unprecedented power if Australia’s new citizenship bill is passed

Sangeetha Pillai writes in The Conversation (16.6.17) that the federal government's proposed citizenship reform legislation gives the... More »

Mixed media: how Australia’s newspapers became locked in a war of left versus right

Denis Muller writes in The Conversation (19.6.17) about the stark political divide in Australia's media landscape, with News Corp on the r... More »

Rise of ‘anti-politics’ produces surprise result in the UK election – and it’s playing a role in Australia, too

Brenton Prosser and Gerry Stoker write in The Conversation (9.6.17) about the outcome of the UK general election, arguing that the resulta... More »

Adani's mine and Greens vote to prove juggling act in next Queensland election

The ABC's Josh Bavas reports (4.6.17) on the challenges facing the Palaszczuk Government as it heads towards the next election trying to balance sa... More »

Fake news, hacking threat to democracy now on 'unseen scale', report says

The ABC's Patrick Wood reports (29.5.17) on new research from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute which demonstrates the increasingly complex... More »

The middle might be shrinking, but it usually trumps the splinters

Peter Brent writes in Inside Story (25.5.17) that, although polling predictions are unusually hazardous at the moment, with some tradition... More »

Navigating the post-truth debate: some key co-ordinates

Nick Enfield writes in The Conversation (15.5.17) about the political and media landscapes of our so-called 'post-truth' era. As stated in... More »

How the politics of the budget might play out for a government in trouble

Carol Johnson writes in The Conversation (8.5.17) that the Turnbull government is desperately trying to develop a more convincing eco... More »

Australia's journalism is in mortal danger - politicians should join the fight to save it

Gay Alcorn argues in The Guardian (4.5.17) that press redundancies at Fairfax, hot on the heels of cuts at News Corp, are not just devasta... More »

Independence of Queensland councillors questioned by CCC

Cameron Atfield reports in the Brisbane Times (29.4.17) on investigations by Queensland's Crime and Corruption Commission into financ... More »

Family First to merge with Cory Bernardi's Australian Conservatives

Katharine Murphy reports in The Guardian (26.4.17) on the announcement that the Australian Conservatives party, represented in the Senate ... More »


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