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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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What is the Doomsday Clock and why should we keep track of the time?

TJRyan Foundation Research Associate, Professor Ian Lowe, writes in The Conversation (27.1.17) about the recent announcement that the so-c... More »

What are the limits to charities advancing political causes?

Krystian Seibert and Ann O'Connell write in The Conversation (20.1.17) about the recent withdrawing of 'tax-exempt charity' status from th... More »

What can be done about political trust? The 2016 federal election inquiry

Marian Sawer writes in John Menadue's Pearls and Irritations blog (20.1.17) on her analysis of the Australian Election Study's 'Trends in ... More »

If we scrapped the states, increasing Canberra’s clout would be a backward step

John Quiggin writes in The Conversation (19.1.17) about recent discussion of the notion that Australia's states should be abolished. The a... More »

Queensland politics: What to expect during 2017

Felicity Caldwell reports in the Brisbane Times (18.1.17) on the events likely to dominate Queensland politics in the coming year, in... More »

Ken Wyatt becomes first Indigenous minister under Malcolm Turnbull's reshuffle

The ABC's Henry Belot reports on Malcolm Turnbull's minor reshuffle of his frontbench following former Health Minister Sussan Ley's resignation. Si... More »

When politicians become pundits

Brian McNair writes in The Conversation (17.1.17) about the increasing incidence of current and former politicians acting as pundits and c... More »

'Fallen well short' of standards: Audit slams Immigration Department over Nauru and Manus Island contracts

Michael Koziol reports in the Brisbane Times (17.1.17) on the contents of a National Audit Office report which strongly criticises the fed... More »

Ipsos survey: Australians want a strong leader to take country back from rich, powerful

Inga Ting reports in the Brisbane Times (17.1.17) on details from a new Ipsos survey which indicates that global political uncertainty has... More »

Let’s kill the Australian identity card zombie once and for all

Bruce Baer Arnold writes in The Conversation (17.1.17) about Pauline Hanson's call to introduce a national identity card to supposedly red... More »

Ley goes, and Turnbull’s reforms pave way for fewer expenses scandals

Yee-Fui Ng writes in The Conversation (13.1.17) about the Turnbull government's response to the parliamentary expenses scandal which led S... More »

Crying 'fake news' is handy for politicians but toxic for democracy

Lenore Taylor comments in The Guardian (13.1.17) on the increasing tendency of politicians to bullishly use the term 'fake news' to deflec... More »

Queensland's recent history of political defections

Cameron Atfield reports in the Brisbane Times (13.1.17) on the recent occurence of cross-party defections and resignations during terms of... More »

LNP MP Steve Dickson defects to Pauline Hanson's One Nation

The ABC reports (13.1.17) that Buderim state MP, Steve Dickson, has resigned from the LNP and joined One Nation, giving Pauline Hanson's party a po... More »

Explainer: why has Rod Culleton been disqualified from the Senate?

Lorraine Finlay writes in The Conversation (12.1.17) about the decision to disqualify former One Nation senator for WA, Rod Culleton, from... More »

The Trump dossier and verification in the era of fake news

Ivor Gaber writes in The Conversation (12.1.17) about how the online news source Buzzfeed is being damned for publishing unverified and sa... More »

A ‘tougher’ citizenship test should not be used to further divide and exclude

Alex Reilly and Mary Anne Kenny write in The Conversation (10.1.17) about how the most important benefit of citizenship for migrants ... More »

Why Australia needs a commissioner for political pluralism

Reverend Dr Michael Bird comments on the ABC's website (10.1.17) on why we need to change Australia's political culture so that extremism does not ... More »

When the dust settles, where to for Beattie's burgers?

TJ Ryan Foundation Research Associate, Chris Salisbury, comments on the Queens Wharf resort development in Brisbane's CBD and the looming demolitio... More »

It's going to be a long political year full of small ideas

Nick O'Malley comments in the Brisbane Times (6.1.17) on the political year ahead in Australia, suggesting that the Turnbull federal gover... More »

One Nation dumps Queensland candidate Shan Ju Lin

Cameron Atfield reports in the Brisbane Times (8.1.17) on One Nation's dumping of its former candidate for the state seat of Bundamba afte... More »

One Nation will get bigger - but can Pauline Hanson steady the ship?

Amy Remeikis reports in the Brisbane Times (6.1.17) on the mixed fortunes of the One Nation Party in the federal political arena, arguing ... More »

Centrelink debacle: Billionaires get more leeway than vulnerable citizens. It’s obscene

The Australia Institute's Richard Denniss comments in The Guardian (4.1.17) on the debacle involving Centrelink and government ministers, ... More »

Bob Hawke's narrative on abolishing the states is nonsense

André Brett comments in The Guardian (4.1.17) that, in a federation of states with a constitution which protects their id... More »

Surviving 2017 – a user’s guide

Brian McNair writes in The Conversation (29.12.16) arguing that, in the wake of all that transpired in domestic and international politics... More »


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