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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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Tony Abbott's climate frolic is strange and sad – and all about politics

Katharine Murphy reports in The Guardian (10.10.17) on an address given by former Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, to a climate change sceptic... More »

Socialism with a spine: the only 21st century alternative

TJ Ryan Foundation Board member, John Quiggin, comments in The Guardian (9.10.17) asserting that the political experiment of 'soft neolibe... More »

'Who Can Be an MP? The Constitution, the High Court and the Disqualification Farce'

TJ Ryan Foundation Research Associate, Graeme Orr, delivered the 2017 MinterEllison Sir Harry Gibbs Lecture for The University of Queensland L... More »

The prime ministership is not terminal – but it needs the right person for the times

Paul Strangio and colleagues write in The Conversation (19.9.17) that the Australian prime ministership has never been easy, but the most ... More »

Votes for corporations and extra votes for property owners: why local council elections are undemocratic

TJ Ryan Foundation Research Associate, Ryan Goss, writes in The Conversation (14.9.17) that, when it came to making voting rights at local... More »

Centenary of the 'Warwick egg incident'

To mark the centenary of the notorious 'Warwick egg incident' of 1917, when Prime Minister Billy Hughes was 'egged' at Warwick train station w... More »

The postal survey is both bizarre and typical in the history of Western marriage

Timothy Jones writes in The Conversation (8.9.17) that changes to marriage laws around the world have, historically, met with striden... More »

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 »


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