23 May 2019

Self-interest didn’t swing the election results, but the scare campaign did

Labor’s chances in the 2019 federal election were not sunk by self-funded retirees, but by the very voters who would have been least affected by the ALP’s tax policies.

30 April 2019

More grey tsunami than youthquake

Australia’s voter base – like its general population – is ageing, and political parties need to be mindful of that in shaping policy.

29 March 2019

How federal politicians can regain their integrity

Australians are losing faith in politicians, politics and even democracy itself. Whether MPs deserve this cynicism and suspicion is almost beside the point; they need to act to win back the trust of the people. Here’s what they should do.

4 February 2019

Why the federal government’s new integrity commission isn’t up to the job

The Federal Government’s initial proposal for a Commonwealth Integrity Commission is light on powers and resources, and unlikely to weed out corruption and serious misconduct. Here’s how the Government should fix it before putting the proposal to parliament.

1 February 2019

Tasmania’s gambling election shows Australia needs tougher rules on money in politics

The latest Commonwealth donations data release is a stark reminder of the deep flaws in our political donations system. The rules need to be changed, for the sake of our democracy.

2 November 2018

States and territories have improved integrity measures, but Commonwealth lags far behind

When it comes to cleaning up Australian politics, some states are doing much better than others – and almost all are showing up the Commonwealth government.

31 October 2018

Just take a look around to see the state you’re in

State government often seems the poor relation of federal politics. But many of the things people care about most are the stuff of state government: housing, transport, school education and hospitals.

29 October 2018

State Orange Book 2018: State governments matter, vote wisely

Voters in Victoria go to the polls within weeks; in New South Wales within months. State policy has rarely been more important. But what should the priorities be, not only for the governments in Australia’s two biggest states, but also for the other states whose elections are further away?

18 October 2018

How to fight the battle for gender equality

The battle for gender equality needs to be fought on several fronts. In particular we should all look to the division of labour in our home – because the amount of time we spend washing dishes or doing school runs might be the key to unlocking Australia’s great untapped resource: women’s workforce participation.

23 September 2018

Morrison can get a quick win by cleaning up Canberra’s murky dealings

Scott Morrison needs to pull a policy rabbit out of a hat and he needs to do it quickly. At best, he has eight months to convince a sceptical public the Coalition can be trusted to run the country. But fortunately for the new PM, there is a bunny in plain sight. Policies to improve our political institutions are popular with the public, cost next to nothing and would enhance the quality of Australian government.