Politics & Social Issues

20 August 2014

How are political ads made? Do they really make us change our vote? Why are negative ads so effective?

18 August 2014

These two charters present key information on the Federal Government's Economic Diplomacy initiative, which involves using Australia's international diplomatic assets to advance national and global prosperity.

18 August 2014

What are we looking for in judges, and particularly in a chief justice? The controversy over the Queensland government’s appointment of Tim Carmody QC helps clarify the issues.

18 August 2014

No arguments seem to sway right-wing politicians and commentators in the United States and Australia. Will we have to wait for demography to do its work?

18 August 2014

Incoming Indonesia President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo faces a number of major fiscal challenges, not least tackling costly and ineffective fuel subsidies and a stalling social welfare system.

18 August 2014

This paper contains ten short pieces on China’s growing power and influence, which is one of the most important public policy issues for Australia this decade.

18 August 2014

An analysis of client data over a ten year period to map the frequency of clients using legal aid services.

18 August 2014

This report argues that when it comes to reducing the Renewable Energy Target, the winners will be the big power companies while the losers would be households.

18 August 2014

An understanding of how ageing relates to other social and economic changes in New Zealand, and an in-depth knowledge of behavioural factors that promote positive ageing, is fundamental to successful adjustment as the age composition of the population changes.

15 August 2014

As political leaders acknowledge the limits of their power and knowledge, they seek a diverse range of public input into government, but this raises profound practical and democratic questions as to how we ensure that public input is collected and processed appropriately and what political leaders are supposed to do with that public input.