Commentary

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?

14 August 2014

The loss of arts and sports data is shortsighted, ill considered and to the detriment of good governance.

13 August 2014

John Howard’s gun buyback scheme had more than one benefit.

12 August 2014

Labor and the Coalition are caught between vying for the middle ground and differentiating themselves in the political marketplace. Behind it all, there’s one vital difference.

11 August 2014

The free speech debate has been marked by selectivity and score-settling

7 August 2014

The rise of Anzac Day as Australia’s national day has been paralleled by the increasing importance of Anzac Day in New Zealand.

7 August 2014

What happens when you add a hypothetical to a hypothetical? A sceptical look at the polling industry

6 August 2014

The post-budget debate reveals two fundamentally different worldviews.

1 August 2014

Newly released documents reveal the intelligence community in the early 1970s through the eyes of a former senior bureaucrat.