Democratic Audit of Australia

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16 Jun 2013

Marian Sawer

More than 1,100 workers died in April when the Rana Plaza building housing garment factories collapsed in Bangladesh. Online activists on have since been calling for consumer action to pressure retailers such as Big W, Woolworths and Kmart to sign up...

Research report

6 Jan 2012

This discussion paper looks at the forthcoming election in Queensland, including the state of the parties and the current electoral geography.

“If the Liberal National Party wins the forthcoming Queensland state election it will be a major watershed for state and national politics,” Prasser...


29 Aug 2011

Australia's system of compulsory voting does not entirely ensure the attendance of all peoples of voting age, recent study demonstrating that as many as one in five Australians not participating in the electoral process.

2010 federal 

Discussion paper

9 Aug 2010

Tony Smith compares the recently announced list of candidates for this month's federal election with the candidates standing in 2007. He finds that despite a modest rise in the number of women candidates, the representation of women in federal parliament could go backwards at this...

Research report

24 Jun 2008

In this discussion paper, Joo-Cheong Tham from the University of Melbourne argues the case for treating trade union financial contributions to political parties differently from those of corporations. The paper is a response to growing support for restricting or banning political donations from all organisations....

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