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The week’s two big political campaigning scandals — Cambridge Analytica’s data-harvesting and Labor’s funding scam in Victoria — highlight the temptations facing parties desperate to win government. For Labor, an Ombudsman’s report on the affair places valuable information in the hands of the Victorian Opposition....
Midterm elections are an important indicator of the national political climate that curb or enhance the power of the president’s party in Congress. If Republicans maintain majorities in the House and Senate, they will continue to pursue core policy priorities.
Trust in our politicians is declining, and risks diminishing further with allegations of misuse of public funds. This investigation argues that the reputation of the Victorian Parliament would be greatly enhanced if an independent agency was clearly empowered to deal with such matters.
"There needs to be a complete rethink of the way we allow political parties to operate," says the Chair of Digital Rights Watch, Tim Norton.
This report argues that if the major parties and politicians want to rebuild trust with voters, they will need to change the way they do politics: stop misusing their entitlements, strengthen political donations laws, tighten regulation of lobbyists, and slow the revolving door between political...
This consultation paper provides information on the process for preparing the post-election report, including the requirements placed on the PBO and designated Parliamentary parties by the Parliamentary Service Act 1999, and the factors that will need to be considered before allowing non-designated Parliamentary parties to...
This research paper updates an earlier Parliamentary Library publication and details the 151 by-elections for the House of Representatives held to date, including some of the factors involved in their being held. It also discusses relevant factors such as the timing of by-elections, the number...
A failed experiment in market-led education needs to be buried once and for all, writes John Quiggin.