Democracy

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890077

Commentary

23 Feb 2018

Throughout the world, people are taking direct action to tackle environmental problems – from Standing Rock in the United States, to the Carmichael coal mine in Australia, to the community groups standing against oil and gas exploration in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Report

5 Feb 2018

Trigger warnings, cultural appropriation and safe spaces. Who decided to bestow guardian status to Australian universities? This publication looks at how we got here, where we are headed and what the alternative is to this new status quo.

Research report

30 Jan 2018

Freedom of speech is fundamental to a free society. Political communication is obviously an important mode of speech and accordingly, the laws and regulations that seek to restrict it are inherently concerning.

Discussion paper

24 Jan 2018

This discussion paper is based upon a national poll, conducted in April and May 2017, to assess levels of direct engagement between Australians and their parliamentarians, and opinions on whether the number of federal parliamentarians should be increased or decreased.

Report

16 Jan 2018

Amid the changing informational landscape, media trust in the U.S. has been eroding, making it harder for the news media to fulfill their democratic responsibilities of informing the public and holding government leaders accountable.

Research report

14 Dec 2017

This research paper summarizes differences between the preliminary (election night count) and the final election results, compares the 2017 election result with that of 2014, shows trends in voter turnout, and analyses the demographic makeup of the 52nd Parliament.

Discussion paper

12 Dec 2017

This paper draws on a detailed survey of Australian attitudes to democracy and government. It is also informed by input from about thirty eminent Australians from diverse backgrounds, who gathered in Melbourne last month for a special roundtable on democracy.

Research report

12 Dec 2017

This research found civil society organisations are feeling pressured to take a more cautious approach to advocacy, in order to sustain and protect their other functions and services.

Report

23 Nov 2017

This paper argues that the West cannot remain the West if it becomes indifferent or hostile to its religious heritage.

Audio program

14 Nov 2017

New Zealand and Australia need tougher laws against China's political influence pedalling.

Commentary

24 Oct 2017

The political stalemate in Timor-Leste has three possible outcomes. Michael Leach explains.

Journal article

1 Oct 2017

Several Australian local government franchises still include rules that have been abolished at the Federal and State levels, such as property qualifications, votes for corporations, and various forms of plural voting.

Presentation

25 Sep 2017

This keynote speech to the Australian Political Studies Association conference addresses the rise of populism and the challenges faced by liberal democracies.

Book

22 Sep 2017

This book collects over 50 discrete law reform recommendations, encapsulated in short, digestible essays written by leading Australian scholars.

Book

18 Aug 2017

While there was a lot of talk about inequality before the 2014 general election in New Zealand, and during the campaign, concern about inequality appeared to have no tangible effect on the election outcome.

Commentary

16 Aug 2017

Let’s face it, the only way to live in dignity, inside this depraved society we inhabit, is to resist. That being so, to go to prison is really nothing more than to maintain simple human dignity, it’s really nothing to brag about.— Liu Xiaobo, “Letter...

Discussion paper

1 Aug 2017

This paper briefly recounts Papua New Guinea's constitutional crisis of 2011–12 and looks at political developments under the O’Neill government which came to power following the 2012 election.

Research report

11 Jul 2017

Thailand’s status as a relatively stable and predictable partner, in both business and geopolitical terms, is now imperilled.

Research report

30 Jun 2017

Presents key information on Australia's 2016 federal election, which was held on 2 July 2016 and saw Malcolm Turnbull returned as Prime Minister of a Coalition Government with a slim minority in the House of Representatives.

Commentary

21 Jun 2017

Lobbying is a necessary component of representative democracy, yet poses one of its greatest threats, writes George Rennie.