The policy initiatives outlined in this document will provide every council and federal member with the opportunity to deliver tangible outcomes to every community in Australia.
This discussion paper sets out the proposed levels of caps on electoral expenditure and political donations, as well as the introduction of partial public funding of political parties and candidates as recommended by the independent inquiry.
This article examines the primary ways in which algorithmic political communication—organized by automated scripts on social media—may undermine elections in democracies.
This report finds that the conduct of the Members in question does not constitute a contempt of Parliament, even though in some cases, the conduct was not up to the standard expected from Victorian MPs.
Declining net migration gains in New Zealand and concerns over exploitation of people on study and short-term work visas has delayed major changes in immigration policy through to June 2018.
On 1 December 2016 the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory resolved to conduct an Inquiry under section 4A of the Inquiries Act (NT) into options for the reform of political funding and donations in the Northern Territory (‘the Inquiry’).
In the state of Victoria, there is a role for both the education system and for the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) in the teaching and awareness of civics. The committee believes that civics and a lack of public understanding about the way our democracy works...
This research paper contains a summary of the federal elections (House of Representatives and Senate) held from 1901 to the latest in 2016 and updates the Senate tables affected by the special counts of Senate votes in New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia and Tasmania...
This report has been compiled by the VEC on the conduct of the Greater Geelong City Council general election held in October 2017. The report provides commentary on the services provided by the different branches within the VEC and their performance in the execution of...
For those who had hoped women's representation would increase following the electoral system change, results have been disappointing. Women's representation since the advent of LPV has followed the inconsistent pattern of previous elections, with small gains offset by significant setbacks.
This report outlines the proposed redistribution of South Australia’s federal electoral divisions and the Redistribution Committee’s reasons supporting the plan.
The Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform bill seeks to ban foreign donations to political parties and their “associated entities”. But it also seeks to capture organisations, including charities, that undertake public advocacy on policy issues.
Provides a comprehensive analysis of the 2016 Australian federal election and the contemporary political and policy challenges facing Australian democracy and society today.
While most would agree that only Australians should have the power to influence our election outcomes, our nation is one of the few western democracies where foreign money can still be used to influence domestic elections.