Parliament House, which was officially opened in 1988, is the home of the Parliament of Australia. This paper presents a chronology of key events in Australia's Parliament House during 2016.
This quick guide contains the most recent tables showing the composition of Australian parliaments by party and gender.
This essay argues that if good people can’t sustain themselves in public life because it is just too punishing and zero sum, then Australia has a serious problem.
Cory Bernardi's decision to quit the Liberals to start a new conservative party has dominated the start of parliament.
'I fought within the Liberal Party tent to uphold the principles and visions and values that attracted me to the Liberal Party in the first...
Parliament House, which was officially opened in 1988, is the home of the Parliament of Australia. It is located on a 32-hectare site on Capital Hill in Canberra, the capital city of Australia.
In 2013 the Parliamentary Library published a chronology...
From 1901 to the end of the 44th Parliament in May 2016, 329 different members and two senators have been disorderly enough during proceedings of the House of Representatives as to result in disciplinary action by the Speaker.
This study outlines...
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key’s surprise resignation announcement has brought the curtain down on a political career that can only described as astonishingly successful. Still hugely popular in the second half of his third term, Key has displayed a remarkable ability...
In 2013 Australia returned to majority government when the Abbott Coalition Government was elected with 90 out of the 150 seats in the House of Representatives. In the Senate, minor and micro parties and Independents held the balance of power. The 44th...
Provides details of House of Representatives by-elections, from that held for Darling Downs on 14 September 1901 to the most recent held on 5 December 2015 for North Sydney.
Executive summary This paper provides details of House of Representatives by-elections, from that held...
Politicians are increasingly involving themselves in the frontline delivery of information in the lead up to disasters and as they unfold. They are often placed as spokespeople and represent the public face of disaster, be it anthropogenic or natural.
This Whitlam Institute Perspectives paper by the Hon Barry Jones AC is a passionate plea for political leadership which has the gumption, intellectual power and persistence to "shatter old beliefs, look towards transcendent possibility and tell a story to be proud of". This paper takes...
This short discussion paper is based on collaborative and ongoing research into crisis and disaster management and its intersection with the role of politicians in communicating with various publics before, during and after crises and disasters.
IntroductionThis Quick Guide presents information about the backgrounds and service of Australia’s 29 prime ministers, from Edmund Barton to Malcolm Turnbull. It includes information about of their backgrounds (age, place of birth, gender and occupational background), period in office, experience in other...
Although political families are sometimes viewed pejoratively as ‘dynasties’ perhaps, as political scientist Professor John Warhurst proposes, there is ‘a political gene that not only attracts members of the same family to politics but gives them the personal attributes to succeed’. In...
Monday night’s ABC interviews showed how TV can be dangerous for politicians in unexpected ways
When Bill Shorten took the chair for a solo Q&A at Ballarat on Monday night, the cards were stacked against him. Tony Jones, at his most adversarial throughout,...
In this podcast Flip Prior, Twitter Australia’s Partnerships Manager – News & Government, discusses how government departments and politicians use Twitter to advance the conversation.
Flip is Twitter Australia’s partnership manager in news and government. She’s responsible for developing relationships with key news organisations...
In the ‘broad church’ of the Australian Liberal Party, rarely has their been a maverick so unrelenting in his commitment to personal principles as Senator Peter Baume. Over a parliamentary career spanning 17 years, three ministerial portfolios and five party leaders, Baume was often pitted...
If corruption does not exist in Australia's federal sector, it would make Canberra the only corruption-free place in the world, Geoffrey Watson argues. In this lecture, the former ICAC counsel calls for the creation of a strong and independent federal anti-corruption commission.
The harassment of politicians has significant psychosocial costs for both the victim and the perpetrator and represents an opportunity for mental health intervention.
Objective: Due to the nature of their work, politicians are at greater risk of stalking, harassment and...
Once the natural party of government, the Liberal Party has been performing badly across Australia for thirty years or more. Mike Baird has shown the party a way out
Mike Baird’s victory in Saturday’s NSW election is far more unusual than it looks....