Political campaigns

Commentary

7 Dec 2017

The Turnbull Government has announced a crackdown on foreign interference in Australian politics and national security. Proposed laws include a ban on foreign political donations, new criminal offences, and a transparency register for those acting on behalf of foreign governments or organisations.

Prime Minister...

Commentary

21 Nov 2017

No one saw this coming. Last Thursday, an opinion poll told us that Victoria’s Labor government would win the Northcote by-election with room to spare, by 54 per cent to 46 for the Greens. But two days later, the voters did the reverse, and gave...

Audio interview

19 Oct 2017

Lobbying has become a powerful multi-million dollar industry in Australia.

It's also become a lucrative career path for many former politicians who can use their connections and inside knowledge to influence public policy for their paying clients.

In some cases — ministers have...

Policy report

17 Oct 2017

Ten years ago, the Rudd Government introduced the Lobbying Code of Conduct . It was an attempt to regulate the way lobbyists work in Canberra.

It didn’t work – for a lot of reasons. It wasn’t independent, it was full...

Policy report

11 Oct 2017

We think New Zealand voters should be given better information about the fiscal consequences of political parties’ election promises. We offer some observations and suggestions on how.

During the last election campaign, the Labour and National parties debated the fiscal consequences of their policy...

Survey

Report

4 Sep 2017

The analysis found that 2.85% of all tweets sent to women MPs between 1 January and 8 June were identified as abusive amounting to a total of 25 688 abusive tweets out of 900 223 total tweets.

The true positive rate, i.e. the tweets...

Website

14 Aug 2017

Policy is an interactive tool covering key policy from every major party in New Zealand's General Election 2017.

Policy draws on publicly available information about the key election policies of seven New Zealand political parties. Parties with a seat in the current Parliament, or...

Survey

10 Jul 2017

New polling of seven electorates belonging to senior Cabinet Ministers, including the Prime Minister, reveals strong opposition to a federal subsidised loan for Adani’s coal project, and support for instituting a moratorium on new coal mines.

The Australia Institute commissioned ReachTEL to conduct surveys...

Guide

10 Jul 2017

The Australian federal political funding and disclosure system has two main components:

a disclosure scheme including annual disclosure of total receipts, total payments, total debts and donations above the disclosure threshold (currently $13,500, indexed annually) for parties and associated entities , annual returns for...

Report

5 Jun 2017

Australian governments must act now to safeguard and encourage vibrant debate on matters of public interest, fifteen non-government organisations have said in a new report to be released today.

Emily Howie, Director of Legal advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre and report co-author,...

Research report

17 Feb 2017

This resource is a summary of the outcome of the ACT election, held in October 2016.

It was an unusual election in that it saw little movement in party support from the previous election in 2012 and no fringe parties or candidates were elected....

Commentary

Article

20 Jan 2017

The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission announced this week that Catch the Fire Ministries has lost it charitable status.

Catch the Fire Ministries, which was registered as a charity advancing religion, is based in Melbourne’s outer-east and is led by Danny Nalliah. Nalliah is...

Commentary

Article

28 Dec 2016

South Australian Senator, Cory Bernardi, is said to be preparing to quit the Liberals and launch a new party. Perhaps. It is rumoured. The signs are there. And he would, apparently, be bankrolled by mining magnate, Gina Rinehart.

Bernardi appears to have drawn great...

Commentary

Article

6 Dec 2016

In this article, Will Oremus considers the challenges that the media face combatting misinformation since the 2016 US Presidential race, amid the "thornier" issues such as bias, sensationalism, and the problem of objectivity. He argues that lumping these issues together under the banner of fake...

Articles

15 Nov 2016

In this series of articles by academics, journalists and university students, Harvard University's NiemanReports examines some of the key reasons journalists and polling failed to accurately reflect the electorate in the wake of the 2016 US Presidential election.

Commentary

Article

9 Nov 2016

The editor in chief and publisher of the Columbia Journalism Review , Kyle Pope, argues the media's inability to understand the victory of Donald Trump in the 2016 US Presidential election "clearly stand among journalism’s great failures, certainly in a generation and probably in modern...

Commentary

Article

2 Nov 2016

A newspaper in Florida said last week that it regretted its critical coverage of US Presidential Republican candidate, Donald Trump. By doing so, it abandoned its primary duty - speaking truth to power and "exposing his many falsehoods" - claims New York University journalism professor,...

Commentary

Article

27 Sep 2016

Washington-based National Public Radio (NPR) created a team of more than 50 people, including reporters, editors, visuals team, copyeditors and researchers to offer real-time fact checking assessments on a live transcript of the first US Presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

According...

Research report

8 Aug 2016

Electronic petitions (e-petitions) have been introduced in Australian legislatures and internationally to improve public engagement with the political process and to make democracy more accessible, participatory and responsive. In Victoria, both houses of Parliament accept only paper petitions in accordance with relevant standing orders, however,...

Commentary

Article

7 Jul 2016

It is hard to understand why the media are surprised at another undecided election result given the polls predicted this knife-edge outcome for the last eight weeks. Either way, the media’s prevailing election campaign narrative, which congratulated Turnbull’s clever, safe, detail-light strategy has come crashing...