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21 Mar 2018

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.

Research report

12 Mar 2018

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...

Discussion paper

5 Mar 2018

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...


26 Feb 2018

Can the big political parties regain a sense of legitimacy, or have the conditions that sustained them come to an end?


20 Feb 2018

In announcing this Bill as part of a package of bills focusing on foreign interference in Australian politics, the Prime Minister specifically highlighted China, whilst noting that the reforms were not purely about China.


17 Feb 2018

The week’s events raise the age-old mystery: exactly what is this strange beast?


15 Feb 2018

A looming court case is further evidence of a deep divide within a once-powerful election-winning machine, writes James Murphy.


8 Feb 2018

The battle for the inner-Melbourne seat is no ordinary by-election for Labor, suggests Peter Brent.

Research report

11 Jan 2018

Publics around the world overwhelmingly agree that the news media should be unbiased in their coverage of political issues, according to this Pew Research Center survey of 38 countries.


14 Dec 2017

This quick guide contains the most recent tables showing the composition of Australian parliaments by party and gender.


21 Nov 2017

A shock by-election in Victoria has boosted optimism among Greens. But does electoral geography support their wider hopes?


19 Sep 2017

What lies ahead for Malcolm Turnbull? His boosters still wait expectantly for the green shoots of political recovery.

Discussion paper

1 Sep 2017

This discussion paper suggests that the Australian mining industry is dominated by foreign corporate interests that are spending hundreds of millions of dollars influencing our political process.


1 Sep 2017

More young Australians are enrolled to vote than ever before. But will this have the impact Labor and the Greens expect? Peter Brent explains.


22 Aug 2017

The citizenship debacle engulfing the Nationals, and in turn the Coalition government, has as much to do with trust and integrity as it does with the constitution. Being consistent is important in business and in government.


Wondering who to vote for? Explore the policies to find out what's on offer at the 2017 New Zealand election.
14 Aug 2017

Policy draws on publicly available information about the key election policies of New Zealand’s political parties, puts them all in one place and presents them in a consistent and accessible way.

Audio interview

2 Aug 2017

Just seven weeks out from a general election New Zealand's opposition Labour party has changed leaders.


21 Jun 2017

Norman Abjorensen argues in this article that it would be a mistake not to take Peter Dutton MP seriously.

Journal article

19 Jun 2017

This paper argues that the benefits of bipartisanship in the management of defence and security policy are overstated, and that the effects of the norm are often counter-productive and even harmful to the conduct and management of Australian policy.



3 May 2017

One of the most vexed questions about the last election, at least among conservatives, is whether Tony Abbott could have won if he had remained prime minister.

And the answer? No, he couldn’t have. At least, not if you accept newly released findings from...