Political parties

Discussion paper

Electoral expenditure, political donations and public funding of political parties and candidates
24 Aug 2018

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.

Research report

23 Aug 2018

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.

Commentary

22 Aug 2018

The crushing contemporary verdict on Turnbull is that he has no core set of beliefs from which to dissemble: just an emptiness that only the prestige of the prime ministership can fulfil.

Commentary

15 Aug 2018

Modern-day Australia imposes certain realities on political parties. The most important one is that the important public policy issues of the day go beyond old-fashioned left/right characterisations.

Commentary

14 Aug 2018

While the states are making improvements to their political donations laws and practices, Canberra still has a long way to go.

Research report

14 Aug 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’).

Briefing paper

9 Aug 2018

Partisanship has become the dominant driver of social and political conflict in the United States. This paper argues that Australia should focus on potential partnerships and common areas of concern with US states, rather than simply relying on diplomatic engagement with the White House.

Commentary

29 Jul 2018

Deft management and misleading polls helped turn Super Saturday into a public relations coup for Labor.

Commentary

23 May 2018

Much-anticipated changes to Victoria’s political finance laws favour the big parties and fall short of full transparency.

Book

11 Apr 2018

Provides a comprehensive analysis of the 2016 Australian federal election and the contemporary political and policy challenges facing Australian democracy and society today.

Research report

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...

Commentary

26 Feb 2018

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

Research report

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.

Commentary

17 Feb 2018

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

Commentary

15 Feb 2018

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

Commentary

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.

Guide

14 Dec 2017

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

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