Political leadership

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Audio interview

19 Mar 2018

How bad is authoritarianism? [clue: it’s very, very bad]

This week Rewi Lyall spoke with Dr Lee Morgenbesser (Griffith University) about his conceptualisation of ‘sophisticated’ and ‘retrograde’ authoritarianism as a tool for understanding how different despotic regimes in South East Asia manage perceptions and...

Audio podcast

1 Mar 2018

New Zealand's Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, talks about the toughness of Australian politics, her ambitious policy plans, and the demands of being a young high-profile female leader that everyone wants to know about.

Book review

28 Feb 2018

Mike Steketee reviews Andrew Leigh's new book, ' Randomistas: How Radical Researchers Changed Our World .'

Research report

27 Feb 2018

Donald Trump’s ability to reshape the office, probe the boundaries of American political discourse and transform America’s place in the world will be a product not just of his will, but also of the effectiveness of institutional constraints on presidential power.

Audio interview

27 Feb 2018

China gave up its emperors centuries ago but now it appears to be preparing to anoint a new one — its current president Xi Jinping.


27 Feb 2018

This resource looks at efforts by Australia and Papua New Guinea to continue to strive for a bilateral relationship built on the foundation of respect as neighbours and equal partners, in order to foster greater collaboration between the two countries.


17 Feb 2018

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


15 Feb 2018

Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries are entrusted with the conduct of public business and must act in a manner that is consistent with the highest standards of integrity and propriety. The public, quite rightly, has high expectations of them, in terms of their personal conduct and...


8 Feb 2018

Recent policy and academic writing on women in the Pacific has focused on the barriers women in the region experience when seeking to participate in formal politics. This paper contributes to the small body of work that seeks to explain how some women defy these...

Audio program

26 Dec 2017

It's been two months since Jacinda Ardern was sworn in as Prime Minister of New Zealand. So, how is she faring, after her first one hundred days in office?

Research report

23 Nov 2017

The recently-concluded Congress of the Chinese Communist Party saw President Xi consolidate his power and set China on a revised and ambitious path, one perceived as more becoming of a superpower. Such a move also presents risks for the region and for China itself.


3 Nov 2017

Instead of telling the Senate President, Stephen Parry, that he should be transparent, for the sake of the integrity of both the government and the parliament, senior Turnbull Government members allegedly encouraged him to 'wait and see.' This can only reinforce the Australian public’s deep...


24 Oct 2017

The political stalemate in Timor-Leste has three possible outcomes. Michael Leach explains.


20 Oct 2017

When New Zealand’s 37-year-old Labour Leader Jacinda Ardern is formally sworn in as Prime Minister there will be some, on both sides of the Tasman, who will try to question her legitimacy. Those doing so will reveal they do not understand New Zealand’s proportional representation...

Research report

A case study on populism
15 Oct 2017

This report examines the 'resurrection' of Pauline Hanson and the One Nation Party, discussing Hanson's charismatic appeal and controversial policies in the context of populist traditions and the political party system in Queensland.


6 Oct 2017

Xi Jinping, a politically daring Chinese leader, is certain to win a second five-year term at the 19th Party Congress. However, his harsh line against his opponents, and his timidity on the economy, may come back to haunt him in his second term.

Other text

21 Sep 2017

In a speech to the Melbourne Press Club on 15 September 2017, veteran political journalist, Laurie Oakes, said Australian politics is floundering because contemporary politicians lack the wit and bravery of great former leaders such as Paul Keating.


19 Sep 2017

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

Audio interview

14 Sep 2017

Documents relating to an inquiry conducted more than thirty years ago, into bribery allegations against Lionel Murphy, have been made public.


13 Sep 2017

This report examines the adequacy of the Australian government’s legislative, institutional and policy framework in addressing all facets of institutional, organisational, political, electoral, and individual corruption and misconduct.