Political culture

Commentary

19 Sep 2017

Malcolm Turnbull was interviewed late last month on the ABC’s flagship news current affairs program, 7.30. It wasn’t pretty viewing. Turnbull responded to host Leigh Sales’ interrogation through gritted teeth. He tetchily accused her of being “negative”: of only wanting “to talk about politics...

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19 Sep 2017

It's the preferred platform of the Leader of the Free World, but to some politicians in Australia, Twitter isn't worth the energy.

Overnight, Federal Labor MP, Ed Husic, announced that he'd posted his final tweet, and some on the government benches say they understand why.

But...

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Audio interview

14 Sep 2017

Lionel Murphy was a justice of the High Court, a Labor attorney-general and a political figure accused and acquitted of serious crimes.

He's one of the most polarising figures in Australian political history.

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Report

13 Sep 2017

This inquiry continues the work commenced by the Select Committee on the Establishment of a National Integrity Commission (2016 select committee) established during the 44th Parliament on 24 February 2016. The 2016 select committee tabled an interim report on 3 May 2016.

This report...

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Audio program

11 Sep 2017

This week marks ten years since the United Nations adopted its first Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Although non-binding, the Declaration recognised the rights of indigenous peoples around the world to self-determination and proposed protections for their land and...

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04 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 labelled as abusive by the model that are truly abusive...

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Discussion paper

01 Sep 2017

New research shows that the mining industry is dominated by foreign corporate interests that are spending hundreds of millions of dollars influencing our political process.

The report finds that:

  • Total revenue of mining lobby groups over the last 10 years is $524,150,431, with
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Commentary

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.

After the Greens' Scott Ludlum and Larissa Waters resigned over...

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Commentary

12 Jul 2017

Let’s be optimistic and say that it’s never too late to start restoring trust in politics and its practitioners. It is not as though we can return to some golden age of democracy, when voters considered politics an honourable and noble profession, because such an era never existed, at least not...

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Survey

11 Jul 2017

The Australia Institute today released the results of the Fitzgerald Principles survey of parliamentarians’ principles of good governance.

The survey, which asks parliamentarians a range of questions on acting with integrity, is based on principles outlined by the Hon Tony Fitzgerald AC...

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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 
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Commentary

21 Jun 2017

Lobbying is a necessary component of representative democracy, yet poses one of its greatest threats.

Interest groups must be free to have a say. But the disproportionate influence of a few over many serves to seriously undermine democratic ideals, and comes at great cost to the taxpayer...

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Commentary

21 Jun 2017

Federal Immigration Minister, Peter Dutton, is the government’s hard man. Taking over the mantle from Scott Morrison as the most prominent figure on the Liberal Party’s hard right, he is a polarising figure both among voters and within his own party.

In some ways, the former Queensland...

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Research report

03 May 2017

Freedom of expression in Turkey is under sustained and increasing attack. Since the failed coup attempt in July 2016, academics, journalists and writers who criticize the government risk criminal investigation and prosecution, intimidation, harassment and censorship. The severity of the Turkish...

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02 Mar 2017

The National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) and the American Society of News Editors (ASNE), along with more than eighty other organizations committed to the First Amendment right of freedom of speech and the press, are condemning efforts by the Trump administration to demonize the media...

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Audio program

01 Mar 2017

A corruption survey has revealed major concerns within the Australian population about perceived back-room deals between business and government.

Transparency International's Global Corruption Barometer shows a serious lack of trust in business and political leaders across the country....

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24 Feb 2017

A global trust survey released this week revealed the unsurprising result that our trust in politicians, business leaders, NGOs and the media is still falling. The one bright spot is that online journals like 'Independent Australia' are gaining readers' trust, whilst the MSM continues to fail....

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Research report

15 Feb 2017

This year’s CEDA Economic and Political Overview (EPO) is such an important document for political decision-makers and the business community. It again delivers reasoned analysis of the possible economic and political headwinds on the horizon and trends and projections.

It goes without...

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Website

01 Feb 2017

Information

  • While Donors are required to declare only their donations, Political Parties and Associated Entities must give details of all receipts above the disclosure threshold for the financial year ($13,000 for 2015-16). Many of these receipts are not donations
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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 inspiration from...

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