Politics

Audio interview

23 May 2018

Author and Professor, Clive Hamilton, says Liberal backbencher, Andrew Hastie, was trying to open up what he says is a much needed public discussion of Chinese Influence in Australia.

Commentary

23 May 2018

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

Guide

18 May 2018

This quick guide contains the most recent tables showing the composition of Australian parliaments by party and gender. It takes into account changes to the Commonwealth, state and territory parliaments since the last update was published in February 2018.

Report

17 May 2018

Australia’s founders knew the circumstances and expectations of Australian society would change over time. To address this, they ensured Australian citizens could amend the Constitution, via a referendum, to reflect contemporary expectations. But quite rightly, it is not an easy process to change the rules...

Report

17 May 2018

This report makes numerous recommendations on how the Australian government should respond to climate change risks, including the development of a climate security white paper, to guide a coordinated, whole-of-government response.

Commentary

17 May 2018

Unwilling to confront the genuine and ongoing problems now the dual citizen genie is out of the bottle, the government says candidates for parliament simply need to get their paperwork in order.

Report

15 May 2018

This paper examines the extent of change in South Korea’s approach to the DPRK under President Moon across five realms of North Korea policy.

Journal article

14 May 2018

What is the nature of the New Zealand market for political lobbying? This article concludes that the question is not whether lobbying should be made more transparent via regulation, but rather how this can best be achieved.

Report

11 May 2018

The ANAO chose to undertake this audit because effective personnel security arrangements underpin the protection of the Australian government’s people, information and assets, and the previous audit had identified deficiencies in the Australian Government Security Vetting Agency's performance.

Report

Review of the operation, effectiveness and implications of Division 3 of Part III of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979
10 May 2018

This review focused upon whether there is a need for an ASIO questioning power in the current security context, and the interaction of ASIO’s questioning and detention powers with other counter-terrorism powers that have more recently been introduced.

Commentary

9 May 2018

To deliver tax cuts and budget surpluses, Federal Treasurer, Scott Morrison, will need to stay lucky.

Commentary

9 May 2018

The present case turns on just how wide the “all reasonable steps” exception is held to be. Does section 44 just require a person to take all reasonable steps within their power to renounce, regardless of whether that renunciation is actually effective?

Research report

4 May 2018

This guide provides a broad overview of some of the most significant historical initiatives, events and policies aimed towards negotiating a treaty or treaty-like agreement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders that have occurred at the Commonwealth level, as well as a summary of recent...

Briefing paper

4 May 2018

The Advancing the Treaty Process with Aboriginal Victorians Bill 2018 (‘Advancing the Treaty Bill’) was introduced in the Legislative Assembly by the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, the Hon. Natalie Hutchins, on 7 March 2018.

Strategy

2 May 2018

The Queensland Audit Office (QAO) is required to prepare and publish by 30 June each year a three-year strategic audit plan (SAP) which shapes and drives its program of performance audits.

Its 2018–21 SAP is the culmination of its ongoing efforts to understand the...

Article

2 May 2018

Australia will not achieve its emissions reductions targets until it ends the “culture war” on climate policy, Labor frontbencher Mark Butler has said.

Research report

26 Apr 2018

At a time of growing stress on democracy around the world, Americans generally agree on democratic ideals and values that are important for the United States. But for the most part, they see the country falling well short in living up to these ideals, according...

Briefing paper

25 Apr 2018

This resource argues that the Turnbull Government’s proposal to ban foreign donations and limit political contributions from charities is a flawed and rash proposal that would undermine democracy.

Report

23 Apr 2018

This report provides guidance, and includes recommendations to councils and the Office of Local Government, aimed at strengthening financial reporting, asset management and governance and internal controls.

Book

23 Apr 2018

This book explores new horizons and scenarios for better governance in the context of the new information age, focusing on the potentials and pitfalls for governments operating in the new, information-rich environment.