Politics

Commentary

8 Feb 2018

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

Report

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...

Research report

6 Feb 2018

The current demonstrations in Iran could prove to be a watershed in the Islamic Revolution. The theocrats have been shocked by the demands from the demonstrators calling for their removal. Given the deep currents of dislike for the theocracy among many ordinary Iranians, it is...

Commentary

2 Feb 2018

Punishing the person or persons responsible for this week’s Cabinet Files leak does not address the underlying issue. The real problem is that the way governments and businesses keep records is broken.

Commentary

2 Feb 2018

Conventional wisdom advises against holding referendums at election time. Conventional wisdom is wrong, argues Peter Brent.

Report

2 Feb 2018

Australia’s sound governance, political stability and transparent regulatory system build economic resilience and minimise sovereign risk. In an uncertain world, Australia is a safe and secure place to invest and do business.

Report

1 Feb 2018

This report has recommended that the NSW Office of Local Government (OLG) should, by mid-2018, give councils additional guidance on good practice in reporting, start developing a performance measurement framework, and help rural councils develop their reporting capability.

Discussion paper

1 Feb 2018

The Tasmanian Integrity Commission (Tasmanian IC) has major design flaws that render it far less effective than the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (NSW ICAC) in exposing systemic corruption, writes Hannah Aulby.

Research report

30 Jan 2018

It is now taken for granted that trialling and testing inform medical practice. The What Works Centres that sit at the heart of the Network have begun to bring that same transformative approach to other public sector professions.

Research report

30 Jan 2018

Freedom of speech is fundamental to a free society. Political communication is obviously an important mode of speech and accordingly, the laws and regulations that seek to restrict it are inherently concerning.

Research report

29 Jan 2018

As news organisations battle charges of 'fake news' and face low levels of trust from a skeptical public, this study suggests that news outlets still play the largest role in content that gets shared on Twitter, at least when it comes to one contentious issue...

Research report

25 Jan 2018

This research paper outlines the recent history of Senate electoral reform in federal elections, including examining the reasons for the most recent changes to the Senate voting system.

Policy report

25 Jan 2018

Emergency management services aim to reduce the risks of and the adverse effects from emergency events on individuals, communities and the environment1. An emergency event is one that endangers or threatens to endanger life, property and/or the environment, and requires a significant and coordinated response,...

Discussion paper

24 Jan 2018

This discussion paper is based upon a national poll, conducted in April and May 2017, to assess levels of direct engagement between Australians and their parliamentarians, and opinions on whether the number of federal parliamentarians should be increased or decreased.

Research report

23 Jan 2018

The objective of this report is to provide the Auditor‐General’s independent assurance over the status of the selected Major Projects carried out by the Department of Defence.

Report

22 Jan 2018

This audit was conducted to assess whether the Australian Electoral Commission appropriately established and managed the contracts for the transportation of completed ballot papers and the Senate scanning solution for the 2016 federal election.

Audio interview

19 Jan 2018

Many of the most prominent opinions are coming from non-Indigenous Australians — let's hear how two Indigenous women with opposing views on the issue have come to their position.

Report

18 Jan 2018

This report, the result of a ministerial review, provides advice to the minister on the most appropriate operational and legislative mechanisms to support effective responses to natural disasters and other emergencies in New Zealand.

Briefing paper

17 Jan 2018

This briefing paper outlines the flaws in the operation of Victoria’s corruption watchdog, IBAC.

Journal article

17 Jan 2018

Concerns about non-use of evaluations have plagued the profession since it emerged in the 1960s to guide government decision-making about social policies and programs.