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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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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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Research report

30 Aug 2016

The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) Operation Spicer investigation has exposed prohibited donations, fund channelling and non-disclosures in the NSW Liberal Party’s 2011 state election campaign.

The Commission’s report, Investigation into NSW Liberal Party...

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Audio program

27 Jun 2016

Billions of dollars worth of spending has been promised during this election campaign on transport infrastructure around the country. Now a Grattan Institute analysis of the promises has found many of the projects have no business case whatsoever. The research also highlights that viable...

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Commentary

24 Jun 2016

Most Australians who take an interest in politics, at least those of a certain age, remember that John Hewson's policy in 1993 to introduce a 15 per cent GST lost him the unloseable election to Paul Keating. Except that is not quite right. There was another factor - health policy.

Hewson...

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Video lecture/presentation

22 Jul 2013

With the federal election fast approaching, and two weeks prior to the leadership spill that would see Gillard relinquish the prime ministership, Sally Warhaft speaks with pre-eminent political journalist Michelle Grattan for a special spotlight edition of the Fifth Estate.

What are the...

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Article

18 Aug 2010

A KEY to understanding much of the current election campaign is in a book published 40 years ago. Alvin Toffler's Future Shock sold more than 6 million copies but, more importantly, the concept became part of popular culture. For Toffler, future shock is the shattering stress and...

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Research report

16 Dec 2008

This paper considers the constitutional and practical constraints upon reforming electoral campaign funding in Australia. It addresses the banning or capping of political donations, the limiting of campaign expenditure and the expansion of public funding of political parties. In doing so, it...

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The ACTU is gearing up for a major campaign in the lead up to the next election to change the workplace laws.

The push for stronger worker protections comes as union battles break out on a number of fronts, including over the cuts to both penalty rates and the company tax rate plus the...

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