Graeme Orr

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16 Jan 2019

Spamming in texts or by robo-calls may seem perverse, but it's unlikely to disappear. Here are some things you can expect leading up to the May election, and why they're allowed.


25 Sep 2016

Political parties and elections cost money to run.

Who should pay and how should we manage the risks that come along with political donations?

Rear Vision compares the Australian, Canadian and New Zealand systems.



11 Aug 2014

The free speech debate has been marked by selectivity and score-settling

Acres of ink and gigaloads of bytes have been spilled in recent times over “free speech.” Sadly, the debate has mostly been self-serving. Much of it has been driven by right-wing voices...


5 Feb 2012

ONCE a year, on the first day of February, the Australian Electoral Commission publishes, verbatim, the political finance disclosures of the political parties and of some donors and third party or lobby groups. The timeliness of this annual data dump – the figures relate to...


3 Jun 2011

Third-party ads are a relatively recent, unregulated and potentially influential feature of political debate in Australia, writes Graeme Orr.

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