Democratic Audit of Australia
Three ways to restore Victoria's original integrity institution
Restoring integrity to Australian governance requires more than just substantive law reform, such as tightening laws that regulate lobbying and campaign finance and increasing the powers of specialised integrity institutions. It also requires the powers of the cornerstone institution of Australia’s integrity system – Parliament...
Federal voter ID laws
This working paper compiles a number of pieces by participants from a seminar to discuss the federal government’s recently announced intentions to enact new voter ID requirements for federal elections—a proposal that raises questions of constitutionality and broader democratic policy.
The climate crisis and democracy: from democratic debilitation to innovation
The climate crisis is also a crisis for democracy, however, it is possible to renew and re-imagine democracy to achieve a more effective response to the climate crisis.
Foreign interference and Australian electoral security in the digital era
Digitisation of elections in Australia induces new vulnerabilities that malign foreign entities can exploit to subvert our democratic sovereignty. Despite this threat landscape, according to this paper, Australia’s digital-analogue hybridity safeguards federal elections from hard cyber security risks that might seek to directly tamper with...
How does digital campaigning affect the problems of political finance?
This paper deals with the intersection between three sets of challenges that constitute existential threats to democracies across the world. The first is money in politics which not only poses the danger of ‘policy capture’ but also, in worse scenarios, state capture by monied interests.