Graeme Orr


Scott Morrison wants to outlaw boycott campaigns. But the mining industry doesn’t need protection

The focus of laws against secondary boycotts has never been against consumer groups or movements involving non-employees. There’s an obvious and good reason for this.

From robo calls to spam texts: annoying campaign tricks that are legal

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.

Politics and money

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.

The freedom to be a hypocrite

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 opposed both...

Old figures on new money

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...