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This discussion paper analyses the Howard government’s Regional Partnerships Program, the subject of a recent Australian National Audit Office report. The authors discuss the democratic implications and question the political value of pork-barrelling.
The rejection rate for voters who applied for a provisional vote in the federal election was far higher than normal, rising from about 50 per cent to about 86 per cent. Peter Brent comments on the causes and impact.
In this paper the former Australian Electoral Commissioner considers the issue of electorate boundary changes. The paper provides a comprehensive review of the 2006 redistributions in NSW and Queensland and summarises the history of redistributions in the two states. Colin Hughes analyses the party political...
The former head of evaluation for the Australian Public Service Commission considers the tension between the public service’s role in providing ‘frank and fearless’ advice to government and its role in development and implementation of government policy.
In the wake of the High Court’s decision on prisoner enfranchisement, Graeme Orr describes the issue of prisoner disenfranchisement as a continuing ‘political football’ in this new paper.
Australia is at the forefront of professional and independent electoral administration, especially when assessed in international comparative studies. However, while there is often debate about the levels of fairness provided by the various electoral systems in use throughout Australia, less scrutiny has been applied to...
A creeping authoritarianism and a pronounced lack of diversity are making their impact felt on Australia’s already fragile media landscape.
Despite Australia’s traditions of freedom and its status as a long-time liberal democracy, its ranking in terms of press...
Following independent MP Peter Andren's announcement that cancer has forced him to withdraw from active politics, his former chief of staff Tim Payne reviews his parliamentary career. Payne briefly discusses ten areas where he believes Peter Andren has made a significant contribution. “There are many...
Whilst there has been considerable progress in the human rights of sexual and gender minorities in recent decades, this report by Sarah Maddison and Emma Partridge highlights the extent to which significant inequalities persist, particularly in respect of relationship recognition.