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Labor’s campaigning in Victoria had a lineage stretching back to community activist Saul Alinsky via Barack Obama
AS THE VICTORIAN Liberals begin the dispiriting task of working out why they lost last month’s winnable election campaign, they could do worse than to ferret...
The polls are showing how far the Coalition has drifted from the mainstream, and the electoral damage could easily outlive this government
IN A FEW days’ time, a full year will have passed since the federal Coalition was ahead of Labor in the...
State elections are often considered as barometers of the national political mood. Latest polls still show Labor winning this week's Victorian state election. Will Victoria's poll be decided on the Abbott government's economic policies?
Brian Costar, Professor of Political Science, Swinburne University...
Australians reward leaders who stand by core beliefs and, on occasion, flex their muscle
WHEN a giant kauri crashes in the forests of south-western Australia, every creature trembles and, if only for a moment, all life is stilled.
This month saw the...
In the long run, the enemy of my enemy isn’t always my friend. It’s a mistake that’s proving costly for the Liberals
TWENTY years ago, during a long, leisurely lunch conversation about the Liberals and their history, John Howard expressed the view to...
Victorian voters can lock micro parties out of parliament and counter the tricks of ‘preference whisperers’ by taking advantage of the state’s optional preferential voting system in the parliament’s upper house.
The number of political parties contesting this month’s Victorian state election has jumped...
This paper discusses the ways in which the internet has profoundly changed how we produce, use and collect research and information for public policy and practice, particularly focusing on the benefits and challenges presented by grey literature. The authors argue that grey literature (i.e. material...
Shadow attorney-general Mark Dreyfus has pointed to Britain’s parliamentary oversight of security agencies as a way of moderating Australia’s latest security laws.
IN A SERIES of unusual moves over the past couple of weeks, Labor has exhibited what looks like a degree of...
Australia is sending dubious messages to Indonesian fishing communities
For the past fifteen years, Australia has funded information campaigns designed to deter asylum seekers from reaching Australian shores. In countries of origin and at transit points, films, billboards and TV commercials have warned...
This report documents the university's environmental and sustainability outcomes against the Global Reporting Initiative – the world benchmark for sustainability reporting. The report aims to:identify sustainability issues impacting the environment and society as a result of Swinburne’s activities describe our sustainability journey –...