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The Committee to consider an independent parliamentary entitlements system was established by the then Prime Minister, the Hon Tony Abbott MP, on 2 August 2015.
The review announcement noted the rules governing the system lacked clarity and transparency and acknowledged that some parliamentary travel...
South Australian Senator, Cory Bernardi, is said to be preparing to quit the Liberals and launch a new party. Perhaps. It is rumoured. The signs are there. And he would, apparently, be bankrolled by mining magnate, Gina Rinehart.
Bernardi appears to have drawn great...
In this analysis, Emeritus Professor Roger Scott and Adjunct Professor Ann Scott revisit Queensland's political history, arguing that the state has a long-standing tradition of accommodating ultra-conservative views within the political process.
At times this has taken place within the dominant Country/National Party and,...
Declared donations and payments to Australian political parties are about to top $1 billion, a new analysis of data shows. But the true figure could be triple that because donations under $13,200 do not have to be declared.
The current funding and disclosure scheme...
Following the 1914 election, the Federal Parliament comprised members of the governing Australian Labor Party (ALP), the Commonwealth Liberal Party (CLP) in Opposition, and one Independent Member of Parliament (MP). Although both major parties generally supported Australia’s participation in the First World...
Trust in political parties has never been lower, but we have more and more of them, to the point where voters need magnifying sheets to read ballot papers. What is the relationship between party regulation and the nature of our democracy? How...
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.
This paper discusses a proposal for a new pathway towards enabling greater participation in our democracy. The pathway provides for an expanded role for the Australian Electoral Commission, funded (at least in part) by the re-direction of public funding away from political parties and candidates...
Europe offers lessons for Australian parties uneasy at the prospect of having to talk to each other
In the same week as Malcolm Turnbull called the 2016 Australian election, another conservative leader on the other side of the world did what his Australian...
Known unknowns – including the Nick Xenophon team’s election-day performance – make a precise prediction difficult. But the evidence points mainly one way
AS THIS extended election campaign nears its (possibly merciful) end, there is a commentariat consensus that Labor, while making some...