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Big Ideas examines the role of our watchdog agencies. Generally, they only draw public attention when they show someone up: corrupt behaviour by a government official, a waste of public money or maladministration. Less dramatic but just as important is another side of the agencies’...
Joan Kirner, Labor Premier of Victoria 1990-1992
The first female premier of Victoria, Kirner found herself at the top of a disintegrating government after the resignation of John Cain in 1990. She sold the State Bank, battled the ALP factions and was hounded by...
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...