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Democratic reform comes in waves, propelled by technological, economic, political and social developments. There are periods of rapid change, followed by relative quiet.
We are currently in a period of significant political pressure for change to our institutions of democracy and government. With so...
This paper focuses on telecommunication infrastructure as the backbone of a fast-growing digital economy, and raises important questions about the early National Broadband Network (NBN) in Australia.
On 13 November 2015, a closed-session roundtable was held at University of Yangon’s Department of International Relations in collaboration with The Australian National University’s Myanmar Research Centre. The session was attended by over 30 foreign and Myanmar scholars, journalists and electoral advisors...
The 2015 Bougainville election was a milestone for women’s political representation. The largest-ever cohort of women candidates contested; one candidate, Josephine Getsi in Peit constituency, became the first women elected to the House of Representatives in an open seat. She joins the three women members...
The Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, hereafter ‘Burma’, announced in July this year that it would hold elections for national, state, and regional parliaments on 8 November 2015. As this has the potential to be Burma’s first credible...
The dismissal of Gough Whitlam's Labor government brought an end to the political deadlock of 1975, but not the controversy surrounding it. Political biographers Jenny Hocking and Margaret Simons talk through some of the issues that remain contentious, four decades on.
Election victories in Britain and Canada show the Labor Party where more work is needed
Voters in Britain gave election watchers a shock in May. Not because David Cameron survived as prime minister – despite the post-election rewrites, a Labour victory hadn’t been...
In this week's Pidgin Politics, Tim, Gaby and Wes discuss Joe Hockey's valedictory speech to the Parliament, reforms to the superannuation industry as recommended by the Murray Inquiry and the Canadian election with senior Canadian lawyer Noble Chummar.
Joe Hockey pulled...
In recent years there has been surge of critical interest in the study of committees in Westminster-derived parliaments. However, one type of committee has escaped review: Australia's dedicated electoral matters committees (EMC). This article investigates the policy impact of one of Australia's EMCs, the Victorian...
The party sometimes forgets that Liberal leaders have been most electorally successful when they’ve governed from the centre
Malcolm Turnbull’s accession to the prime ministership presents us with a paradox. His leadership is a return to Liberal Party orthodoxy, yet the forces most...