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Democracy

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Report

Cancelling the culture: Critical Theory and the chasm of incoherence

This report looks at key philosophical and ideological issues underlying cancel culture and examines the flawed foundations upon which Critical Theory rests. The report also sets out some key principles to guide responses to critics who insist that Australia — a country we know exemplifies...
Report

States, corporations, individuals and machines

The balances of power between states and corporations, corporations and citizens, and the social contract between states and their citizens is in constant flux online. This paper explores proposed settlements on the balance of power and what they mean for the future of the web.
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Good foundations: why democracies should care about the wiring of the Internet

This paper explains what protocols are - how they work, why they matter and how they are governed. It explores the implications of this approach and urges a closer relationship between the architects of Internet protocols and those responsible for the publics they affect.
Report

From crisis to reform: a call to strengthen America’s battered democracy

This paper argues that a unique opportunity currently exists for the United States, when Americans are publicly engaged after a contentious election, and a new presidential administration attempts to chart a better course. The author suggests Americans need to seize this moment and move beyond...
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Representative, still: the role of the Senate in our democracy

This resource presents one of the most extensive studies of Australians’ knowledge of and attitudes towards the Australian Senate.
Report

Freedom in the world 2021

This report highlights that as COVID-19 spread across the world during the year, governments across the democratic spectrum repeatedly resorted to excessive surveillance, discriminatory restrictions on freedoms like movement and assembly, and arbitrary or violent enforcement of such restrictions by police and non-state actors.
Report

The domestic security grey zone: navigating the space between foreign influence and foreign interference

This occasional paper seeks to address the question - how should Australia address foreign influence that falls short of interference, but is nonetheless inconsistent with Australian values, interests or sovereignty?
Report

Report of the Inquiry into nationhood, national identity and democracy

This report acknowledges the enduring successes of Australian democracy. It is important to also understand the social changes that have posed new challenges to democratic participation and stability. The committee believes that this report demonstrates why Australia’s democratic institutions matter, and why reinvigorating them is...
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Myanmar’s latest coup: what is to be done?

The international community has never been able to agree on the best approach towards Myanmar, with policies ranging over the years from tough sanctions to uncritical engagement. This paper concedes that there are no quick or easy answers to the complex questions surrounding modern Myanmar.
Policy report

A 2021 education resolution: keep an eye on the Australian curriculum

This paper argues that as the strengths and weaknesses of the Australian federation are tested, there can be few more powerful avenues leading to national unity and prosperity than a genuinely world-class Australian curriculum.