How Australian federal politicians would like to reform their democracy

The health of a liberal democracy can be measured by the quality of its political parties - which aggregate people’s demands, formulate policy choices and supposedly, represent their constituents' interests. This report outlines how those who know the system best would reform and improve it.

The frontrunners: foreign policy and the Democratic party in 2020

The Democratic Party is adopting a tougher approach to China and moving left on many issues of great consequence to Australia, including trade and defence spending. This report suggests that Australia will likely face more difficult decisions hedging between Washington and Beijing, regardless of which...

Party leadership changes and challenges: a quick guide

This quick guide outlines the current rules relating to the election of leaders for the four largest federal parliamentary parties: the Liberal Party (LIB), the Nationals (NATS), the Australian Labor Party (ALP) and the Australian Greens (AG).

Party favours: how federal election candidates are chosen

At a quick glance, local party democracy in Canada can appear strong, with grassroots members in each constituency gathering every few years to choose their candidate for the next election. This report examines how election candidates for Canada’s five major federal parties were chosen over...

The slippery slope of officially sanctioned lying

Expecting the major parties to call a truce in the battle of escalating lies is a big ask. But given the level of trust in our political system, their ultimate survival may depend on it.

Composition of Australian parliaments by party and gender: a quick guide - July 2019 update

This quick guide contains the most recent tables showing the composition of Australian parliaments by party and gender (see Tables 1 and 2). It takes into account changes to the Commonwealth and state/territory parliaments since the last published update on 15 January 2019.

States of change: how demographic change is transforming the Republican and Democratic parties

This investigation turns up a number of key findings that illuminate how significantly the compositions of the Democratic and Republican parties have changed over the years and are likely to change in the future.

For both parties, the lessons of the election are clear

Strategies that pander to the party “base” have been thoroughly discredited, writes Michael Gill.

Australia’s election: what the hell just happened?

Don’t assume the last decade of political chaos is over as the major parties remain drained of authority and purpose, writes Sam Roggeveen.

The great divide

The voters of Australia have spoken. They just didn’t say what most of us expected them to, writes Tim Colebatch.