Big money was spent on the 2022 election – but the party with the deepest pockets didn’t win
Nine months after the 2022 federal election, Australian voters finally get a look at how much the major parties spent and who funded their campaigns.
Who pays the piper? Donations to federal political parties 1998/99 – 2019/2020
Under the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 (Cth), disclosures are required of political parties and donors. This analysis collates and categorises disclosures made to the Australian Electoral Commission by both donors and political parties over the period 1998/99 – 2019/2020.
Liberal Party of Australia: Review of the 2022 federal election
In May 2022, the Federal Executive of the Liberal Party of Australia requested a review of the reasons behind the Party’s defeat at the 2022 federal election, and to make recommendations to assist the Party in rebuilding. This report outlines the findings from that review.
The 2022 Australian federal election: results from the Australian Election Study
This report presents findings from the 2022 Australian Election Study (AES). The AES surveyed a nationally representative sample of 2,508 voters after the 2022 Australian federal election to find out what shaped their choices in the election.
Election 2022: an opportunity to establish a long-term Labor government
In June 2022, the the ALP National Executive moved to commence a review of Labor's 2022 federal election campaign, and Greg Combet and Lenda Oshalem to lead the review. This report outlines the findings.
The case for truth in political advertising reform in Tasmania
This paper addresses the Tasmanian government’s objections to legislating truth in political advertising laws, as part of the review of the Electoral Act currently underway.
"Relevant and electable": Gough Whitlam and the remaking of the Australian Labor Party
On 2 December 1972, Gough Whitlam led the Labor Party into government for the first time in 23 years with the most expansive agenda for change in modern Australian political history. In this paper, Emeritus Professor Jenny Hocking examines how Whitlam took advantage of the...
New politics: depoliticising taxpayer-funded advertising
This report finds that abuse of taxpayer-funded advertising is rife in Australia, with governments routinely spending public money to spruik their own achievements, especially in the lead up to elections.
Report of the Inquiry into Mr Adem Somyurek’s use of government resources
The matters highlighted in this report from the Legislative Council Privileges Committee (Vic), based on findings contained in the (IBA) Operation Watts report, indicate that Mr Adem Somyurek committed a number of breaches in the performance of his parliamentary duties.
WeChat’s role in Australian democracy: a grassroots view
This study finds that despite drawbacks, the Chinese messaging app, WeChat, plays a vital role in the democratic participation of Chinese-Australians. It argues that the greatest challenge with WeChat remains a lack of regulatory oversight from the Australian government and the platform’s niche role within...
How and why to regulate false political advertising in Australia
This open access book provides political, legal and public interest justifications for truth in election advertising legislation and examines the history and state of play of legal experiments with such legislation in Australia.
Political advertising on social media platforms during the 2022 federal election
The research in this report reveals that political parties spent at least $12.5 million on Facebook and Instagram advertising in the final two months of the 2022 election campaign, with Labor and the Greens successfully engaging women voters to a far higher degree than the...
Post-election briefing 2022: changing constituencies, changing prospects for reform
The 2022 federal election has reshaped Australia's political landscape. Labor will form government despite having an astonishingly low primary vote of around 32%. This paper summarises the election campaign, the results, the key themes, and the prospects for real, impactful reform in the new parliament.
Between sense and nonsense: the predictive power of the electoral pendulum
This paper asks whether the electoral pendulum is a 'good guide' for election watchers and, if so, is it understood and used appropriately by the public.
The 2022 Australian federal election: themes, challenges and issues
This publication has two key aims. First, it seeks to underline the issues which are dominating this year's campaign, as well as those issues which have generally attracted less attention by the parties and media. Second, it aims to showcase the strength of Monash University’s...
Clive Palmer, his money and his billboards are back. What does this mean for the 2022 federal election?
As it contests the 2022 federal election, is the United Australia Party also on a downward trajectory or will it tap into populist sentiment reacting against vaccine mandates and climate change? Susan Harris Rimmer shares her analysis in this article.
Hope? Contempt? Reciprocity? How each political party’s election ads reveal their key messages
The federal election campaign is underway and political advertising has really started to ramp up. But who is each party targeting and what’s their key message?
How the Coalition can win the 2022 election
Paul Keating’s victory for the 'true believers' in 1993, and Scott Morrison’s 'miracle' win in 2019, stand out as elections during which the leaders successfully harnessed these most human of motivations, writes Mark Kenny.
How Labor can win the 2022 election
Every election is winnable, by either side, as the 2019 election showed. Labor enters this one in better shape, and with better prospects, than last time, writes Chris Wallace.
Road to renewal: elections, parties and the case for democratic reform
In this paper, the authors argue democratic reforms to enhance the influence of ordinary and underpowered citizens over public policy are a necessary component of any strategy to recapture lost electorates and reinforce the foundations of democracy.
Papua New Guinea: government, economy and society
Papua New Guinea, a nation of now almost nine million people, continues to evolve and adapt. Edited by Professor Stephen Howes and Professor Lekshmi N. Pillai, this book is highly recommended for students, policy-makers and anyone interested in understanding this complex and fascinating country.
Facebook still approving ads with explicit disinformation as election campaigning ramps up
Disinformation has fundamentally altered the functioning of our public square and our democracy. Increasingly, fair and factual debate is a rarity. The experiment outlined in this report sought to test Facebook’s ad review system by attempting to approve advertisements that explicitly promoted election disinformation narratives...
Election funding and disclosure in Australian jurisdictions: a quick guide - February 2022 update
This guide summarises the complex funding and disclosure laws federally, and in each Australian state and territory. This document does not attempt to capture every nuance of each system and is not a substitute for legal advice. The analysis separates out donations and electoral expenditure...
Selling out: how powerful industries corrupt our democracy
This report explores how the powerful fossil fuel, gambling and tobacco industries are attempting to take advantage of Australia’s weak integrity laws, thereby distorting the nation's democratic processes, to put profits ahead of society's wellbeing.
Political marketing and management in the 2020 general election: key findings and advice for future practice
This report explores the use of political marketing and management during the COVID-19 pandemic and provides valuable insights into political marketing and management in practice.