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.
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...
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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.
This publication documents a timeline of major events over the course of Facebook’s history that demonstrate the unprecedented power the platform wields over politics and information systems globally. The authors argue that Australia remains vulnerable to mis- and disinformation, and does not have effective safeguards...
Fact Check: Zali Steggall says it's 'perfectly legal' to lie in political advertisements. Is she correct?
Independent federal MP Zali Steggall claimed that, in contrast to consumer law, it was “perfectly legal” to lie in Australian political advertising. Experts told Fact Check there were no catch-all federal laws to prevent lies in political ads, though they said existing laws might apply...
During 2020 states the world over learned just how challenging it can be to organise full, free, and fair elections in the middle of a pandemic. This paper provides an overview of lessons from the Asia-Pacific region, which highlight innovations and emerging good practice, as...