After four successive federal election defeats, the high cost of inaction … is plainly evident. Its effect has been to hollow out the party’s real membership … and impair its capacity for effective policy development… more
John Menadue states,’there is ample evidence that we want to participate if we feel that our views are valued and will be reasonably acted upon. Polls show that whilst we… more
Sally Young takes a critical look at the election debate.
Dr Sally Young, from Melbourne University, wrote this guide to help you find all kinds of information about politics on the internet.
Dr Janette Hartz-Karp looks at how deliberation can revitalise our democracy.
Eva Cox Believes that we need to move from counting victims and expecting the victors to be nice to us, to discussing why the present system is both dysfunctional and unethical. And asks, ‘how can… more
Allison Henry and John Warhurst The researchers found that only half of the young people they interviewed would vote if it was not compulsory, and among the reasons given by respondents for not voting was… more
Daniel Donahoo argues that local government and community organisational models will be play a big role in the future of community-government relations.
Reform principles In Australia, the State level of government is particularly responsive to differences in the circumstances and preferences of, say, North Queensland versus Tasmanian families. On the other hand, the Federal Government’s role is… more