Democratic Renewal

Democracy and disillusionment in a digital era

Above: CPD hosts Simon Willis from Change.org at roundtables in Sydney and Melbourne, with generous support from BCG and ANU House Melbourne. In February 2016 CPD participated in a number of discussions on democratic...

Menadue and Keating’s new book Fairness, Opportunity and Security: Filling the Policy Vacuum

CPD founder and fellow John Menadue and former Deputy Secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet Michael Keating launched their new book Fairness, Opportunity and Security: Filling the Policy Vacuum. This book...

Travers McLeod: Does apathy to the political system among young people point to a crisis in Australian democracy? | Meanjin, Spring 2015

The good ship of democracy is entering into uncharted waters. A 2015 poll confirmed less than half of young Australians aged 18-29 think democracy is preferable to any other kind of government.  Earlier data...

Triffitt, McLeod dig into the ‘ethically challenged netherworld’ of politicians’ entitlements | Thought Starters 25 August 2015

In a piece that first appeared in The Age (August 13, 2015), Melbourne University lecturer Mark Triffitt and CPD CEO Travers McLeod analyse the ‘ethically challenged netherworld’ of politicians’ entitlements.  When does a political system become corrupt?...

Micro-parties reveal political system unfit for purpose: McLeod in The Conversation | 23 February 2015

In a piece for The Conversation, Travers McLeod, CEO of the Centre for Policy Development, joins Mark Triffit, a Melbourne University Public Policy lecturer, in suggesting that the rise of micro-parties reveals a political system...

Media ownership and regulation in Australia | Discussion paper

By Rob Harding-Smith, CPD Researcher In theory the media should diversify a nation’s democracy, serving as a channel through which many different groups can participate in national debate. Yet with the high levels of...

Suffer the little children – asylum seeking kids in Australia

There are 628 children in immigration detention. The Government claims that kids are not held behind razor wire. But does that mean it is humane? Kate Gauthier, who is part of a reforming of...

John Menadue’s sizzling critique of the media

The Centre for Policy Development’s founder, John Menadue was at the New News Conference in Melbourne recently. While there was much talk of how digital media is revolutionising the way we create and interact...

Limited choice has made for a confusing outcome

Australia has voted and the results are still difficult to interpret. Eva Cox, steps back to take a look at what our options as voters really were and what the take home lessons for...

Government Advertising: public interest or party interest?

Suddenly, everyone seems interested in controlling federal government advertising. Kathy MacDermott looks at where the major parties sit in relation to this and the opportunities for reform the current situation provides. Reform to government...