Democratic Renewal

John Menadue Oration by Marty Natalegawa | 2 November 2017 | Melbourne

CPD’s Inaugural Annual John Menadue Oration – “Can Democracy Deliver?” Remarks by Dr. R.M. Marty M. Natalegawa[1] Melbourne, 2 November 2017 Listen to an audio recording of the full oration here. “Can democracy deliver? As one who...

Why trust matters in our democracy – Conversation with Charlie Leadbeater | ROUNDTABLE | June 2017

On Wednesday, 7 June 2017, CPD was excited to host our special guest Charlie Leadbeater for a roundtable on the topic of  “Why trust matters for our democracy”.  Charlie is one of...

Fellow Mark Triffitt on what Trump’s rise and fall means for US politics

While the successful candidacy of Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump may appear to be increasingly unlikely, his rise and appeal to tens of millions of supporters remains an area of great concern for Fellow...

Policy Director Sam Hurley on Radio National ‘Outsiders’

CPD Policy Director Sam gives his take on Pauline Hanson’s maiden speech and her American analogue the Donald on ABC Radio National’s Outsiders with Jonathan Green. Sam joined Eleanor Jackson from Peril Magazine and...

Fellow Mark Triffitt reviews the kaleidoscopic nature of our new Parliament

CPD Fellow Mark Triffitt takes a look at the new makeup of the 45th Parliament of Australia and the increasingly insular and predictable nature of federal politics. For The Conversation, Mark describes an uninspiring...

Voters were doubly disillusioned – Travers McLeod and Mark Triffitt

On Saturday, Australia’s political system crossed a line. From the normal messiness of democracy into fragmented incoherence. From voter unrest to potential revolt. The implications are clear: instability is no longer a one-off in...

CPD Fellow Ryan Goss talks to ABC News 24 about the same-sex marriage plebiscite

This week, ANU constitutional law expert and CPD fellow Ryan Goss spoke to ABC News 24 about the history of plebiscites in Australia, and the options available to the Government for its proposed vote on...

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...