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News July 23, 2016
How Pauline Hanson changes politics through fear
Pauline Hanson is back exhorting the same old message: fear and racial intolerance. And once again she’s set to change the political landscape.
News July 09, 2016
How GetUp! boosted Labor in Election 2016
Activist group GetUp! made 40,000 phone calls in seats selected to target Abbott-aligned parliamentarians, helping Labor win its key gains.
News July 16, 2016
The Sydney siege: what went wrong
As the coronial inquiry into the Lindt cafe siege draws to a close in Sydney, a litany of police errors have become apparent.
News July 02, 2016
The $250 million federal election question
When it comes to election campaigns, it’s easier to sell the negative over the positive – at a massive cost to taxpayers.
News June 25, 2016
The success of the Parliamentary Budget Office
The PBO has proved a boon for accountability, preventing political parties from citing fanciful costings or embarking on ‘black hole’ scare campaigns.
News June 18, 2016
Parakeelia: The inner workings of the Liberals’ funding rort
Donations from a Liberal Party-owned company, through which thousands in taxpayer dollars have been funnelled, expose deep flaws in political fundraising.
News June 11, 2016
NSW premier Mike Baird’s flaws beginning to show
Mike Baird’s winning ways are losing their lustre as critics accuse him of pushing NSW towards being a privatised police state.
News May 28, 2016
Political dirt units defining elections
As the long election campaign grinds on, political dirt units remain the most reliable source of interest, leaking within parties and between them.
News May 21, 2016
Economic think tanks setting the election agenda
A new political nous in economic research groups has seen them capture debate and set the policy course for the election.
News May 14, 2016
Teething on the 2016 election campaign trail
In any ordinary circumstances, Malcolm Turnbull would be out selling last week’s budget. Instead, he’s on the hustings, largely ignoring it.
News May 07, 2016
Reagan ‘voodoo economics’ at the heart of Scott Morrison’s budget
Following a sponsored visit by Reagan adviser Arthur Laffer, Malcolm Turnbull’s budget is based on the fallacy of his trickle-down economics.
News April 30, 2016
The failed state of PNG
In exchange for its part in Australia’s offshore detention regime, Papua New Guinea’s corrupt governance has been ignored, leaving the country on the brink of collapse.