Choosing Cairns or Townsville as a northern Queensland capital would set off a political storm, as would new regional governments around Australia.
Federal politicians and the public like the idea of abolishing the states. But consider the likely result: a more powerful Canberra, with regional governments amounting to glorified shire councils.
Sussan Ley is the latest federal MP to be embroiled in an expenses scandal.
Voters are fed up with political scandals consuming time and energy, especially when the country is facing several social and economic challenges.
Buddhist monks pray in front of a picture of Thailand’s new king at Wat Pho temple in Bangkok on December 1.
It would be short-sighted to believe that a more far-reaching transformation than a royal succession might not also be in store for the Kingdom of Thailand.
What would it take to get more Americans to buy into our democracy?
A marketing guru considers what's wrong with American democracy and how to fix it.
When politics interferes in universities – overtly or discreetly – it makes higher education less autonomous.
Africa's universities supposedly became more independent after the early 1990s. But it appears they haven't achieved much more than cosmetic autonomy from political interference.
When our political institutions are market-driven, they risk becoming a democratic shell that no longer serves the people, as the European Union experience is showing.
Democracy’s problem is not the crisis but the triumph of capitalism. Democracy has become market-conforming, resulting in whole sections of society lacking meaningful representation.
Protesting students from the University of Zimbabwe take to the streets of Harare in 2001.
In 1988 students from the University of Zimbabwe began demonstrating against government corruption. Their protests grew into a national movement that indelibly changed the country.
Malcolm Turnbull is promising a change in leadership style from Tony Abbott, but that alone won’t be enough to qualify as government for the 21st century.
The Abbott government resisted the disruptive changes of the 21st century. To succeed, the Turnbull government will need to shed this reactionary mindset and embrace inevitable change.
Joe Hockey has made no secret of his republican leanings, yet his right to seek to revive debate on the issue has been questioned.
It has significant public support across party lines, but politicians who advocate Australia becoming a republic are likely to have their priorities and even their right to do so questioned.
Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill are immortalised as political heroes, but both had personal issues that might have proved politically fatal today.
Every culture needs heroes. So when our political system becomes incapable of giving us any, where does that leave us?
Hands up in the 15M movement in Madrid.
Candidates from Spain's '15M' movement – born of mass protests in 2011 – have responded in various ways to the dilemma that being elected creates for those wishing to overturn the 'old politics'.
The road to recovery is a long one for Nepal, which goes beyond the immediate priority of disaster relief.
Politics in Nepal will hinder relief and recovery efforts following the earthquake and its aftershocks. But look at it the other way around. Could the disaster help to resolve political problems?
At one climate change conference after another, leaders of the developed democracies solemnly pledge action, then return to the gridlock of political systems with 19th-century origins.
Even as the challenges of climate change grow ever more obvious, what remains largely unacknowledged is the crisis in liberal democratic politics that is preventing an effective response.
Plaid Cymru are seeking to rally powers to Wales.
It's not news that Plaid Cymru want more powers for Wales, but there's more to their proposals than meets the eye.
Pull up another (20) chairs.
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Plaid Cymru calls for fewer Welsh MPs and English Votes for English Laws.
On many major issues, Labor’s Bill Shorten and the Liberals’ Tony Abbott are essentially two wings of the same bird.
The crisis of public confidence in politics is not limited to Australia, but public disengagement, retail politics and lack of vision are crippling our ability to tackle long-term and wicked problems.
Gather round, people, it’s sure to be a good show!
Many are concerned that the public is turned off politics by combat in the Commons, but a parliamentary sin bin is not the answer.
The Power of 1 exhibition explores differences in perceptions and forms of political participation across generations and how these are likely to affect the direction of our democracy.
Museum of Australian Democracy
Australians divide along generational lines when it comes to participating in politics. Less predictably, they are almost united on the need to fix the political system and the best ways to do that.
The cross-bench senators may call to mind Paul Keating’s charge of ‘unrepresentative swill’, but they also reflect and respond to the 21st-century world in ways that the major parties can’t.
The Senate is not a root cause, but part of a long list of symptoms that indicate Australia's political system is increasingly unfit for purpose in the 21st century.
Senator John Faulkner’s call for political parties to re-engage with Australians through social media is laudable, but his own efforts illustrate how much politicians have to learn.
After his speech about party renewal last week, I went to Labor Senator John Faulkner’s Facebook page. It has about 2700 likes. The page features links to speeches and pictures of events that Faulkner…