The level of democratic satisfaction in Australia has steadily decreased in recent years.
The dire level of trust in Australia's government and politicians has serious implications for the health of our democracy. Whoever wins the next federal election must make fixing it a priority.
Restricted powers and a small budget are major concerns with the proposed federal integrity commission.
Corrupt politicians and public servants will be under the spotlight of the new federal corruption watchdog. But if its proposed powers are any clue, it will have neither bark nor bite. Here's why.
The goal of every public appearance or interview by a politician is to “stay on message”. In itself, it’s not a malign tactic but the constant repetition of the same messages without answering questions can be a form of obfuscation.
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Any good political spin doctor employs a range of overt and covert tactics to get their message across. Here are some of the most common ones.
Today, experts reveal the tips and tricks spin doctors use to shape the political messages you’re hearing every day - especially during election campaigns.
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How to spot the work of a political spin doctor this election season.
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There’s a small army of spin doctors behind the scenes of an election campaign, finessing every utterance so it fits with the overall strategy. Today's episode is all about the art of political spin.
Australia’s unspoken antipathy to experience is not new, but contrasts sharply with the attitude found in other countries such as the US.
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A corrosive ageism in Australian politics overvalues the new, while discounting experience. If the US and UK can see the value in older politicians, why can't we?
Students and teachers protesting at Parliament House in Canberra on December 5, 2018.
Far from proof of a flawed education system, politically active school students are evidence our education system is working well.
The majority of Australians dislike the conflict-driven politics of the federal parliament.
Australians' trust in politicians and democracy continues to plummet, posing significant problems for the effective running of the country.
Kelly was one of those who scuppered the National Energy Guarantee, in.
the party meltdown that ended Turnbull’s leadership.
Kelly has threatened to run as an independent if he loses preselection and also at times has left the way open to go to the crossbench.
Malcolm Turnbull used his appearance on Q&A to hold his political executioners to account.
Malcolm Turnbull has delivered a hefty blow to the struggling Morrison government by refocusing attention on the one question it has desperately tried to smother. That is: why was he sacked? When he appeared…
Transparency isn’t a silver bullet, but increasing it would go some way to changing the secrecy around who has access – and how much – to the government of the day.
A new report from Grattan Institute argues the secrecy and inequality surrounding who has "say" and "sway" in Canberra can be remedied – if politicians can just find the will to do it.
It’s hard to read the recent felling of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull as anything other than an act of revenge by Tony Abbott and his closest supporters.
The psychology of revenge and how shame and humiliation can cause chaos in Australian politics.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has blinked in the face of a backbench revolt over the National Energy Guarantee (NEG).
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has back away from a plan to enshrine a target to reduce carbon emission in the National Energy Guarantee.
One Nation leader Pauline Hanson says Australia has ‘run away rates of immigration’.
One Nation leader Pauline Hanson said Australia is "the highest-growing country in the world", with population growth "double than a lot of other countries". Is that right?
The insults have becoming increasingly personal, but they don’t always work.
Creating epithets for political opponents has a long history in Australia – and when it works, it can be devastating.
If the politicians took a higher road, at least there would be pressure on the media to follow.
The way Australian politics is conducted now - abrasive, shallow, personal - is a known turn-off for voters. So why don't the politicans change?
Bigali needed documents to claim back money she was due. But the same government demanding that proof was denying her access to it.
Australia’s approach to the debate over Chinese influence should be to carefully disaggregate the various problems under discussion in this debate and risk-manage them individually.
China scholars disagree on the extent of Chinese influence on Australian politics – but it may be there are more points of agreement than most scholars realise.
‘Antifasc’ as portrayed in Romper Stomper.
Stan's remake of the 1992 film Romper Stomper swaps skinhead culture for the complexities of contemporary Australian extremist politics. In doing so, it highlights disillusion with mainstream politicians and media.
The Conversation’s academic expert FactCheck authors delved into the evidence for and against claims made by Australian leaders in 2017.
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Australian leaders make claims, we ask the experts to test them. Can you tell fact from fiction? What's spot-on and what's spin?
Another day, another report. Will it change Australia’s NBN?
The first Joint Standing Committee on the National Broadband Network's report will please few.