Elected officials and the media are in cahoots. Both have succumbed to a two-party system that treats voters not as independent thinkers, but as blind partisans.
Australia needs a clear bipartisan vision of its role in the world and a strategic agenda for the long-term national interest.
Minority governments can successfully prosecute their policy agendas even while being destabilised.
The idea of hitting voters with a powerful message on election day is just the culmination of three trends in Australian campaign communication that have been brewing for decades.
There is nothing in the Constitution to deal with the situation in which neither side can form a majority government.
After the tumult of the Rudd-Gillard years, Bill Shorten has steered his party back to traditional Labor policy ground and made it an unlikely serious contender in this election.
The 'party discipline' that has its roots in the Labor Party's precursor of the 1890s has stifled real political debate, making even the smartest politicians sound like hacks and act like sheep.
James Scullin’s prime ministership was ultimately cut short because, in the face of a great economic crisis, he did not appear to have a coherent plan.
The Institute of Public Affairs was founded by rich men with rich men’s interests at its core, albeit with obligatory nods to the national interest.
The story of the Builders Labourers Federation campaigns that saved historic locations and green spaces in the 1970s still speaks to contemporary Australians' concerns about urban development.
History suggests Labor should be more concerned than it currently appears to be about the effects of its populist rhetoric in mobilising opposition from business.
The decline in Malcolm Turnbull’s popularity and the increasingly explicit critiques of his leadership have raised the question of whether the Liberal Party has a unifying ideology.
The recent history of elections in Australia is a varied one, with some spectacular crashes and own goals along the way.
Ken Livingstone may be at the centre of the latest argument, but Labour is divided by a rift that dates back much further.
Ballooning borrowing to invest in the housing market is impeding investment in the real economy, holding back investment in skills and jobs, and driving up inequality.
As a political speaker, either you pick your key phrases or they get picked for you.
It is unusual to invoke the caretaker conventions so far out from an election. So why is Labor clamouring for them to kick in?
While trade unions still exert some influence on the ALP, it is nowhere near as much as it once was.
Commitment to a stronger, ongoing and more bipartisan federal reform process is one of the true tests of modern political leadership.
There have been policy issues in recent Australian history considered too important for playing party politics. Sadly, those days are long gone.