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.
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?
The proposed integrity commission is an improvement on the patchwork of mechanisms in place now, but does not go nearly far enough to prevent and investigate corruption.
Australians' trust in politicians and democracy continues to plummet, posing significant problems for the effective running of the country.
Research shows that in elections with low information and poor engagement, candidate attractiveness plays a significant role in how people vote.
Any amateur politician can engage in lying. President Donald Trump is going further than that. He's engaging in 'post-truth'.
Wonder why Nigel Farage is on so often? Maybe because he's very willing to turn up.
How has sexuality, gender and race played a role in the career of Kathleen Wynne, who stepped down as Ontario Liberal leader after her party's disastrous showing in the provincial election?
Today's media consumers are being bombarded with bias and sensationalism – and could use a dose of Mad's media literacy.
Whether politicians refer to 'assisted dying', 'assisted suicide' or 'euthanasia' tells us a lot about how they feel about the issue, and the emotional response they aim to convey.
Just a handful of federal members of parliament represent hundreds of Australia's threatened species.
Here is a handful of extremely useful expressions with political application which have fallen by the wayside, but remain apt and adept today.
Black politicians throughout US history have struggled to overcome deep, negative stereotypes held against them by white Americans. Obama succeeded at the highest level. Here's how.
Ridiculed and ignored in 2016, what can the 'dismal science' offer us now?
Politicians need to stop meddling with education policy and invest in teachers if Australia's science, mathematics and reading standards are to improve.
Unlike most occupations, MPs are not obliged to take part in any education and training programs to prepare them for their role.
Business people who become politicians can bring fresh energy into the public service. They come from an ecosystem that is driven by urgency to produce measurable results.
Not voting can have serious consequences regarding the kind of society we end up living in. Disengagement can mean a lowering of quality of life.
Many voters feel completely powerless in the election process and their engagement with democracy; they talk in terms of 'us' and 'them' and of not being respected by those in power.
Eight weeks of deadlines, debates, press releases, public appearances and handshaking. What should politicians and their teams do to stay healthy and sane?