Republicans and Democrats alike claim their conventions provide a big economic boost to their host cities. What's the evidence say?
It is unusual to invoke the caretaker conventions so far out from an election. So why is Labor clamouring for them to kick in?
Laws play their role in regulating our governments, but so does our own respect for political conventions. And the way these are upheld goes to the heart of our freedom as democratic people.
The government’s uncontested assessment of national interest and security often trumps the rule of domestic and international law, as well as Australia’s obligations under human rights treaties.
The public service is meant to be independent and bipartisan. But "political" appointments and funding arrangements can hamstring their ability to give fair and frank advice.