A good political donation disclosure system would close the loopholes that allow major donors to hide, while protecting the privacy of small donors.
Australia has its own populist tradition. Unlike the US, it is about protecting Australians from the outside world, not asserting their liberties.
If Clive Palmer pursues his claim against the Western Australian government in the High Court, and wins, he's still got a big legal hurdle to overcome.
Palmer has lost his challenge to the closure of the Western Australian border in response to COVID-19. But it still remains unclear whether the border closure was and remains valid.
As Queensland heads to to the polls, hundreds of voters have received unsolicited text messages from Clive Palmer urging them to vote against Labor. And that's just the tip of the electioneering iceberg.
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There's a lot more to Queensland than jokes about Meter Maids and faded curtains. The October 31 election will have a bearing on the whole country.
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As Labor's Annastacia Palaszczuk and the LNP's Deb Frecklington vie for Queenslanders' votes, leadership, COVID and economic recovery are set to dominate debate.
The legislation designed to stop Palmer claiming huge damages against WA raises a host of questions.
With Justice Rangiah finding the border closures are safer in stopping the spread of COVID-19 than alternatives, Palmer will now take his challenge to the High Court on constitutional grounds.
By trying to circumvent the courts, the government is undermining both the rule of law and separation of powers. There is also collateral damage to the rule of law.
The blowback from closing borders will be considerable the Queensland premier, but will be a lot less politically dangerous than if she were seen to fail to do everything possible to protect Queenslanders' health.
It would be extremely controversial for the High Court to invalidate border closures imposed by a state government if there's a reasonable health justification for the measure.
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Queensland's new human rights act has opened the door for a flood of climate change litigation.
The release of political donations data reveals the impact of wealthy individuals in the 2019 federal election campaign, as well as the importance of a sizeable war chest to claim power.
Clive Palmer didn’t win any seats for his party in the election, but he says his massive advertising spend was “worth it” to prevent Bill Shorten from becoming prime minister.
Australia needs to rein in the ever-increasing role of private money in federal elections with caps on political advertising and donations.
Australia’s populist parties are polling much lower than their counterparts in Europe.
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Australian populism is more of a long-term grumble about the state of the world than a sharp reaction to the threat of cultural loss.
The leaders debate returned Western Australia to the political spotlight this week.
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Pre-poll votes within the first 24 hours were almost double the number at the same stage in 2016. That could hurt some minor parties who traditionally spend big in the last few weeks of a campaign.
While Clive Palmer is often lumped in with other right-wingers, in fact he espouses a range of populist ideas and is quite progressive on some issues.
He's spending big and may well win a spot in the Senate. But the big question is what the billionaire businessman intends to do if he returns to the Australian parliament.
Political advertising has moved away from traditional media and is now more prevalent on platforms like Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram.
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The major parties are focusing on social media like never before to get their messaging out – and finding more creative ways to do it.
Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party, Pauline Hanson’s One Nation, and Fraser Anning’s new Conservative National Party will compete for the conservative vote.
Voter dissatisfaction with the major parties means minor party preferences are likely to play a critical role in many seats, making the election outcome hard to predict.