Michelle Grattan explains what a government with a so-called ‘unelectable’ hard man at the helm might look like.
Although there was a lot of misinformation during the Voice to Parliament campaign, this is not the first time this has been used as a campaign tactic. Would a misinformation bill solve this
Endorsements from celebrities and businesses can be the kiss of death in a referendum campaign – as can failing to negotiate a cross-party consensus.
Former Labor Leader and Governor-General Bill Hayden has died aged 85. Hayden is remembered for his role in establishing Medibank (later Medicare) and for leading Labor’s recovery after 1975.
The vote demonstrated that the project of progressive politics in Australia remains brittle.
After a bitterly fought campaign, Australians have voted against an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament by a clear majority.
Democracy at its best struggles to enable the better angels of our nature. Demagoguery does the opposite - and we are increasingly at risk of it.
Plus a view on the Voice referendum from Canada. Listen to The Conversation Weekly podcast.
Today there are few countries in the Indo-Pacific which share so much in common, in both values and interests, than India and Australia. Andrew Charlton’s new book examines the possibilities.
Donald Horne’s genius was his ability to capture on the page a personal intellectual journey that reflected one the nation was also taking.
Leaders projecting command and control have long been the standard in Australian politics. But the trouble arises when strong and successful leaders hang on for too long.
It might seem as though there would be a host of lucrative options for a former leader after politics, but that’s not always the case.
There are several strong arguments for allowing 16 and 17-year-olds to vote. But there are potential pitfalls, too.
Why are governments so rarely seen as being responsible for creating the conditions that allow asylum seeker tragedies to occur?
A new book of essays chronicles the failings of the Morrison government, but leaves much unexamined.
Communication and compromise should be the order of the day in minority government. It may be a wild ride, but democracy is the potential beneficiary.
Feminism helped power the tide of change carrying Gough Whitlam to power in 1972. What were his government’s historic achievements for women? And what do Australian women need to fight for next?
Australia’s new climate deal contains wins for the Greens – but the negotiations were bruising
Since the 1980s, Australia’s housing market has become a ‘closed shop’ that expands the wealth of existing home owners and investors. Alison Pennington traces the changes – and suggests another way.
A national survey shows that, while Australians see the traditional council services as very important, most support local government involvement in a much broader range of issues and activities.