Disaster of any kind throws qualities of leadership – or the perceived lack thereof – under the spotlight. People respond most to leaders who show empathy and authenticity.
Morrison has been too timorous to take the tough decisions needed to prepare for the bushfire season, including confronting rancorous dissenters in his own ranks.
A crisis of this scale requires a willingness to listen to the best sources of advice and generate bipartisan consensus. But Morrison has struggled to put the national interest above party politics.
Jacinda Ardern created an indefinable aura of promise – but just as people fall in love, some have fallen out of love, too.
Yes, Jacinda Ardern is an intelligent, compassionate prime minister, but governing is difficult – and problems have inevitably arisen, or never gone away.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
arrive at the Commonwealth Heads of Government 2018 meeting in Windsor, England, in April 2018. New Zealand moved from the first-past-the-post electoral system in 1993 to a system that helped put Ardern in power.
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Unlike Canada's newly elected House of Commons, New Zealand’s parliament reflects the will of voters. So do other proportional representation systems. Canada has plenty of choice.
More than 50 advertisers have so far withdrawn from Alan Jones’ 2GB radio show, buoyed by social media campaigns naming and shaming those who remain.
The advertising boycott of Alan Jones' radio show highlights which companies advertised on it, but ironically, pulling out now could enhance their brand more than if they had never supported the show.
The perception of Jones’ power has led to him being courted by politicians, and so wielding actual power.
The broadcaster's latest outrage may finally make his employer act - but not because of any damage he is doing to the social fabric.
Jacinda Adern said the issue was having a ‘corrosive’ effect on Australia’s relationship with her country, and that Australia should not take the closeness of the relationship for granted.
Many people being deported have extensive family ties in Australia and have spent very little time in New Zealand.
Boys play on a beach in Kiribati in 2014. Cuba is training doctors to tend to people on the Pacific island nation, struggling with disease amid the worsening effects of climate change.
Cuba is offering a compelling example of how we can take care of each other during the climate crisis with its work training doctors on Kiribati, a nation that is being devastated by climate change.
New Zealand has actually introduced a well-being budget, but Australia had been paving the way.
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Australia's treasury adopted a well-being framework well before New Zealand's much celebrated "well-being budget". Here's what happened to it.
A rally for affordable housing in Vancouver, Canada.
From Berlin to New York, citizens from around the world have shown that it is possible to get governments to make affordable housing a priority.
A young protester speaks during a rally on climate inaction at Bondi Beach in May.
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Young voters want leaders who are transparent, honest, and display integrity. They also crave stability.
Jacinda Ardern and Immanuel Macron will head up the Christchurch Call meeting, aimed at coordinating international regulation of harmful online content.
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Being seen to lead is clearly an important political aspect of managing online content. But internet regulation must focus on creating policy that is clear, accountable, balanced and open to appeals.
We care about more than economics when it comes to the polling booth. So why don’t governments listen?
Countries around the world are taking society's happiness and well-being into account when formulating policy. So, why is Australia so focused on economics as the sole marker of progress?
New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern wore a headscarf to comfort mourning family members after the Christchurch mosque shootings.
AP Photo/Vincent Thian, File
After the Christchurch mosque shootings, New Zealand's prime minister didn't start a war on terror. She covered her head, cried, paid for funerals and passed gun control. Is it because she's a woman?
Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten and Prime Minister Scott Morrison attending an ovarian cancer event at Parliament House in February.
Knowledge is important to produce informed policy, but an understanding of people is also vital in a democracy. And that requires listening – to all sectors of society, not only elites and lobbyists.
New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has called for more kindness in politics.
NZ's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern stands out internationally as she talks about doing politics differently. Yet, domestically, there's little discussion about priorities in foreign policy.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at the General Assembly of the United Nations last month.
One year since Jacinda Ardern became prime minister, New Zealanders are refamiliarising themselves with the idea that the state can be a force for good.
Neve Te Aroha Ardern, just three months old, discovers UN headquarters in New York with his father and mother, who holds the highest political office in New Zealand.
The media interest in the New Zealand leader, who gave birth this summer, is an illustration of the difficulties faced by women who choose to pursue a career without sacrificing their lives as mothers.
Thousands of high school students across the US walked out of their schools to protest gun violence and to call for changes to gun laws.
Lowering the voting age to 16 would bring the age of political responsibility more in line with the age of criminal responsibility and the age of informed consent for medical procedures.
Cash’s frequent political tactic is to default to aggression.
Politicians may agree, at the level of generality, that their discourse should be more civil. Yet in practice, they simply refuse to change.