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At the 2016 Democratic National Convention, a delegate holds up a copy of the Democratic Party Platform. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

What are political parties’ platforms – and do they matter?

Party platforms are a vital clue about which groups hold real power in the two major national parties, and can help predict what the government will actually do.
Trump seen through a TV camera’s viewfinder in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on April 29, 2017. AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

Trump will likely win reelection in 2020

Liberals who are counting down the days until Election Day 2020 may need to revise their math. Getting rid of a sitting president isn’t easy to do.
Why is it that, in recent years, federal party MPs have reached the conclusion that the only way to deal with an unpopular leader is by deposing them? AAP/Nikki Short

Liberal leadership tensions give neglected backbenchers a voice

It is difficult to pinpoint a specific reason to explain the leadership crisis presently gripping the federal Liberal Party. Why is it that Prime Minister Tony Abbott is facing a leadership spill only…
Even Nick’s crystal ball has done a runner. PA

Too big and too small: Lib Dems just can’t win in a crowded field

The UK’s smaller political parties have been showered with attention of late. We’ve seen Green Party leader Natalie Bennett interviewed on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show – one of the most coveted media platforms…
Murray is offering a British moon on a British stick. Joel Ryan/AP/Press Association Images

Could the Pub Landlord really call time on Nigel Farage?

There is much to ponder about comedian Al Murray’s decision to run in the British general election. Murray – as his Pub Landlord character – will stand against UKIP’s Nigel Farage in the constituency of…
So I’m just going to lie down here and you call me when it’s over. Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

It’s surprisingly easy to oust David Cameron

Much speculation has surrounded Ed Miliband’s position as Labour leader since word of a campaign against him has spread. But less attention has been focused on David Cameron’s position as Conservative…
Senator John Faulkner’s call for political parties to re-engage with Australians through social media is laudable, but his own efforts illustrate how much politicians have to learn. Facebook/John Faulkner

Politics as usual? Ailing parties fail to get to grips with social media

After his speech about party renewal last week, I went to Labor Senator John Faulkner’s Facebook page. It has about 2700 likes. The page features links to speeches and pictures of events that Faulkner…

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