People who claim the law was not broken by the scandal are missing the point. It’s about the conventions and accountability that is embedded in the Westminster system.
The Republican National Convention wrapped up with Trump sounding familiar themes but speaking from an unusual location.
This year’s technological adaptations may signal a permanent shift in the way nominating conventions meet and the way voters watch them – but it’s not the first time.
Some Democrats are fearing chaos at the convention if no candidate meets the nomination threshold. History suggests they are right to be concerned.
Many of the questions that would arise if Australia wants to become a republic have been successfully tackled elsewhere.
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.