Posts Tagged ‘Australian politics’

Zareh Ghazarian delivers Senate Occasional Lecture

Dr Zareh Ghazarian, Lecturer in Politics and International Relations from the School of Social Sciences, delivered the Senate Occasional Lecture in Parliament House, Canberra on 17 March, 2017. The lecture marked the 40th anniversary of the election of the Australian Democrats to the national parliament. It drew on Dr Ghazarian’s research on minor parties as…

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WA state election: Liberals’ deal with One Nation may come back to bite them

Narelle Miragliotta, Monash University Elections are colourful affairs, and the March 11 state election in Western Australia is no exception. What is bringing particular clamour to this election is the resurgence of One Nation. Pauline Hanson’s party has certainly made its presence felt. The party is contesting 35 of the state’s 59 Legislative Assembly seats,…

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Bernardi should have resigned his Senate seat: here’s why

Narelle Miragliotta, Monash University Senator Cory Bernardi’s decision to quit the Liberal Party comes as no surprise to most political observers. For quite some time, and certainly since Malcolm Turnbull’s elevation to the Liberal leadership, Bernardi’s resignation from the party was always a distinct possibility. However, his decision to quit the party without resigning from…

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Expenses reform is easy and essential – the only thing lacking is politicians’ resolve to do it

Colleen Lewis, Monash University What is it that too many politicians don’t get about the inappropriate use of taxpayer-funded expenses and the need to reform federal political donations laws and establish a federal anti-corruption body? The answer to those questions may help explain why MPs continue to behave inappropriately in each area. This is important,…

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Australians more alarmed about state of politics than impact of migration and minorities, survey finds

Andrew Markus, Monash University There is no shortage of expert commentary on current shifts in public opinion, understood as a revolt against political elites. Within Europe and the United States interpretations are supported by the British vote to leave the European Union, the increasing popularity of far-right parties campaigning on anti-immigration and nationalist platforms, and…

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Death or Liberty tours in London, Dublin and Wales

“Democracy wasn’t granted in the 1850s and late 19th century simply because some wise politicians granted it or Queen Victoria agreed to it. It’s because people sacrificed their lives and certainly their liberty for these causes in the United Kingdom, in Ireland, in North America, in Canada, all over the Empire, and did time in…

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Turnbull will not succeed as prime minister unless he unites his party

Nick Economou, Monash University When he displaced Tony Abbott as Liberal Party leader, Malcolm Turnbull ascended to what has traditionally been thought of as a position of some power within the party. The Liberal Party is something of a top-down organisation in which the parliamentary leader forms the ministry and defines the party’s policy agenda.…

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