Politics

'Why do politicians find tax justice so hard?' by Daniel Halliday

Daniel Halliday
21 April 2019

As part of his budget speech to the House of Representatives in April, Josh Frydenberg, the federal treasurer, announced that his suite of policy changes would ‘deliver better outcomes f More

Frank Bongiorno reviews From Secret Ballot to Democracy Sausage: How Australia got compulsory voting by Judith Brett

Frank Bongiorno
18 April 2019

In July 1924, a Tasmanian senator from the conservative Nationalist Party, Herbert Payne, introduced a bill to bring about compulsory voting in Australian national elections. His proposal More

Lyndon Megarrity reviews Elections Matter edited by Benjamin T. Jones, Frank Bongiorno, and John Uhr

Lyndon Megarrity
25 March 2019

The atmosphere among Australian electors lining up to cast a vote at a school, hall, or similar institution is generally relaxed and informal, a ‘vibe’ enhanced by the friendly banter More

Andrew Broertjes reviews Political Troglodytes and Economic Lunatics by Dominic Kelly and Rise of the Right by Greg Barns

Andrew Broertjes
25 March 2019

In the last four decades, a shift has occurred away from the post-World War II consensus around the role of the state. Conservative parties dominated by neo-liberal agendas have surged, as More

Glyn Davis reviews Prime Movers: From Pericles to Gandhi by Ferdinand Mount

Glyn Davis
25 March 2019

Describe the twelve most influential thinkers who shaped Western political traditions. Chaos must ensue. Your list will be outrageous, but mine also. Consider whom you leave off the roll-c More

Simon Tormey reviews Whiteshift: Populism, immigration, and the future of white majorities by Eric Kaufmann

Simon Tormey
25 March 2019

In the wake of the unexpected Brexit and Trump votes in 2016, academics and commentators have been scratching their heads trying to work out what these extraordinary events represent. The More

Neal Blewett reviews 'Recollections of a Bleeding Heart: A portrait of Paul Keating PM' by Don Watson

Neal Blewett
05 March 2019

What is it about Paul Keating that so fascinated his retainers? Six years ago, John Edwards wrote a mass More

Russell Blackford reviews Trigger Warnings: Political correctness and the rise of the right by Jeff Sparrow

Russell Blackford
04 March 2019

Whatever benefits it has brought, aggressive globalisation has also dislocated industries, wrecked communities, and fostered social alienation. Large numbers of working-class, blue-collar, More

Paul Williams reviews Born to Rule? by Paddy Manning

Paul Williams
22 February 2019

Future generations of readers will invariably look back in awe at the second decade of twenty-first-century Australian politics for its ridiculous revolving door of prime ministers. Person More

Ceridwen Spark reviews The Tyranny of Opinion: Conformity and the future of liberalism by Russell Blackford

Ceridwen Spark
11 January 2019

Recently I was speaking with a friend about the impact of the #MeToo movement on gender politics and the implications for male academics. He suggested that there are only two speaking posi More

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