Marija Taflaga is a PhD candidate at the Australian National University. She is currently researching the Liberal Party in periods of opposition from 1983-1996 and 2007-2013.
Broadly, her thesis examines the Liberal Opposition using these four themes:
- How the Liberal Party operates in opposition as compared with government;
- The dynamics of internal party competition;
- How the Liberals formulate and decide on policy;
- How the Liberal Party relates to the media, and how they are covered by the media.
My research interests include Australian politics and history, political parties, media and politics, parliaments and comparative politics.
Currently, she is researching the use of tactics in the minority parliament and previous parliaments going back to 1983.
She has also worked in the Australian Parliamentary Press Gallery for five years as a researcher at The Sydney Morning Herald. Marija is also working with the Breaking Politics team on Fairfax’s mastheads.
All comments and opinions are the author’s own.