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What do Oppositions do?

Ever wondered what Oppositions actually do? Well you’ve come to the right place. Oppositions have several roles. If you look up the House of Representatives Practice (go on, do it) , you’ll see several neatly listed: • unmaking the Government— that … Continue reading

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Letters to the Spectator

Just before Abbott’s fall, I renewed my subscription to The Spectator Australia after a long break. Needless to say the Spectator offers a different take on Australian politics than the major broadsheets. Last Sunday, whilst reading the 17 October issue (I appear … Continue reading

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Is this the end of the Abbott Prime Ministership?

So it has come to this. My interest in studying the Liberal Party all began one sleepy afternoon at the end of the political year in 2009. That day in parliament, the pollies gave their traditional end of year speeches. … Continue reading

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Pollies, ideas and dissent

What is happening in political parties and their ability to generate ideas? If we were to go by what the papers say, the chronic lack of ideas and vision is the problem facing Australian politics today. Yet, if you randomly read a … Continue reading

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Early Modern ideas about Parliament’s origins

Originally posted on The History of Parliament:
Our series celebrating the anniversaries of Magna Carta and Simon de Montfort’s Parliament continues today. Dr Paul Cavill, Lecturer in Early Modern British History at Cambridge University discusses how the origins of Parliament…

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How party discipline shapes our political debate

We’ve been looking at some of the structural features in Australian politics that are impacting our polity’s ability to discuss ideas. Perhaps one of the most important, but under appreciated aspects is party discipline. It’s a factor that is regularly … Continue reading

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The end of reform?: lets think about some structural features

Lately, there has been a lot of discussion about ‘the end of the reform era’. Here and here and are just two examples of a trend of late.  This isn’t a new debate, its been bubbling around for a few years now. For instance, Great Expectations, Triumph and … Continue reading

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