Politics & policy

Who’s losing their base?

When “Howard’s battlers” defected from Labor in 1996, political commentators shifted their focus to Sydney’s western suburbs, writes Peter Brent. But what if the whole idea was founded on a misreading of the data?

21 Aug 14 |

Climate change and the intellectual decline of the right

No arguments seem to sway right-wing politicians and commentators in the United States and Australia, says John Quiggin. Will we have to wait for demography to do its work?

18 Aug 14 |

Labor, the Coalition and the problem of political identity

Labor and the Coalition are caught between vying for the middle ground and differentiating themselves in the political marketplace. Behind it all, there’s one vital difference, writes Norman Abjorensen

12 Aug 14 |

The freedom to be a hypocrite

The free speech debate has been marked by selectivity and score-settling, writes Graeme Orr

11 Aug 14 |

If an election had been held on the weekend…

What happens when you add a hypothetical to a hypothetical? Peter Brent casts a sceptical eye over the polling industry

07 Aug 14 |

The budget, fairness and class warfare

The post-budget debate reveals two fundamentally different worldviews, writes Peter Whiteford

05 Aug 14 |

Beyond Operation Sovereign Borders

A roundtable of experienced policy-makers and stakeholders looked at better ways of managing the asylum seeker caseload, write Bob Douglas and Claire Higgins

01 Aug 14 |

The upsides of the buyback

John Howard’s gun buyback scheme had more than one benefit, writes Andrew Leigh in this extract from his new book

31 Jul 14 |