New York: where political finance never sleeps

As the Australian Electoral Commission releases political finance data for the year to June 2013, Graeme Orr visits a New York organisation that can teach us a lot about timely transparency

04 Feb 14 | Comments (0)

Cold war, soft diplomacy

As the Cold War intensified in the mid fifties, Australia saw a special role for itself in disseminating information and propaganda in Southeast Asia, writes Alan Fewster

14 Jan 14 | Comments (2)

Scotland, the looking-glass country

The polls say no, the mood yes. Scotland’s independence debate is a puzzle, says David Hayes

16 Dec 13 | Comments (4)

Whitlam, the 1960s and the program

The cyclones of the late 1960s and early 1970s didn’t shape the Whitlam government as much as gentler breezes that began blowing in the 1950s and early 1960s, writes Frank Bongiorno in this extract from The Whitlam Legacy

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A rum rebellion

How did an unelected campaign consultant come to exercise such influence over Labor’s 2013 campaign, asks Stephen Mills

28 Nov 13 | Comments (1)

Government by the old, for the old?

The politics of the ageing electorate is complicating government responses to the ageing society, writes Rodney Tiffen

27 Nov 13 | Comments (0)

The very heart of history

Three biographies reveal twentieth-century Australians in the thick of things, writes Frank Bongiorno

15 Nov 13 | Comments (5)

A peace that passeth (almost) all understanding

The Labor leadership contest might have annoyed some factional warlords, but it’s helped the party to avoid messy post-election recriminations, writes Frank Bongiorno

10 Oct 13 | Comments (2)