New paper – Interest aggregators, not office chasers: evidence for party convergence and divergence in Australia

Some of the work from my thesis (plus a little additional research) will be appearing in the next issue of the Australian Journal of Political Science. This paper examines whether Australia’s major political parties continue to fulfil a representational role. This was often the traditional view of the parties, but has been much criticised in recent …

Did Malcolm Fraser briefly shift the divisions of Australian politics?

Today we lost Malcolm Fraser, Australia's fourth longest serving prime minister (1975-83) and a man truly dedicated to public service. He may have also (briefly) changed the divisions of Australian politics in ways consistent with his later socially progressive activities. Much has been written about his time in office, as well as his contribution to public life since he …

The idea contentious political issues can be solved with common sense…

... ignores the reality of politics. Last week, current Reserve Bank board member and former Australian Industry Group CEO Heather Ridout announced ($) she would like to form a 'Normal People's Party'. I'm not entirely sure what a normal person is, but Ms Ridout claimed her party would be able to support such a person. She provided some …