Red is the new black: Support for and attitudes towards socialism in Australia and the United States

Socialism is back. Well known for their love of avocados and Netflix, Millennials are now also apparently embracing the radical leftist politics of economic equality and public ownership of the means of production. That it is young people who are seen as supporting socialism is not surprising. This support is embodied (in the United States) …

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In the news

I've conducted a couple of interviews lately that I haven't posted here. Last night, the ABC launched Vote Compass for the 2019 Australian federal election. I spoke with Ashleigh Raper about how this is a tool that can be used by voters to find out where their issue preferences sit in relation to the policy …

Brexit

Over the weekend I was asked by the Election Watch team at the University of Melbourne to comment on the polling conducted for the Brexit referendum. The article that came out of this can be found somewhere on their blog, I'm sure. Here are the comments I provided in full (questions are bolded): 1. What do the …

Are there political differences between Sydney and Melbourne?

  Even a casual observer of Australian politics will likely know that the Coalition tends to do better in some areas, and Labor in others. However, some important patterns are missed, either because geographic variation is often examined at the electorate level (sometimes obscuring important variation within divisions, which can be relatively large sptial areas) or because the mapping …

Albrechtsen misses part of the story on the difficulties of reform

In a recent article in the Australian ($),*  columnist Janet Albrechtsen claims the primary reason the current federal government is having trouble getting it's economic reforms through Parliament is that people are not willing to make the needed sacrifices required to balance the budget and make government spending sustainable. Although I don't disagree with everything in her article, I …