The Liberal Party a broad church? Maybe not.

Last Friday, in an article in the Australian Financial Review, journalist Andrew Clark described the centre-right Liberal Party as a broad church. He is not the first to do so. Former Liberal Prime Minister John Howard used the phrase many times to describe the party he led,*and a number of commentators have also used it (for instance, …

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Measuring Australian voters’ ideology over 44 years

What do we want to do if we wish to measure voters' ideology (or issue preferences, for those who don't like that word)? Unfortunately, here in Australia the we don't really have survey data available which asks a large number of consistent questions over time, which would allow us to compare voters of, say, the …

One story. Two interpretations.

It always amazes me how two people can see the same event, but have completely different interpretations. This brings me to today's observation: coverage of the Liberal Party leadership. According to The Age, speculation over the leadership is "at fever pitch". However, according to The Australian,* "public momentum for a leadership challenge to Tony ­Abbott is losing …

Maps

A break from our regular programming. I love maps. They are a great way to communicate research results of a spatial/geographical nature. One of the best examples of this I've seen of this is the Equal Opportunity Project. Run out of Harvard University, this project looks at inter-generational income mobility, both over time and across …