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 …

Cracking down on welfare?

Why a 'takers versus makers' approach isn't entirely helpful. Last week, federal social services minister Kevin Andrews announced he would review commonwealth government welfare payments (see the Fairfax article here and the Daily Telegraph article here). The stated reason for the review is the belief that too many people rely on public benefits for income. The focus, it appears, …