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The last election where anyone cares?

Faith in democracy is plummeting among Australians, and the connection voters had with a leader like Bob Hawke now seems out of reach. Is this the last election where enough people really care? Read More

The public service and caretaker government

Elections are periods of intense emotion and elevated temptation. The stakes are high and the political process is highly charged. The government will want to maximise the benefits that come from incumbency and the opposition (and MPs generally) will want to extract all they can from the extra authority that comes their way in an election. Read More

Representation in a digital democracy

Digital democracy is here, but what does that mean? To find out more about the way technology is changing democracy and how you can help your agency prepare, come along to our Vivid Ideas event on Tuesday 5 June at the State Library of New South Wales. Read More

Why local council elections are undemocratic

Through quirks of history that give votes for corporations and extra votes to property owners, local government elections in five Australian states are subject to unfair rules that have no place in Australia’s 21st-century democracy, argues Ryan Goss. Read More

Can you trust an exit poll?

As all eyes turn to the drip-feed of UK election results, one result is clear: best prediction. YouGov’s sophisticated multilevel regression and post-stratification method (“Mister P”) was effective, weeks ahead of polling day, second only to exit polls themselves. Read More

Many of us don’t understand Americans

Australian governments cannot presume that United States policy will be well judged. But there are steps it can take, as an ally and friend, to encourage multilateralism even while some in Trump's administration seek to provoke. Read More

What will a Trump presidency mean for the world?

First the Brexit vote, now this. Some economists are predicting a global recession. At the very least the TTP is dead. The Melbourne School of Government's interim director considers the implications if Trump can implement his agenda. Read More

US election: what to expect, and when to watch

From 10am Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT) on Wednesday, polls in various states will start closing across the United States. This is a guide as to when polls in the swing states close, and what to expect from early counts. Read More