Law & Politics

The cautious approach to cannabis reform

One of the surprising results from the federal election was a record vote for Legalise Cannabis Australia, a minor party …

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Changing the optics of politics

Almost everyone will have ideas on what should be the priorities for the incoming Albanese government. While the manifesto was …

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Liberal Party: Following the Christian right into electoral wilderness

Christian right lobby groups now have the Liberal Party they want – a lot more conservative and no doubt a …

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Trapped in a cycle of distrust

Australia and the rest of the world have had a couple of very rough years. Throughout the pandemic and its …

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The death of traditional journalism

Journalism is a humble activity, or at least it should be. To be a reporter in a newsroom is to …

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Why you need to watch out for strategic lies in the federal election

During the federal election, politicians of all persuasions will use a range of campaigning and spin tactics. But there is …

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The election is a race – it’s a horse race

Adam Bandt’s appearance at the National Press Club may well be remembered in Australian political folklore for the response to …

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Political advertising in Australia: Few restrictions, no spending limit, and almost no oversight

So the federal election is on. Billboards are suddenly plastered with party slogans, campaign ads are all around us, and …

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A review: The struggle for India’s soul

What precipitated Shashi Tharoor’s new book, The Struggle for India’s Soul: Nationalism and the Fate of Democracy, is the path …

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Both facts and fake news about the Russian invasion of Ukraine are spread on social media

As the story goes, in the 1780s, a former lover of the Empress of Russia wanted to impress her with …

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What social science is telling us about polarisation (Part 2)

This article is published in two parts. You can read Part 1 here. Despite George Orwell’s Politics and the English …

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What social science is telling us about polarisation (Part 1)

There has been much social science research on polarisation recently – some assisted by AI-driven analysis of social media; some …

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