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High Court loses its patience

Charles RichardsonMay 16, 20162 Comments

The High Court expends little energy in disposing of the constitutional argument against Senate voting reform.

Queensland government disgraces itself

Charles RichardsonApr 22, 20164 Comments

Queensland's Labor government has turned the clock back to compulsory preferential voting in the pursuit of short-term electoral advantage.

Why local government isn't local

Charles RichardsonApr 6, 20161 Comment

The Baird government in New South Wales says that taking the "local" out of local government will lead to improved efficiency. Is there any reason to think that's true?

Words that kill: terrorism and "Islamism"

Charles RichardsonMar 31, 2016

Why "Islamist" is the wrong word to use to describe terrorists, and why some people want us to use it anyway.

Three years or four?

Charles RichardsonMar 19, 20164 Comments

Queensland's politicians want to give themselves an extra year before being accountable to their voters. The voters may not be so keen on the idea.

Fiji, and the enabling of democracy's enemies

Charles RichardsonMar 18, 2016

Julie Bishop visits Fiji, apparently finding no cause for concern in a military ruler approaching ten years in office. And we wonder why voters seem to be giving up on democracy.

Thoughts on a three party system

Charles RichardsonMar 7, 20161 Comment

Talk of "neoliberalism" obscures the existence of actual liberals, just at the time when we need them most.

The world we have lost

Charles RichardsonMar 3, 20167 Comments

Twenty years on, Australia marks the advent of the Howard government. Time passes, but we still live in the shadow of that change.

The continuing struggle for Senate democracy

Charles RichardsonFeb 17, 20161 Comment

Don't depend on the media to explain what's at stake with Senate voting reform, or even to point out the biases of their sources.

What to watch for in 2016

Charles RichardsonJan 8, 2016

Twenty elections to watch out for around the world in 2016.