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All over in Western Australia

Western Australia’s Senate by-election can now be safely called. Both major parties lost ground, but the microparties missed out and the government did as well as it could have hoped.

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Could Tasmania get a Green opposition?

The Greens aren’t likely to emerge from tomorrow’s Tasmanian election as the official opposition, but it would be a powerful lesson for the ALP if they did.

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The downside of member participation

The downfall of Mary Wooldridge in Victoria contains a lesson for any political party that tries to improve member participation.

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A Europhobe takes the floor

Daniel Hannan argues that Britain is the home of freedom while the EU is its enemy. Unfortunately it’s not quite as simple as that.

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Tribal politics on the right

Does politics always have to be driven by tribal hatreds, or is there scope for a more constructive way of doing things?

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Western Australians get to do it all again

An interesting train of reasoning by the court of disputed returns leads to the conclusion everyone expected: a fresh half-Senate election in Western Australia.

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Drug war absurdity: Australian edition

A government backbencher gives a backhanded endorsement of marijuana legalisation, giving Labor the cue to go out of its way to endorse prohibition.

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Party games in Australia

Two stories in Australian politics this week draw attention to structural issues that might benefit from some international comparison.

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Putting a general in charge

The nomination of Peter Cosgrove as Australia’s next governor-general raises interesting questions about what sort of job it is – and what sort of country we are.

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Constitutional change is harder than it looks

Media reports on Tony Abbott’s push for constitutional recognition of indigenous Australians convey an impression of novelty. Yet nothing has really changed.

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