Category Archives: Politics – national

Political debate as culture wars: A TripAdvisor for the arts

As I’ve argued elsewhere, most public debates on policy – and I suspect on pretty much everything else – tend to take place as culture wars. In a culture war the ‘sides’ are well defined – usually mapping pretty well … Continue reading

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Terrorism, bikies and secret evidence

Could the High Court employ EU/UK/Canadian structured proportionality analysis recently embraced in McCloy v NSW  to achieve a viable constitutional resolution of the dilemma posed by the need to protect secret  national security information in anti-terrorism matters while at the same … Continue reading

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The Myth of Deakin’s Chariot Wheels

One of the great truisms of Australian politics is that federal/state relations are unavoidably bedevilled by “vertical fiscal imbalance”, a phenomenon whereby the Commonwealth controls the great bulk of revenue-raising powers while the States bear the burden of providing many … Continue reading

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Abbott’s secret war on Australian workers

This is the second of two posts musing about Labor’s failure to deal with the full implications of the neoliberal revolution that the Hawke-Keating government unleashed from 1985.  That revolution was significantly easier for the Coalition to embrace, because extreme … Continue reading

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Unions, neoliberalism and the royal commission

The furore of the last few days over the Trade Union Royal Commission and revelations about serious and illegal underpayment of workers (especially foreign students) by 7-Eleven, Australia Post and others have brought into sharp focus a wider political question.  … Continue reading

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Gay marriage rites

I think I am in favour of gay marriage, on balance, with some reservations. I would not wave placards in the street, or even change my vote on this issue.

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Magna Carta and ‘vox pop’ democracy

I was recently asked to participate in a panel discussion on Magna Carta and our democracy by the Australian Archives. The discussion will be replayed on Big Ideas on Radio National this coming Monday 20th July (now here), but you … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Critique, Economics and public policy, Political theory, Politics - national | 8 Comments