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Are voters moving left?

September 1, 2017 - 12:24 -- Admin

With the Commonwealth electoral roll in its best shape ever, are the Coalition’s worst fears being realised? Back in 2011–12, when the Gillard government was preparing to introduce direct enrolment, the Coalition was ferociously opposed. Direct enrolment would allow the Australian Electoral Commission to update people’s details, and add new voters, using data from other government agencies.

Dual citizens and the postal survey: what might the High Court say?

August 30, 2017 - 16:15 -- Admin

The Constitution is not normally front-page news in Australia. Despite the profound impact it has on our politics and society, it is easy to see why.

The United States Constitution reflects its revolutionary origins in beginning with the famous call “We the people.” By contrast, our Constitution is contained in a British Act of Parliament that opens with:

Whereas the people of New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Queensland, and Tasmania…

The man to watch in China’s transitional year

August 25, 2017 - 10:32 -- Admin

Five years ago, in the months before the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, Beijing was rocked by unexpected drama — most of it supplied by Bo Xilai, party boss of the huge city of Chongqing, who was regarded as a major candidate for promotion that year. His fall, following claims of corruption and his wife’s involvement in the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood, gave the build-up to the big event a portentous air.

Life on hold

August 24, 2017 - 17:27 -- Admin

When we hear the word “dementia,” we immediately think of Alzheimer’s disease. But although this is the most common form of medically classified dementia, the condition has many other causes. Here, I want to concentrate on age-related cognitive decline, which can lead to symptoms similar to, and even the same as, medically classified dementia — including a deterioration of memory or other thinking skills, which can compromise a person’s ability to perform everyday activities.

Jumping the gate

August 23, 2017 - 13:58 -- Admin

Talk to people in Indigenous new media and you’ll probably hear the story of a $200 online survey that realigned the debate about the constitutional recognition of First Nations people in Australia. At first blush, it’s a tale about a niche Indigenous-led media outlet that distinguished itself sharply from a multimillion-dollar, government-sponsored publicity campaign. And it has a happy ending, because the community it represents went on to validate its work.