politics

Debating the Quad

In this Centre of Gravity paper, six of Australia’s leading scholars and policy experts debate Australian participation in the ‘Australia-India-Japan-United States consultations on the Indo-Pacific

The social contract, preferences for redistribution, and tax morale

Taxation is central to the social contract between citizens and the state. Yet little research has explored the relationship in developing countries between individual attitudes towards the social contract and perceptions of tax fairness and efficacy.

DP2017/6 Papua New Guinea under the O’Neill Government: Has There Been a Shift in Political Style?

In 2011–12 Papua New Guinea suffered its most serious constitutional crisis since independence, when the incumbent prime minister, Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare, was effectively removed from offic

CSIRO cooperation with Chinese defence contractor should raise questions

The national science agency is in a research partnership with a Chinese state-owned enterprise responsible for the same advanced military technologies Australia’s intelligence community is working hard to guard against.

A professor detained for his thoughts

Yukti Mukdawijitra talks about her conversation with a university professor who was arrested in Thailand as part of a sweep of six individuals accused of committing lèse majesté by posting to Facebook. (Translated by Tyrell Haberkorn)

Thailand’s constitutional dispossession

Tyrell Haberkorn talks about how Thailand’s 20th constitution may fail to protect citizens from the rulers’ excesses and at worst may facilitate the dispossession of their rights.

Querying Martial Law in Mindanao

Steven Rood talks about the Martial Law declared in Mindanao, Philippines.

Angela Merkel declares independence, sort of

In her speech in Frankfurt, Angela Merkel was keen to emphasise that 'We Europeans truly have to take our fate into our own hands'.

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