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Accidental president

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Monday, 12 December 2016 09:00

Let’s be frank: Donald J. Trump is a divisive figure. The billionaire property developer won the race for the White House against all odds. He has no experience in government and is the first non-politician to be elected president since Dwight Eisenhower.


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Trade wars

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Monday, 05 December 2016 09:00

A US think-tank predicts that Donald Trump’s protectionist policies will spark a trade war, push America into recession and destroy 4.8 million American jobs by 2019. The Peterson Institute, based in Washington, D.C., is one of many voices sounding a warning bell about Trump’s intention to impose prohibitive tariffs on international trade.


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Hate politics

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Monday, 21 November 2016 09:00

Brexit and the US election will be remembered as the two big political events of 2016. Both demonstrated how the world - in a political sense - has lurched to the far right. In an increasing number of countries, the radical right - a group of extremist parties united by their hatred of immigrants - has been surging in popularity.


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Unrealistic expectations

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Monday, 10 October 2016 09:00

Being a politician is a tough and thankless job. The hours are long, the pay is unremarkable and the environment is demoralising. You have to put up with a cynical electorate, a distrusting press and a hostile opposition. You are always on-call and everything you do and say is dissected.


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Parliamentary systems

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Monday, 26 September 2016 10:00

Successive Australian governments have not been able to govern effectively. They have been hampered from enacting their policies by an obstructionist upper house. Minor parties and independents have captured enough Senate seats to thwart, delay and cause chaos in our Federal parliament.


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