keywords: John Warhurst Is Professor Of Political Science At The Australian National University And A Canberra

  • AUSTRALIA

    Dangers of Indigenous referendum

    • John Warhurst
    • 01 December 2010
    5 Comments

    The debate about the Indigenous constitutional referendum proposed by the Gillard Government is heading in a dangerous direction. Naysayers will not defeat it. What may defeat it is division among those who are supporters in principle but not supporters of the particular proposal.

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    The perils of holding the balance of power

    • John Warhurst
    • 30 August 2010
    10 Comments

    Though the Independents are raising expectations about a 'new politics', the forces behind the status quo are strong and the public is fickle. If they fail to deliver they might eventually suffer a backlash, like Kevin Rudd and the Democrats before them.

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    Campaigning to Christians

    • John Warhurst
    • 30 June 2010
    6 Comments

    Christians rarely agree on what they want from government. The Australian Christian Lobby jumped the gun last week with its forum for political leaders to address Christian voters: the elevation of Julia Gillard means it now needs to engage afresh with a new Prime Minister.

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    Scapegoating ministers

    • John Warhurst
    • 02 March 2010
    12 Comments

    We are often quick to blame government ministers. In the case of Bill Shorten, Stephen Conroy and Peter Garrett, they may emerge with tarnished reputations. But in rushing to criticise our ministers we often let ourselves off the hook too easily.

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    Prince William vs the Republic of Australia

    • John Warhurst
    • 25 January 2010
    18 Comments

    William's visit laid bare the weaknesses of members of the Royal Family as candidates for our head of state. The package represented by William should be anathema to modern Australia's constitutional future, whatever he might have to offer as a person.

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    Former politicians make incestuous lobbyists

    • John Warhurst
    • 26 August 2009
    2 Comments

    The process of making public policy shouldn't be like a school reunion. Former politicians have a right to do what they like after leaving Parliament, but those who opt to serve the community sector, rather than hanging around politics, are to be admired.

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    How G-G weakened monarchists' case

    • John Warhurst
    • 13 March 2009
    9 Comments

    Governors-General are appointed under a system that freezes out the Parliament, the Opposition and the people. The controversy over Quentin Bryce's trip to Africa has again revealed the office's vulnerability to partisan politics.

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    Bipartisan games

    • John Warhurst
    • 21 October 2008
    1 Comment

    Kevin Rudd has a patchy record of bipartisanship. Although Rudd and Turnbull together offer the best chance yet for the republican movement, they have traded blows over bipartisan approaches to this and to the the economic crisis.

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    Tips for a more discerning budget night

    • John Warhurst
    • 13 May 2008
    1 Comment

    This evening's Budget may be the most significant political event of the year. A budget is a particular challenge for a Labor government, given popular skepticism about the party's economic credentials. If Labor wins general acclaim it will have cemented its hold on government.

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    Summiteers treated to mix of showbiz and serious performance

    • John Warhurst
    • 21 April 2008
    4 Comments

    Many of those present at the weekend's 2020 Summit struggled with understanding the difference between ideas, policies, visions, aspirations and general directions. The more hard-headed were probably disappointed, just as the others were obviously delighted by the vision statements.

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    The changing face of Kevin 24/7

    • John Warhurst
    • 12 March 2008
    5 Comments

    Kevin 07 ended his campaign with a wooden and self-absorbed election-night speech. Supporters took a deep breath and hoped 2008 would be better. So far it has been.

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    Politics is a team sport

    • John Warhurst
    • 17 October 2007
    7 Comments

    Shadow Minister for the Environment Peter Garrett has suffered substantial damage to his reputation over the Tasmanian pulp mill. What Garrett thinks personally doesn't actually matter, other than ultimately to his conscience.

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