The emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia saw an unprecedented expansion of the authority of the executive at the expense of the Parliament. In my article in Australasian Parliamentary Review (vol 32, no 2) I review the executive’s use of emergency powers and the innovation of a national Cabinet to manage the crisis response, while Parliament was reduced to an unrepresentative “rump” and then adjourned for twenty weeks. I argue that this eliminated or substantially compromised Parliament’s ability to perform its principal functions of representation, executive legitimisation, authorisation, deliberation and accountability.Read more: Parliament In A Time Of Virus
How did Scott Morrison’s campaign managers pull off their miraculous win in the last Federal election? I’m one of 36 political scientists and analysts whose response to that question has just been published by ANU Press.
My chapter looks at campaign communications, especially TV ads, and argues the Liberals were superior at both the strategic and tactical levels. Labor’s vaunted fieldwork (DVC) campaign also lacked impact. The whole book, and individual chapters, can be downloaded.
"The Professionals" tells the story of how Australian election campaigns and political parties have changed, from the pre-television era through to the social media/ micro-targeted campaigns of today. Who drives this change? The campaign professionals in the party head offices.
The book, awarded the Henry Mayer Book Prize for Australian Politics 2015, was based on my PhD research and is available from Black Inc. For more details: