No one can accuse the Australian Government of excessive haste in embracing the transparency movement sweeping the global mining industry: my analysis for the Australian Institute of International Affairs website.
My review of Michael Cooney's account of his experiences as Julia Gillard's speechwriter - an acute expose of her weaknesses as well as her considerable strengths, as well as a valuable addition to a genre of literature by Labor Prime Ministerial speechwriters.
"In the wall of prime minister Bob Hawke’s office in the old Parliament House there was a tiny hole, about the size of a thumbnail. It was not a design flaw or a listening device snuck in by a foreign spy agency. It was a peephole, a beautifully simple way for the occupant of the adjacent office, the principal private secretary, to monitor his boss..."
My paper on the relationship between party professionalisation and electoral regulation has just been posted on the ERRN/DAA website at the above link (PDF download). There is a collection of other great papers from the same Brisbane workshop hosted by the Electoral Regulation and Research Network / Democratic Audit of Australia.
I published 'The Eden Monaro Project: Campaign Laboratory' on www.theconversation.com and was interviewed on ABC Radio National's Rear Vision on Political Polling (transcript and download available at the above link).