Just as governments depend upon the public service, political parties depend upon their bureaucrats, party officials, campaign directors and ministerial staffers.
John Warhurst is an emeritus professor of political science at the Australian National University.
A circuit breaker, that is a short, sharp shock to the system, is needed to reform many aspects of modern politics.
The Liberals may well be an election-winning machine, but it is a machine with a remarkable inability to elect women.
Talk of a potential constitutional and/or political crisis following this federal election result is at best premature.
Winners can laugh and the losers can please themselves? Maybe, but there are other ways of judging a result.
The likely scale of the success of the Nick Xenophon Team in the Senate elections in South Australia is without precedent.
How many years of parliamentary experience does a political leader need?
Two cheers for minority government.
It is common for religion to play a role in Australian election campaigns so the expectation should be that it will do so again.
The Coalition, where the real deals are done, is a permanent deal between two parties and it is one party in Queensland and the NT.