John Warhurst

John Warhurst

John Warhurst is an emeritus professor of political science at the Australian National University.

Nick Xenophon's NXT party faces same challenges as Independents

John Warhurst Nick Xenophon must be realistic about what a centre party can achieve in Australian politics.

Small parties prone to split, but some elected members prosper as independents

John Warhurst

John Warhurst Disunity does more harm to minor parties, but some departing members have a future as independents.

Pressure groups and the lessons political leaders should learn

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John Warhurst Now that the national conference of the Australian Christian Lobby at the Hyatt Hotel in Canberra, featuring Opposition Leader Bill Shorten as a key note speaker, is over, it is timely to reflect on...

A party culture in need of reform


John Warhurst On both sides of politics Liberal and Labor should be committed to cleaning up their respective jungles.

Canberra's power couples reflect the make-up of our city

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John Warhurst The invitation to rank Canberra's  10 most powerful couples for last Sunday's Canberra Times was not just an opportunity to reflect on the couples themselves but on the notion of power itself.

Australian political mix delivers strange times and unconvincing leaders

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John Warhurst Australian politics is particularly hard to read at the moment. 

Arthur Sinodinos' transition from politics to business and back again can be a path fraught with peril

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John Warhurst Arthur Sinodinos' transition from politics to business and back again can be a path fraught with peril.

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Centrist Liberals need stronger voice

John Warhurst Liberal blue is the colour of Australian politics at the moment, just what these Liberals stand for should not be overlooked.

Much at stake in Western Australian senate election

John Warhurst There has never been anything like it in Australian political history.

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History points to fractious future for Labor-Greens

John Warhurst Relations between the Greens and Labor have broken down at both the federal and state level. Last year the Greens withdrew their support from the 2010 agreement with the Gillard Labor government...


PM can't stamp out factions

John Warhurst Factions are so embedded they won't be easily eliminated.

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Winning office has its perks

John Warhurst Government appointments have been in the news all year.

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Jesuit influence overplayed

 SUNDAY  AGE    crucifix pic  SUPPLIED via  Barney Zwartz 4th November 2008  SPECIAL

John Warhurst It has been a big year for the Jesuit Order around the world with the election of one of their own, Jorge Bergoglio from Argentina, as Pope Francis.

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Nationals itching to be Coalition of the still willing

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John Warhurst In both arenas the Nationals have made an uncertain start.

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A new life for the party

John Warhurst The political party system is crying out for new ideas, including more participatory democracy.

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Greens back in the game

The Age News
15th July 2013
Picture by Wayne Taylor
Australias Youth Climate Cabinet in Melbourne town hall today.
Greens leader Christine Milne.

John Warhurst Kevin Rudd's 'lurch to the right' has given Christine Milne's party a chance to make a mark at the election.

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Public sector scapegoats

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John Warhurst Delays, overspends and mismanagement, but government projects are no worse than private equivalents.

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Much for PM to worry about, but new team not on the list

John Warhurst T he negative reaction by the media to the retirement of two federal ministers, Nicola Roxon and Chris Evans, played into the hands of the opposition.

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Territories are hotbeds of interest for federal election

John Warhurst Federal politics in the territories looks like being especially interesting this year.

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Politics, players, power of sport

Illustration by Matt Davidson of people playing various sports

John Warhurst The sport that so many of us watch over summer is not just relaxation but a window into Australian society and politics.