parliament

National | World | Economic History | Pop Eco | Interactive Articles

#ESSADebate – Should Section 44 be amended?

The dual citizenship clause in the Australian Constitution has plunged Parliament into chaos recently, with the resignation of two Greens senators and the eligibility of many other MPs being brought into question. Kyneton Morris and Julia Pham go head to head in an #ESSADebate over whether Section 44(i) protects or hinders our democracy. Have a read and then vote for your favourite in our poll below, to crown the winner once and for all!

The state of the state

In the lead up to the November state election, Brody Viney takes a look at how the Victorian economy is tracking.

‘Black hole’ in the system threatens good public policy, Moran Says: Deakin Policy Forum 2012

By Joan Wu, ESSA Events Director 2012

Terry Moran, former Labour secretaryDuring a speech at the Deakin Policy Forum this week, Terry Moran called for more accountability and transparency in our troubled system of government. Moran, former secretary to Prime Ministers Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard, was quick to emphasise that it is not the quality of civil service, which is exemplary, but rather the nature of parliamentary democracy in the current system that is to blame.

Read more