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Federal Budget Marks a Shift to the Left

The 2021 Budget marks a significant shift away from Liberal Government approaches in the past. Join Ezekiel, as he analyses the political and macroeconomic of this year’s budget and its implications for the future.

UBI: A Radical Fringe Theory or a Pragmatic Path Forward?

The promise of Universal Basic Income (UBI), as popularised by Andrew Yang’s 2020 US presidential candidacy, has been the subject of widespread debate in recent years. Join Henry, as he provides an insight into the rationale behind this lucrative concept in public policy, and discusses its potential implications for the Australian economy.

#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!

Democracy: a drag on economic development?

We take it as a given that democracy and wealth go hand in hand. However, is this really as much of a truism as we think? Does democracy result in inefficiency and an unwillingness on the part of elected officials to make tough decisions? Quoc Anh Nguyen examines this difficult questions.

The Endorsement Game

In a politically polarised America where the major party nominees are widely resented, who have the influential chosen to back? Eddie Go dissects the strategies and rationale behind endorsing (or even shunning) a presidential contender.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership: where economics and power politics collide

The Trans-Pacific Partnership has been praised as a breakthrough in international free trade efforts. It has also been heavily criticised, seen as merely a smokescreen for increasing American influence in the Asia-Pacific region and the reach of its corporations. However, it is also a fascinating example of how political and economic rivalries can overlap.

Trumping the odds: What to expect on Super Tuesday

Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders have shattered the rules and expectations of American politics. As the 2016 campaign enters Super Tuesday, can they continue to beat the odds? Sam O’Connor provides you with everything you need to know about this most important day of the primary season.