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Advance Australia Fairly

Advance Australia Fairly

By Brad Elphinstone and Stuart Bruce, 7/4/2016 Malcolm Turnbull has recently declared that while private schools will continue to receive Federal funding, public schools will not. Regardless of whether or not it occurs, it comes on top of the Abbott government’s approach which seemingly aimed to reduce existing levels of equality. This is inferred by… Continue Reading

Turnbull is PM but it’s the hard right that rules

Turnbull is PM but it’s the hard right that rules

Liberal MPs constantly talk about the how different Turnbull is to Abbott; “it’s the vibe”. The electorate is yet to be convinced. By Stuart Bruce, 6/3/2016 On Insider’s this morning, Barry Cassidy asked Liberal senator Mitch Fifield, how has Turnbull moved the government back to the centre after Tony Abbott’s tenure? Fifield replied somewhere along… Continue Reading

The Drum: Want to spread Christmas joy? Ditch the stocking stuffers and give experiences instead

The Drum: Want to spread Christmas joy? Ditch the stocking stuffers and give experiences instead

Originally published on ABC’s The Drum here. ——– By Brad Elphinstone Posted 11 Nov 2015 Before you head to the shops to buy Christmas gifts for your loved ones, remember that putting your money towards experiences rather than items will spread more holiday cheer, writes Brad Elphinstone. Christmas. It’s the season that’s starting earlier every… Continue Reading

Greens’ Prahran win is democracy in action

Greens’ Prahran win is democracy in action

By Stuart Bruce, 21/12/2014 When politics doesn’t go according to the script, the stereotypes and simplifications always come out to play. A new paradigm has emerged as, for the first time ever, there are Greens in the Victorian state Lower House – two of them! Thanks to a stellar people-powered campaign from the Victorian Greens, the… Continue Reading

Is voting-intention polling overused?

Is voting-intention polling overused?

By Stuart Bruce, 29/11/2014 We need to talk about voting intention polling. It gets treated as if it means more than it does – as if it is firmly pre-empting how everyone will vote. Polling masquerades as the prediction of behaviour, something that should be left to behavioural researchers because it is notoriously hard to… Continue Reading

Psychology behind Carbon Policy language

Psychology behind Carbon Policy language

By Stuart Bruce, 19/11/2014 China and the US have reached a crucial bilateral agreement to reduce emissions and now Australia should face increased scrutiny of its climate policy from overseas. Our position as G20 host and president magnifies the potential damage for our reputation. Clive Palmer recently allowed the Direct Action policy to pass into… Continue Reading

The Drum: The psychology behind the security laws

The Drum: The psychology behind the security laws

Originally published on ABC’s The Drum here. ——– By Brad Elphinstone Posted 27 Oct 2014, 3:08pmMon 27 Oct 2014, 3:08pm Psychological research provides insight into the “us versus them” mentality that appears to be guiding security laws going before Parliament this week. We should be taking a more inclusive approach, writes Brad Elphinstone. The proposed… Continue Reading