Politics

How young people are changing the way Australians vote and act as citizens

Originally posted here: http://www.aare.edu.au/blog/?p=1652 My research interests are closely aligned to the development of civics and citizenship education. Specifically, I am curious about the kinds of educational activities that encourage young people to become active or ‘justice-oriented’ citizens. Now that our marathon federal election is over I believe it is time…

Who’d be a politician?

The chaos of the election campaign has morphed into the chaos of a potentially hung parliament. Bitter recriminations are flowing between shock-jocks and party members, and social media accounts are busy either being created or deleted. New outlets are in a frenzy reporting everything that’s not nailed down – even…

The Rise of the Anti-Establishment

You might have guessed that I find the political process deeply interesting. The politicians themselves, probably less so (do we really need another profile on Truffles Turnbull and his wife?) But the ins and outs of the electoral  process, and the way different parties and organisations try to modulate these…

Christopher Pyne’s failures as Federal Education Minister

This post was originally posted here: http://au.educationhq.com/news/33099/christopher-pynes-failures-as-federal-education-minister/#.VjaMmLX-mAg.facebook There will be few teachers or principals who are sad to see the back of Christopher Pyne as Federal Minister for Education. Much like the rest of the Abbott Government, Pyne’s time in charge of education in Australia has been characterised by ideologically-driven approaches,…