Saturday's Victorian election showed the Liberal Party's failure to learn the lessons of history – even its own history.
Independents and minor parties had a field day at this year's federal election; it's not clear that the Victorian election will suit them quite so well.
Victoria's Labor government looks less assured of re-election than it did a few months ago, but its opposition still faces a mammoth task.
Are Australia's "libertarians" really authoritarians in disguise? Upper house voting in Victoria provides a clue.
Vanuatu is in better democratic shape than some of its neighbors, but today's election will still have its problems.
Far left and far right again turn out to have more in common than you might think, including a weakness for Vladimir Putin.
Scott Morrison's new job has largely past without comment, but it's worth noting for what it says about the state of centre-right politics worldwide.
A by-election tomorrow in Western Australia raises some interesting issues, and incidentally reveals just how empty much of Australia is.
A governor-general with no discretionary power might seem to be something of a waste, but there's a widespread reluctance to inquire about it. And a republic would be unlikely to help.
The secret ministries affair in Australia has thrown up important questions about the role of the governor-general. The solicitor-general's advice on the matter fails to cast much light.