October 24, 2016
Council robo-calls ... fairy bread for breakfast ... how Derryn Hinch got elected ...
October 21, 2016 2
Greens candidates for Darebin Council are directing voters to preference other Greens higher than themselves, writes Crikey intern Rachel Robertson. And an independent candidate says that's not on.
October 7, 2016
Brandis shares plebsicite deets ... hipsters sabotage Border Force ... inverse hedgehogs shamed ...
October 7, 2016 1
It's a Liberal-Green contest for Melbourne Council, but will Robert Doyle be able to keep his majority?
September 12, 2016 17
The failure of the latest attempt to dislodge Clover Moore from the City of Sydney mayoralty illustrates how big business is driving resentment against itself.
June 16, 2016 1
The loophole that gives SA councillors safe harbour from Section 44.
March 21, 2016 3
If the Queensland election is a preview of the federal election, Labor should be quaking in its boots.
October 26, 2015 5
Mike Baird is the most popular premier in Australia -- but will the bloom be off the rose when he forces councils to amalgamate?
September 10, 2015 3
Defining transparency is easy. It's enacting it that's the problem.
July 27, 2015 7
If you want to trim the fat of local government, start by looking at how much public service providers, like firefighters, get paid.
June 12, 2015
Crikey readers discuss life in Hunter's Hill and other issues of the day.
June 5, 2015 1
Labor seems to be backing away from its staunch opposition to the council mergers plan.
May 15, 2015 5
When it comes to merging local councils, Mike Baird has learned from Jeff Kennett's mistakes. He just needs to hope NSW ratepayers won't notice this change mostly benefits corporate interests.
April 17, 2015
If you can think of any new initiatives the City of Melbourne should launch in 2015-16, come along next Tuesday and make your pitch, pocketing $20 for your efforts.
April 13, 2015 2
It's time the daily rags stopped their contrived beat-ups of local councils. Instead, they should be focusing on a productive reform agenda to improve transparency.
September 10, 2014 9
NSW Premier Mike Baird's plans to bring City of Sydney in line with City of Melbourne haven't quite worked out.
January 30, 2014 5
State and local governments are going it alone on climate change. Australian councils are starting to follow, write ANU researcher Dr Matthew Rimmer and climate campaigner Charlotte Wood.
November 26, 2013 3
Not all Australian politicians are ex-lawyers and union hacks. Freelance journalist Henry Belot takes a look at some of the more interesting characters in local government.
August 8, 2013 3
With the change in election date, the referendum on local government will not be put to the punters. And public policy and governance expert Stephen Bartos says Kevin Rudd should thank his lucky stars for that.
May 21, 2013 6
The Gillard government is pressing ahead with its referendum on local government; a draft amendment was issued last week. But is it being straight with the public on what the change would actually mean?