Dr Zareh Ghazarian

  • Zareh Ghazarian is a political scientist in the School of Social Sciences and co-author of Australian Politics for Dummies.  His latest book is The Making of a Party System: Minor Parties in the Australian Senate.

    Zareh has published widely in the field of Australian politics and is a leading commentator in the media. His teaching and research interests including political parties, public policy, comparative politics, elections and governance, politics and the media and political leadership.

    Zareh is also on Twitter @ZarehGhazarian

    Latest News and Opinion by Zareh Ghazarian

    Turnbull defeats Abbott: experts respond

    14 September, 2015

    Malcolm Turnbull has defeated Tony Abbott by 54 votes to 44 in a spill for the Liberal Party leadership and will become Australia’s 29th prime minister. Read more…

    How does a Liberal leadership spill work?

    6 February, 2015

    How does the Liberal Party decide on who will be it’s new leader? Dr Zareh Ghazarian explains Read more…

    It appears that there’s never been a better time to be a minor party in Australia. From a time when parliaments were the domain of only the major parties, small parties have gradually made inroads into the nations’ legislatures…read more.

      Victorians will head to the polls in exactly three months to elect their new state government.

    Like New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia, Victoria has fixed parliamentary terms. Since 2002, Victorian state elections have been held on the last Saturday of November every four years….read more.

    How will relations with Indonesia

    fare under Abbott?

    10 Sep 2013 By Laurie Lawira, SBS

    Greens blame Labor’s disunity for their

    backlash at the polls

    Rachel Carbonell reported this story on Monday, September 9, 2013 18:19:00, ABC PM



    Is Victorian MP Bill Shorten the man to take Labor forward after the election? AAP/Joe Castro
    9 September 2013

    Labor’s leadership: who to next?

    By Zareh Ghazarian, Monash University

    With the 2013 election over, Labor has the opportunity to regroup and plan for how it will win future contests. Ever since Julia Gillard took over the Labor leadership in 2010, the party has appeared…


    Carbon pricing remains a hot political football that no political party is quite sure how best to handle. AAP/Alan Porritt
    5 September 2013

    Is a referendum on the carbon tax political

    suicide for Labor?

    By Zareh Ghazarian, Monash University

    In recent days, opposition leader Tony Abbott has more forcefully argued that, if successful in winning the Saturday poll, his new government would have the mandate to scrap the government’s carbon pricing…



    Jskvt4x8-1377150891 Controversial preference deals and high-level resignations may seriously damage the election chances of Julian Assange and his WikiLeaks Party. AAP/Joe Castro

    23 August 2013

    Is the party over for Julian Assange and


    By Zareh Ghazarian, Monash University

    With just over two weeks to go in the campaign, Julian Assange’s WikiLeaks Party has experienced some unsettling events that suggest it may be unravelling. Assange’s Victorian Senate running mate Leslie…

    Hqwnphqy-1376289624 The Pre-election Economic and Fiscal Outlook, to be released today, began during John Howard’s term in government. AAP/Bluey Thomson

    13 August 2013

    Explainer: Pre-election Economic and

    Fiscal Outlook

    By Zareh Ghazarian, Monash University

    The Pre-Election Economic and Fiscal Outlook report (PEFO) is a recent development in Australian politics. It emerged as part of the Charter of Budget Honesty Act 1998 during the first term of the Howard…


    The first televised leaders’ debate between Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott of the election campaign focused predominantly on economic issues. AAP/Alan Porritt
    11 August 2013

    Leaders’ debate: experts respond

    By Natalie Mast, University of Western Australia; Mark Rolfe; Roy Green, University of Technology, Sydney; Stephanie Brookes, Monash University; Tom Clark, Victoria University, and Zareh Ghazarian, Monash University

    Prime minister Kevin Rudd and opposition leader Tony Abbott have faced off in the first televised leaders’ debate of the 2013 election campaign. In a debate largely framed by the economic issues, Rudd…


    Bearers of bad news: Treasurer Chris Bowen and Finance Minister Penny Wong deliver the government’s economic statement.
    2 August 2013

    Economic statement: experts respond

    By Richard Denniss; Arusha Cooray; John Quiggin; John Wanna; Phil Lewis, University of Canberra, and Zareh Ghazarian, Monash University

    A slowing economy and drop in government revenue has led to an increased budget deficit, new taxes and some cuts to existing programs. Delivering the Rudd government’s long awaited economic statement…

    D2fgkpkc-1374561055 Kevin Rudd has been working hard to neutralise key policy issues – such as asylum seekers – before announcing the date for the federal election. AAP/Dan Himbrechts

    24 July 2013

    Tick, tick, tick … is Kevin Rudd

    setting the election timer?

    By Zareh Ghazarian, Monash University

    It has been almost one month since Kevin Rudd returned to The Lodge. Rudd was charged with the responsibility of making Labor competitive in the upcoming election. But what do his actions since taking…


    The problem for Gillard has always been the ‘Rudd-factor’, and arguably her prime ministership never got off the ground. AAP/Alan Porritt
    29 June 2013

    The leadership war is over –

    where to from here for the ALP?

    By Zareh Ghazarian, Monash University

    Australia’s 43rd federal parliament has proven that politics is anything but boring. Capping off a day when the two independent kingmakers, Tony Windsor and Rob Oakeshott, announced that they would not…


    If Kevin Rudd replaces Julia Gillard as Labor leader next week, constitutional conventions dictate that he may not necessarily become prime minister again. AAP/Julian Smith
    21 June 2013

    An end to the Rudd-Gillard battle?

    By Zareh Ghazarian, Monash University

    If some reports are to be believed, Kevin Rudd will replace Julia Gillard as leader of the ALP and become prime minister again by the end of next week. This raises questions about the political and constitutional…


    Nicola Roxon announces she is leaving parliament. The race to fill the vacancy in her seat of Gellibrand illustrates many of the challenges faced by Labor. AAP/Alan Porrit
    17 May 2013

    Home is where the vote is: should politicians

    live in the seats they represent?

    By Zareh Ghazarian, Monash University

    Can someone provide effective representation for a community if they live outside the boundaries of the district they hope to represent? Or more bluntly, should a member of parliament not only live in…


    Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan’s election year budget has to reconcile huge revenue writedowns with spending promises for schools and the disability insurance scheme. AAP Image/Lukas Coch
    14 May 2013

    Federal budget 2013: expert reactions

    By Stephen Howes; Arusha Cooray; Ben Spies-Butcher; Cameron Gordon, University of Canberra; Carol Johnson; Clive Bean, Queensland University of Technology; David Willis, Queensland University of Technology; Hal Swerissen, La Trobe University; John Quiggin; Lin Crase, La Trobe University; Matthew Bailes, Swinburne University of Technology; Paul Burke; Simon Marginson, University of Melbourne; Stephen Duckett, Grattan Institute, and Zareh Ghazarian, Monash University

    Australian Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan has handed down his sixth budget, facing an almost impossible task: how to reconcile an enormous revenue shortfall with big spending promises, all while keeping…


    After surviving two challenges to her leadership, Julia Gillard faces a desperately tough fight in the upcoming election. AAP/Alan Porritt
    22 March 2013

    The remains of the day: where to for Gillard?

    By Zareh Ghazarian, Monash University

    After one of the more bizarre days in Australian politics, Julia Gillard remains as the prime minister of Australia. The question of leadership of the Labor Party has been a constant problem for the party…


    No blood was spilt today in parliament, but we still had a leadership spill. Spill image from www.shutterstock.com
    21 March 2013

    Explainer: how does a leadership spill work?

    By Zareh Ghazarian, Monash University

    After a harrowing day in parliament, the Labor party saw a leadership spill and Prime Minister Gillard was returned as leader. The only thing was… no one contested the top spot and Julia Gillard’s name…


    Denis Napthine may have resigned as Liberal party leader in 2002, but he is now Premier of Victoria. AAP/Julian Smith
    7 March 2013

    Baillieu’s bombshell resignation:

    where to now for Victoria?

    By Zareh Ghazarian, Monash University

    The resignation of Ted Baillieu as Leader of the Liberal Party brought an end to his premiership just two years after guiding the Coalition to a narrow victory in 2010. Baillieu, an architect by trade…

    Former Higher Education Minister Chris Evans announces his resignation in Canberra. AAP/Alan Porrit
    2 February 2013

    Roxon and Evans resign – much ado about


    By Zareh Ghazarian, Monash University

    The Gillard government has lost two important figures that contributed much to the Labor administration. Chris Evans, leader of the party in the Senate, and Attorney General, Nicola Roxon, both announced…
    Greens leader Christine Milne’s announcement yesterday that the alliance between the Greens and Labor was over had more symbolic than practical implications for Australian politics. Senator Milne vowe


    Julia Gillard has taken a punt on a long campaign. AAP/Alan Porritt
    30 January 2013

    Election 2013: Julia Gillard’s September gamble

    By Zareh Ghazarian, Monash University

    Julia Gillard is an Australian political pioneer in many ways. She was the first female prime minister, she led the first minority government in the post-war period and recently moved to appoint the first…


    Wikileaks founder Julian Assange wants to establish a political party and run for the Senate, but his success will depend on preference deals. AAP
    13 December 2012

    Vote 1 Wikileaks: Senator Julian Assange …

    or maybe not

    By Zareh Ghazarian, Monash University

    Julian Assange has confirmed he intends to have a more “hands-on” influence in the political realm by forming a new WikiLeaks party. The WikiLeaks founder flagged his desire to stand for the Senate earlier…


    Prime Minister Julia Gillard in parliament – has the Slipper resignation cost her political momentum? AAP/Alan Porritt
    10 October 2012

    Sinking the Slipper: Labor is its own worst enemy

    By Zareh Ghazarian, Monash University

    The Gillard government could have been forgiven for believing an electoral renaissance was underway. But just as it appeared the prime minister was going to cruise to the end of the year, the government…


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