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Trust in, and public perceptions of, the abilities of political leaders is at a low ebb, with many blaming democracy's current problems on a decline in leadership standards among elected representatives.
The University of Melbourne's Nicholas Reece warns mainstream parties to beware of populist leadership contenders.
The public's lack of trust in our political and business elites is a major obstacle to a viable reform agenda for Australia’s future, writes Mark Triffit from the University of Melbourne.
Former Victorian Premier John Brumby suggests some ways to 'fix' politics and its 'wicked' problems.
University of Wollongong's Gregory Melleuish argues Australia's recent Prime Ministers have lacked the calibre to hold off their intra-party rivals.
Columnist Tim Dick in The Age blames the poor state of political leadership in Australia for the likely failure of major tax reform.
The University of Melbourne's Mark Triffitt argues democracy is in crisis.
The University of Melbourne's Mark Triffitt asks how Malcolm Turnbull will deliver on his promise of a 21st Century government
Data compiled by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation shows how many leadership changes there have been since 2002.
Professor Emeritus Cheryl Saunders and ABC Radio National host Jonathan Green in conversation about Australia's federal democracy.
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