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The power of micro-parties in the Australian Senate is a symptom of an archaic system that needs to be updated, say Mark Triffitt and Travers McLeod from the University of Melbourne.
Former federal government minister and Professorial Fellow at University of Melbourne Barry Jones laments the failure of our current system of democracy to tackle 'wicked' policy problems.
George Williams of the University of New South Wales suggests lowering the voting age would better shape the long-term direction of the nation.
Democracy requires active participation by all citizens, including those with disabilities, writes Catherine Needham of the University of Birmingham.
The University of Melbourne's Mark Triffitt asks how Malcolm Turnbull will deliver on his promise of a 21st Century government
The University of Melbourne's Denis Dragovic argues governments should consider any military response to the Paris attacks carefully.
The Melbourne School of Government's Helen Sullivan asks whether governments have the capacity to act when the public doesn't trust politicians and politics.
The Australian's Paul Kelly wonders how long it will be before we have a public debate in Australia about what he describes as a broken political system.
Lyn Carson of the New Democracy Foundation discusses deliberative democracy and solving wicked problems such as climate change.
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