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Member for Fairfax, Clive Palmer, asks if career politicians are really able to represent the interests of their constituents.
Mark Chou, Catherine Hartung and Jean-Paul Gagnon argue that lowering the voting age to 16 is just one step in addressing the growing disconnect between politicians and young people.
Columnist Tim Dick in The Age blames the poor state of political leadership in Australia for the likely failure of major tax reform.
Democracy think-tank newDemocracy highlights a range of potential options for new fora that renew and enhance citizen engagement.
Janine O'Flynn of the University of Melbourne argues that the outsourcing of public services raises important questions about accountability, transparency and the role of government.
John Freebairn and Miranda Stewart from the University of Melbourne argue reform is critical for a prosperous democracy.
The University of Melbourne's Jim Middleton argues opinion polls aren't to blame for leadership instability in Australia.
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.
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