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A study by Money, Politics and Transparency ranks Australia 23rd out of 54 countries in campaign finance transparency.
The breakdown of traditional divisions between public and private spheres creates new demands, but also new opportunities, writes Helen Sullivan of the Melbourne School of Government.
The University of Melbourne's Bill Harley argues workers are no more able to control their workplaces than they've ever been.
The Australian Government Lobbyist's Registry is the main way to track lobbying activities in Australia.
Luca Belgiorno-Nettis, founder of democracy think-tank newDemocracy, writes in The Sydney Morning Herald that democracy needs to revamp itself by rediscovering the collaborative 'power of the people'.
Marian Sawer of Australian National University suggests quotas are needed in Australian politics to boost the low number of female parliamentarians.
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.
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