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By creating multi-billion dollar contracts with large multinational firms for the handling of asylum seekers, the Australian government has pushed us to the edge of outsourcing, writes Janine O'Flynn of the University of Melbourne.
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.
Former Premier of Western Australia Geoff Gallop suggests democracy is like a long distance runner with a heart condition.
The Swinburne Leadership Survey examines the trustworthiness and competence of Australian leaders.
Ivor Crewe from Oxford University concludes governments get policy wrong because they're disconnected from citizens and other key stakeholders.
Evgeny Morozov argues in MIT Technology Review that governments gathering huge amounts of personal information is a major threat to democracy.
The UK’s Hansard Society finds the vast majority of British voters don't believe they can influence politics and think the behaviour of politicians is declining.
Internet privacy activist Richard Stallman writes in Wired magazine that online surveillance by governments must be reined in if democracy is to survive.
Seongyi Yun and Hee Min of Kyung Hee University argue that South Korea has a significant democratic deficit.
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