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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.
Preston Manning and Andre Turcotte write in The Globe and Mail that Canada's political parties are failing to engage with voters on a range of pressing policy issues.
Richard Cooke from The Monthly unpacks the growing disconnect between citizens and political parties in Australia.
A report by the UK's Electoral Reform Society argues that political parties need to modernise their structures, become less elitist and engage more proactively with citizens.
Chris Berg from the Institute of Public Affairs argues that the rise of micro-parties in Australia shows dissatisfaction with the major parties.
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