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Citizens need to be informed to participate in democracy -- and they rely on the media for information.
Three recent books catalogue the problems with the contemporary media, and show just how much needs to change for the democratic role of the news to...
Sometimes voters are dragged out to adjudicate on a political mess with no clear winner the result. This is the essential story of the 2010 federal election.
An extremely close election can mean many things, of which there are two leading explanations: that voters...
Over the course of the Howard Government, the Australian Public Service was accused with increasing frequency of failing to strike a balance between telling the government what it wants to know and telling the government what it needs to know. Is there a...
This essay analyses Canberra journalist and Costello advisor, Niki Savva's memoir.
'First we had the "Howard battlers": working and middle class Australians repelled by Keating's exotic pursuits and attracted to Howard's sound economic management. Then we had the "Howard haters", the term his supporters...
The qualities or otherwise of democracy have been the subject of controversy since ancient Greece. In Australia, the meaning of the term has been one more battleground in the culture wars, over which the Howard Government continues to cast a long shadow.
While Australia's federal and state leaders have been stuck discussing the introduction of the emissions trading scheme, some of our local governments have been trying to do something about the impact of human activity on global warming.
But will climate change policies developed by...
In December 2008, the Australian Local Government Association conducted a three day summit in Melbourne. The summit agreed that the solution to the problems of local government lies in a more direct relationship with the federal government and that nothing less than reform of the...
Ten contributors examine key policy areas and developments over the past decade:
Howard’s ‘Choice’: The Ideology and Politics of Work and Family Policy 1996–2006 (176) Elizabeth Hill
From Player to Pawn: Howard’s Trade Legacy (29) Elizabeth Thurbon and Linda Weiss...
At a time when dissatisfaction with politicians is glaringly evident, the solution is not less democracy, of course; it is deeper democracy. And in deliberative experiments around the world, goverments and NGOs are attempting to extend citizen participation beyond voting, lobbying, and protesting. Lyn Carson...
With much fanfare the Prime Minister launched the government's energy policy on 15 June this year. As we go into the election, there is more policy in what the document doesn't say, according to Keith Lovegrove.