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Let’s open government to NFP expertise and citizen voice

Craig Comrie, Monday, 7th June 2021 -  At the end of another sitting week, Craig Comrie wonders what would happen if question time and estimates became opportunities not for politicians to gain one up on each other, but

Putting democracy back in the hands of the people

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 19th May 2021 -  “Government decisions are not being made in the interests of the community and the planet, but for vested interests, such as the fossil fuel industry”  Community groups have united

‘The new media bargaining code could herald the death of many smaller voices’

Karen Mahlab AM, Wednesday, 3rd March 2021 -  Pro Bono Australia founder and CEO Karen Mahlab AM explains why she is concerned the newly-introduced media bargaining code is a loss for smaller media, could stifle innovation,

Does the chaos of US politics have any impact on Australia?

Neil Pharaoh, Monday, 18th January 2021 -  In short, yes. Neil Pharaoh says the insidious nature of US politics is already with us. Well didn’t 2021 start with a bang. Between an attempted insurrection in the US, the Australian

Research reveals shocking detail on how Australia’s environmental scientists are being silenced

Contributor, Wednesday, 9th September 2020 -  As Don Driscoll and his colleagues write, scientists in government, industry and universities are being gagged from communicating the evidence on critical environmental issues.

They have learned nothing and forgotten nothing

David Ritter, Thursday, 28th May 2020 -  We must remember, writes David Ritter. In his speech to the nation on Tuesday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison showed that he has learned nothing from our spring and summer of fire and

Democracy and COVID

David Ritter, Thursday, 7th May 2020 -  We are seeing a sharp withering of vital features of our democratic system, which matters intensely to everyone who cares about the climate emergency and the ecological crisis, writes

Don’t believe the stereotype: These five charts show our democracy is safe in the hands of future voters

Contributor, Monday, 16th December 2019 -  It’s not that young people don’t like politics – they just want to do politics differently, write Mark Evans, Gerry Stoker and Max Halupka. A new, ongoing survey on how…

Why Australia needs more noisy charities!

David Crosbie, Thursday, 7th November 2019 -  Within the free speech dialogue, there are few groups more important than charities, writes Community Council for Australia CEO David Crosbie. Governments generally dislike noisy

Revealed: How Australian politicians would bridge the trust divide

Contributor, Thursday, 17th October 2019 -  We have heard much in recent years about the declining trust in politicians and politics in Australia, but what do our parliamentarians think about it? Mark Evans and colleagues Gerry…

Civil society takes up fight to make democracy equal again

Maggie Coggan, Wednesday, 25th September 2019 -  The multi-million dollar individual candidate spends seen in the 2019 federal election should be stopped warns a coalition of civil society groups, who are calling for an immediate
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