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Thousands of students staged protests across the country against proposed changes to the criminal code and a new law that weakened the country’s anti-corruption commission. EPA/Dedi Sinuhaji

A requiem for Reformasi as Joko Widodo unravels Indonesia’s democratic legacy

Indonesia passes a regressive anti-democratic law – with more to come – just as BJ Habibie dies, the president who championed the dramatic reform process that transformed Indonesia after 1998.
Unsurprisingly, Australian politicians are happier than their constituents with the way our democracy works. Shutterstock

Revealed: how Australian politicians would bridge the trust divide

New research shows parliamentarians believe the key to improving trust between them and their constituents is in improving links to the community and better educating the public about our democracy.
What are the attributes, self-belief apart, we should reasonably look for in choosing political leaders? AAP/Dean Lewins

Gareth Evans: how to be a successful political leader

Self-belief is an obvious given for anyone aspiring to political leadership. But there are ten other qualities that distinguish the most successful leaders from the rest.
The Morrison government must have a plan for Australia’s involvement if the “peacekeeping” descends into hostility. AAP/Lukas Coch

As Australia looks to join a coalition in Iran, the risks are many

With the experience of hastily joining the US-lead invasion of Iraq in 2003 still fresh, the federal government must ensure it has a clear view of the limits of any new commitment.
As the debate over religious freedom heats up, the attorney-general has flagged that any proposed legislation would cover a situation like the Folau case. Peter Rae/AAP

Poll reveals lukewarm public support for religious freedom legislation

Less than four in ten Australians believe stronger laws are needed to protect religious freedom in a new poll, but 68% say Israel Folau should be able to share his views on social media.