After Brexit, we need inclusive conversations.
A public backlash against council amalgamations appears to have forced the NSW government to shift its position.
The proposed amalgamation of 40 NSW councils has generated heated opposition. While public resistance has now won out in several regional communities, it's a different story in the city.
Are NSW citizens adequately engaged in the policymaking process?
Good governance is the right thing to do, and boosts the legitimacy of decision-making. If moral chivalry doesn't appeal, here are two more reasons: it's cost-efficient and delivers better solutions.
Without community journalists, many constituents would be uninformed about local issues.
Centre for Community Journalism, Cardiff University
Community media is ensuring society stays informed at all political levels.
Is the government turning its back on localism?
A closer look at the recent local elections can help to shine a light on the future of the "Northern Powerhouse" and its impact on local democracy in the North of England.