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Pamphlets for participatory budgeting processes in New York , a system that does back to ancient Greece. Daniel Latorre/Flickr

When citizens set the budget: lessons from ancient Greece

Politicians assume that voters cannot face the financial truth. To democracy experts this is just wrong. Involving voters results in better budgets as shows history from ancient Greece.
Conversations about Australia Day feel so polarised. David Moir/AAP

How to have a better conversation about Australia Day

Debates around changing the date of Australia Day tend to run afoul of our sense of social identity, but there are ways to cut through and have a good conversation.
Swan River Colony. Jane Eliza, Currie Panorama of the Swan River Settlement via Wikimedia Commons

The story of Australia’s last convicts

A century and a half after the last convict ship docked in Australia, new research is uncovering what happened to those who were transported.
New research shows Muslims are more negatively portrayed in the media than other groups. AAP/Lukas Coch

Racist reporting still rife in Australian media

New research reveals that about half of opinion pieces in mainstream newspapers and television are so racist they potentially breach industry codes of conduct.

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