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Joh Bjelke-Petersen with his wife, Flo, on their wedding day in 1952. Bjelke-Petersen made an ill-fated bid for PM in 1987 that ripped the Coalition apart. Queensland Newspapers Pty Ltd/Wikimedia Commons

Issues that swung elections: the dramatic and inglorious fall of Joh Bjelke-Petersen

Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen was Queensland's longest-serving premier, but an inquiry into corruption brought his hopes of becoming the next prime minister of Australia to a sudden end.
Supporters of incumbent Indonesian President Joko Widodo, who is running for re-election, react during his campaign rally in Jakarta, Indonesia, 13 April 2019. Bagus Indahono/EPA

How Indonesia’s elections differ from Australia’s

While citizens of both countries will choose their representatives in their respective elections, they have different ways of carrying out elections.
Labor wants housing to be a federal election issue, but to solve the problems of recent decades Australian governments need to comprehensively rethink their approach. Julian Smith/AAP

Housing policy reset is overdue, and not only in Australia

The problems with housing systems in Australia and similar countries run deep. Solutions depend on a fundamental rethink of our approach to housing and its central place in our lives and the economy.
Though #MeToo has changed some aspects of media reporting, there is still much to be done. Wes Mountain/The Conversation

#MeToo has changed the media landscape, but in Australia there is still much to be done

The #MeToo movement brought to light the extent of sexual violence in the community, largely through the media. But there is still a long way to go to overturn stereotypes and shut down online abuse.
Media reports tend to focus on people who drown at the beach. But almost as many people drown in rivers and lakes. Where are the safety messages for them? from www.shutterstock.com

Australia’s spike in summer drownings: what the media misses

Migrants are no more at risk of drowning than Australian-born swimmers but you'd never know from media reports.

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