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Are southern-born politicians talking about a state they essentially don’t understand? Shutterstock

Trust Me, I’m An Expert: Queensland still mystifies too many politicians but its needs are surprisingly simple

Queensland still mystifies too many politicians but its needs are surprisingly simple. The Conversation119 MB (download)
Two Queensland-based experts discuss what so many politicians and pundits get wrong about the Sunshine State – and what its citizens are crying out for.
People participate in the 2016 Trans Pride March in Toronto. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Eduardo Lima

Transgender hate crimes are on the rise even in Canada

A recent report on crime statistics leaves out transgender and nonbinary folk. A security and surveillance expert says this invisibility is harmful. Without stats, we cannot counter violence.
Another issue is that pre-polling gives an advantage to the major parties over the smaller ones, due to the latter having fewer resources. AAP/Bianca de Marchi

Surge in pre-poll numbers at 2019 federal election changes the relationship between voters and parties

An analysis of pre-polling figures shows a surge in early voting, particularly in regional areas. But questions remain about how it affects the relationship between voters and parties.
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer at the Calgary Stampede on July 6. Groups associated with the Christian right are expected to support his political party in the October elections. The Canadian Press/Jeff McIntosh

The Christian right’s efforts to transform society

The current political climate influenced by white evangelicals in the United States has emboldened similar religious groups in Canada ahead of our own federal election.
After a bruising election result for GetUp, national director Paul Oosting is in Canberra this week to work on press freedom. Joel Carrett

Politics with Michelle Grattan: Paul Oosting responds to GetUp’s critics

Paul Oosting responds to GetUp’s critics. The Conversation, CC BY29.1 MB (download)
GetUp's national director Paul Oosting joins Michelle Grattan to respond to critics who accuse the organisation of "creating an environment...[of] abuse, harassment, intimidation".
Many places overseas require developers to build a certain proportion of affordable housing, but Victoria has opted for a voluntary negotiated approach. Lichtwolke/Shutterstock

If it’s voluntary for developers to make affordable housing deals with councils, what can you expect?

People on the minimum wage can afford only 2% of private rentals and only 1% if on the pension. Affordable housing requirements are often mandatory overseas, but Victoria is relying on negotiation.
Crash or crash through? Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Prime Minister Scott Morrison walk to a meeting with the Reserve Bank governor on Wednesday. Joel Carrett/AAP

Frydenberg declares tax package must be passed ‘in its entirety’

In an interview with The Conversation, Frydenberg refused to be drawn on what the government would do if unable to get the whole bill through.
The Darling River near Louth NSW, April 2019, in the midst of a drought compounded by upstream irrigation policies. Jaana Dielenberg

As the dust of the election settles, Australia’s wildlife still needs a pathway for recovery

In the event, the federal election turned out to be more about the economy than the environment. But there are steps the Coalition government can take to help conservation and boost the economy too.

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