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Australia’s two major political parties are highly dependent on contributions from business by the standards of other rich democracies. AAP/Lukas Coch

No bribes please, we’re corrupt Australians!

Australia’s political finance system is corrupt – but not because of bribery, or indeed any substantial quid pro quo.
Scott Morrison said the same-sex marriage plebiscite vote would be compulsory. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Morrison will fight same-sex marriage

Treasurer Scott Morrison has flagged the prospect of ministers campaigning on both sides in the same-sex marriage plebiscite – as happened in the republic referendum.
Malcolm Turnbull’s office was forced to clarify Attorney-General George Brandis’ remarks on the timing of a plebiscite on same-sex marriage. AAP/Lukas Coch

Tony Abbott in a dark place; Turnbull government all over the place

In the latest example of the government’s cack-handedness, Attorney-General George Brandis on Sunday promised a plebiscite on same-sex marriage this year, only to have the Prime Minister’s Office hang…
Attorney General George Brandis did not have a clean slate for copyright reform. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Australian copyright reform stuck in an infinite loop

Fixing copyright is essential for Malcolm Turnbull's 'ideas boom' to succeed, but you wouldn't know it given the slow and repetitive approach to copyright reform.
The ills that afflict any society can be dealt with much more effectively when the arts are integrated into the national conversation. John Gollings/AAPONE

Finding our identity: arts policy and the future

What if Malcolm Turbull’s conception of "21st-century government" imagines a healthy civil society and a responsive economy that values debate, imagination, difference and surprise - all provided by the arts.
Art is all around us, all the time. Where does it come from? It’s just ‘there’ … Adelaide's Follow the White Rabbit, an Alice in Wonderland inspired exhibition in January. AAP Image/NEWZULU/Sam Talbot

Senate Inquiry into arts funding: Testimony and Truth in South Australia

The Senate Inquiry into the 2015-16 arts budget cuts continued in Adelaide last week. If nothing else, it provided a timely reminder that art - and the lives of artists - matter.
‘Not the best person to liaise with us’: senator David Leyonhjelm on new government Senate leader George Brandis. Lukas Coch/AAP

Senate crossbencher’s advice to new PM: come and walk the red carpet, Malcolm

An important element in the success of Malcolm Turnbull’s government will be how effectively it handles the Senate. Some crossbench senators have greeted the arrival of Turnbull enthusiastically, contrasting…

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