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The Yearbook is a collection of 50 standout articles from Australia’s top thinkers. The Conversation

Politics with Michelle Grattan: Grattan and Martin on the year that was, in politics and economics

Grattan and Martin on the year that was, in politics and economics. The Conversation, CC BY59.2 MB (download)
Michelle Grattan sits down with The Conversation's economic editor Peter Martin for a chat about the year that was, and to answer readers' questions.
The first report produced by Democracy 2025 brings forward the perspective of federal politicians, as they are key voices in the debate on trust in politics. Shutterstock

Politics with Michelle Grattan: On the trust divide in politics

On the trust divide in politics. The Conversation, CC BY50 MB (download)
Two of the authors of the first Democracy 2025 report discuss the keys findings about what politicians see as faults in the current political system, and how they think it can be improved.
‘I may be worried about nothing if the Democratic primary process does its job of whittling down the agenda to something more manageable,’ wrote Swan. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Wayne Swan warns US Democrats not to fall into Labor’s trap of overloaded agenda

Writing in the American progressive journal Democracy, Swan, a former treasurer, warned that the US Democrats could be at risk of the overloaded agenda trap that helped defeat the ALP in May.
Heather Henderson and Mary Elizabeth Calwell reflect on their fathers’ legacies, growing up in a political environment, and offer their perspectives on a different era in politics. Office of Maria Vamvakinou MP

Politics with Michelle Grattan: daughters of Robert Menzies and Arthur Calwell say parliament wasn’t always a ‘fort’

Daughters of Robert Menzies and Arthur Calwell say parliament wasn’t always a “fort” The Conversation, CC BY79.2 MB (download)
Last week, Michelle Grattan moderated a very special discussion with the daughters of Menzies and Calwell at Parliament House. This podcast episode is a recording of that event.
More Australians rely on just one source to get their news. Shutterstock

Australians are less interested in news and consume less of it compared to other countries, survey finds

More than a third of Australians say they would prioritise a subscription for a video streaming service, such as Netflix, over a subscription for online news.
It takes collective action to deal with global issues. from www.shutterstock.com

How to restore trust in governments and institutions

People’s trust in politicians and governments is in decline, but it will take cross-party collaboration to deal with issues such as poverty and climate change.
Historically, the high-water mark for American dissatisfaction with government was the 1970s — the era of Vietnam, Nixon and Watergate. AP Photo/John Duricka

Americans distrusted US democracy long before Trump’s Russia problem

Russian meddling has shaken Americans' faith in democracy. But public discontent after a scandal is hardly new. Trust in government began to erode under Nixon, and it's mostly worsened since then.

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