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The speakership has become so politicised in Australia that we’ve been blinded to the possibilities that having a truly independent Speaker might open up. AAP/Mick Tsikas

A truly independent Speaker could renew Australia’s parliamentary democracy

By making the speakership a political gift of the party in power, Australia is missing a major opportunity for democratic renewal of its parliament.
Louise Mensch was one of the first single-termers to leave our current parliament. Stefan Wermuth/PA Archive

The arrival (and departure) of the parliamentary single-termers

All university admissions tutors know about single-termers. They are those students – some badly advised and intellectually bewildered, others more devious – who decide around mid-November that they want…

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