Rural and regional Australia is a big and diverse place, but some broad common issues do emerge as policy priorities.
Businesses and workers are at the mercy of mega-corporations.
Population growth in Australia is a problem mainly because of the lack of a coherent national policy to manage it. The focus needs to be on maintaining quality of life through sustainable growth.
Last time Australia got lucky. We are unlikley to get lucky again.
If Bill Shorten becomes the next prime minister, his government is likely to be more preoccupied with economic inequality than the Hawke or Keating Labor governments.
Whether they form the next government or not, the Liberals need to reconsider their reliance on neoliberal economics, which may no longer be serving the party – or the country.
The dire level of trust in Australia's government and politicians has serious implications for the health of our democracy. Whoever wins the next federal election must make fixing it a priority.
It's been 27 years since our last recession. Conditions are ripe for a populist revolt when the next one arrives.
Today we are launching a series of articles under the title Advancing Australia: Ideas for a Better Country.
As Australians' trust in politicians continues to slide, whoever wins the 2019 will need to work hard to restore it if it has any hope of bringing about genuine reform.
The national broadcaster has had a tumultuous history, targeted by both major parties at various times. No matter who takes office after the 2019 election, the ABC can never rest easy.