Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten and Prime Minister Scott Morrison attending an ovarian cancer event at Parliament House in February.
Knowledge is important to produce informed policy, but an understanding of people is also vital in a democracy. And that requires listening – to all sectors of society, not only elites and lobbyists.
Machines that listen – such as Google Home – are now more common, but the technology can ‘hear’ so much more than just our voice commands.
Smart speakers can listen out for more than just your voice commands at home. They can hear what's going on around you and react, security systems can even listen out for gunshots.
Lee Abbott pleads with his son to stay silent in the film A Quiet Place.
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The aliens of A Quiet Place track their prey by hearing something outside the norm.
So much to say, but who’s paying attention?
We seem prepared to share our opinions on almost any subject today thanks to social media and other mass communication. But who is really listening?
People need spaces in which they can speak honestly about their pain and anger.
Universities are so busy trying to make ends meet that there's no time to listen to their communities' stories. It's crucial to develop safe spaces where tough conversations can happen.
Auditory processing disorder is most common among primary school children.
The term APD describes several disorders that result in a breakdown in the listening process. It is most common in primary school, affecting more than 5% of children.
Let them speak.
Controversial arguments and ideas should be listened to and open to public scrutiny. Only then can we expose those ideas found wanting and lacking any credibility.
Many can identify with the phenomenon of feeling a thrill – followed by a chill – when listening to a particularly moving piece of music.
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When seeing or hearing something poignant, many get the chills. But about one-third of the population doesn't feel this sensation.
Research in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, shows that many young, black and poor people do not recognise themselves or their communities in the stories they see, hear or read in mainstream media.