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Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten and Prime Minister Scott Morrison attending an ovarian cancer event at Parliament House in February. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Politicians need to listen up before they speak up – and listen in the right places

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. Shutterstock/DavidFerencik

Smart speakers are everywhere – and they’re listening to more than you think

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.

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