Australians have reason to be apprehensive that some civil voices are not being heard in our liberal democracy.
The assisted dying bill in Victoria – complex and significant – is engendering less heated debate than marriage equality although both tap into some of our most fundamental fears and motivations.
We need to get beyond hyperbole and half-truths from those both for and against marriage equality, and go back to basics.
Tom Nichols' book The Death of Expertise examines why the relationship between experts and citizens in a democracy is collapsing, and what can be done about it.
Academic analysis is often ignored – and this is an indictment not of readers, but of academics.
Social media is a key platform for public debate. But that doesn't mean it's necessarily good.