During the pandemic, it was common for politicians to explain their COVID-19 policies by saying they were ‘just following the science.’ Such claims can be misleading about both science and government.
Now is the time to learn from the COVID-19 response through an action-oriented independent inquiry focused on accountability. Reforms to data generation, access and use are essential.
Physical ailments and deteriorated health may be the one area in which politicians can escape scrutiny.
Upcoming changes to how complaints against Ontario police officers are processed will make it even harder to monitor human rights violations by police.
Climate protesters are destabilizing the idea that public galleries are safe spaces for works of art, held in public trust.
A new environment calls for new approaches to policy-making that can more effectively navigate the complexities of today’s world.
Perceptions that South African police treat people disrespectfully, lack impartiality or transparency, and are prone to brutality
undermine public confidence in them.
The vacuum created by a drop in public trust in mainstream platforms has given rise to new media players who don’t always play by the rules.
The police must challenge and change the damaging culture that for so long has allowed unacceptable behaviour by police officers to go unpunished.
The Coalition has made promises on whistleblower protection and must soon reveal its plan for a federal integrity commission. Now is the time for both parties to prove they can take real action.
Academics are among the most trusted sources for news about climate change.
At this stage of the pandemic, when behavioural change is so key to vaccine take-up, the government ignores the views of the public at its peril.
The strong disapproval of the South African government’s handling of the pandemic is a warning that crafting persuasive pro-vaccine messages is not enough.
South Africa’s constitutional values of good public governance and transparency in public procurement have been sacrificed in the process of buying COVID-19 vaccines.
To rebuild lost trust in the media will require more commitment and effort than just papering over ethical cracks.
When the scientific establishment gets involved in partisan politics, surveys suggest, there are unintended consequences – especially for conservatives.
On paper, WE Charity could have been the best partner to implement the federal government’s student grant program. But the failure to be transparent eroded the public’s trust and led to its demise.
Vague references don’t cut it. The public deserves to know exactly how Alberta is relying on science, realism and high-quality problem-solving in its back to school plans during COVID-19.
Australians have more trust in their government and leader to deal with the pandemic than people in US, UK and Italy. Confidence in state and territory leaders, however, is far lower.
A survey of 1,268 people has found that the BBC is popular across all age groups. But all media needs to pay more attention to devolved and local news.