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Today we’re asking: what Queensland seats are the ones to watch on election night? How to give Indigenous Australians a true voice in politics? And how can we improve trust in the political system? Shutterstock

The myth of ‘the Queensland voter’, Australia’s trust deficit, and the path to Indigenous recognition

The myth of ‘the Queensland voter’, Australia’s trust deficit, and the path to Indigenous recognition. The Conversation122 MB (download)
Today, an election-themed episode about some of the biggest policy questions Australia faces, featuring Indigenous academic lawyer Eddie Synot and political scientist Anne Tiernan.
With no candidate taking a majority of the overall vote, election officials will be counting ballots again under Maine’s new ranked-choice voting system. AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty

Maine congressional election an important test of ranked-choice voting

The system allows voters to pick their first, second- and third-choice candidates – and could encourage more civil campaigns.
Bill Shorten will seek to elevate the issue of a republic by pledging. a policy for quick action. Julian Smith/AAP

Shorten pledges republic vote in first term

Bill Shorten's policy for quick action on a republic contrasts with Malcolm Turnbull's position.
The government has shown no interest in Tony Abbott’s idea, which on the past record of referendums would almost certainly fail. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Abbott hasn’t convinced own electors on Senate curb

Tony Abbott's proposal for a constitutional change to make it easier for a government to pass legislation blocked by the Senate does not have support in his own electorate, according to polling.

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