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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau does basketball drills with youth from the Lady Ballers Camp, a charitable organization, in Mississauga, Ont., in May 2024. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov

Justin Trudeau’s bleak poll numbers are part of a global trend as young voters reject incumbents

In democracies around the world, voters aged 18-34 are abandoning the incumbent in favour of opposition parties, often choosing populist-style politicians. Why? Blame the broken social contract.
‘Chile Decides’ whether to change its military dictatorship-era constitution at a popular referendum on Oct. 25. Martin Bernetti/AFP via Getty Images

Chile puts its constitution on the ballot after year of civil unrest

On Oct. 25 Chile will decide whether to replace its dictatorship-era constitution with a new one written wholly by the Chilean people. The vote shows how protests can change the course of a nation.
‘What’s in it for me?’ is a common question today, but not one that necessarily produces the best answers for collective wellbeing. Shutterstock/iQoncept

Explainer: the greater good and why it matters more than ever

The concept of the greater good has made a comeback in Europe in an era of budget austerity, but in Australia too few of us are alive to its meaning – and to its vulnerability.

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