Government conspiracy theories are without merit, but their growing prevalence should ring alarm bells about the parlous state of civics education in this country.
Americans are mad – fist-fighting, protesting mad. And that's just how politicians want voters in election season. But the popular anger stoked by candidates doesn't just dissipate after the campaign.
According to a recently conducted survey, Chinese citizens hold very high levels of satisfaction with the performance of their national government during the pandemic.
We will trade, but take more account of our interests than before, and we will trust government more.
Ardern's handling of the COVID-19 crisis has inspired high trust in the state but by the time the country goes to the polls later this year, the outbreak's social and economic damage may change that.
When a government's health messaging during a crisis is inconsistent or unrealistic, it engenders the kind of confusion, misinformation and non-cooperation seen in the US and UK.
The cynicism of political lies and the fear of losing control by opening up the corridors of power can’t last.
Two of the authors of the first Democracy 2025 report discuss the keys findings about what politicians see as faults in the current political system, and how they think it can be improved.
Michelle Grattan discusses this week in politics with University of Canberra Assistant Professor Caroline Fisher.
Writing in the American progressive journal Democracy, Swan, a former treasurer, warned that the US Democrats could be at risk of the overloaded agenda trap that helped defeat the ALP in May.
Daughters of Robert Menzies and Arthur Calwell say parliament wasn’t always a “fort”
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Last week, Michelle Grattan moderated a very special discussion with the daughters of Menzies and Calwell at Parliament House. This podcast episode is a recording of that event.
The government can access your phone metadata, drivers licence photo and much more. And new research shows Australians are OK about it. But that might change.
People’s trust in politicians and governments is in decline, but it will take cross-party collaboration to deal with issues such as poverty and climate change.