Australian politics

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Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce's indiscretions raise issues of conflicts of interest, exploitation and the misuse of public funds, writes George Williams.

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The big story about the Australian Electoral Commission’s annual release of political donations disclosures is how little they really tell us, writes Lindy Edwards.

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The public remains in the dark on political donations, UNSW academic Belinda Edwards has warned. 

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Bret Walker SC, delivering this year’s Hal Wootten Lecture at UNSW, offered many examples of the way lawyers can and do play a role in politics.

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Australian politics must respond to current pressures with collaboration and creativity, rather than pitting economics against society, writes Bronwen Morgan.

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Passionate about politics, two young entrepreneurs from UNSW have developed a public opinion polling platform in time for this year’s federal election. 

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When it comes to Indigenous recognition, there is far too much reliance on the constitution to achieve things it simply cannot do, writes Megan Davis.

Voting

Momentum is building around the world to lower the voting age to 16 years. Australians this age, too, should get a say in decisions that affect their lives, writes George Williams.

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Jacqui Lambie has created more waves than any prospective Titanic II issuing from the Clive Palmer shipyard, writes Mark Rolfe.

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A secret ballot to elect parliamentary Speakers would allow MPs to choose the best person for the job and reduce party-political bias, writes Fergal Davis. 

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