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Aboriginal voters line up on election day

A proposal for voter ID requirements could further disenfranchise vulnerable people of society who don’t have access to the ID documents, particularly First Nations people.

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From Russia, Poland and Hungary to Brazil and, to a lesser extent, the US and Australia, UNSW’s Dr Carolien van Ham is noticing some worrying new political trends.

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Professor Rosalind Dixon is a Professor of Law at UNSW. One of her current research areas is constitutional law. She has conducted extensive research on fragile democracies, such as Hungary and Nicaragua, as well as democratic backsliding.

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A leading expert on democratic theory, Professor Ashutosh Varshney, will contrast India’s democracy with its unsteady record of liberal freedoms at a free public lecture at UNSW on 12 July.

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The conviction of Jakarta’s Christian Governor Ahok on blasphemy charges is a sign of the tensions at the heart of Indonesia’s legal system, writes Melissa Crouch.

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The private equity consortium bidding for Fairfax has experience in media – and it's not all bad, writes Mark Humphrey-Jenner.

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Good governance is the right thing to do, and boosts the legitimacy of decision-making. If moral chivalry doesn't appeal, here are two more reasons: it's cost-efficient and delivers better solutions.

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In a democracy, voters should determine who is elected to Parliament. The Senate electoral system fails this test, writes George Williams.

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The media is being used as a weapon of both governments and extremists in a war of competing worldviews, Australian journalist Peter Greste has told an audience at UNSW’s Gandhi Oration.

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An extraordinary number of Australian laws now infringe basic democratic standards, but we hardly bat an eyelid, writes George Williams.

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