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Disconnect: why Australians are disillusioned with government

July 2001 - Disconnect: why Australians are disillusioned with governmentSome commentators claim there has been a distinct swing towards public political apathy in recent years. According to this line of thinking, such public disillusionment with the government and politics is not good for a democratic state, and it may lead to a seismic shift in Australian politics. Explaining the changes is more difficult, with many theories and much debate. This feature looks at some lines of thought on the subject.

Towards a two-and-a-half party system?
by Ian Marsh - 30/07/2001
The public are disillusioned with poor governance and badly behaved politicians
by Ted Mack - 30/07/2001
Hold the Mayo ...
by John Schumann - 23/07/2001
Australians' preference for passive politics is a wide-spread problem
by Tim Wishart - 20/07/2001
The problem of passive politics in Europe and America
by George Sumner - 15/07/2001
Are Australian politicians disconnected from their electorates?
by Graeme Campbell - 15/07/2001
Successive governments have sold out their constituents' interests
by Peter Andren - 15/07/2001
The major parties have taken politics and government away from the public!
by Scott Balson - 15/07/2001

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