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Judith Brett in conversation with ABC Radio National's Paul Barclay
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Peter Hartcher in The Sydney Morning Herald “Power and Paranoia: Why the Chinese government aggressively pushes beyond its borders”
Chinese government-backed patriots living in Australia are aggressively pursuing their homeland’s geopolitical agenda. The good news: new laws help address this. The bad news: they’re not being enforced.
Peter Hartcher in The Sydney Morning Herald “‘Insidious’: Former ASIO boss warns on Chinese interference in Australia”
Former ASIO boss Duncan Lewis has said the Chinese government is seeking to “take over” Australia's political system through its “insidious” foreign interference operations.
Quarterly Essay high-school writing competition winner: “Breaking pink and blue boxes”
What is the first thing you do when you meet someone new? Before you even walk up to them and ask their name? Based on aspects of their appearance and body language alone, you make an assumption about their gender.
Quarterly Essay high-school writing competition winner: “On the common good”
What is the end goal of existence? Why do we submit ourselves to the control of a government that many of us resent? In recent times, we have witnessed democracy become increasinglydysfunctional and, in some instances, replaced with a cacophony of anger and division. The rise of populism, as seen in several democracies worldwide, has left us in a state of war. It brings up the fundamental question, again: what is the purpose of our existence in society?
Erik Jensen on ABC RN Breakfast
It's just over five weeks since Australia elected its 46th Parliament, which contrary to most opinion polls and pundit predictions was supposed to have a Labor-led government.
As we know, the Coalition, or perhaps it was Prime Minister Scott Morrison, pulled off a remarkable victory; even he described it as a miracle.
Award-winning biographer and journalist Erik Jensen had a box seat on the Morrison campaign trail and he's penned his observations for the latest Quarterly Essay, titled The Prosperity Gospel.
Rebecca Huntley on ABC Conversations
Rebecca Huntley is a well-known social researcher who's been looking into what Australians really want from their leaders.
The 2019 Election result was a surprise to her, as the social research she’d been conducting in the past few years suggested voters were in the mood for change.
However when a version of it was offered to them by the Labor Opposition, most voters didn’t go for it at the ballot box.
She’s also asking herself some hard questions about the veracity of the polling process, in an era of information overload.
Rebecca Huntley in The Sydney Morning Herald “Time to stop polling and start listening: why we got election so wrong”
It probably doesn’t matter to people who were hoping for a Labor victory that, once all the votes are counted, the final two-party preferred numbers will not be far off many of the published national polls; the polling, once you move to a state and seat level, becomes unreliable, moving well beyond the margin of error.
Rebecca Huntley on ABC Life Matters
Climate change policy has been one of the most divisive issues of the last decade, but social researcher Rebecca Huntley and economist Matthew Warren say we have now reached a tipping point when it comes to public opinion on the issue.
But are Australians ready to do what it takes to avoid catastrophic climate change? If so, what climate change and energy policies could get the country there and how much will it cost?
Rebecca Huntley on The Drum
Election Special: Western Sydney
Host: Ellen Fanning
Panel: Rebecca Huntley, Abul Rizvi, David Borger, Maria Kovacic and Cindy Tan
In a special episode from Parramatta NSW, the panel discusses growth, population, infrastructure & fairness in one of the key election battlegrounds
One Nation sting confirms voters' concerns over our political donation system, writes Rebecca Huntley
I am often asked the question, what do Australians want from democracy? What do they want from good government?
Donations 'more influential' than polls in Australian politics, says Rebecca Huntley
“The biggest change we need to crack in Australia is donation reform, we have to change the money that's involved in Australian politics,” she said. “When you change the money, you change who the politicians listen to. Even though it seems like not as pressing an issue as health or jobs it's fundamental.”
Review of Net Loss by Stephanie Trigg, The Conversation
The essay is a mosaic of cultural allusion that is meaningful precisely because it is held together by the narrative self that analyses and makes these connections.
Why your most personal moments are too precious for Instagram
Art critic Sebastian Smee has a message for all social media users this Christmas: it's OK to be alone with your own thoughts.