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Three things must change for a healthier democracy

There are three drivers in Australian politics — the parties, the voting system and the media — that are all connected and self-supporting. And all are conspiring to hollow out our democracy, writes Tim Dunlop.

To listen in on any halfway serious discussion of politics these days is to eavesdrop on a cacophony of dissatisfaction. Issues come and go, but the underlying unease remains no matter how much we vent or how many logical arguments we make about a given issue.

The reason the whole kabuki is so unsatisfactory is because we spend too much time worrying about the day-to-day issues rather than addressing the underlying drivers of our problems.

There are a number of these drivers, but three in particular need our attention if we are ever to move out of the rut we are in. All three are all intimately connected — via redwolf.newsvine.com

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