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Darren Goodsir, Dee Madigan, Rebecca Huntley and John Hewson: Cancer on democracy

There are two tribes: politicians, and the rest of us. The system has left people behind.

John Hewson

With six prime ministers in eight years, democracy in Australia is looking decidedly unwell. Add to this a political class whose interests seem divorced from voters and plummeting trust in government, and things are even worse.

Are the polarised, opinion-driven media and the 24-hour news cycle to blame? With highly concentrated media ownership and vigorous partisan players, Australia now has home-grown problems with ‘fake news’. Will the media be the death of our democracy?

Chaired by Darren Goodsir, Chief Communications Officer for UNSW, Sydney.

This talk was recorded live on stage at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas 2018.

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