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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.

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

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