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21 July 2020

Australians highly confident of government’s handling of coronavirus and economic recovery: new research

Australians have exhibited high levels of trust in federal government during the coronavirus pandemic, a marked shift from most people’s views of government before the crisis began, new research shows.

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21 July 2020

After the crisis: what lessons can be drawn from the management of COVID-19 for the recovery process?

Mark Evans, Democracy 2025 and University of Canberra and Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra explore the lessons that can be drawn from the management of COVID-19 for the recovery process with Norman Swan and Mark Kenny.

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20 July 2020

Is Australia still the lucky country?

Our new report on political trust in times of COVID-19, Is Australia still the lucky country, finds that for the first time in over a decade, Australians are exhibiting high levels of political trust in federal government (54 per cent from 29 percent), and the Australian Public Service (54 per cent from 38 per cent).

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26 June 2020

Political Trust in Times of COVID-19

Mark Evans and Michelle Grattan explore differences in the management, experience and impact of the COVID-19 crisis in the company of three leading British academic thinkers and members of the Trustgov project at the University of Southampton.

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24 June 2020

How can we save democracy in a post COVID-19 world?

Have your say through a new international crowdsourced project calling for ideas on how to strengthen democratic practice and identify pathways to reform.

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3 June 2020

Why the ACT needs a participatory budget post-COVID

Open democracy is about explaining our political decisions and making them transparent.

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19 May 2020

Podcast: role of the APS in a post-COVID-19 world

In the latest Democratic Fundamentals, hosts Mark Evans and Michelle Grattan discuss the challenges and opportunities for the APS as the world eases restrictions. Featuring guests Renée Leon and Peter Shergold.

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3 April 2020

Democratic Fundamentals podcast: Political Trust and Coronavirus

Democratic Fundamentals podcast: Political Trust and Coronavirus. In this special podcast Professor Mark Evans discusses Australian democracy with Ian Chubb AC AO and Michelle Grattan AO, the panel dissects the Australian trust in government, compared with other modern democracies around the world. Drawing on the world values survey, the report notes the sharp focus on the quality of democratic governance, especially in the time of global crisis caused by coronavirus.

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3 April 2020

Launch of Democracy 2025’s new report

Democracy 2025's latest report, How does Australia compare: what makes a leading democracy? Two paradoxes for Australian democratic governance, investigates how Australian attitudes towards issues of trust and democratic practices compare both with other mature liberal democracies and nation states in our region. It draws on data from the World Values Survey, conducted in 140 countries by the world’s leading universities. The report is a collaboration between Democracy 2025 and the Trustgov Project, hosted by the University of Southampton, UK and the Kennedy School at Harvard University in the USA.

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1 April 2020

“The Isolated Political Class”, Australian Quarterly

In the April 2020 issue of the Australian Quarterly Mark Evans and Michelle Grattan observe that although Australia’s political class is perceived to be isolated from the citizenry it serves it does share similar views about democratic strengthening.

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13 December 2019

Don’t believe the stereotype: these 5 charts show our democracy is safe in the hands of future voters

A new, ongoing survey on how young Australians understand and imagine their democracy is already challenging long-held stereotypes.

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16 October 2019

How Australian federal politicians would like to reform their democracy

Watch Dr Helen Haines MP, Tanya Plibersek MP, David Sharma MP, Professor Mark Evans, Michelle Grattan and Professor Gerry Stoker discuss the findings from How Australian federal politicians would like to reform their democracy at Parliament House on 16 October. The video was produced by our digital partner, contentgroup.

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16 October 2019

The Conversation

Revealed: how Australian politicians would bridge the trust divide

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5 September 2019

Liberalism and Australian Democracy: Lessons from History – A talk by Dr David Kemp

In August, MoAD hosted a free public talk by the Hon. Dr David Kemp, Chairman of the MoAD Board, who reflected on the contribution of liberalism to Australia’s democratic story and asks what we can learn for the future.

The public talk is part of the Democracy 2025’s Future Democracy series, was held in the House of Representatives Chamber in the spiritual home of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

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5 September 2019

New D2025 report: APS deliberative jury

An Australian Public Service (APS) deliberative jury was convened at Old Parliament House in February to consider the question, ‘What key elements of democratic trust are broken and what needs to change to create a trusted APS?’ The jury’s recommendations are outlined in the latest report by Democracy 2025.

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6 March 2019

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28 February 2019

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25 February 2019

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The Conversation

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