Parliament federal election
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Who would be the best politician in a political system that is manifestly broken?

Australians don't trust their government. They are losing faith in democracy itself. We live in a police state in which whistleblowers who reveal government crimes, sources that embarrass the powerful, and journalists who report on them are raided by police goons and prosecuted, under a climate-denialist government that threatens to ban criticism of fossil fuel companies, with a parliament where the opposition is in a funk, still stunned that it lost an unloseable election.

The economy is floundering while prominent ministers are embroiled in scandals that illustrate the dearth of any federal integrity body worth tuppence. And that's just the lowlights reel.