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Discontent with Australian democracy is near record lows. The majority of voters are convinced that people in government look after themselves and can't be trusted, and that government is run for the benefit of a few big interests. But, through all this, the Morrison government has found a new way to alienate voters.

Yesterday The Guardian reported that, as part of its defence against a Federal Court class action relating to its illegal robodebt scheme, the government argued it had no duty of care to its victims under social security law.

A government insisting it has no duty of care to its citizens -- and particularly those who require welfare assistance -- confirms exactly the perception that the majority of voters have about a system of government that they believe has abandoned them.