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Compared to the rest of the world, Australian democracy is doing pretty bloody well

Compared to the rest of the world, Australian democracy is doing pretty bloody well

Just 4.5% of the world population lives in a free and fair democracy, and Australia is part of that lucky elite.

If the US data gathering stories worried you, we have some bad news …

If the US data gathering stories worried you, we have some bad news …

News of Cambridge Analytica, the data collection tool that influenced Brexit and the US election, is incredibly alarming, but is it all that different from what Australian political parties have been doing for years?

Rundle: bring back the election night tally rooms of old!

Rundle: bring back the election night tally rooms of old!

The digital revolution has made the tally rooms unnecessary, and we are worse off for it.

Watch the throne: the top 10 elections coming in 2018

Watch the throne: the top 10 elections coming in 2018

2018 is shaping up to be a corker for elections around the world, with ten in particular worth keeping an eye on, writes Charles Richardson.

Democracy in meltdown as East Timorese PM denounces ‘coup’

Democracy in meltdown as East Timorese PM denounces ‘coup’

The prime minister of East Timor is refusing to allow parliament to reconvene because he will face a vote of no confidence. What next?

Crikey Worm: NBN routed

Crikey Worm: NBN routed

Good morning, early birds. NBN CEO Bill Morrow has warned the company will struggle to ever make a profit (as it is required to do), and New South Wales and Victoria top the states' economic scorecard. It's the news you need to know, with Max Chalmers.

Poll Bludger: how Nick Xenophon could end the two-party political system

Poll Bludger: how Nick Xenophon could end the two-party political system

Nick Xenophon stands poised to unleash his full powers of disruption at the South Australian election in March.

Did Canavan’s mum sign him up for Italian citizenship so he could vote for Berlusconi?

Did Canavan’s mum sign him up for Italian citizenship so he could vote for Berlusconi?

The 2006 Italian election was a tight race, and the first in which Australian-Italians could have their say. Is that why Matt Canavan's mother signed him up?

Which parties will form a governing coalition in East Timor?

Which parties will form a governing coalition in East Timor?

The surprise outcome of the elections was the rise of Khunto, which looks to have taken five seats.

East Timor’s democracy is flourishing, but economic hard times will test its resolve

East Timor’s democracy is flourishing, but economic hard times will test its resolve

To suggest that East Timor's democracy is "consolidated" or somehow a permanent feature of the political landscape might reflect a blinkered understanding of what it takes to retain a viable democracy.