Disempowerment lies behind the angst that has fueled the rise of minor parties in recent elections. And there is substance to voters' concerns.
Nick Xenophon's media reform deal helps small, Australian publishers. We can count the number of businesses that will benefit on one hand.
Newspapers like The Border Mail play a crucial role in their communities, and Fairfax's plans to gut its regional newsrooms have locals worried they'll be left without a voice.
Was one of the last administrative acts by Stephen Conroy as communications minister a direction to the Australian Communications and Media Authority to investigate whether regional Australia is getting enough coverage of local news and events?
It seems appropriate during the ALP leadership squabble that one of those hung parliament initiatives that sealed Julia Gillard's prime ministership, a new think tank dedicated to regional issues is set to launch next week.
A senior public servant has called for the public service to stop being so "docile" and start asserting itself more in the national interest -- and given a backhander to ministerial staff along the way.
Asylum seekers risking their lives on leaky boats and enduring intolerably harsh conditions in makeshift camps, are a vital ingredient in the supply of labour for the skills shortage ridden Australian economy.
Sometimes you can see the nature of organisations more clearly from the periphery than from the heart -- although, of course, rural NSW is the heart of the old, pre-Fairfax Rural Press. And unfortunately, the regional papers aren't looking too crash hot.
Indigenous Australians should be included in debates on the distribution of natural resources, because a green economy presents an opportunity for progress in regional and Indigenous communities, writes Patrick Dodson.
PM Kevin Rudd may be in a tweeting and live-blogging frenzy, but it's alienating regional voters who don't have access to the fast speed internet required to interact, writes North Coast Voices.