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What’s really driving voter disillusionment

What’s really driving voter disillusionment

Disempowerment lies behind the angst that has fueled the rise of minor parties in recent elections. And there is substance to voters' concerns.

Xenophon’s spare change helps (a) Crikey, (b), Nick Xenophon, (c) basically no one else

Xenophon’s spare change helps (a) Crikey, (b), Nick Xenophon, (c) basically no one else

Nick Xenophon's media reform deal helps small, Australian publishers. We can count the number of businesses that will benefit on one hand.

‘We need local journalists’: communities plead for their papers

‘We need local journalists’: communities plead for their papers

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.

Media briefs: local news review … Reece calls it … Snowden on screen …

Media briefs: local news review … Reece calls it … Snowden on screen …

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?

New think tank for regions fulfils hung parliament promise

New think tank for regions fulfils hung parliament promise

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.

Public service ‘docile and unassertive’

Public service ‘docile and unassertive’

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.

Free markets means free movement of labour

Free markets means free movement of labour

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.

Travelling through Rural Press country

Travelling through Rural Press country

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.

Green economy could grow remote Australia

Green economy could grow remote Australia

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.

Country voters miss out on blogging PM

Country voters miss out on blogging PM

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.