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About Stephen Harrington

Stephen Harrington is a Senior Lecturer in Journalism, Media and Communication, at the Queensland University of Technology.

Australians couldn’t care less about politics? Really?

Cross In The Box - Adam Wyles, Flickr CC BY-ND 2.0

Cross In The Box, Adam Wyles, Flickr CC BY-ND 2.0

It has become accepted wisdom in public discourse that Australians are disengaged with politics. But is that really the case? Or are we more invested in our political system than we appear to be?

A poll last year noted that less than one-third of respondents had “a lot” or “some” trust in either their federal or state parliaments. The figure for the former had dropped from a relatively lofty 55% in 2011.
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