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"Many Australians are distressed by the relentless dumbing down of political debate... and the threat to our democracy that it poses."

LINDSAY, TANNER -

"When I got into Parliament and throughout most of the 80's and into the 90's, right across the political spectrum, people were on about big issues, big ideas, big battles. That era seems to have passed and we have descended into this world of announceables and gimmicks and stunts and I really believe the two prevailing rules of political behaviour now are: one, look like you're doing something; and two, don't offend anyone who matters. So you end up in this kind of faux politics, where basically people are pretending, or they're actually acting out roles in many areas and the content side of the challenge is side-stepped because the price that would be paid for tackling a serious challenge is too high."

LINDSAY, TANNER -