As politicians we must lift our game and respond to the frustrations of Australians

Our politics belong to all of us, and we collectively have to do better. To repair democracy, we should defend civil society and reinforce political institutions 2017 has been a spectacularly bad year for Australian democracy.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/02/as-politicians-we-must-lift-our-game-and-respond-to-the-frustrations-of-australians

Victoria police addresses alleged African youth gang crime – video

The acting Victorian chief commissioner of police, Shane Patton, and the police minister, Lisa Neville, address the state opposition’s claims of a ‘crisis’ in crime committed by African youth ‘gangs’.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/video/2018/jan/02/victoria-police-addresses-alleged-african-youth-gang-video

Labor open to republic postal survey despite attacking Turnbull ‘thought bubble’

Labor has called Malcolm Turnbull’s proposal to use a postal survey to pick Australia’s preferred form of republic a “thought bubble” but said it would consider any proposition to advance the debate.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/jan/02/labor-open-to-republic-postal-survey-despite-attacking-turnbull-thought-bubble

Australia’s housing market on track to cool in 2018 as prices fall in capital cities

Australia’s property market is showing signs of cooling, with national home prices down in the December quarter and conditions expected to remain softer throughout 2018. The national median house price index fell 0.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/jan/02/australias-housing-market-on-track-to-cool-in-2018-as-prices-fall-in-capital-cities

Porter’s new job needs more than locking up offenders and throwing away the key

After the ministerial reshuffle, Christian Porter has a lot on his plate as new attorney general. A look at his track record reveals some unattractive litter The physical characteristics could not be more different.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/02/porters-new-job-needs-more-than-locking-up-offenders-and-throwing-away-the-key

Closing the Gap ‘refresh’: Coalition accused of ignoring Indigenous Australians

Law expert says Indigenous voice to parliament the most meaningful change as government tries to ‘refresh’ failing targets The federal government is calling for more Indigenous consultation in its “refresh” of the failing Closing the Gap targets but it has already rejected the mos

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/jan/02/coalition-accused-of-ignoring-indigenous-australians-in-closing-the-gap-refresh