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How to fix our debased Parliament and its most questionable time

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There are many reasons voters have been losing faith, trust and belief in our politicians and political processes. Politicians have become so short-term, opportunistic, self-absorbed and negative, and more concerned about scoring points against each other than governing or solving problems or honouring promises. Voters increasingly feel neglected and left behind.

Politics is no longer about good policy and the business of good government. It has lost its professionalism. To many, our politicians are no longer to be admired as either community leaders or role models.

A place for "robust" but not offensive debate: Prime Minister Scott Morrison with Immigration Minister David Coleman during question time. Credit:Alex Ellinghausen

There is much to do to reform politics – especially campaign funding, lobbying, to place restrictions on advertising and to require truth therein, establish a national corruption/integrity commission, and to lengthen the parliamentary term. While the two major parties will acknowledge, from time to time, the need for reform, they keep failing to act, mostly in the disturbing belief they are better able than the other side to exploit the status quo.

So much of the image of our politicians is driven by their antics and stunts in question time – whether........

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