Australia’s democracy has faceplanted and Labor is staring down some disturbing truths

One of the most striking findings in the Australian National University’s Australian Election Study – the survey of voters the university has undertaken after every federal election since 1987 – are the results on satisfaction with democracy.

The survey tells us that back in 2007, Australians were sanguine.Kevin Rudd had won the federal election, and politics was hovering on the brink of a decade of profound disruption.At the tail end of the revolving door of prime ministers, and the failure of our parliament to achieve a durable consensus on important issues like climate change, only 59% of us are satisfied with democracy, and trust has reached its lowest level on record, with just 25% believing people in government can be trusted.

Loss of faith, given the experience post-2007, is to be expected.But the striking bit for me in the latest AES was the rate of decline in satisfaction with democracy.The faceplant in Australia has been steeper than the experience in the United Kingdom after the 2016 Brexit referendum and in the United States following Donald Trump’s 2016 election win.Just roll that small insight around in your head for a minute.Politics in the US and the UK has completely jumped the shark – yet our citizens are hitting the screw this button faster than the citizens of America and Britain.

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