Democracy's in trouble with or without Rudd

Feverish with leadership speculation, political journalists have blurred the lines around their role in the democratic process. It does parliament, and their readership, no favours.

Who owns Australia, and who should determine its future? Why its citizens of course (pedants may prefer 'subjects of Her Majesty!').

Parliament House, home to a highly complex set of procedures designed to enshrine the right of citizens to have their voices heard through their elected representatives, is out of balance.

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