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Senators, Your Job Is Done

Brexit. BoJo. Donald Trump. ScoMo? It looks like liberal democracy is under siege across the English-speaking world. Of course, your view of which side the daily assaults are coming from ­depends on which side you’re on, although GetUp’s claim that Scott Morrison is a “Trump-lite authorit­arian populist” looks a bit desperate from any point of view.

Responding to concerns “some Australians report a growing sense that democracy is under threat”, the Senate’s standing committees on legal and constitutional affairs are doing what committees do best: holding an inquiry. Opened at the end of July, the inquiry into nationhood, national identity and democracy is spearheaded by Kim Carr and Amanda Stoker.

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