Regional and Rural folk insist they subsidise the cities by providing cheap and high-quality food and wealth from mining. But city people resent paying the same price for services like broadband and other infrastructure that gets more expensive to provide the more sparse the population gets. Delivering the same outcomes in regional areas requires a bigger per capita spend than in the city. So who cross-subsidises who? – Jessica Irvine, Nick O’Malley and David Humphries
So often, the government with little or cursory debate rams through legislation, knowing it has the numbers. Government and Opposition backbenchers, and independents, are treated with disdain … A cross-bench of independents … holding the balance of power, seems to me the most satisfactory solution to what is currently a representative vacuum. – Peter Andren


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