Against the tide: the struggle of governments to win public confidence in an age of mass communication

In the Australian National University’s 2016 Australian Election Study, only 26 per cent of respondents stated that they could trust people in government. That finding represents the lowest level of public trust since surveying commenced in 1969. Tellingly, levels of trust have consistently dropped since 2007. The Scanlon Foundation’s Mapping Social Cohesion 2016 Report similarly …

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