Citizen-led movements around the world are voicing their frustration over political impotence. It’s time it happened here too
Australian politics has never felt as far out of step with the rest of the democratic world. While other major democracies openly confront existential crises, politicians in Australia carry on apparently without a care in the world.
Nothing symbolised this gulf more clearly than Scott Morrison in New York last week. As international leaders gathered to debate the acute threat of climate change – and to be eloquently berated by Greta Thunberg – the prime minister decided to give the UN’s climate summit a miss and went to inspect a newly automated McDonald’s instead.