Patricia Karvelas and Allegra Spender on ABC Radio National. 8.11.2022

Patricia Karvelas interviews Allegra Spender on using a citizens' assembly to reform political donations.

Breakfast, ABC Radio National, Tuesday 8.11.2022

Tom Switzer and Luca Belgiorno-Nettis on ABC Radio National. 9.12.2021

Tom Switzer interviews Luca Belgiorno-Nettis and Glenn Barnes on democratic reform and citizens' assemblies.

Between the Lines, ABC Radio National, Thursday 9.12.2021

Wendy Harmer and Robbie Buck on ABC Radio Sydney. 3.12.2021

Wendy Harmer and Robbie Buck discuss citizens' assemblies and democratic lotteries.

Breakfast, ABC Radio Sydney, Friday 3.12.2021

Luca Belgiorno-Nettis and Kyle Redman on ABC Radio Sydney. 30.09.2021

Luca Belgiorno-Nettis and Kyle Redman on their book The A, B and C of Democracy.

Focus with Cassie McCullagh, ABC Radio Sydney, Thursday 30.09.2021

Luca Belgiorno-Nettis on ABC Radio Sydney. 23.07.2020

Luca Belgiorno-Nettis on the French Climate Convention.

Focus with Cassie McCullagh, ABC Radio Sydney, Thursday 23.07.2020

Mark Easton on BBC Radio 4. 30.07.2019

Mark Easton on the UK Citizens' Convention and deliberative democracy,

Today, BBC Radio 4, Tuesday 30.07.2019

David Farrell on ABC Radio Sydney. 12.03.2019

David Farrell in conversation with Cassie McCullagh,

Focus, ABC Radio SYDNEY, Tuesday 12.03.2019

Luca Belgiorno-Nettis on ABC Radio Sydney. 19.03.2018

Luca Belgiorno Nettis in conversation with Cassie McCullagh,

Focus, ABC Radio SYDNEY, Tuesday 19.03.2018

Can Politics Be Freed from the Banality of Mass Culture? ABC - The Minefield

This week, we’re looking at the way politics has been invaded by mass culture. Content has become, at best, incidental to the real story, which is the entertainment-value of the political spectacle itself.

Consider, for instance, how the spectacle of leaked/lost Cabinet papers in an actual discarded cabinet last week totally overwhelmed the more consequential revelations contained in those papers. Or the way that Hollywood journalist Michael Wolff’s irredeemably salacious exposé of Trump’s White House dominated news coverage for the better part of a month, while Luke Harding’s meticulous uncovering of the web of connections between Trump and Russia passed by with barely a mention.

Are we finally at the point where the incompatibility of the commercial logic of the spectacle and the moral vocation of politics is so stark that it can no longer be ignored? Or have politics and mass culture become too inextricably entwined to imagine one without the other?


Gideon Haigh

Gideon Haigh is a Melbourne-based author and journalist, who has written widely on sport, business and politics. His latest book is A Scandal in Bohemia, about the murder of Mollie Dean.

The Minefield, ABC Radio National, 7 February 2018

Presented by Waleed Aly and Scott Stephens.

Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters

Lyn Carson on ABC Radio. The Morning Institute: What is genuine community consultation?

Ever been to a public hearing? Drafted to a community advisory panel? Has your say been actually reflected in the final decision of whatever the project was? Or were you left feeling that you'd taken part in what amounted to a little more than a tick-the-box exercise? What then could be a genuine form of community consultation?

Duration: 19min 32sec

Luca Belgiorno-Nettis on ABC Sydney Radio. Drive program with Richard Glover

Monday Political Forum

Penny Sharpe – State Labor MLC, and Shadow Minister for Environment and Heritage

Luca Belgiorno-Nettis is founder of the New Democracy Foundation

Glenn Davies – Anglican Archbishop of Sydney

Talking Democracy. Luca Belgiorno-Nettis and Laura Tingle. (Audio)

Conversation between newDemocracy Foundation's Founding Director Luca Belgiorno-Nettis and new Research Committee member Laura Tingle.

newDemocracy Foundation's Grandstand Series.

Luca Belgiorno-Nettis on 702 ABC Sydney. (Audio)

newDemocracy Founding Director, Luca Belgiorno-Nettis, in conversation with Robbie Buck.

Iain Walker discusses the offer from NDF to donate $5m to let citizens reform democracy (Audio)

Iain Walker, Executive Director of the newDemocracy Foundation, chats with Tom Elliott on 3AW Radio Melbourne. The subject is the proposed donation by the newDemocracy Foundation for a Citizens' Convention to let citizens reform democracy.