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The change Tom Elliott thinks would improve the quality of politics in Australia

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More than nine-in-10 Australians think politics is more about winning arguments than finding solutions, a new survey has found.

The survey, commissioned by Change Politics, polled almost 1300 people and found 80 per cent think politics is elitist, shouty and based on knee-jerk reactions.

Director of Change Politics, Polly Cameron, says the survey results were consistent across differing age groups, genders, and political views.

“We actually saw frustration across the entire political spectrum,” Ms Cameron told Tom Elliott.

“The boomers and the zoomers … agreed that the situation was pretty dire.”

Tom Elliott says one change would go a long way towards improving the quality of Australian politics.

“I would not allow someone to go for politics until they’ve had at least 10 years experience in the real world, and by that I mean … they have to have worked in a real job, not a job being a political adviser or a union hack or something like that,” the 3AW Drive host said.

“That has to happen.”

Press PLAY below to hear how Tom thinks the political system could be improved

Change Politics is calling for a democratic lottery, which runs similarly to jury duty, to compliment the existing political system.

“It’s often easy to blame politicians … our argument is that the system itself isn’t creating the right incentives for reasoned decision-making,” Ms Cameron said.

“We think by inserting a way of inviting everyday Australians chosen by democratic lottery … so there’s actually people making decisions that are from the community that are being affected by the decisions.”

Press PLAY below to hear more about how Change Politics is seeking to improve politics in Australia

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