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Political reporting tends to focus on the theatrics of federal parliament. But state governments manage important policy areas that directly impact on our daily lives – including health, education and justice.

Is anyone paying attention to the states? Does politics need to be theatrical to be interesting? And what happens if we don’t subject the states to scrutiny?

Chaired by Andrew Dodd, with James Campbell and Maxine McKew.

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Maxine McKew

Maxine McKew is an author and Hon Enterprise Professor of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne. Her most recent book, published by Melbourne University Press in 2014, is Class Act – a study of the key challenges in Australian schooling. This publication followe... Read more

James Campbell

James Campbell is the state politics editor at the Herald Sun and Sunday Herald Sun newspapers in Melbourne. He has also written for the Age, the Times newspaper in London, the Punch, the Spectator and the Institute of Public Affairs Review. He also reported for the BBC on the 2013 Australian federa... Read more

Andrew Dodd

Andrew Dodd is the director of the Centre for Advancing Journalism at the University of Melbourne. He has been a journalist for more than 25 years, working in radio, TV, print and online.  He was a broadcaster at ABC Radio National, where he presented many of the network’s programs and founded th... Read more

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