Annotation. Essay collection exploring questions of reclaiming government for the people and restoring trust between citizens and the state. Essays cover ever-increasing cynicism about politicians and government, the corrosive effects of privatisation on public well-being, governing and diversity, education for democratic citizenship, reforming a corporatised ABC, and the internet as a possible way of connecting citizens and government. Includes endnotes, bibliography and index. Contributors include Eva Cox, Dennis Glover, Tony Moore, and Lindsay Tanner. Glover is a political adviser to Kim Beazley, federal leader of the Australian Labor Party. Patmore is a lecturer in law at University of Melbourne. Both have published articles in academic and political journals.