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Hear why Peter Doherty, Nobel Laureate and former Australian of the Year, supports The Conversation. The Conversation is an independent source of news and views, sourced from the academic and research community and delivered direct to the public. Our team of professional editors work with university, CSIRO and research institute experts to unlock their knowledge for use by the wider public. Access to independent, high-quality, authenticated, explanatory journalism underpins a functioning democracy. Our aim is to allow for better understanding of current affairs and complex issues. And hopefully allow for a better quality of public discourse and conversations. We have introduced new protocols and controls to help rebuild trust in journalism. All authors and editors sign up to our Editorial Charter and Code of Ethics. And all contributors must abide by our Community Standards policy. We only allow authors to write on a subject on which they have proven expertise, which they must disclose alongside their article. Authors' funding and potential conflicts of interest must be disclosed. Failure to do so carries a risk of being banned from contributing to the site. Since our launch in March 2011, we've grown to become one of Australia's largest independent news and commentary sites. Around 35% of our readers are from outside Australia. We believe in open access and the free-flow of information. The Conversation is a free resource: free to read (we'll never go behind a paywall), and free to share or republish under Creative Commons. All you need to do is follow our simple guidelines. We have also become an indispensable media resource: providing free content, ideas and talent to follow up for press, web, radio or TV. Sincere thanks go to our Founding Partners who gave initial funding support: CSIRO, Monash University, University of Melbourne, University of Technology Sydney and University of Western Australia. Strategic Partner RMIT University and a growing list of member institutions also provide financial support. Our Newsroom is based in Melbourne, Australia. We also have editors in Sydney, Canberra, and Brisbane. We are wholly owned by The Conversation Media Trust, a not-for-profit company. Download our 2012 Stakeholder Report (PDF). If you have any comments or suggestions, we'd like to hear from you.

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