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3 June 2019

The government and opposition have both announced their Cabinet line-ups, but who will prevail in the individual match-ups of ‘the last profession of amateurs’?

Can you sell complicated policy from opposition? Should Andrew Leigh have been given a senior cabinet position? And will a better gender balance change the story for women in politics? These are some of the questions tackled on this week’s Democracy Sausage podcast by Mark Kenny and Marija Taflaga with guests Virginia Haussegger and James Frost. Listen here:

Mark Kenny is a Senior Fellow in the ANU Australian Studies Institute. He came to the university after a high-profile journalistic career including six years as chief political correspondent and national affairs editor for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, and The Canberra Times.

Marija Taflaga is a lecturer in the ANU School of Politics and International Relations. Her major research is on political parties and particularly the Liberal Party of Australia. She has previously worked in the Australian Parliamentary Press Gallery as a researcher at The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

Virginia Haussegger is an award-winning television journalist, writer, and commentator, whose extensive media career spans more than 25 years. She is currently Director of the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation and Broad Agenda’s Chief Editor at the University of Canberra’s Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis (IGPA), where she is an Adjunct Professor.

James Frost is currently a PhD Candidate in the School of Politics and International Relations.

Democracy Sausage with Mark Kenny is available on iTunesSpotifyGoogle Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts. We’d love to hear your feedback for this podcast series! Send in your questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes to You can also Tweet us @APPSPolicyForum or join us on the Facebook group.

This podcast is published in partnership with The Australian National University.

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