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11 November 2019

On this week’s Democracy Sausage podcast we’re inside the studio with the ultimate insider and future host of Insiders, David Speers, to talk fires, drought, climate change, and the Labor Review.

Sky News veteran and the future host of ABC’s Insiders David Speers is our special guest on this week’s Democracy Sausage. He joins Mark Kenny and Marija Taflaga to talk about the government’s response to climate change, how he feels about taking over the hit show’s hot seat, Josh Frydenberg’s upcoming Australia in the World lecture, whether Labor’s warts and all review will fix the party’s problems, and if Bill Shorten would have won an election against Malcolm Turnbull. Listen here: https://aca.st/0afd85

David Speers is an Australian journalist and outgoing Political Editor at Sky News Australia. He has been the host of PM AgendaThe Last Word, and Speers. Beginning in 2020, he will host ABC’s Insiders.

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.

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 HeraldThe Age, and The Canberra Times.

Josh Frydenberg’s Australia in the World 2019 Annual Lecture takes place on Tuesday 12 November at The Australian National University. Register for that event here.

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  1. Phil Anderton says:

    Thank you for this insightful discussion. The big problem we have is the reliance of politics in Australia on motivated political donations – from large Unions like the CFMMEU mostly to Labor and from the mining and property lobbies to both Labor and Coalition. In particular the influence of the Coal Mining Lobby is retarding the development of a dispatch-able renewable energy industry in Australia.
    Australian voters need to take action to change this corrupt system. I think most Australians would support a referendum to change the Constitution to, for example, ban all political donations. Perhaps a formal Association of voters in each HoR electorate could take legal action if their Member acted in a way that damaged their standard of living, as often happens in seats that are not marginal (for example Labor building Port Botany affecting mainly Labor voters in safe seats).

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