Economics and finance, Government and governance, Arts, culture & society | Australia

6 May 2019

This week on the Democracy Sausage podcast, Mark Kenny chats to Marija Taflaga, Jill Sheppard, Kim Rubenstein, and Quentin Grafton about a campaign week dominated by candidate problems and the theatre of the Labor launch.

Is social media a window into what our politicians really think? Who would want to be a politician? And what should we make of the theatre of Labor’s campaign launch? These are some of the questions tackled in this week’s episode of Mark Kenny’s Democracy Sausage. Mark and the panel – Marija Taflaga, Quentin Grafton, Kim Rubenstein, and Jill Sheppard – also take a look at diversity among Australia’s politicians, and why voters are looking for something more than business-as-usual from the nation’s leaders. 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 HeraldThe Age, and The Canberra Times.

Quentin Grafton is Professor of Economics at Crawford School, an ANU Public Policy Fellow, and Director of the Centre for Water Economics, Environment and Policy. He is also Editor-in-Chief of Policy Forum.

Kim Rubenstein is Professor in the Law School in the ANU College of Law and an ANU Public Policy Fellow. She is a former Director of the Centre for International and Public Law and was the inaugural Convenor of the ANU Gender Institute.

Jill Sheppard is a political scientist at the School of Politics and International Relations at the ANU.

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.

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This podcast is part of Policy Forum’s Australian Election coverage, and published in partnership with The Australian National University.

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