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11 June 2019

How do we do democracy in a time when voters’ relationships with political parties are increasingly strained? And could a citizens’ assembly fix Brexit better than Boris?

Who are the quiet Australians, and do they have any attachment to major political parties? Did Australians feeling financially insecure mean the election was always going to be decided on the economy? And from Boris to the backstop, how can the Brits get themselves out of the Brexit tangle? These are some of the questions tackled on this week’s Democracy Sausage podcast by Mark Kenny and Marija Taflaga with special guest Mark Evans. 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.

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 Evans is Director of Democracy 2025 at the Museum of Australian Democracy and Professor of Governance at University of Canberra’s Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis. Mark’s research focuses on the study and practice of governance and policy analysis.

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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