Government and governance | Australia, The World

2 December 2019

On this week’s episode of Democracy Sausage, we walk you through a traumatic week for the Australian Government – from the failure of the union-busting bill to the Angus Taylor affair.

On this Democracy Sausage, Mark Kenny and co-host Dr Marija Taflaga are joined by Sue Regan and Dr Matthew Kerby to look at what it would take for a minister to get sacked nowadays, and whether ministerial codes of conduct are still worth the paper they’re written on. The panel also give us an update on the polls for the upcoming UK election and discuss why the recent London Bridge attack has fueled a new blame game between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn. Listen here:

Matthew Kerby is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Politics and International Relations at The Australian National University. He researches executive and legislative institutions and political behaviour, particularly in Westminster parliamentary democracies.

Sue Regan is a PhD Scholar and tutor at Crawford School of Public Policy. Previously, Sue was Chief Executive of the Resolution Foundation, a UK-based research institute focusing on the well-being of low earners.

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.

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

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