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28 May 2019

With a record number of women in cabinet positions, Australian politics might not necessarily be a ‘league of gentlemen’, but will the government’s new front bench be a champions’ league or will it fail to score with voters?

Should we shake up the way polls are reported? What to make of the Government’s newly-minted cabinet? Will the Coalition be able to deliver constitutional change for Indigenous communities? And is the ‘shy Tory’ nothing more than an online myth? These are some of the questions tackled on this week’s Democracy Sausage by Mark Kenny and Marija Taflaga with guests Frank Bongiorno and Jill Sheppard. 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.

Professor Frank Bongiorno is the Head of the School of History at ANU and is an Australian labour, political, and cultural historian. His books include The Eighties: The Decade That Transformed AustraliaThe People’s Party: Victorian Labor and the Radical Tradition 1875-1914; and The Sex Lives of Australians: A History. He was co-editor of Elections Matter: Ten Federal Elections that Shaped Australia.

Dr Jill Sheppard is a political scientist at the School of Politics and International Relations at the Australian National University. Her research focuses on why people participate in politics, what opinions they hold and why, and how both are shaped by political institutions and systems.

Dr 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.

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

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