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4 February 2020

This week on Democracy Sausage, we chat about the prime minister’s popularity plunge and two of the big challenges on the horizon for his government: the economy and addressing climate change.

On our first Democracy Sausage of the year, we talk #sportsrorts, bushfires and the prime minister’s falling poll numbers. Host Mark Kenny is joined by Kieran Gilbert, Sky News Australia’s Chief News Anchor, as well as ANU Crawford School of Public Policy’s Dr Siobhan McDonnell and Peter Martin. 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.

Siobhan McDonnell is a legal anthropologist with over 20 years of experience working with Indigenous people in Australia and the Pacific on land use, gender, and climate change. She is a Lecturer at the Crawford School of Public Policy, and the lead negotiator on climate change for the Vanuatu government.

Kieran Gilbert is Chief News Anchor for Sky News Australia where he hosts AM Agenda and First Edition.

Peter Martin is a Visiting Fellow at Crawford School of Public Policy at The Australian National University and the Business and Economy Editor of The Conversation. A former Commonwealth Treasury official, he has reported economics for the ABC and then for Fairfax Media since 1985.

Show notes | The following were referred to in this episode:

Emergency payments for people affected by Australia’s bushfires ‘seriously inadequate’

Problem of poverty underestimated as back to school costs hit families under pressure

What impact will the bushfire crisis have on homelessness?

Climate change could make insurance too expensive for most people – report

Bushfire survivors call for more fire preparedness support for people with disabilities

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