Australia votes 2019

What are the policy issues that might tip the scales in the upcoming Federal election? How will Australia’s parties address them? Are their policies any good?

Our In Focus: Australia Votes 2019 will bring you the best of Policy Forum’s election analysis, with written pieces, podcasts, and policy soundbites responding to the latest election commitments.

This special section produced in association with The Australian National University will also be home to a brand new and exclusive podcast – Democracy Sausage, bringing you expert insights on the election and the policy commitments from the parties.

In Focus: Australia Votes 2019 is part of our commitment to informing robust, scholarly and policy-relevant debate. We hope you find the contents both illuminating and thought-provoking, and invite you to join the conversation.

Mark Kenny
Editor, In Focus: Australia Votes 2019


John Hewson and Frank Bongiorno: The Australian economy (video)

Jacinta Carroll & Rory Medcalf: Security policy challenges (video)

Meg Keen & Stephen Howes: Australia and the Pacific (video)

Jane Golley & Matthew Sussex: China-Australia relations (video)

Lesley Seebeck & Rod Broadhurst: Cybersecurity and emerging threats (video)

David Lindenmayer & Philip Batterham: Drought preparedness (video)

Frank Jotzo & Ken Baldwin: Energy (video)



Podcast: Democracy Sausage with Mark Kenny

Mark Kenny
Andrew Hughes
Bob McMullan
Shirley Leitch

Economics and finance | Australia


In this special series from Policy Forum and The Australian National University, Mark Kenny leads a weekly discussion on the issues, policies, and politics of Australia’s election campaign. In the first episode, Mark and guests Shirley Leitch, Andrew Hughes, and Bob McMullan take a look at an opening week dominated by tax, personality politics, and social media campaigning.

38 minute listen

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Podcast: Getting the public service fit for the future

Helen Sullivan
Bob McMullan
Harley Dennett
Bob Cotton
Julia Ahrens

Government and governance | Australia


This week on Policy Forum Pod we take a look at the recent review of the Australian Public Service, and ask whether its recommendations can transform the bureaucracy to make it fit for the future, or whether years of creeping politicisation, outsourcing of projects, and a drain of talent have taken too high a toll.

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