In part two of our special episode of Ask Policy Forum, the panel tackles your tough questions, from the struggling arts sector, to how health systems around the world are coping with the COVID-19 crisis, to the serious business of lockdown snacks.

Led by Professor Mark Kenny, we take you on a fairly raucous ride, discussing health, education, technology, and the arts, in part two of our special edition of Ask Policy Forum. Responding to your questions from the past few months, the team is also joined for the first time by a live online audience of our pod squad.

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Mark Kenny is a Professor 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.

Elizabeth Ames is an international trade policy expert. She is the National Director of the Britain Australia Society and an international trade policy expert with a strong background in senior business and financial advisory. She is also Trustee of the Menzies Australia Institute at King’s College London.

Dr Kim Cunio is a Senior Lecturer in composition and musicology in the School of Music of The Australian National University. He is an accomplished researching composer and performer and was awarded an ABC Golden Manuscript Award in recognition of his work with traditional music.

Professor Sharon Bessell is co-leader of the ANU Individual Deprivation Measure (IDM) team at Crawford School of Public Policy. The IDM is a new, gender-sensitive and multidimensional measure of poverty.

Dr David Caldicott is an emergency consultant at the emergency department of the Calvary Hospital in Canberra and a Senior Lecturer in the College of Health and Medicine at ANU.

Martyn Pearce is a presenter for Policy Forum Pod and the Editor of Policy Forum.

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