This week, Andrew Hughes and Marija Taflaga talk to John Hewson about politicians listening to feedback from public servants, increasing Newstart payments, and Australia’s incomplete asylum seeker policy.

Can the politicisation of the public service be reversed? Why is there such a disconnect between how politicians talk about the economy and how many Australians are actually struggling to make a living? And who’s responsible for rehabilitating those that have been radicalised? On this Democracy Sausage podcast, co-hosts Andrew Hughes and Marija Taflaga serve up fresh, meaty analysis of Australia’s policy and politics with former Federal Opposition Leader John Hewson. They also take on some of your questions and comments.

Andrew Hughes is a lecturer in marketing at the ANU’s Research School of Management, where he teaches marketing at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

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.

John Hewson is an economic and financial expert with experience in academia, business, government, media, and the financial system. In 2014, Dr Hewson joined ANU as Professor at the Crawford School, and Chair of the Tax and Transfer Policy Institute.

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

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