Newstart, political marketing, and international leadership

On this Democracy Sausage pod, we take a look at the financial stress of Newstart, getting air back in the tyres of flat wages, and political marketing from Brexit Britain to Canada, New Zealand and beyond.

On this episode of the Democracy Sausage podcast Mark Kenny and an expert panel – Jennifer Lees-Marshment, Ben Phillips, and Katrine Beauregard – take a look at the domestic policy and politics of raising Newstart and increasing wages, what the left can learn from the political marketing of the right, and tackle international politics from New Zealand to Canada to Brexit Britain.

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.

Katrine Beauregard is a lecturer in the ANU School of Politics and International Relations. Her work focuses on political behaviour. She is particularly interested in the role of gender in political participation.

Jennifer Lees-Marshment is an Associate Professor in political science at The University of Auckland in New Zealand. Jennifer is an expert in political marketing and leadership.

Ben Phillips is a Principal Research Fellow at the ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods. He has nearly 20 years of experience as an economic and social researcher in Australia, recently conducting research on Newstart and its ability to alleviate poverty.

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

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