Democracy Sausage with Mark Kenny

Democracy Sausage with Mark Kenny

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Mark Kenny takes a weekly look at politics and public affairs with expert analysis and discussion from researchers at The Australian National University and beyond.


The future of us with Liz Allen
Aug 13 • 46 min
On this episode, academic and author Dr Liz Allen joins us to talk about the myth of the Australian ‘fair go’ and why COVID-19 could be leading Australia into demographic disaster. Political leaders often pitch Australia as the land of ‘a fair go’. But…
Leadership in the time of COVID-19 with Niki Savva
Aug 10 • 60 min
What does it take to be a political leader? What’s the magic mix of talent and time? And do Australia’s treasurer and shadow treasurer have that mix? Joining Mark Kenny to talk about what it takes to do the top job are commentator Niki Savva and Marija…
Is Trump cooked?
Aug 5 • 39 min
Days after a presidential interview with one US-based Australian correspondent went viral, Mark Kenny chats with another stateside Aussie journalist Matthew Knott about the Jonathan Swan interview and Trump’s chances of reelection in November. Electoral…
Understanding China
Aug 3 • 51 min
On this special Democracy Sausage we launch a new book on governance systems in China, Taiwan and Australia with its co-editor Andrew Podger and ANU Chancellor Julie Bishop, and discuss how COVID-19 is affecting Australia’s elderly. What does reform look…
Annika Smethurst – On Secrets
Jul 30 • 61 min
Mark Kenny talks with Annika Smethurst about the police raid that changed her life and her new essay, On Secrets. On 4 June 2019, Federal Police raided the home of Walkley award-winning journalist Annika Smethurst, changing her life forever. Smethurst was…
Will the show go on? With David Wenham
Jul 27 • 51 min
On this Democracy Sausage Mark Kenny is joined by actor David Wenham, theatre producer Caroline Stacey, and performer-producer Tracy Bourne, as well as regular guest Marija Taflaga, to talk about how COVID-19 has affected the dramatic arts. Few industries…
Debt, deficit, and disaster?
Jul 23 • 49 min
On this special Democracy Sausage Second Serve Mark Kenny and Peter Martin discuss today’s economic update from the Treasurer and the impact of the corona-crunch on the nation’s future. The economic update given by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg today made for…
COVID-19 and hitting the wrong notes for the arts
Jul 20 • 64 min
On this Democracy Sausage we take a look at how the arts world has been impacted by COVID-19, plus whether the crisis has changed what Australians want from their governments, with historian Paul Pickering and composer and musician Kim Cunio. Even before…
The Dismissal (the Palace Letters Director’s edition)
Jul 16 • 60 min
Far from being private correspondence, the Palace Letters – finally released to the public this week – detail the long road to one of the world’s great constitutional crises. On this Democracy Sausage, Mark Kenny is joined by Frank Bongiorno and Chris…
Is going to the footy fair play or foul?
Jul 13 • 59 min
On this episode of Democracy Sausage we take a look at the rising infection rate in Victoria, the optics of Scott Morrison going to the football on the weekend, what the modelling tells us about the virus’ trajectory, and Trump’s troubles in the US. With…
China’s rise - is history repeating?
Jul 9 • 58 min
On this Democracy Sausage, Mark Kenny is joined by former long-time public servant Allan Behm to discuss community values in the COVID-19 crisis, the “serious vacancies in leadership” around the world, and learning the lessons of history to understand…
From Southeast Asia to Eden-Monaro
Jul 6 • 55 min
This time on Democracy Sausage we take a look at Southeast Asia: how the governments of the region are responding to Australia’s new defence stance, how they have responded to COVID-19, and how they are balancing the great powers of the US and China. The…
Annabel Crabb on Australia’s moment of change
Jul 2 • 49 min
The success of the National Cabinet has shown politicians the value Australians place on political cooperation. But can the government use this changed landscape to tackle the policy challenges facing the country and disarm the weaponised political…
COVID-19 and climate – dealing with the diabolical
Jun 29 • 55 min
On this Democracy Sausage we take a look at tackling the climate crisis as Australia is still battling the coronavirus. Mark Kenny is joined by Kieran Gilbert, Frank Jotzo, and Marija Taflaga. Australia’s attempts to tackle climate change have been a…
Stopping the presses
Jun 25 • 40 min
In the decade to 2018, 106 local and regional newspapers closed in Australia. As a consequence, 21 local government areas are now without a local newspaper. On this episode Mark Kenny talks to Associate Professor Kristy Hess about the high price of losing…
Are you job-ready?
Jun 22 • 33 min
The government is changing university funding to encourage students into ‘job-ready’ degrees and away from humanities and the social sciences. But with research showing that humanities graduates do better in terms of employment than maths or STEM…
You stand on a plinth of lies
Jun 18 • 61 min
From white settlement of Australia and the massacres of Indigenous peoples that followed, to statues commemorating slave traders, around the world protesters are starting important new conversations on history. Joining Mark Kenny to discuss the lessons we…
Hey, big spenders
Jun 15 • 61 min
The coronavirus crisis has thrown the rule book out on what it means to be a better economic manager. On this Democracy Sausage we take a look at what it will take to chart an economic road to recovery with The Australia Institute’s Dr Richard Denniss.…
Is the government failing women in its COVID-19 policy responses?
Jun 11 • 41 min
On this episode of Democracy Sausage, Mark Kenny chats with Barbara Pocock AM and Trish Bergin about the government’s decision to roll back free childcare and the impacts of Australia’s COVID-19 policy responses on women. The Federal Government’s decision…
The New Zealand election, and the politics of protest in a pandemic
Jun 8 • 56 min
Mark Kenny is joined by New Zealand experts Professor Jennifer Lees-Marshment and Professor Janine Hayward to talk about the upcoming New Zealand election, and the panel discuss the global Black Lives Matter protests. On this episode we head across the…
A new Accord and The Airport Economist
Jun 4 • 45 min
The Australian Government faces some big choices ahead about how to get the economy flying again. Will that include a new ‘Accord’ struck with the unions, and if so, what should be in it? The coronavirus crisis has hammered global economies, including…
Chaos, curfews, and COVID-19
Jun 1 • 73 min
With cities under curfew and the national guard called out, the Democracy Sausage panel take a look at how populism and a president abdicating responsibility is dividing the US. On this episode of Democracy Sausage Mark Kenny is joined by 10 News’…
Divisions and decisions - US politics ahead of the 2020 elections
May 28 • 54 min
On this gourmet Second Serve, we speak with US-based Australian analysts, Anne Summers and Jonathan Swan, about the COVID-19 pandemic in the US and what lies ahead this US election year. Despite a catastrophic COVID-19 death toll, is Trump’s refusal to…
The $60 billion question
May 25 • 61 min
With the government’s JobKeeper scheme set to cost $60 billion less than originally forecasted, this week on Democracy Sausage we look at what the government might do with its bonus billions. It was blamed on everything from employers filling out forms…
The NHS and a nation on its knees
May 21 • 44 min
On this week’s Second Serve, Europe Correspondent for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age Bevan Shields shares his experience of catching the coronavirus in Britain, and we take a look at the missteps that led to the UK having one of the world’s highest…
Trust us, we’re the government
May 18 • 58 min
Mark Kenny is joined by Phil Coorey, Vanessa Johnston, and Marija Taflaga to talk about Morrison’s first year in charge and getting the message right as Australia takes its tentative first steps out of the coronavirus crisis shutdown measures. Australian…
Weapons of mass detection
May 14 • 46 min
This week on Democracy Sausage Second Serve, we go stateside to take a look at criticisms levelled at the World Health Organization with US expert Assistant Professor Alexandra Phelan. The World Health Organization has been the subject of criticism about…
Australia redux – rebooting the country after the coronavirus crisis
May 11 • 56 min
This week on Democracy Sausage, we look at what’s in store for businesses and workers as Australians and their workplaces are encouraged to emerge from hibernation. Australia is taking its first tentative steps towards restarting its economy, but what…
Anxious, insecure, and unemployed - Australians’ experiences of COVID-19
May 6 • 38 min
New research has revealed massive job losses, high levels of anxiety, and a picture of hardship and distress among Australians. We speak to the authors of the research to get a picture of Australia in the pandemic. Two-thirds of Australians say they feel…
Coming clean on COVID-19 costs
May 4 • 49 min
This week on Democracy Sausage, Miranda Stewart and Bruce Chapman join us to discuss budget transparency in a post-coronavirus crisis world, and whether there’s a role for an income-contingent loan scheme in COVID-19 economics. The coronavirus crisis has…
A blurred bigger picture
Apr 30 • 49 min
On this week’s Second Serve, Mark Kenny talks to Frank Bongiorno about Malcolm Turnbull’s new autobiography, A Bigger Picture. Political biographies can shed valuable light on leaders, decisions, and policy choices. But they can also attempt to rewrite…
Coronavirus crisis – there’s an app for that
Apr 27 • 50 min
On this episode Mark Kenny talks with Anne McNaughton, Mark Evans, and Marija Taflaga about the government’s COVID-19 app, post-crisis tax and economics, and whether consensus politics has any chance of continuing after the crisis. The government has…
Shadow Treasurer Jim Chalmers on COVID-19 and Australia’s future
Apr 25 • 44 min
On this special episode, Shadow Treasurer Dr Jim Chalmers MP speaks to Mark Kenny about crisis politics, economic recovery, and ensuring the future story of Australia is an inclusive one. While Australia has so far avoided the more devastating health…
Has Britain turned a coronavirus crisis corner?
Apr 23 • 30 min
On this week’s Second Serve, we catch up with Sophia Gaston for the latest on Britain’s devastating coronavirus toll. With limited testing, struggles to get protective equipment for health workers, and a high death toll, Britain is still in the grip of…
Emma Alberici - What type of world will we be left with after COVID-19?
Apr 21 • 52 min
This week we’re joined by the ABC’s Emma Alberici and Professor Robert Breunig to talk tax, Trump, and what society might be able to snap back to. Governments around the world are starting to plot a pathway out of the coronavirus crisis, and are under…
The biographers on political leadership and COVID-19
Apr 16 • 33 min
In this Second Serve, we discuss the best and worst of political leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic. Has the COVID-19 crisis exposed the failure of ‘Anglophone conservatives’ to listen to expert advice? Is talk of economic and societal transformation…
The coronavirus care deficit and scrapping the snapback
Apr 13 • 52 min
What has the COVID-19 crisis revealed about who is doing the heavy lifting in Australia? With charities struggling to elicit donations, what does that mean for those in need who depend on the support of these organisations? And with a highly…
Britain’s battle with the coronavirus crisis
Apr 9 • 39 min
With overwhelmed hospitals, limited testing and a staggering death rate, and a prime minister in intensive care, how will Britain turn its coronavirus curve? In this Second Serve Mark Kenny talks to UK-based experts Sophia Gaston and Elizabeth Ames. After…
Imagining Australia after COVID-19
Apr 6 • 47 min
Our expert panel discusses whether the coronavirus pandemic will lead to major, permanent changes in Australia’s society and economy. While the immediate devastation of COVID-19 in Australia and around the world is far from over, what are the likely…
Sport vs coronavirus
Apr 2 • 38 min
On this episode, we chat about how sports around the world are responding to COVID-19 and what the future holds for sporting organisations struggling because of the virus. With most of the world’s professional sport postponed or cancelled due to the…
COVID-19 and Australia in hibernation
Mar 30 • 42 min
In this episode, we discuss Australia’s new restrictions on social gatherings, whether the government is explaining its approach effectively, and domestic politics during the crisis. As Australia has moved into a new phase in the fight against COVID-19…
How can Australia tackle wicked policy problems?
Mar 27 • 35 min
On this Second Serve, we chat to senior public servant and policy expert Andrew Wear about his new book, Solved: How other countries have cracked the world’s biggest problems and we can too. Why is Singapore such a leader in school education? What’s a…
Strategic shifts, polarised policy, and mixed messages
Mar 23 • 57 min
On this episode, Mark Kenny, John Hewson and Rory Medcalf examine competition and cooperation in the Indo-Pacific in light of COVID-19, and whether Australia’s government has been too cavalier in tackling the outbreak. With more and more restrictions…
Andrew Leigh on coronanomics
Mar 19 • 44 min
Mark Kenny chats to Dr Andrew Leigh, Member for Fenner in the ACT and former economics professor at the Australian National University about the economics of the coronavirus. Can the world’s politicians find coronavirus solutions that are good for public…
Extra: Fintan O’Toole – the era of existential risk
Mar 18 • 48 min
On this very special Democracy Sausage podcast extra, Mark Kenny talks to the noted Irish columnist and author Fintan O’Toole about Brexit and the Irish border, global leadership, and democratic systems in a time of global crisis. Infection has driven…
COVID-19 and how to flatten the curve
Mar 16 • 53 min
On this episode, we discuss policy responses to the coronavirus, both in Australia and across the globe. As COVID-19 infection rates accelerate in Australia, state and federal governments have been called into action to reduce the damage. But has the…
Will the stimulus deliver bang for the big bucks?
Mar 12 • 34 min
On this special episode of Democracy Sausage, our expert panel cast their eyes over Australia’s $17.6 billion stimulus package announced on Thursday. The Australian government has announced a huge stimulus package aimed at businesses and households, but…
Stimulus shock and awe, and the Great Loo Roll Crisis
Mar 10 • 50 min
This week our expert panel take a look at the possible economic impacts from COVID-19, what the government could and should do about it, and whether Australia’s public health systems are up to the job. Will the Australian government’s stimulus package…
Brian Schmidt - Climate change, coronavirus, and universal challenges
Mar 6 • 43 min
On this Second Serve, we’re joined by the Vice-Chancellor of The Australian National University, Professor Brian Schmidt AC, to discuss how to achieve negative emissions, frustrations with the climate change debate, the challenge of Coronavirus, and his…
Press freedom with Annika Smethurst
Mar 2 • 49 min
In this week’s episode, we talk about surplus politics and the government’s proactive response to coronavirus, plus freedom of the press with News Corp’s Annika Smethurst. In the wake of police raids on Annika Smethurst’s Canberra home and the ABC’s…
How the bushfires have changed the landscape for voters
Feb 25 • 32 min
On this Second Serve, Professor Nicholas Biddle discusses new research about exposure to this season’s bushfires and its impact on the attitudes of Australians. The political fallout from Australia’s unprecedented bushfire season has been substantial,…
“The vision thing” with John Hewson
Feb 24 • 49 min
In the new episode, we examine political vision and division after more than a decade of Australia’s climate wars. While the Australian government shifted its rhetoric on climate change in the wake of the bushfires, have leadership ructions in the…
Ask Policy Forum: The podcast where you ask the questions
Feb 19 • 61 min
Join us at the pod squad members’ lounge as we field your questions on all sorts of issues, from how countries are performing on emissions reduction to which politician you’d least like to be stuck in conversation with at the annual Midwinter Ball. On the…
Religious freedom and the fossil fuel flock
Feb 17 • 55 min
On this week’s Democracy Sausage, we chat about Australia’s religious freedom bill, the Parliament’s pro-coal wing, and the country’s search for political vision in challenging times. Has the National Party’s leadership drama made it harder for Prime…
Understanding Coronavirus and the Coalition’s ills
Feb 10 • 45 min
Mark Kenny, veteran political journalist Malcolm Farr and Marija Taflaga chat about the week in politics, and Professor Peter Collignon joins us in the studio to discuss the emergence of Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). After a disastrous start to the year,…
Second Serve: Brexit got done?
Feb 5 • 28 min
On 31 January 2020, the United Kingdom formally left the European Union, three and a half years after the initial referendum. While many celebrated, Dr Rob Manwaring says the UK faces a herculean task before the transition period elapses at the end of the…
The unpreferred prime minister
Feb 3 • 48 min
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…
Waking up to China’s challenge with Peter Hartcher
Dec 8, 2019 • 59 min
China has become crucial to Australia’s security, economy, and identity, but what are its intentions? In this special Democracy Sausage live event, Mark Kenny talks to Peter Hartcher about Australia-China relations. We ask whether they are really in a…
Ministerial responsibility, Taylgate, and political blame games
Dec 2, 2019 • 49 min
On this Democracy Sausage, Mark Kenny and co-host Dr Marija Taflaga are joined by Sue Regan and Dr Matthew Kerby to look at what it would take for a minister to get sacked nowadays, and whether ministerial codes of conduct are still worth the paper…
Extra: Why the left loses
Nov 26, 2019 • 49 min
In the wake of the Great Financial Crisis, many centre-left parties around the world have struggled to make electoral headway. Why is it happening, and what role does an inability to tell a convincing narrative for change play? In this special Democracy…
Bye Robot, union-busting, and fraught foreign affairs
Nov 25, 2019 • 49 min
On this Democracy Sausage we take a look at the rollback of robodebt, paternalistic welfare policies, and the long history of the language of dole bludgers. Mark Kenny and the panel – Marija Taflaga, Frank Bongiorno, and Matthew Gray – also tackle the…
Women in politics special
Nov 18, 2019 • 50 min
This week on the Democracy Sausage podcast Mark Kenny and the panel – Virginia Haussegger AM, Blair Williams, and Meegan Fitzharris – take a look at how to get more women in politics, what it’s like for women who are already in politics, and why a…
Extra: Australian Foreign Affairs - China Dependence
Nov 12, 2019 • 64 min
In this special mid-week fry-up of Democracy Sausage, we bring you a live recording of the launch of the new issue of Australian Foreign Affairs – China Dependence. The event features an outstanding panel of Honorary Professor Allan Gyngell, Associate…
David Speers
Nov 11, 2019 • 55 min
Sky News veteran and the future host of ABC’s Insiders David Speers is our special guest on this week’s Democracy Sausage. He joins Mark Kenny and Marija Taflaga to talk about the government’s response to climate change, how he feels about taking over the…
Canada, Corbyn, and climate activism crackdowns
Nov 4, 2019 • 47 min
On this episode of Democracy Sausage Marija Taflaga talks to Feodor Snagovsky and Maiy Azize about Canadian politics and why Justin Trudeau has a “problem with costumes”. The panel also discuss how the left has allowed itself to be positioned as a…
Right to know, rent-seeking, and a bill of rights
Oct 28, 2019 • 44 min
On this episode of the Democracy Sausage podcast we discuss freedom of the press and the Right to Know campaign, whether Australia needs a bill of rights, and how the country should be dealing with drought. Marija Taflaga and the panel – James Mortensen,…
Cancel culture with Chinese characteristics, and Brexit’s Super Saturday
Oct 21, 2019 • 54 min
This week Darren Lim fires up the Democracy Sausage barbecue for a sizzling discussion on corporate responsibility, censorship, and China, as he chats to Jill Sheppard and Nathan Attrill about the recent NBA controversy. The panel also discuss how Chinese…
Newstart, political marketing, and international leadership
Oct 14, 2019 • 48 min
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…
The next generation
Oct 8, 2019 • 51 min
Why was the Australian election dominated by franking credits and did people know what they are? Who should lead Labor into the next election? And will Trump get re-elected? Those are just some of the issues tackled by Mark Kenny and Amy Remeikis of The…
China, golf course diplomacy, and impeachment
Sep 30, 2019 • 38 min
On this week’s Democracy Sausage podcast Mark Kenny and his guests, Graeme Smith and Lyndal Curtis, gather around the hotplate of public affairs to discuss the chill in China’s relationships in the region. The panel also tackles golf course diplomacy,…
The kids are all right
Sep 23, 2019 • 48 min
After millions of people took to the streets as part of the climate strike protests, this week’s Democracy Sausage podcast takes a look at why so many young people don’t feel like the world is getting the climate leadership it needs. Mark Kenny and his…
Brexit, robodebt, and random drug testing
Sep 16, 2019 • 50 min
Boris Johnson this week compared himself to The Incredible Hulk, but will he achieve his end game, or will the UK be locked in an infinity war between parliament and executive? On this week’s pod Mark Kenny and co-host Marija Taflaga chat to Anne…
Voter volatility, economic evidence, and discordant democracy
Sep 9, 2019 • 53 min
On this Democracy Sausage, we find out what the recent ANU poll tells us about why Australia voted for the Coalition’s solo act over Labor’s symphony of policies, run the numbers on the Australian economy, and ask whether Boris Johnson has any Brexit bite…
Campus free speech, ministerial discretion, and cheerio coal
Sep 2, 2019 • 39 min
On this Democracy Sausage we discuss freedom of speech at universities, the new religious freedom bill, and ask whether its time for Australia to say thank you and goodbye to coal. Mark Kenny and our panel – Will Grant, Julie Hare, and Sarah Ison – also…
Democracy Sausage podcast: Australia in an age of instability
Aug 26, 2019 • 45 min
This week marks 80 years since Hitler invaded Poland, but are there lessons from history about the rise of China? On this week’s Democracy Sausage podcast we talk to Hugh White about a new cold war, the nuclear taboo, find out how to defend Australia, and…
Democracy Sausage podcast: Recession and an inverted yield curveball
Aug 19, 2019 • 43 min
On this week’s Democracy Sausage pod we crunch the numbers on how an inverted yield curve could be a sign of recession to come, and ask whether the Coalition really are better money managers than Labor with Peter Martin AM. Hosts Mark Kenny and Marija…
Boris Johnson and Brexit Britain
Aug 12, 2019 • 61 min
As Boris Johnson threatens to take Britain out of the European Union without a deal, we hear from Ros Taylor, Managing Editor the LSE’s Brexit Blog and presenter on the Remainiacs podcast about whether the country can pull back from the brink, what…
Transparency, trust, and talking politics with children
Aug 5, 2019 • 42 min
Have political parties and the state become too intertwined? How can parties best tackle bad behaviour in their own ranks? And what do children think makes a good society? On this week’s Democracy Sausage podcast, host Marija Taflaga and co-host Jill…
Frank advice and financing new starts
Jul 29, 2019 • 40 min
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…
Safety nets and (un)social media
Jul 22, 2019 • 44 min
As a society, what kind of controls do we want in place to tackle hate speech on social media? And what should we be doing to help lift people out of poverty? Those are among the questions tackled on this week’s Democracy Sausage podcast by guest host…
Rights and responsibilities
Jul 15, 2019 • 48 min
Do Australians need to know which church a politician belongs to? And are religious values reflected in policy choices? This week on Democracy Sausage Mark Kenny leads a discussion on the boundaries between church and state. We also discuss a landmark…
Cold wars, icy handshakes, and a changing climate
Jul 8, 2019 • 49 min
What can you read into the body language of the world’s politicians when they press the flesh? Is the G20 anything more than a support group for embattled and unloved leaders? And was Putin right that liberalism is dead? On this week’s Democracy Sausage…
Will new alliances stand between voters and their tax cuts?
Jul 1, 2019 • 41 min
On this week’s Democracy Sausage the panel – Mark Kenny, Marija Taflaga, and James Frost – tackle a paradox of politics, new alliances in Parliament, Scott Morrison at the G20, and Trump’s historic handshake at the Korean DMZ. Mark Kenny is a Senior…
Stimulus, surplus, and freedom of speech
Jun 24, 2019 • 39 min
If Australia’s economy has stalled, should we be more worried about paying off the car loan or putting fuel in the tank? And if you’re not in the top end when earning $200,000 each year, just what part of town are you in? On this Democracy Sausage…
Trust issues and the Trump bump
Jun 17, 2019 • 46 min
How can we rebuild trust in news media and get people reading things that they don’t agree with? Who gets to decide what’s in the public interest? And how can we tackle fake news as people increasingly turn to encrypted messaging services? Those are some…
It’s not me, it’s you
Jun 11, 2019 • 42 min
Who are the quiet Australians, and do they have any attachment to major political parties? Did Australians feeling financially insecure mean the election was always going to be decided on the economy? And from Boris to the backstop, how can the Brits get…
Balance, benches, and boat turn-backs
Jun 3, 2019 • 50 min
Can you sell complicated policy from opposition? Should Andrew Leigh have been given a senior cabinet position? And will a better gender balance change the story for women in politics? These are some of the questions tackled on this week’s Democracy…
Shy Tories, telling stories, and polling purgatory
May 28, 2019 • 55 min
Should we shake up the way polls are reported? What to make of the Government’s newly-minted cabinet? Will the Coalition be able to deliver constitutional change for Indigenous communities? And is the ‘shy Tory’ nothing more than an online myth? These are…
How did the polls get it so wrong?
May 20, 2019 • 43 min
The votes have been cast and we have a winner, but why didn’t the polls see it coming? This week on Democracy Sausage Mark and the panel pick over a Queensland backlash, the presidentialisation of politics, and whether Labor misjudged the mood of the…
Voter fatigue and the fight to the finish line
May 13, 2019 • 40 min
This week on the Democracy Sausage podcast, Mark Kenny and Marija Taflaga chat to Stephanie Peatling, Patrick Dumont, and Bob McMullan about a campaign week featuring the Liberal launch and the race to the finish line. If you start an election behind in…
Disendorsement, diversity, and distrust
May 6, 2019 • 39 min
Is social media a window into what our politicians really think? Who would want to be a politician? And what should we make of the theatre of Labor’s campaign launch? These are some of the questions tackled in this week’s episode of Mark Kenny’s Democracy…
Palmer, polls, and postal votes
Apr 29, 2019 • 39 min
What should we make of the results from Monday’s Newspoll? Will Labor’s dental plan put a smile on the dial of Australia’s pensioners? And will Clive’s cash splash get Palmer into Parliament? These are just some of the questions tackled in this week’s…
Negatives, risks, and pork-barrelling
Apr 23, 2019 • 43 min
This week on the Democracy Sausage podcast, Mark Kenny chats to John Hewson, Katrine Beauregard, Jill Sheppard, and Paul Pickering about a campaign week dominated by water, the economy, religion, and relentless spending commitments. Will climate change be…
Democracy Sausage extra: Dirty tricks
Apr 18, 2019 • 15 min
In this wiener-sized second serving of Mark Kenny’s Democracy Sausage, ANU experts Mark Kenny and Dr Andrew Hughes discuss why the election campaign will be one of the most negative we’ve seen in a long time. They also consider whether negativity will…
Tax, inequality, and social media campaigning
Apr 16, 2019 • 38 min
One week in, are the policies announced by Australia’s major parties resonating with voters? On this first episode of our new podcast series, Democracy Sausage, host Mark Kenny takes a look at the policies and politics of the first week of campaigning –…