Democracy Sausage podcast: Voter volatility and discordant democracy

09 September 2019

Episode Summary

On this week’s Democracy Sausage podcast we take a look at the new ANU poll on Australia’s election, ask who is benefiting from the country’s productivity gains, and discuss where next for Boris Johnson after parliament rebelled against him.

Episode Notes

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 to go with the bluster. Mark Kenny and our panel – Nicholas Biddle, Quentin Grafton, and Julia Ahrens – also take a look at the rise of the right in Germany, answer some of your questions and comments, and Mark shares his tweet of the week.

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 Herald, The Age, and The Canberra Times.

Nicholas Biddle is an Associate Professor and Associate Director of the Centre for Social Research at ANU. He previously held a Senior Research Officer and Assistant Director position in the Methodology Division of the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Quentin Grafton is Professor of Economics at Crawford School, an ANU Public Policy Fellow, and Director of the Centre for Water Economics, Environment and Policy. He is also Editor-in-Chief of Policy Forum.

Julia Ahrens is a presenter on Policy Forum Pod.

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