Democracy Sausage podcast: Right to know, rent-seeking, and a bill of rights

28 October 2019

Episode Summary

This week on Democracy Sausage we take a look at whether the lucky country is taking its luck for granted as we dive into the Right to Know campaign, rent-seeking and regulatory capture, and whether Australia needs a bill of rights.

Episode Notes

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, Zoe Robinson, and Quentin Grafton – also discuss the historic closure of Uluru to climbers, and tackle some of your questions and comments. Listen here:

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.

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.

Zoe Robinson is a Professor of Political Science at ANU. She also holds a position as Professor of Law at DePaul University College of Law in Chicago.

James Mortensen is a doctoral candidate of the National Security College at ANU, having previously attained First-class Honours (Religious Studies) from the University of Newcastle, Australia.

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