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Democracy Sausage with Mark Kenny

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.

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.
Latest Episode12/7/2021

Lying with a smile

On this episode of Democracy Sausage, London-based pod regular Elizabeth Ames joins Mark Kenny to discuss the United Kingdom's ‘sleaze crisis’, the pandemic situation, and British politics ahead of the Christmas break.With great uncertainty around the Omicron variant and case numbers in the tens of thousands, is the United Kingdom facing another round of COVID-19 restrictions ahead of Christmas? Why has Prime Minister Boris Johnson failed to achieve the expected popularity boost following the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow? And how is the British Government ‘learning’ from the Australian approach to asylum seeker arrivals and its system of third-country detention? On this episode of Democracy Sausage, Elizabeth Ames - Chair of the Menzies Australia Institute at King’s College London - joins Professor Mark Kenny to examine British politics amidst a ‘sleaze crisis’ and what the new year might hold for Johnson.Elizabeth Amesis Chief Operating Officer at advocacy firm Atalanta, Board Director of the Britain-Australia Society, and Chair of the Menzies Australia Institute at King’s College London.Mark Kennyis a Professor 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 forThe Sydney Morning Herald,The Age, andThe Canberra Times.Democracy Sausage with Mark Kennyis available onApple Podcasts,Spotify,Google Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts. We’d love to hear your feedback for this podcast series! Send in your questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes topodcast@policyforum.net. You can also Tweet us@APPSPolicyForumor join us on theFacebook group.This podcast is produced in partnership withThe Australian National University.
12/7/2021

Lying with a smile

On this episode of Democracy Sausage, London-based pod regular Elizabeth Ames joins Mark Kenny to discuss the United Kingdom's ‘sleaze crisis’, the pandemic situation, and British politics ahead of the Christmas break.With great uncertainty around the Omicron variant and case numbers in the tens of thousands, is the United Kingdom facing another round of COVID-19 restrictions ahead of Christmas? Why has Prime Minister Boris Johnson failed to achieve the expected popularity boost following the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow? And how is the British Government ‘learning’ from the Australian approach to asylum seeker arrivals and its system of third-country detention? On this episode of Democracy Sausage, Elizabeth Ames - Chair of the Menzies Australia Institute at King’s College London - joins Professor Mark Kenny to examine British politics amidst a ‘sleaze crisis’ and what the new year might hold for Johnson.Elizabeth Amesis Chief Operating Officer at advocacy firm Atalanta, Board Director of the Britain-Australia Society, and Chair of the Menzies Australia Institute at King’s College London.Mark Kennyis a Professor 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 forThe Sydney Morning Herald,The Age, andThe Canberra Times.Democracy Sausage with Mark Kennyis available onApple Podcasts,Spotify,Google Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts. We’d love to hear your feedback for this podcast series! Send in your questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes topodcast@policyforum.net. You can also Tweet us@APPSPolicyForumor join us on theFacebook group.This podcast is produced in partnership withThe Australian National University.
11/30/2021

On the money

On this Democracy Sausage, political scientists Ian McAllister, Anne Tiernan and Marija Taflaga join Mark Kenny to talk about political integrity and why pork-barrelling may not be an effective way to win votes.Why is pork-barrelling so commonplace in Australian politics? Does it actually have an impact on how people vote? And will the spotlight on the well-publicised ‘sports rorts’ and car park scandals have a sobering effect on the practice at the next federal election, or will it be business-as-usual? The Australian National University (ANU)’s Professor Ian McAllister, co-author of a new paper on the electoral impact of the Australian sports grants scandal, and Professor Anne Tiernan from Griffith University join Professor Mark Kenny and Dr Marija Taflaga on this episode of Democracy Sausage.Ian McAllisteris Distinguished Professor of Political Science at The Australian National University (ANU), and from 1997 until 2004 was Director of the Research School of Social Sciences at ANU.Anne Tiernanis Adjunct Professor of Politics at Griffith University, Managing Director of Constellation Impact Advisory, and Fellow at the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG).Marija Taflagais the Director of ANU Centre for the Study of Australian Politics and a Lecturer in the ANU School of Politics and International Relations.Mark Kennyis a Professor at 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 forThe Sydney Morning Herald,The Age, andThe Canberra Times.Democracy Sausage with Mark Kenny is available onApple Podcasts,Spotify,Google Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts. We’d love to hear your feedback for this podcast series! Send in your questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes topodcast@policyforum.net. You can also Tweet us@APPSPolicyForumor join us on theFacebook group.This podcast is produced in partnership withThe Australian National University.
11/23/2021

Lies, damned lies, and election campaigns

On this episode of Democracy Sausage, journalist Bernard Keane and political scientists Judith Brett and Marija Taflaga join Mark Kenny to discuss truth in politics, cynicism in the electorate, and what it all might mean at the next federal election.Is there a growing sense among voters that ‘all politicians lie’, and what does that mean for faith in Australia’s democracy? And how will the global COVID-19 situation affect the upcoming federal election? Crikey political editor Bernard Keane, La Trobe University’s Emeritus Professor Judith Brett, and regular podleague Dr Marija Taflaga join Professor Mark Kenny on this episode of Democracy Sausage to explore these questions and more.Judith Brett is Emeritus Professor of Politics at La Trobe University. Her books include Doing Politics: Writing on Public Life,Robert Menzies’ Forgotten People,The Enigmatic Mr Deakin,From Secret Ballot to Democracy Sausage,and fourQuarterly Essays.Bernard KeaneisCrikey’s Political Editor. Before that, he wasCrikey’s Canberra press gallery correspondent, covering politics, national security, and economics. He is also author of several books, including the recently released Lies and Falsehoods: The Morrison Government and the New Culture of Deceit.Marija Taflagais the Director of ANU Centre for the Study of Australian Politics and a Lecturer in the ANU School of Politics and International Relations.Mark Kennyis a Professor at 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 forThe Sydney Morning Herald,The Age, andThe Canberra Times.Democracy Sausage with Mark Kenny is available onApple Podcasts,Spotify,Google Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts. We’d love to hear your feedback for this podcast series! Send in your questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes topodcast@policyforum.net. You can also Tweet us@APPSPolicyForumor join us on theFacebook group.This podcast is produced in partnership withThe Australian National University.
11/16/2021

Getting a go

On this episode of Democracy Sausage, Mark Kenny and Marija Taflaga discuss the week that was in federal politics, before Glyn Davis and Liz Allen join the show to discuss the Australian myth of the ‘fair go’ and breaking cycles of disadvantage.Will Scott Morrison be able to connect with voters despite claims he is untrustworthy, as John Howard once did? Or will the prime minister’s claims that his government is handling the economy well fall flat? And do the Australian welfare and tax systems need a major overhaul to ensure Australia doesn’t keep people stuck in cycles of disadvantage? Professor Glyn Davis, Chief Executive Officer of the Paul Ramsay Foundation and co-host of Life’s Lottery, and Dr Liz Allen, demographer at The Australian National University (ANU), join Professor Mark Kenny and Dr Marija Taflaga on this Democracy Sausage.Glyn Davisis a Distinguished Professor of Political Science at ANU Crawford School of Public Policy, Chair of theAustralia and New Zealand School of Government Research Committee, CEO of the Paul Ramsay Foundation,and co-host of Life’s Lottery.Liz Allenis a demographer and social researcher with quantitative and qualitative expertise at ANU, and author ofThe Future of Us: Demography gets a makeover.Marija Taflagais the Director of ANU Centre for the Study of Australian Politics and a Lecturer in the ANU School of Politics and International Relations.Mark Kennyis a Professor at 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 forThe Sydney Morning Herald,The Age, andThe Canberra Times.Democracy Sausage with Mark Kenny is available onApple Podcasts,Spotify,Google Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts. We’d love to hear your feedback for this podcast series! Send in your questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes topodcast@policyforum.net. You can also Tweet us@APPSPolicyForumor join us on theFacebook group.This podcast is produced in partnership withThe Australian National University.
11/9/2021

With friends like these

On this episode of Democracy Sausage, Director of the British Foreign Policy Group and COP26 attendee Sophia Gaston joins Mark Kenny and Marija Taflaga to discuss the ‘last chance’ climate conference, European and British politics, and the Morrison-Macron fracas.What’s life like on this inside of the ‘circus’ that is an international climate change negotiation? What are the prospects for serious commitments on emission reduction before COP26 ends? And with Angela Merkel stepping down as German Chancellor after 15 years at the helm, what does the future hold for European Union politics? Sophia Gaston from the British Foreign Policy Group joins Dr Marija Taflaga and Professor Mark Kenny to share her insights from COP26 in Glasgow and on British and European politics.Sophia Gastonis Director of the British Foreign Policy Group, an independent think tank focusing on advancing knowledge and debate around Britain’s international affairs.Marija Taflagais the Director of The Australian National University (ANU) Centre for the Study of Australian Politics and a Lecturer in the ANU School of Politics and International Relations.Mark Kennyis a Professor 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 forThe Sydney Morning Herald,The Age, andTheCanberra Times.Democracy Sausage with Mark Kennyis available onApple Podcasts,Spotify,Google Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts. We’d love to hear your feedback for this podcast series! Send in your questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes topodcast@policyforum.net. You can also Tweet us@APPSPolicyForumor join us on theFacebook group.This podcast is produced in partnership withThe Australian National University.
11/2/2021

The game with Sean Kelly

On this Democracy Sausage, columnist and former political advisor Sean Kelly joins Mark Kenny and Marija Taflaga to discuss Scott Morrison, political performance, and Sean’s new book, The Game.What does the way Scott Morrison has crafted his political image reveal about his leadership style? While it’s been politically effective thus far, will the prime minister’s performance of a ‘flat character’ ultimately damage his chances at the next election? And what will the current diplomatic spat between Morrison and French President Emmanuel Macron mean for Australia on the international stage? On this episode of Democracy Sausage, Sean Kelly, columnist for the Nine papers and former advisor to Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard, and Dr Marija Taflaga from ANU School of Politics and International Relations join Professor Mark Kenny to discuss these questions and Sean’s new book, The Game: A Portrait of Scott Morrison.Sean Kelly is a weekly columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, a former adviser to Australian prime ministers Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd, and author of The Game: A Portrait of Scott Morrison, published by Black Inc in November 2021.Marija Taflagais the Director of The Australian National University (ANU) Centre for the Study of Australian Politics and a Lecturer in the ANU School of Politics and International Relations.Mark Kennyis a Professor 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 forThe Sydney Morning Herald,The Age, andTheCanberra Times.Democracy Sausage with Mark Kennyis available onApple Podcasts,Spotify,Google Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts. We’d love to hear your feedback for this podcast series! Send in your questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes topodcast@policyforum.net. You can also Tweet us@APPSPolicyForumor join us on theFacebook group.This podcast is produced in partnership withThe Australian National University.
10/26/2021

Kevin Rudd on climate, AUKUS and reconciliation

Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd joins Mark Kenny on this week’s episode of Democracy Sausage to discuss the country’s climate policy ahead of COP26 and why the Australian government might be underestimating the public when it comes to reconciliation.How is the Australian prime minister likely to be received at the upcoming United Nations climate conference in Glasgow? What might the AUKUS arrangement mean for Australian national security policy in the decades to come? And might there be more public support for reconciliation efforts than governments think? On this episode of Democracy Sausage, Professor Mark Kenny speaks with former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd about these questions and more.Kevin Ruddserved as Australia’s 26th Prime Minister. He is currentlyPresident of the Asia Society Policy Institutein New York.Mark Kennyis a Professor 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 forThe Sydney Morning Herald,The Age, andTheCanberra Times.Democracy Sausage with Mark Kennyis available onApple Podcasts,Spotify,Google Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts. We’d love to hear your feedback for this podcast series! Send in your questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes topodcast@policyforum.net. You can also Tweet us@APPSPolicyForumor join us on theFacebook group.This podcast is produced in partnership withThe Australian National University.