Balance, benches, and boat turn-backs
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 Sausage podcast by Mark Kenny and Marija Taflaga with guests Virginia Haussegger and James Frost.
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.
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.
Virginia Haussegger is an award-winning television journalist, writer, and commentator, whose extensive media career spans more than 25 years. She is currently Director of the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation and BroadAgenda's Chief Editor at the University of Canberra’s Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis (IGPA), where she is an Adjunct Professor.
James Frost is currently a PhD Candidate in the School of Politics and International Relations.
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