Bye Robot, union-busting, and fraught foreign affairs

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 union-busting Ensuring Integrity Bill, whether government can be trusted with our data, and Australia’s increasingly fraught relationship with China.

Matthew Gray is Director of the Centre for Social Research and Methods at The Australian National University. He has particular expertise in work and family issues, labour economics, social capital and social inclusion, and economic policy development.

Frank Bongiorno is the Head of the School of History at The Australian National University and an Australian labour, political, and cultural historian. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.

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.

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.

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