Democracy Sausage Episode: Can Labor be a long-form government?

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Tuesday 23 May 2023

Peter van Onselen joins our discussion on the first year of the Albanese government on the 250th episode of Democracy Sausage.

How does the first year of the Albanese government compare to that of its predecessors?

Can Labor build a case for major reform over time or, facing a weakened opposition after the 2022 election, do they risk letting the opportunity slip away if they don’t act now?

And will Labor run a candidate in the Fadden by-election following Stuart Robert’s retirement?

On the 250th episode of Democracy Sausage, academic and former journalist Professor Peter van Onselen joins Professor Mark Kenny and Dr Marija Taflaga to discuss what comes next for the federal government.

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Peter van Onselen is a Professor of Politics and Public Policy at the University of Western Australia and a columnist for The Australian.

Marija Taflaga is the Director of the ANU Centre for the Study of Australian Politics and a Lecturer at the ANU School of Politics and International Relations.

Mark Kenny is a Professor at 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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