The first Democracy Sausage episode for 2024: Dangerous allies

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Tuesday 30 January 2024

Mark Kenny and Marija Taflaga discuss the Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison years, stage three promises and the risk of a regional conflict erupting in the Middle East. 

Will the government see any major electoral backlash after its decision to change the stage three tax cuts?

What did we learn about the inner workings of Tony Abbott’s prime ministership from the latest ABC documentary on the Coalition government?

And with tensions at boiling point, will we see a major regional conflict erupt in the Middle East?

On the first episode for 2024, Professor Mark Kenny and Dr Marija Taflaga discuss tax changes, the prime ministerial merry-go-round and the deteriorating global geopolitical environment.

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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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