Sausage of democracy: what Australia thinks

In this episode of Democracy sausage, Matthew Gray of Australian National University joins Mark Kenny to discuss the impact of the pandemic on Australian attitudes and how data can help us better understand ourselves.

Has the pandemic affected the views of Australians on migration? What do the young people of the country think about the direction in which the country is heading? And are governments missing their chance to permanently improve economic and environmental outcomes in the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis? Professor Matthew Gray, Director of the ANU Center for Social Research and Methods, joins Professor Mark Kenny in this episode of Democracy sausage to discuss the What Australia Thinks Project, a nationwide public conversation that provides a comprehensive and ever-changing perspective on Australian attitudes. Listen here:

Matthew Gray is a professor at the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences and director of the Center for Social Research and Methods.

Marc Kenny is a professor at the ANU Australian Studies Institute. He arrived at the university after a high-profile journalistic career, including six years as chief political correspondent and editor-in-chief of national affairs for The Sydney Morning Herald, Age, and Canberra weather.

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