Sep 22, 2020
All of a sudden, things are looking much more positive
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What a difference a little bit of time can make.

A month ago today, it was bleak. Melbourne was already several weeks into stage 4 lockdowns and posted more than 200 new cases of coronavirus.

But now it's looking much better. In Melbourne yesterday, the vast majority of cases were connected to aged care outbreaks with only four under investigation.

And states and territories are slowly reopening their borders, allowing us to travel far more freely once again.

So if internal borders are coming down, what can we hopefully look forward to next?

On today's show:

* With all the second waves cropping up globally are we getting more information on how people who had COVID-19 in the first wave are immune to infection the next time around?

* I have had a cough, sore throat, fatigue and breathlessness. I had the COVID-19 test which was negative. What's going on?

And Tegan talks about concerns that COVID-19 could lead to a pandemic of Parkinson's disease in the years ahead.
Democracy Sausage with Mark Kenny
Democracy Sausage with Mark Kenny
Policy Forum
The opposition in residence
The elections in New Zealand and the Australian Capital Territory delivered strong results to incumbent governments. But with Jacinda Ardern poised to govern without needing to form a coalition, and with a rising Greens vote in Canberra, what challenges are ahead for the victors? Plus we look at accountability in government and why there is no federal version of ICAC.   New Zealand’s election delivered a resounding victory to Jacinda Ardern, while in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Labor returned, the Greens grew, and the Liberals slumped. But could those strong results create challenges from inside their parties and, in the ACT’s case, their coalition partners? Analysing the election results with Professor Mark Kenny, as well as looking at public accountability from politicians, are Professor Paul Pickering and regular podleague Dr Marija Taflaga. Professor Paul Pickering is the Director of the ANU Australian Studies Institute. Dr Marija Taflaga is Director of ANU Centre for the Study of Australian Politics and 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. Professor Mark Kenny is a Professor 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.   Democracy Sausage with Mark Kenny is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts. We’d love to hear your feedback for this podcast series! Send in your questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes to You can also Tweet us @APPSPolicyForum or join us on the Facebook group. This podcast is produced in partnership with The Australian National University.   See for privacy and opt-out information.
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