Aug 27, 2020
How many cases a day are we happy to live with?
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As the number of new coronavirus cases in Victoria continue to fall, conversations are turning to coming out of stage 4 restrictions. Part of that discussion is how many new cases will be accepted each day before restrictions can be eased. NSW has been ticking along with a handful of daily cases, and so far seems to have been able to manage it without a massive outbreak. So what can we manage day to day? And what can be tolerated? On today's show: * What level of virus would we be able to tolerate long term? * Is zero community spread a long-term goal? * How is it going in NSW and Queensland at the moment? * Can Norman please say something nicer about Victoria? Is there any silver lining yet? * What can Victorians do at an individual level to help get cases down? And it's time for quick fire Friday: * My kids are using an iPad for hours a day in lockdown. What's the impact on their mental health or their eyes? * If the cold is often caused by coronaviruses, could any vaccine also help stop it? * Are there any statistics on high-risk venues? * Can COVID-19 spread via air conditioning systems?
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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