Jun 14, 2020
What if we can't stop unknown coronavirus cases?
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While the number of new daily coronavirus cases in Australia is now mostly in single digits, there's still occasional cases of unknown origin popping up. It's also known as community transmission, and it's when health authorities get a positive test for COVID-19, but can't work out where the patient picked it up. So is this something we're just going to have to get used to? And what does it mean for phrases like eradication, elimination and suppression? On today's show: * What does eradication, elimination and suppression mean? And what’s the difference? * What does the term 'routine testing' mean? * How safe is it to play in a clarinet or flute ensemble even with social distancing? * Norman has mentioned diarrhoea as a COVID-19 symptom but it is never mentioned as a symptom that warrants testing. How often is diarrhoea a symptom of COVID-19? And Norman has some research about US poison control, which found a huge jump in the people being exposed to cleaning products and disinfectants since coronavirus hit. So is this all Donald Trump's fault? You might be surprised.
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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