The Long View
The Long View
May 14, 2020
Episode 5 - Democracy
Play • 1 hr 4 min
What will the nature of government and the practice of politics look like on the other side of COVID-19? This week I am fortunate to be joined on The Long View by Barrie Cassidy and Steve Bracks to discuss how Australia’s democratic institutions are weathering this crisis and how they might emerge from it better than ever.

People’s faith in government and politics has been in decline for over a decade, but as the COVID-19 crisis threatens the health and economic prospects of millions of Australians, trust in government and our political leaders has rejuvenated.

Have Australians decided our democracy is actually in pretty good shape, or will we soon see cynicism creep back in during the coronavirus recovery? What can we do to ensure we take the right lessons from our recent past and give the Australian electorate confidence to keep the faith?

Barrie and Steve bring a wealth of political experience to this discussion. Barrie reflecting on his days of dealing with crises as Bob Hawke’s press secretary, Steve discussing the challenges of cooperation between state and federal governments as Premier of Victoria. They also share some insightful thoughts on the opportunities for improving Australia’s democracy post-COVID.

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