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Humphrey Hawksley is a journalist and author whose latest book is Asian Waters, The Struggle Over the Indo Pacific and the Challenge to American Power. He is the monthly host of The Democracy Forum debates on the Asian region. His reporting with the BBC has taken him to crises all over the world including postings in Delhi, Colombo, Manila, Hong Kong and Beijing. His journalism has appeared in most mainstream media in the UK and US. His lecture venues include the Center for Strategic and Int ...
 
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Making Democracy Work

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Making Democracy Work

Shelly Roehrs of the League of Women Voters

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Making Democracy Work asks questions and provides information to help voters and community members be more active and engaged citizens. Join us as we look for better ways to make democracy work. This podcast is produced by the League of Women Voters of the Pikes Peak Region (LWVPPR). The mission of the League of Women Voters is: Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy. LWVPPR members actively promote voter and civic education for the public and themselves. This podcast is made possible throug ...
 
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On this Democracy Sausage, political scientists Ian McAllister, Anne Tiernan and Marija Taflaga join Mark Kenny to talk about political integrity and why pork-barrelling may not be an effective way to win votes. Why is pork-barrelling so commonplace in Australian politics? Does it actually have an impact on how people vote? And will the spotlight o…
 
On this episode of Democracy Sausage, journalist Bernard Keane and political scientists Judith Brett and Marija Taflaga join Mark Kenny to discuss truth in politics, cynicism in the electorate, and what it all might mean at the next federal election. Is there a growing sense among voters that ‘all politicians lie’, and what does that mean for faith…
 
On this episode of Democracy Sausage, Mark Kenny and Marija Taflaga discuss the week that was in federal politics, before Glyn Davis and Liz Allen join the show to discuss the Australian myth of the ‘fair go’ and breaking cycles of disadvantage. Will Scott Morrison be able to connect with voters despite claims he is untrustworthy, as John Howard on…
 
On this episode of Democracy Sausage, Director of the British Foreign Policy Group and COP26 attendee Sophia Gaston joins Mark Kenny and Marija Taflaga to discuss the ‘last chance’ climate conference, European and British politics, and the Morrison-Macron fracas. What’s life like on this inside of the ‘circus’ that is an international climate chang…
 
On this Democracy Sausage, columnist and former political advisor Sean Kelly joins Mark Kenny and Marija Taflaga to discuss Scott Morrison, political performance, and Sean’s new book, The Game. What does the way Scott Morrison has crafted his political image reveal about his leadership style? While it’s been politically effective thus far, will the…
 
Ballot issues in the November 2021 election are discussed by the League of Women Voters of the Pikes Peak Region. This forum was hosted by the League on October 23, 2021 at the Sand Creek Library. LINKS: League of Women Voters of the Pikes Peak Region https://www.lwvppr.org Questions about Candidates or Ballot Issues https://www.vote411.org Video o…
 
Hear from candidates campaigning for three open seats on the Academy District 20 (ASD20) Board of Education (BOE). Each of the three positions has a four-year term that begins on Jan. 1, 2022. This forum was hosted by the League of Women Voters of the Pikes Peak Region, and held on October 14, 2021 at Rampart High School. LINKS: Academy District 20…
 
Dr. Nathaniel Granger, Jr. and Mr. Anton Schulzki discuss Critical Race Theory - what it is, and what it isn’t. LINKS: League of Women Voters of the Pikes Peak Regionhttps://www.lwvppr.org/ Rocky Mountain Humanistic Counseling and Psychological Association https://rmhcpa.org/ Learn From History https://learnfromhistory.org/ Making Democracy Work as…
 
Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd joins Mark Kenny on this week’s episode of Democracy Sausage to discuss the country’s climate policy ahead of COP26 and why the Australian government might be underestimating the public when it comes to reconciliation. How is the Australian prime minister likely to be received at the upcoming United Nations climate …
 
Learn about your choices in Manitou Springs for the November 2, 2021 election. Hear from candidates for mayor, city council, and school board, plus advocates for and against the 4C bond measure for Manitou School District 14. This forum was hosted on October 11 by the Pikes Peak Bulletin and the League of Women Voters of the Pikes Peak Region. The …
 
On this episode of Democracy Sausage, Mark Kenny speaks with Craig Reucassel - formerly of The Chaser and director of the new two-part ABC film Big Deal - about the flaws in Australia’s political donation laws and what needs to happen to fix the system. Does Australia need to introduce a cap on political donations? What can be done to provide an im…
 
Get to know the candidates running for board of education in School District 49. This candidate forum was held on October 6, 2021, hosted by the League of Women Voters of the Pikes Peak Region and Citizens Project. Don’t miss the League’s Ballot Issues Forum on October 23, 2021. Information and registration here: https://lwvppr.org/content.aspx?pag…
 
Hear from candidates campaigning for three open seats on the Academy District 20 (ASD20) Board of Education (BOE). Each of the three positions has a four-year term that begins on Jan. 1, 2022. This forum was hosted by the League of Women Voters of the Pikes Peak Region, and held on October 5, 2021 at Eagleview Middle School. A second forum will be …
 
On this Democracy Sausage, journalist David Crowe and political accountability expert Yee-Fui Ng join Mark Kenny to discuss how a federal integrity commission might work and the political obstacles to ensuring such an institution is strong and effective. Following the resignation of former New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian, debate has rage…
 
On this episode of Democracy Sausage, Australia bureau chief for The New York Times Damien Cave joins us to discuss Australia’s attitude to risk, the importance of positive messaging in the vaccine rollout, and the progress of the Biden administration. Is there an Australian ‘way of risk’? How can policymakers do more to encourage more Australians …
 
On this episode of Democracy Sausage, The Australian National University’s Matthew Gray 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 about migration? How do young people in the country feel about the direction t…
 
On this episode of Democracy Sausage, Frank Bongiorno and Chris Wallace join us to discuss ministerial standards and the new Australia-United States-United Kingdom security arrangement. How significant is Australia’s decision to torpedo its submarine deal with France in favour of a new arrangement with the United States and the United Kingdom? Is t…
 
On this episode of Democracy Sausage, journalist and author Annika Smethurst joins Mark Kenny to discuss political accountability and her new biography of Scott Morrison, The Accidental Prime Minister. Not expected to win the 2019 election, Scott Morrison has been Australian Prime Minister during a time of great uncertainty. But how did he come to …
 
On this episode of Democracy Sausage, journalist Karen Middleton and foreign policy specialist Gorana Grgić join Mark Kenny to discuss the 20-year war in Afghanistan, the prospects for the country with the Taliban back in power, and the damage done to the United States’ reputation. With the departure of American and allied troops, the nearly 20-yea…
 
On this episode of Democracy Sausage, Insiders host David Speers and regular podleague Marija Taflaga join Mark Kenny to talk about the federal government’s COVID-19 recovery plans and how pandemic politics might play out at the next federal election. In a time of great uncertainty, is the Australian Government unnecessarily locking itself into a C…
 
On this Democracy Sausage, guest host Virginia Marshall has a yarn with Yawuru man Peter Yu, who reflects on his 40 years in Indigenous development and advocacy. What responsibility do universities have to ensure research contributes to advancing the interests of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians? And while sporting codes have taken…
 
Women’s Equality Day Potluck Picnic, Critical Race Theory Discussion, Candidate Forums, School Board Elections & more. We will break down a lot of events going on with the League. LINKS: August 26 - Women’s Equality Day - Potluck Picnic https://www.lwvppr.org/content.aspx?page_id=4008&club_id=750758&item_id=1507911 Sept 22 - CFAM - Colorado Farm & …
 
On this episode of Democracy Sausage, guest host Virginia Marshall takes over the tongs, fires up the barbie, and speaks to community pastor and advocate Ray Minniecon. How can Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander conceptions of truth-telling inform global reconciliation efforts? And why haven’t Australian governments and society fully acknowledge…
 
On this Democracy Sausage, our panel of distinguished scholars - Glyn Davis, Catherine Althaus and Andrew Podger - join Mark Kenny to discuss creating a more effective public service and celebrate the career of John Wanna. How can the bureaucracy and political system better serve the Australian people and rebuild trust? And with the importance of e…
 
Veterans are being deported, and we can do something about it, but aren’t. A veteran from the documentary American Exile shares his story. Guest: Manuel (Jesus) Valenzuela LINKS: LWVPPR https://www.lwvppr.org/ American Exile https://americanexilefilm.com/ Free Tickets to the Screening https://tickets.entcenterforthearts.org/2683 Making Democracy Wo…
 
On this episode of Democracy Sausage, Chris Wallace and Marija Taflaga join Mark Kenny to discuss the 2024 tax cuts, how to be an effective opposition, and accountability in federal politics. Is the Australian Labor Party’s decision to retain tax cuts slated for 2024 a good political decision, an abandonment of core values, or both? What lessons do…
 
How can we improve our election systems and what can we do? Wrapping up our conversation with Harvey Branscomb, ElectionQuality.com. LINKS: League of Women Voters of the Pikes Peak Regionhttps://www.lwvppr.org/ Election Quality Monitor https://electionquality.com/ Making Democracy Work - Election Integrity - Part 1 http://studio809radio.com/electio…
 
Working on an aid program in one of the most violent places in the world, North East Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo, philanthropist, and business leader Steve Killelea asked himself, ‘What are the most peaceful nations?’ Unable to find an answer, he created the world’s leading measure of peace, the Global Peace Index, which receives over …
 
On this episode of Democracy Sausage, inaugural chief executive of the Grattan Institute John Daley joins Mark Kenny to discuss why policy reform in Australia has come grinding to a halt, and what policymakers can do to get things moving again. It’s said that the 1980s and 1990s were the ‘golden age’ of policy reform - but how productive were those…
 
Security flaws, Dominion Voting Systems and more transparency as we continue the conversation with Harvey Branscomb, Election Quality.com. LINKS: League of Women Voters of the Pikes Peak Regionhttps://www.lwvppr.org/ Election Quality Monitor https://electionquality.com/ Making Democracy Work - Election Integrity - Part 1 http://studio809radio.com/e…
 
Why is El Paso County conducting a 3rd review, its 2nd audit, of 2020 election results at a cost to you, the taxpayers? We’ll be getting answers from Harvey Branscomb with Election Quality. LINKS: League of Women Voters of the Pikes Peak Region https://lwvppr.org/ Election Quality Monitorhttps://electionquality.com ClearAudit Summary Report http://…
 
On this episode of Democracy Sausage, London-based regular guests Bevan Shields and Elizabeth Ames join Mark Kenny to discuss the British Government’s decision to lift COVID-19 restrictions with the prime minister self-isolating and case numbers soaring. Is the United Kingdom’s decision to end COVID-19 restrictions in England a moment to celebrate …
 
This podcast will provide information for voters and other citizens to improve and achieve good government. Join us as we enlighten ourselves and look for better and better ways to make democracy work. Follow this podcast now, and watch for the first exciting episode in just a few days. This podcast is produced by the League of Women Voters of the …
 
On this episode of Democracy Sausage, eminent strategic studies expert Hugh White joins Mark Kenny to examine Australia’s strategy for dealing with rising tensions between the United States and China and the prospect of armed conflict in the region. For decades Australian leaders have said the country doesn’t need to choose between its history and …
 
After a week of finger pointing between the federal government and some of Australia’s states and territories over COVID-19 management and the vaccine rollout, Mark Kenny speaks with federalism scholar Tracy Beck Fenwick and media expert Margaret Simons about how the federation is functioning. Is the sense of national unity between the federal gove…
 
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