Chief Executive Officer of the Grattan Institute Danielle Wood discusses the pressures facing the Australian economy and previews the May budget.

How can the federal government manage the significant pressures on the budget while at the same time supporting those most in need during the cost-of-living crisis?

Can Australia let go of its property investment ‘fetish’ and ensure everyone has access to an affordable, decent place to live? And with the JobSeeker payment failing to meet people’s basic needs, will the government meet the ‘moral demand’ to raise the rate?

On this episode of Democracy Sausage, Grattan Institute CEO Danielle Wood joins Professor Mark Kenny and Dr Marija Taflaga to discuss the government’s options ahead of its second federal budget.

Danielle Wood is the Chief Executive Officer of the Grattan Institute.

Marija Taflaga is the Director of the ANU Centre for the Study of Australian Politics and a Lecturer at the ANU School of Politics and International Relations.

Mark Kenny is a Professor at 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 Acast, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. We’d love to hear your feedback on this series, so send in your questions, comments or suggestions for future episodes to

This podcast is produced by The Australian National University.

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