Independent member for Wentworth Allegra Spender discusses how a citizens’ assembly might help parliament break through its housing policy impasse.

Could bringing a group of regular citizens together to talk through the issues help politicians find common ground on housing policy?

Is the ‘Australian dream’ always likely to be connected to home ownership or will the national mythology begin to change?

And are the inequities in the housing market having a lasting impact on our democracy? 

On this episode of Democracy Sausage, Allegra Spender MP joins Professor Mark Kenny and Dr Marija Taflaga to discuss how to have a “more thoughtful conversation” about housing in Australia.

Allegra Spender is the independent member for the federal seat of Wentworth.

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.

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This podcast is produced by The Australian National University.

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