Global referendums expert Matt Qvortrup joins us to bust some myths ahead of this year’s Voice vote and to discuss the political implications of the campaign.

Is Peter Dutton piling pressure on the government through the Voice campaign or racing towards a political dead end?

Do scare campaigns or celebrity endorsements work in referendums? And is Rishi Sunak just trying to save the furniture for the British Conservative Party ahead of the next election?

On this episode of Democracy Sausage, referendums expert and political scientist Professor Matt Qvortrup joins Professor Mark Kenny and Dr Marija Taflaga to discuss constitutional changes in Australia and around the world.

Matt Qvortrup is a Visiting Professor of Constitutional Law at the ANU College of Law and Chair of Political Science at Coventry University.

Marija Taflaga is the Director of the ANU Centre for the Study of Australian Politics and a Senior 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.

Join us on campus at The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice: A Dialogue, a special event designed for students and people interested in learning more about the upcoming Voice referendum.

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This podcast is produced by The Australian National University.

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