Senior Reporter for The Saturday Paper Rick Morton joins Democracy Sausage to discuss what the Robodebt royal commission hearings uncovered and the dire state of Australia’s policy-making apparatus.
How was the Robodebt scheme, which illegally and inaccurately used income averaging to calculate welfare debt, allowed to become policy and wreak havoc on some of Australia’s most vulnerable citizens?
What did the royal commission hearings, which concluded just last week, reveal about the culture of the Australian Public Service and its relationship with the former government?
And what needs to change so that a policy failure of this magnitude doesn’t happen again?
On this episode of Democracy Sausage, Senior Reporter for The Saturday Paper Rick Morton joins Professor Mark Kenny and Dr Marija Taflaga to discuss the Robodebt royal commission.
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Rick Morton is a Senior Reporter for The Saturday Paper and author ‘Robodebt and the empathy bypass’, a new essay in The Monthly about the Robodebt scandal.
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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