Author and academic Julianne Schultz joins Mark and Marija to discuss the media coverage of the Voice campaign and the importance of understanding Australia’s history.

What impact has the Coalition’s decision to oppose the Voice to Parliament had on the media’s coverage of the referendum?

Why has the debate around the Voice not led to a deeper discussion about Australian history?

And how has the No campaign seemingly chipped away at broad public support for the Voice over recent months?

On this episode of Democracy Sausage, Griffith University Emeritus Professor Julianne Schultz joins Professor Mark Kenny and Dr Marija Taflaga to discuss the public discomfort around engaging with Australian history and the Voice campaign so far.

Julianne Schultz is an Emeritus Professor of Media and Culture at Griffith University, a columnist for The Guardian and the author of The Idea of Australia: A search for the soul of the nation.

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.

The following publications were mentioned during this episode:

Marcia Langton: Welcome to Country (2nd edition) by Marcia Langton

This Is Not Propaganda by Peter Pomerantsev

The Idea of Australia by Julianne Schultz
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