Monthly Archives: March 2016

“It’s a spending problem!” show

In which the Nerds explore the performance, practical and rhetorical, of Malcolm Turnbull, discuss Australian welfare policy’s function and effectiveness, and a new book on Religious tolerance and repression in the United States.

With a podcast bonus of post-show chatter and a chance to win!



Happy International Women’s Day!

The Election Nerds celebrates International Women’s Day today, 8th March 2016. The theme of which is the Pledge for Parity in women’s social, economic, and political representation (#PledgeforParity).

In the spirit of the Pledge, we’ve crunched our numbers to ask: how well does the Election Nerds include and represent women’s voices.

On the surface, our performance looks good.  We have equal representation of men and women as show hosts.  That’s great!

Since 2013 we have had 17 unique female guests and 24 male guests (41.5% to 58.5%), which is less great.

Continue reading Happy International Women’s Day!

Podcast exclusive extra: Malcolm’s World of Work

In this exclusive Election Nerds podcast extra, we talk about the new Innovation Agenda strongly promoted by the current Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. In this interview, we explore the origins, meanings, implications and ambiguities of this agenda. We ask: is it really new? and the type of policy settings that underpin the concepts.

In conversation:

Recorded in the Dr Chau Chak Wing Building, University of Technology Sydney, on 25 February 2016