VIDEO: COVID-19 – what is Australia's National Cabinet?

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the establishment of a National Cabinet. Professor Cheryl Saunders examines the role of the National Cabinet, and how it might affect state and national governance.

The Australian response to COVID-19 has focused more attention than usual on the workings of the federal system. It has also prompted some unusual developments. One is the establishment of a ‘National Cabinet’ consisting of the Prime Minister and the Premiers and Chief Ministers of all the States and Territories. Laureate Professor Emeritus Cheryl Saunders AO discusses the consequences of this development.