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Jun 22, 2024 • https://playlist.megaphone.fm/?e=SAU8855112559

The spy base we’re not supposed to know about is getting bigger

Once upon a time, Australians were told Pine Gap was a space base. Then we were told it was a weather station. But now, of course, we know the installation deep in the Northern Territory outback is a US spy base. Which isn’t to say it’s any less secretive – we still don’t know a huge amount about what goes on there.

Today, editor of Declassified Australia and contributor to The Saturday Paper Peter Cronau, on how he discovered the base’s new technology and what it means for Australia’s safety.

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Jun 21, 2024 •

Will Australia get behind Dutton's nuclear campaign?

Nuclear power has been politically toxic in this country for generations. A little over a decade ago, 62 per cent of Australians opposed nuclear power.Today, polls show the majority support it. So how is a policy so beset with challenges and criticism winning people over?

Today, Paul Bongiorno on Peter Dutton’s nuclear campaign.

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Jun 20, 2024 •

Peter Greste on the latest blow against whistleblowers

There’s been another strike against whistleblowing. Richard Boyle was a tax office employee when he raised concerns internally about a scheme to garnish overdue taxes directly from people’s bank accounts. When that didn’t work, he told journalists.

Today, Macquarie University professor of journalism and whistleblower advocate Peter Greste on why the government talks big on open democracy, but hasn’t acted to fix the system.

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Jun 19, 2024 •

Making childcare universal: Will it be an election secret weapon?

There’s no nice way to put it, childcare in Australia is broken and not just for those with children. It’s prohibitively expensive, getting the days you’re after is like winning the lottery and if you do get some government subsidy, you have the pleasure of hours on the phone to Centrelink.

Today, CEO of The Parenthood Georgie Dent on the problems at the core of this broken system and the Centre for Policy Development’s Katherine Oborne on one way to fix it.

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Jun 18, 2024 •

Peter Costello's decade at Nine: Is this the end of his public life?

Peter Costello’s legacy was set. He was the longest serving treasurer in Australian history and under the then prime minister John Howard, he transformed our economy into what it is today. That was until he appeared to push a journalist asking pesky questions at Canberra Airport earlier this month and all of it was caught on camera.

Today, national correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe, on Peter Costello’s reign at Nine and the enemies he made along the way.

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Jun 17, 2024 •

Home Affairs: Boats, borders and dysfunction

Barely a week goes by when the Department of Home Affairs isn’t under the blowtorch of media or political scrutiny. The question is, should one department have so much power?

Today, chief political correspondent for The Saturday Paper Karen Barlow, on the inner workings of the super department.

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Jun 14, 2024 •

Climate Wars II: Judgement Day

Two years ago, on the day after the Labor government was sworn into office, Minister for Climate Change and Energy Chris Bowen called a press conference. In those very first remarks, the new minister said the climate wars were over.

Today, columnist for The Saturday Paper Paul Bongiorno on the week Peter Dutton promised to tear up emission targets for 2030 and why the next election will be a climate election after all.

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Jun 13, 2024 •

Is Joe Biden’s ceasefire plan already failing?

The US has a proposal for a ceasefire in Gaza and this one seems to be gathering momentum. It’s not wildly different to the previous plans, except that it’s backed by the UN Security Council.

Today, senior foreign affairs reporter for the Huffington Post Akbar Shahid Ahmed on whether Gaza is any closer to a ceasefire.

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