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Oct 15, 2019 • 14m32s

Exclusive: Forfeited to state care

A dispute over funding and the NDIS has forced 500 families to forfeit their children into state care.

Oct 14, 2019 • 17m00s

Spies and Chinese money

Australia’s relationship with Chinese investment has been remade in the past six years. David Uren on how ASIO helped transform the Foreign Investment Review Board.

Oct 11, 2019 • 16m04s

The luck and the chutzpah

As the Liberal Party slides further on climate change, the Labor Party fights an internal push to abandon its platform.

Oct 10, 2019 • 16m09s

The Monthly Awards 2019

Each year, The Monthly assembles a panel of critics and artists to decide The Monthly Awards. This episode showcases the winners.

Oct 9, 2019 • 16m57s

Carbon, beef and the underground economy

The latest IPCC report says current farming practices are unsustainable. But there are solutions, if farmers want to change.

Oct 8, 2019 • 16m56s

Growing old in a pyramid scheme

The aged-care sector is on the brink of collapse. The major providers have been propped up by a government bailout, but without reform they cannot keep operating.

Oct 7, 2019 • 15m24s

Who is Scott Morrison?

Scott Morrison shares a rhetorical lineage with Robert Menzies and a suburban one with John Howard. But what worked then might not work now.

Oct 4, 2019 • 15m34s

Trump, Morrison, money and the drought

As Scott Morrison tried to shift Australia’s focus to the drought, and the cash rate fell below 1 per cent, Donald Trump’s paranoia followed the prime minister home.

Oct 3, 2019 • 17m02s

What drives Penny Wong

Penny Wong is the intellectual leader of the Labor Party. Now the subject of a major biography, her politics is shaped by her experiences of difference and her belief in compassion.

Oct 2, 2019 • 16m17s

Almonds are the devil’s nut

The Murray–Darling Basin is being ruined by cronyism and incompetence. But there is a new problem, too: high-yield almond crops.

Oct 1, 2019 • 19m19s

Part two: The sentencing of Jaymes Todd

The judge who sentenced Jaymes Todd for the rape and murder of Eurydice Dixon was asked to consider Todd’s age, autism diagnosis and early guilty plea.

Sep 30, 2019 • 15m49s

Part one: The murder of Eurydice Dixon

One of the terrible facts about the day Jaymes Todd killed Eurydice Dixon is that for him it was almost all very ordinary.

Sep 26, 2019 • 18m27s

Convicting a Newcastle priest

When former Anglican dean Graeme Lawrence was found guilty of child sexual abuse, his victim, Ben Giggins, made the unusual decision to request that the court name him publicly.

Sep 25, 2019 • 16m24s

Running the NDIS

As a royal commission into disability care begins, it emerges that key emails relating to the NDIS are held on a private bank server and cannot be accessed.

Sep 24, 2019 • 17m25s

Death of the speech

Don Watson on the end of speech making in politics, and how the loss of narrative undermines bold policy.

Sep 23, 2019 • 17m25s

Inside the Tanya Day inquest

Tanya Day died after being arrested for drunkenness. A coroner is now asking whether systemic racism contributed to her death.

Sep 20, 2019 • 16m44s

Scott goes to Washington

Tomorrow, Scott Morrison will be received in Washington on a state visit. It highlights his special relationship with Donald Trump and his difficulty with Beijing.

Sep 19, 2019 • 16m49s

What’s eating Philip Lowe

Philip Lowe is the governor of the Reserve Bank. He is a conventional person who’s been pushed by the economy to make unconventional choices.

Sep 18, 2019 • 15m10s

Return to Timor-Leste

Twenty years after Timor-Leste’s vote for independence, the country’s relationship with Australia remains fraught.

Sep 17, 2019 • 17m35s

Scott Morrison’s poverty fix

As Scott Morrison announces punitive welfare plans, Rick Morton asks what happens when you treat poverty as a moral problem.

Sep 16, 2019 • 19m11s

Inside the meat disco

When the impresario behind Earthcore died last year, he left behind a legacy of paranoia, intimidation and financial mismanagement.

Sep 13, 2019 • 16m29s

Holding onto Gladys Liu

As some backbenchers express doubt that Gladys Liu can stay in parliament, Scott Morrison is digging in behind his MP.

Sep 12, 2019 • 16m59s

The Daddy Quota

When Annabel Crabb decided to find out what happens to men’s work habits when they have children, she discovered a huge store of gendered norms and inequality.

Sep 11, 2019 • 14m38s

Christian Porter’s integrity commission

As ICAC exposes apparent corruption in NSW, focus is drawn on the government’s integrity commission, which, among other things, could not make findings of corruption.

Sep 10, 2019 • 15m48s

Inside the Adani blockade

There is fresh momentum behind the Adani mine in central Queensland. What happens next could define Australia’s relationship to climate change both here and globally.

Sep 9, 2019 • 15m31s

The revolving door

Inside the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System, a place that is dysfunctional, inflexible and underfunded.

Sep 6, 2019 • 16m16s

What Morrison didn’t expect in Biloela

How support for a Tamil family in Biloela blindsided the government and caused the prime minister to panic.

Sep 5, 2019 • 15m43s

The truth about wages

The reality of the wage debate in Australia is that companies are geared to pay dividends rather than to invest in growth – and the treasurer’s intervention does nothing to change that.

Sep 4, 2019 • 14m53s

American secrets

As Brian Toohey releases his major book on national security in Australia, he reveals that American spies have been working here without detection.

Sep 3, 2019 • 16m49s

Reporting the Panama Papers

The reporter behind the Panama Papers, Bastian Obermayer, on how he handled the leak and what he has found in Australia.

Sep 2, 2019 • 17m54s

Badiucao, Chinese dissident

Months before the latest protests in Hong Kong, the Chinese government shut down an art exhibition by Chinese-Australian dissident Badiucao. This is his story.

Aug 30, 2019 • 17m49s

Timor bug, China spy

While Australia remains belligerent over the Witness K case, Canberra is standing up to Beijing over the imprisonment of Yang Hengjun.

Aug 29, 2019 • 15m21s

Home Affairs’ propaganda machine

When a communications agency started contacting Muslim Australians for social media training, no one realised they were being pulled into Home Affairs’ propaganda machine.

Aug 28, 2019 • 16m20s

Inside the Greens

The Greens is a party with a leader who many think is too mainstream, struggling with the growing pains of infighting and factionalism. It is also on the cusp of another step change.

Aug 27, 2019 • 15m38s

Scott Morrison’s middle class

Scott Morrison says the middle class doesn’t trust the public service. The problem is available research says the opposite.

Aug 26, 2019 • 15m20s

Grief, anger and climate change

Joelle Gergis is one of Australia’s leading climate scientists. She says there is resistance to talking about emotions around science, but she feels grief and anger.

Aug 23, 2019 • 17m12s

Scott Morrison vs. the World

As he arrives for talks in Vietnam, Scott Morrison is struggling to match his attempts at diplomacy with his position on climate change.

Aug 22, 2019 • 18m24s

Drugs in swimming

The furore over Australian swimmer Mack Horton’s stand against long-time rival Sun Yang underscores confusion about how drug testing in sport actually works.

Aug 21, 2019 • 17m33s

Saving the birthing trees

As the Andrews government attempts to negotiate treaty with First Nations people in Victoria, it is proceeding with a plan to bulldoze hundreds of sacred Djab Wurrung trees.

Aug 20, 2019 • 17m01s

Is China a threat?

As Xi Jinping increases his power and ambition, there is tension over the influence China has in Australia. Progressive critics finds themselves aligned with right-wing voices.

Aug 19, 2019 • 15m47s

Booing Adam Goodes

Adam Goodes’s AFL career was played at the intersection of race and politics. Stan Grant on what his story says about white Australia.

Aug 16, 2019 • 15m40s

Hastie and Morrison

As the Morrison government begins its inquiry into press freedom, there is concern about the bipartisanship of the committee hearing it. At the centre is Andrew Hastie.

Aug 15, 2019 • 16m11s

Sperm in the time of Facebook

A strict legal framework means there is a shortage of sperm donors across Australia. But online there is a huge and unregulated market of people willing to donate.

Aug 14, 2019 • 14m58s

Schoolyard bullies

In the past decade, reports of teachers and principals being abused by parents have increased. Jane Caro on accounts that range from intimidation to stalking.

Aug 13, 2019 • 15m50s

On politics and gambling

The refusal of the major parties to hold a parliamentary inquiry into Crown Casino speaks to a larger relationship between politics and the gambling lobby. It’s not just donations: Labor draws millions in profits from poker machines it owns.

Aug 12, 2019 • 16m38s

Murdoch and the far-right

For the first time ever, individual articles can be linked to far-right recruitment drives. High on the list is reporting from The Australian, in stories about Safe Schools as well as about race.

Aug 9, 2019 • 15m28s

Rodney Rude diplomacy

A visit from US ministers gives a clearer picture of what America wants. But as Trump’s trade war with China escalates, it also sets the stakes for Scott Morrison’s visit to Washington.

Aug 8, 2019 • 15m26s

A question of dignity

After Kate O’Halloran’s grandmother was placed in residential care, her family complained about her treatment. The centre responded by threatening to withdraw her place.

Aug 7, 2019 • 14m31s

Racism and the judge

As a judge’s comments about Aboriginal people cause outrage, lawyers in the Northern Territory wonder why a key body hasn’t made a complaint.

Aug 6, 2019 • 14m05s

Game, Setka, match

As the Morrison government pushes for legislation to more easily deregister unions, there are questions over timing and the new laws’ real intent.

Aug 5, 2019 • 17m14s

The Latham Moment

Just on 15 years ago, almost half the country voted for Mark Latham. Now, the former Labor leader is a One Nation representative who could play a significant role in the new right.

Aug 2, 2019 • 14m15s

Betting against integrity

Amid claims of misconduct against Crown Casino, Labor and the Coalition voted down a parliamentary inquiry into the affair.

Aug 1, 2019 • 13m42s

The case for raising Newstart

As the campaign to raise Newstart intensifies, details emerge of who is actually living on the payment and for how long.

Jul 31, 2019 • 14m50s

Cooling in the Pacific

Climate change is now the defining issue for the Pacific. It is also one of the factors undermining Australia’s relationship with the region.

Jul 30, 2019 • 14m43s

Cyber spy powers

Home Affairs is pushing for new powers to allow the Australian Signals Directorate to embed in corporate computer systems – transforming the body into one that disrupts crime and other attacks onshore.

Jul 29, 2019 • 19m08s

Ending domestic violence

Australia is ahead of the world in some of its responses to domestic violence, but its national plan has no measurable targets.

Jul 26, 2019 • 15m12s

Labor strategy and ‘the secret agenda’

The Labor Party has come back to parliament with a plan to ignore Scott Morrison, making the most of an ill-disciplined backbench.

Jul 25, 2019 • 13m24s

The march of the older voter

As older voters become a larger and more powerful voting bloc, they are also becoming more organised.

Jul 24, 2019 • 12m54s

High-rise catastrophe

A softening in the housing market has shown up defects and flaws that were being hidden by demand.

Jul 23, 2019 • 15m50s

On Uluru

Despite hopes that were placed in Ken Wyatt as minister, Scott Morrison says there will be no constitutional enshrinement of an Indigenous Voice to parliament. Karen Middleton on the campaign to keep the Voice alive.

Jul 22, 2019 • 17m18s

China’s military and the plan for dominance

As China seeks to assert dominance, Australia finds itself upping the stakes in a game it doesn’t want to play.

Jul 19, 2019 • 14m36s

The ballad of Trump and ScoMo

With Scott Morrison emerging as a Donald Trump favourite, there are questions to ask about the meaning of their association.

Jul 18, 2019 • 14m45s

Understanding Scott Morrison’s Pentecostalism

To understand Scott Morrison, it helps to understand his faith. Tanya Levin is a former Pentecostal who argues that the church informs every aspect of his politics.

Jul 17, 2019 • 13m31s

Guarding the henhouse

Almost two years since changes were implemented following a royal commission into youth detention, tear gas is again being used on children in the Northern Territory.

Jul 16, 2019 • 14m44s

The truth about small government

Scott Morrison’s signature achievement could be the tax cuts he legislated earlier this month – although not for the reasons he believes.

Jul 15, 2019 • 17m38s

The extinction rebellion

Extinction Rebellion is not focusing on one project; it’s focusing on the system as a whole. And change can come from just a small segment of society participating in sustained non-compliance.

Jul 12, 2019 • 16m18s

A Voice and a prayer

Scott Morrison began the week praying in front of 21,000 people. He closed it promising a referendum on an Indigenous Voice to Parliament.

Jul 11, 2019 • 19m01s

Surviving Australia’s biggest cult, The Family

Following the death of cult leader Anne Hamilton-Byrne, surviving members of The Family reckon with judgement.

Jul 10, 2019 • 14m07s

Scott Morrison and the Laffer napkin

Scott Morrison’s tax cuts are based on an American theory of economics trialled in the 1970s, but the evidence since suggests it does not work.

Jul 9, 2019 • 16m50s

Cancelling citizens

As the government produces legislation to temporarily ban foreign fighters from returning to Australia, there is growing concern over whether existing citizenship legislation is unconstitutional.

Jul 8, 2019 • 14m48s

The broken pendulum

The pendulum that is used to predict outcomes in elections is broken. One unexpected consequence is for the role of money in politics.

Jul 5, 2019 • 12m48s

Faith and taxes

As Scott Morrison’s tax cuts make their way through the parliament, there are fresh questions over religious freedoms.

Jul 4, 2019 • 14m23s

Repealing medivac

As the government pushes to repeal the medivac legislation, lawyers and doctors contradict the arguments put against it.

Jul 3, 2019 • 16m34s

The sperm donor question

The high court has found that sperm donors can have fathers’ rights, but the ruling is inherently conservative.

Jul 2, 2019 • 13m52s

Mine on the moon

The discovery of water ice on the moon has started a new space race – and opened a legal frontier in which Australia has a unique role.

Jul 1, 2019 • 14m59s

Morrison’s inner circle

Scott Morrison’s inner circle is a group linked by faith and friendship – and now, the front bench. Their ties were confirmed during the leadership spill last year.

Jun 28, 2019 • 16m21s

Condemned to interesting times

As Labor loses party discipline over tax cuts, the Coalition enters into an ugly post-mortem of its leadership change.

Jun 27, 2019 • 16m29s

Israel Folau’s cycle of sin

Following the sacking of Israel Folau by Rugby Australia, a fissure has opened up in the debate over equality and freedoms.

Jun 26, 2019 • 17m04s

Protest in Hong Kong

As millions protest on the streets of Hong Kong, the democratic freedoms promised in the handover to China are being tested.

Jun 25, 2019 • 15m57s

Rosie Batty’s private grief

Rosie Batty talks to Martin McKenzie-Murray about grief and healing.

Jun 24, 2019 • 15m24s

The insecurity machine

The election was shaped by the character of two men. Its outcome shows us how the country reacts to insecurity, and what that means for change.

Jun 21, 2019 • 14m15s

Double bluffs and Cory Bernardi

As Labor and the Coalition explore a double bluff on tax cuts, Cory Bernardi wants back into the Liberal Party.

Jun 20, 2019 • 14m20s

Gaming the gaming industry

Australia records higher gambling losses than any country in the world, while the sector uses faulty research to avoid regulation.

Jun 19, 2019 • 16m 39s

Turnbull’s stray dog

The election result has put faith back on the national agenda. But the issue is dogged by a review Malcolm Turnbull commissioned and never had the chance to answer.

Jun 18, 2019 • 16m50s

Looking for Mike Cannon-Brookes

As Al Gore continues his fight against climate change, Mike Cannon-Brookes has become the movement’s Australian face.

Jun 17, 2019 • 13m04s

A shooting in Darwin

The mass shooting in Darwin was the worst in Australia since Port Arthur, but it received little attention. What happens to the people left behind?

Jun 14, 2019 • 14m48s

The Morrison vacuum

As Scott Morrison searches for a path to legislate his tax cuts, concerns over press freedom continue to trouble his government.

Jun 13, 2019 • 13m16s

Trade war now

As the trade war escalates between China and the United States, it’s the US that has become the radical actor.

Jun 12, 2019 • 14m40s

Breaking up big tech

Once a radical thought, the idea of breaking up tech giants to help regulate them is gaining traction with politicians and tech entrepreneurs.

Jun 11, 2019 • 15m13s

Sacking Scott Morrison

Before entering parliament, Scott Morrison ran Tourism Australia. He was sacked by the minister, but the details of what happened have never been made public.

Jun 7, 2019 • 14m40s

Rates, raids and meeting the Queen

Scott Morrison flies back from meeting the Queen to a flagging economy and concern over raids on the ABC and other reporters.

Jun 6, 2019 • 15m35s

Charlie Teo, virtuosic rebel

Charlie Teo is Australia’s best-known surgeon. His career asks difficult questions about the balance between hope and orthodoxy.

Jun 5, 2019 • 15m22s

A mistake of fact

How “Mistake of Fact” makes drunkenness a legal defence for serious crimes, and the campaign to change that.

Jun 4, 2019 • 12m31s

Morrison’s broad church

Scott Morrison’s cabinet is a careful balance between those who backed him during last year’s leadership spill, and those who backed Peter Dutton.

Jun 3, 2019 • 19m 20s

Albanese speaking

Anthony Albanese didn’t always expect to be Labor leader but now he’s in the job, he’s not going anywhere.

May 31, 2019 • 12m45s

What Morrison did next

Two weeks after the election, Scott Morrison has identified 10 seats the Coalition wants to win.

May 30, 2019 • 16m04s

From the Heart

Having once been rejected by government, the Uluru Statement from the Heart is readying for referendum.

May 29, 2019 • 14m41s

Death of a president

Before his death, the former president of Nauru explained how a deal with Australia to open a detention centre destroyed democracy in his country.

May 28, 2019 • 14m40s

The Mothers’ Resistance

Since its introduction, ParentsNext has been a controversial welfare program – but there is a mothers’ resistance mounting against it.

May 27, 2019 • 15m 32sec

Surprise: the status quo election

Scott Morrison’s win should not have been a surprise - Australia has been stuck on the same voting divide since 2010. We fractured first, before Trump or Brexit.

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