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Sep 16, 2021 • 16m 20s

What happens after we're vaccinated?

From this week residents in NSW, who have been locked down for nearly three months, will finally be able to leave their homes. But the new freedoms are contingent on one important factor: their vaccination status. Today, Hannah Ryan on the plan to provide freedoms only to fully vaccinated, and what that means for the next phase of the pandemic.

Sep 15, 2021 • 16m 10s

What have we learned from the War on Terror?

The anniversary of 9/11 this week, along with the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan has seen politicians, military leaders and the public reflect on the past two decades. But what has really been learned from these events that shaped world history? Today, Karen Middleton on the aftermath of 9/11 20 years later.

Sep 14, 2021 • 15m 25s

How bad is Australia’s mental health crisis?

Despite government promises to fix Australia’s mental health system, experts have identified that young people in particular are still struggling to access urgent care and support. Today, Santilla Chingaipe on why this could be our one chance to fix the ailing mental health care system.

Sep 13, 2021 • 16m 05s

How to cure homesickness

Lockdowns and border closures have led to a specific kind of grief and yearning - homesickness. While homesickness isn’t an official medical condition it was once, with soldiers fighting on foreign soil regularly diagnosed after suffering debilitating symptoms. Today, Dr Melanie Cheng on the origins of homesickness and whether there’s a cure.

Sep 11, 2021 • 22m05s

Generation 9/11: A soldier, a refugee and a Muslim Australian

Twenty years ago the terrorist group Al-Qaeda hijacked four planes, flying them into New York City’s World Trade Center and the Pentagon, killing nearly 3000 people. Two decades on the legacy of the attacks still reverberates all over the world. Today, Osman Faruqi speaks to three people whose lives were changed forever by 9/11.

Sep 9, 2021 • 15m 15s

Why your next car will be electric

Governments and car manufacturers all over the world are preparing for a future where most vehicles will be powered by electricity. But in Australia there’s no national policy on electric vehicles and, as a result, the country is falling behind the rest of the world. Today, Mike Seccombe on how electric cars are poised to take over and what Australia needs to do to keep up.

Sep 8, 2021 • 15m 40s

Just how stretched are our hospitals?

As Australia grapples with its biggest outbreak yet of Covid-19 the focus is shifting to hospitalisation figures and deaths. But even though Covid-19 wards are becoming busier, it isn’t easy to get a clear picture of just how bad things are in our hospital system. Today, Rick Morton on what might happen if things get worse.

Sep 7, 2021 • 18m 05s

What we can learn from the world’s reopening

As our political leaders fight over the proposed national plan to re-open the country, health experts are imploring us to learn from the experiences of places like the UK and Israel. But, there is another country whose reopening could prove to be a much better blueprint for Australia. Today, Hannah Ryan on what we can learn from the ongoing global experiment.

Sep 6, 2021 • 15m 30s

The charity feeding Sydney during lockdown

Ongoing lockdowns have put many Australians under extreme financial pressure. Without adequate government support the responsibility is falling on community organisations to help thousands of people receive the basics, like food.
Today, Rosanna Barbero, on the massive food relief operation underway right now in Sydney and how it exposes a broken system.

Sep 3, 2021 • 16m 09s

Are we heading towards a pandemic election?

The country might still be in the grip of a pandemic and ongoing lockdowns, but our major parties are already planning for a looming federal election. The Prime Minister has strongly hinted the nation could be heading to the polls in just a few months, and the political battle lines are now being drawn. Today, Paul Bongiorno on what the election will be fought over.

Sep 2, 2021 • 15m 50s

What went wrong with Australia’s withdrawal from Afghanistan

Coalition forces had been planning their withdrawal from Afghanistan for months, but it’s now emerged that intelligence reports failed to forecast how quickly the country would fall, and the impact that would have on the evacuation. Today, Karen Middleton on what went wrong with Australia’s withdrawal plan and what it means for those trapped in Afghanistan.

Aug 31, 2021 • 14m 55s

Can our hospitals cope with Covid-19?

As hospitals in NSW and Victoria prepare to deal with an influx of Covid-19 patients, there are fresh concerns that our healthcare system might not be up to the challenge. Today, Rick Morton on the situation in hospitals right now, and what might happen when we come out of lockdown.

Aug 30, 2021 • 14m 45s

How Australia is holding back vaccine supply

As wealthy countries like Australia race to vaccinate their population, many other nations in our region are falling behind due to the high cost of vaccines: a cost set by big pharmaceutical companies like Pfizer. As a result, South East Asia is now the epicenter of the Covid-19 pandemic. Today, Lyndal Rowlands on the proposal that could speed up vaccinations around the world, and why Australia is holding it back.

Aug 27, 2021 • 14m 05s

Scott Morrison’s coming out of his cave, and he’s doing just fine

A couple of weeks ago the Prime Minister, along with state and territory leaders, signed off a plan to end lockdowns and border closures when vaccine rates reached 80% of the adult population. But it didn’t take long for the so-called national plan to fall apart. Today, Paul Bongiorno on the Prime Minister’s odd decision to invoke a movie to help argue his case for opening up.

Aug 26, 2021 • 15m 05s

Angus Taylor's fossil fuel handouts

As scientists continue to warn about the impacts of climate change, the federal government is spending big to help prop up the gas industry. One company which has links to the Liberal Party, has been the sole beneficiary of a government fund established to help drill for gas in the Northern Territory. Today, Mike Seccombe on why Australia continues to subsidise fossil fuels.

Aug 25, 2021 • 14m 30s

“This is a wake-up call”: The pandemic hits regional Australia

When Covid-19 first hit towns and remote communities across western NSW, only eight percent of Indigenous people were fully vaccinated. Now, with the virus spreading fast, there are serious concerns for the community. Today, Bhiamie Williamson on the situation on the ground in western NSW.

Aug 24, 2021 • 15m 35s

The document predicting Covid-19 hospitalisations

As Covid-19 case numbers continue to reach record highs in NSW, so too do hospitalisations and intensive care admissions. Now, a leaked document from the National Cabinet has revealed that the state’s hospitals could soon reach a tipping point. Today, Rick Morton on exactly who is being hospitalised with Covid-19 and how close our hospitals are to capacity.

Aug 23, 2021 • 19m 00s

What’s next for Afghanistan

After twenty years of war, invasion and occupation, US and Australian defence personnel have finally withdrawn, ending one of the longest military engagements in modern history. The Taliban swept the country, seizing the capital, Kabul, and retaking control. Now there are fears for millions of Afghans facing life under a repressive regime. Today, Karen Middleton and Ramish Salimi on the latest developments in Afghanistan, how we got to this point, and what the future looks like for Afghans.

Aug 20, 2021 • 14m 35s

Scott Morrison is late to the rescue

This week the federal government was caught out without a clear plan on two of the biggest crises facing the world right now: the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, and the resurgence of the Taliban in Afghanistan. Today, Paul Bongiorno on whether being underprepared is now a feature of Scott Morrison’s leadership.

Aug 19, 2021 • 16m 15s

Curfews, police, more fines: Is there another way to fight lockdown fatigue?

Eighteen months into the pandemic many Australians are feeling exhausted, and compliance with public health measures is dropping off, leading governments to ramp up policing efforts. Today, infectious disease and pandemic response expert Dr Alexandra Phelan on how governments can maintain public trust and what the end game looks like.

Aug 18, 2021 • 17m 25s

Kevin Rudd on Murdoch’s plan for Sky News

Sky News has grown into a media powerhouse reaching millions of people, primarily on YouTube. Now it’s broadening its reach even further, into the homes of thousands of Australians living in the regions, further solidifying Rupert Murdoch’s control of news media in Australia. Today, Kevin Rudd on what Murdoch is planning with Sky News and its impact on Australian politics.

Aug 17, 2021 • 16m 45s

NSW abandons Covid Zero

Unlike the rest of the country, NSW appears to be abandoning its intention of eliminating the virus and reaching zero cases of community transmission. Today, Mike Seccombe on the NSW strategy to deal with the virus and what it might mean for the rest of the nation.

Aug 16, 2021 • 16m 03s

A climate scientist offers us hope

Australian scientist Joëlle Gergis was one of the lead authors on a landmark climate report by the IPCC. The report has been described as “code red” for humanity, a desperate attempt by the world’s best climate scientists to force political leaders to take action and stop runaway climate change. Today, Joëlle Gergis explains the science behind it, what it tells us about the future of our planet, and how we can all maintain some hope.

Aug 13, 2021 • 15m 15s

The anti-lockdown movement reaches Parliament

Australia’s anti-lockdown movement reached federal parliament this week, when a rogue Coalition MP took to the floor to blast public health measures used to limit the spread of Covid. The comments highlight growing divisions in the government over Australia’s approach to the pandemic. Today, Paul Bongiorno on the challenges Scott Morrison is facing from his own party.

Aug 12, 2021 • 16m 45s

The rise of Afterpay

In seven years, Afterpay went from an idea to help an internet jewellery business to a company worth $39 billion. But just how different is it’s business model compared to traditional credit cards and loans? Today, James Hennessy on the rise of Afterpay, and the regulatory loopholes it’s exploited to build a multi-billion dollar business.

Aug 11, 2021 • 14m 25s

The tax cuts that could bankrupt Australia

No matter which major party wins the next federal election, the top 5 percent of income earners in Australia will receive tax cuts worth 180 dollars a week. These tax cuts will cost the budget 300 billion dollars over 10 years. According to those in the social service sector, the tax cuts will be funded from cuts to education, health and welfare. Today, Cassandra Goldie on the origin of these tax cuts and what their real cost will be.

Aug 10, 2021 • 17m 08s

Does Australia have a pandemic ‘Freedom Day’?

Eighteen months into the pandemic the Prime Minister announced a plan for the way out.The plan itself is based on vaccination rates, and predicts we could be living almost as normal when we reach 80 percent of the population fully vaccinated. But how likely are we to reach that target, and when?

Aug 9, 2021 • 14m 45s

'Magic mushrooms treated my depression'

In Australia there are a number of trials currently underway investigating the use of psychedelics as a way to treat depression and addiction. But right now there are doctors and patients who are taking matters into their own hands. Today, James Bradley on his personal experience of how psychedelics are transforming mental health therapies.

Aug 7, 2021 • 33m05s

Weekend Read: Scott Ludlam on Julian Assange

Scott Ludlam, ICAN ambassador and former Australian Greens Senator, reads his cover essay from the latest issue of The Monthly.

Aug 6, 2021 • 15m 20s

Scott Morrison’s in the race of his political life

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is now facing the consequences of a slow and messy vaccine rollout. To try and claw back public support the PM has tried to tap into the country’s Olympic spirit, describing our vaccine challenge as a “gold medal” race. Today, Paul Bongiorno on the intertwined fates of the vaccine rollout and the Prime Minister’s political fortunes.

Aug 5, 2021 • 15m 35s

The frontline of Australia's strictest lockdown

Sydney has been in lockdown for six weeks now, but the number of Covid-19 infections is still continuing to rise. While most residents are able to stay at home, thousands of essential workers are traveling to their place of employment everyday, to keep the city turning. Today, we speak to Paloma, an essential worker living in Sydney’s south-west, about what the government could be doing to help the most vulnerable.

Aug 4, 2021 • 15m 30s

The millions of Australians let down by our health system

More than three million Australians face a health crisis that can severely impact their quality of life:chronic pain. It’s a system that frustrates both patients and doctors, so is it time for a radical overhaul of how public health operates in Australia? Today, Beth Atkinson Quinton speaks to Dr Mel Cheng and Shakira Hussein about how we ended up with a system that fails to address chronic pain.

Aug 3, 2021 • 15m 43s

Is hosting the Olympics worth it?

Hosting the Olympics is an honour that cities have competed for over a century. It’s seen as recognition of a nation’s economic superiority, and a source of national pride. But, is winning the bid to host the Games really worth it? Today, Mike Seccombe on the power of the IOC, and its vice president, John Coates.

Aug 2, 2021 • 16m 25s

War games and an espionage arms race

Every two years the Australian and US defence forces engage in a massive military exercise called Talisman Sabre. This year, many observers say the focus has been on China. The wargames haven’t gone unnoticed, in fact the Chinese navy sent two spy ships to monitor the situation. Today, Brian Toohey on the danger of these military maneuvers and the espionage arms race taking place in our region.

Jul 30, 2021 • 13m 00s

Labor’s great surrender

While many Australians were focused on watching the Olympics this week, the federal Labor Opposition quietly made some significant policy changes. The party has now fallen in line with the government's tax cuts for the wealthy, despite previously labelling them unfair and ineffective. Today, Paul Bongiorno on Labor’s small-target strategy, and if it will work.

Jul 29, 2021 • 16m 57s

Who are Australia’s anti-lockdown protestors?

Last weekend thousands of people marched across Australia to protest against lockdowns. The sheer size of the protests suggests that the anti-lockdown movement might be crossing over into the political mainstream. Today, Ariel Bogle on the different groups behind these marches, why they’re growing, and the Australian politicians trying to capitalise on lockdown discontent.

Jul 28, 2021 • 15m 26s

Welcome to the heat dome

Over the past few weeks a slow-moving weather event has led to record high temperatures across North America.This kind of event is known as a heat dome, and it’s breaking existing models that try to predict the weather. Today, Max Opray on why this particular heat even is alarming climate scientists, and what it means for the next Australian summer.

Jul 27, 2021 • 15m 00s

The Liberal factions pushing out Scott Morrison

Scott Morrison has regularly praised NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian for her government’s so-called ‘gold standard’ approach to contact tracing, and unwillingness to enter lockdown. But behind the surface there are growing tensions between key Liberal party figures in NSW and the federal government. Today, Mike Seccombe on how factionalism and mishandled pandemic are weakening Scott Morrison’s influence in his home state.

Jul 26, 2021 • 18m 23s

How one DNA test kept this family apart for a decade

In Australia, DNA testing has been routinely used for decades in deciding who can and can’t enter the country. The story of one couple trying to make a new home in Australia has raised new questions about how exactly the tests work, and if they discriminate against people from certain racial backgrounds. Today, Oscar Schwartz on the faulty science that is keeping families separated.

Jul 23, 2021 • 16m 22s

Front row seats to the world’s biggest experiment

After being postponed last year, the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games officially begin tonight in the middle of Japan’s third wave of Covid-19 and amidst a pandemic that is still raging across the world. But, with athletes pulling out and more and more participants testing positive for Covid-19, are the games worth it? Today, Kieran Pender on what it’s like to have front row seats to the biggest experiment in the world right now.

Jul 22, 2021 • 13m 12s

The debate over vaccinating children

Throughout this pandemic one group in particular have been at the forefront of key policy debates: young people. But as we’ve learnt more about the virus, a new fault-line has emerged: the question of how and when to vaccinate young people.

Jul 21, 2021 • 17m 19s

How an unlikely trio stopped China funding Australia’s biggest coal mine

Four years ago the mining giant Adani was struggling to fund its massive coal project in Queensland’s Galilee Basin. So they turned to the Chinese government to try and secure financing. Today, Mike Seccombe on how a group of Australians stopped China from backing Adani, and what the story says about our approach to fossil fuels.

Jul 20, 2021 • 16m 27s

Australia has vaccines. Why aren’t people taking them?

The rapidly spreading Delta variant has forced nearly half of Australia’s population back into lockdown. The slow uptake of vaccinations has been pointed to as a key factor behind the latest outbreaks, and how fast they spread. But why is vaccine uptake so slow in Australia? Today, Rick Morton on how shifting medical advice, poor communication and careless journalism created a perfect storm for this latest wave of Covid-19.

Jul 19, 2021 • 14m 35s

Bob Brown on the fight to save Tasmania’s wilderness from a toxic waste dump

The Tarkine rainforest, in Tasmania's north west, is Australia's largest temperate rainforest and home to some of the country’s most endangered species. But now a mining company has started clearing the Tarkine, to build a new dam. Today, Bob Brown on the fight to save the Tarkine, and why the Morrison government is so hesitant to intervene.

Jul 16, 2021 • 15m 05s

I get locked down, and I'm locked down again... something, something, something whiskey drink

This week Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a new COVID-19 financial support package for Sydneysiders currently in lockdown. But the announcement was met with frustration from other states, particularly Victoria, who had been asking for help during their own lockdowns. Today, Rachel Withers on why it took an outbreak in his own backyard for Scott Morrison to act.

Jul 15, 2021 • 15m 17s

A psychologist's guide to surviving lockdown

A few days ago psychologist Chris Cheers began sharing advice on social media about getting through lockdowns, as a way to support those in Sydney. His posts quickly went viral. Today, Chris Cheers on how those of us not in lockdown can support our friends and family who are, and why listening is one of the most helpful things we can do right now.

Jul 14, 2021 • 16m 02s

The case that could help close the gender pay gap

It's been over 50 years since equal pay for equal work became law in Australia, but in recent years, efforts to better value women's work and increase wages have stalled. Now, a new case being brought to the Fair Work Commission by a group of aged care workers could change that. Today, Kristine Ziwica on the case that could help close the gender pay gap.

Jul 13, 2021 • 14m 52s

Why Frydenberg lobbied to sack Australia’s biggest energy boss

Six years ago one Australian energy company tried to shift from coal to renewables. Now, new details have emerged showing the role played by the federal government in stopping that from happening. Today, Mike Seccombe on how ideology keeps trumping economics when it comes to Australia’s climate policies.

Jul 12, 2021 • 14m 34s

The growing Australian surveillance state

Over the past few years the federal government has passed more and more laws granting police and security agencies greater access to our private communications. Now there are growing concerns that these laws actually weaken our online security. Today, Lizzie O’Shea on Australia’s ever expanding surveillance powers, and if they could actually make us more vulnerable.

Jul 9, 2021 • 16m 10s

The “menacing” and “controlling” Scott Morrison

For most of the past year the Coalition government has faced sustained criticism over its treatment of women. Now a former Liberal MP has added fuel to the fire, lashing a culture of sexism and bullying in the Liberal party, and accusing a cabinet minister of sexual harassment. Today, Paul Bongiorno on the latest allegations levelled against the Morrison government and why there seems to be no consequences.

Jul 8, 2021 • 15m 10s

As the world opens, Australia seals itself off

For most of the past 18 months, Australia has been hailed as a world leader in terms of its handling of the pandemic. But now, some of our biggest cities have been plunged back into lockdowns, restrictions and border closures, while Europe and the United States reopen.
Today, Rick Morton on whether Australia wasted its good luck, and when we might finally reopen.

Jul 7, 2021 • 14m 34s

The $660 million election slush fund

A scathing new report has found that in the lead-up to the last election the federal government spent more than half a billion dollars on infrastructure projects heavily targeted to seats held by the Coalition, or seats they were trying to win. Today, Karen Middleton on what happens when hundreds of millions of dollars and 47 car parks meet a federal election.

Jul 6, 2021 • 17m 24s

The scientist who predicted the death of the reef

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven natural wonders of the world, but now it’s on the cusp of being declared “in danger” by UNESCO. But scientists have been warning for decades that rising sea temperatures could kill off the Reef. Today, Mike Seccombe on the scientist who predicted the end of the reef, and why the Australian government doesn’t want to listen to him.

Jul 5, 2021 • 14m 25s

The judgement that changed climate law in Australia

In a recent landmark judgement, the federal court has found that the government owes children a duty of care in preventing harm from the impacts of climate change. The case, which centred around the proposed expansion of a NSW coal mine, could have far reaching legal implications in Australia. Today, Kieran Pender on the case that saw a group of teenagers take on the Minister for the Environment.

Jul 2, 2021 • 16m 43s

How a slip of the tongue changed the vaccine rollout

This week, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that the Astra-Zeneca vaccine, previously only available for people over 60, could now be accessed by anyone. The announcement led to significant pushback, particularly from the Queensland government, who are still advising younger Australians to avoid AstraZeneca. Today, Rachel Withers on what's behind the government decision making on vaccine eligibility.

Jul 1, 2021 • 17m 59s

The exploitation of Australia’s forgotten workers

Australia’s meat processing industry is one of many that relies heavily on migrant workers, to do jobs that Australian residents often aren’t willing to do. Many of those workers are promised that hard work will lead to permanent residency in Australia. But for some that promise is never delivered on. Today, André Dao on how Australia’s immigration system exploits the hopes and hard labour of migrant workers.

Jun 30, 2021 • 15m 24s

10 million Australians back in lockdown

In the past few days over 10 million Australians have been plunged back into lockdowns, as fresh outbreaks of Covid-19 spread across major cities. The current crisis forced the Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, to announce a radical overhaul to the vaccine rollout. Today, Rick Morton on how Australia ended up on the verge of a national lockdown and whether the federal government’s new plan goes far enough.

Jun 29, 2021 • 18m 05s

Cancel culture hits the High Court

Physicist Peter Ridd was fired after he publicly criticised his colleague’s research on the Great Barrier Reef, but what started as an employment dispute has become a test case on climate denial and cancel culture. Today, Kieran Pender on Peter Ridd’s day in court and what the outcome could mean for academic freedom.

Jun 28, 2021 • 17m 12s

The story behind the Wuhan lab-leak theory

As Australia grapples with new outbreaks of Covid-19, questions about the origins of the virus have been re-emerging. And at the G7 summit, world leaders formally discussed the controversial Wuhan lab-leak theory: the idea that the virus didn’t emerge naturally, but came out of a laboratory. Today, Linda Jaivin on what we know about the origins of Covid-19 and why conspiracies are flourishing.

Jun 25, 2021 • 16m 16s

Barnaby Joyce sinks to the top… again

After two years on the backbench, Barnaby Joyce is back as leader of the Nationals and as Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister. His return to power has put the spotlight on the tense relationship between the two Coalition parties. Today, Paul Bongiorno on what triggered Barnaby Joyce’s return and what it means for the future of Australian politics.

Jun 24, 2021 • 18m 04s

Behrouz Boochani on the detainees we forgot

Behrouz Boochani spent six years detained on Manus Island, a victim of Australia’s Pacific Solution. Last year he was granted refugee status in New Zealand, and since then has used his freedom to advocate on behalf of the hundreds of other asylum seekers detained by Australia. Today, Behrouz Boochani on the refugees we aren’t speaking about, and the reasons why.

Jun 23, 2021 • 16m 30s

The world’s first pandemic games

Tens of thousands of athletes and officials are about to descend on Tokyo as the city prepares to host the 32nd Olympic games. But with Covid-19 cases surging in Japan, health experts and the majority of the Japanese public are opposed to the event being held at all. Today, Kieran Pender on the vested interests behind this pandemic Olympics.

Jun 22, 2021 • 17m 23s

The government vs Friendlyjordies

YouTuber Friendlyjordies has built up a significant audience in recent years through his pointed and acerbic political videos. Now, one of the comedian’s producers has been arrested by a controversial police unit established to explicitly focus on ideological extremists. Today, Rick Morton on the Friendlyjordies saga, and why a state government seems intent on turning him into a martyr.

Jun 21, 2021 • 16m 25s

Science is evolving, but are our ethics keeping up?

New scientific developments are challenging long established ethical guidelines around the use of embryos, or embryo-like cells. Today, Elizabeth Finkel on the latest scientific breakthroughs, and the argument that our ethics need to evolve alongside our knowledge of the world.

Jun 18, 2021 • 15m 40s

Australia backs coal as the G7 pledge climate action

As the leaders of the world’s wealthiest democracies gathered to discuss climate change, and pledged further action, the Australian government chose to reiterate its commitment to fossil fuels. Today, Rachel Withers on how the Coalition is increasingly out of step with both the international community and voters at home.

Jun 17, 2021 • 16m 39s

You and Q’s army?

The QAnon conspiracy theory, focused on a belief in the existence of a Satanic child sexual abuse ring, has been collecting followers worldwide. Here in Australia one of its adherents happens to be a long-time friend of Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Today, Richard Cooke on what drives people to QAnon, and the threat it poses in Australia.

Jun 16, 2021 • 15m 52s

The Americanisation of Australia’s health system

Australia’s public health systems are under unprecedented pressure due to decades of cuts. Today, Rick Morton on why some health experts are worried that Australia’s health care system is becoming more and more like the expensive, privatised model in the US.

Jun 15, 2021 • 17m 17s

The Biloela family speaks out

Speaking from a hospital in Perth, Priya Murugappan details her daughter’s sickness and her family’s struggle in detention. More than three years after they were taken from their home in Biloela, the Tamil family just want to be settled.

Jun 11, 2021 • 16m 19s

Australia’s biggest ever crime sting

This week, Scott Morrison announced Australia’s involvement in a massive organised crime sting coordinated by the FBI. But was the extraordinary press conference more about bad news and poor polling?

Jun 10, 2021 • 18m 15s

It’s textbook ‘how not to run a war’

After 20 years of war, Australia gave three days’ notice before closing its embassy in Kabul. But the decision leaves hundreds of local staff vulnerable to retaliation by the Taliban.

Jun 9, 2021 • 17m 02s

You had one job, Greg Hunt

A third spread of Covid-19 in Victorian aged-care homes was not just a possibility: it was almost a given. Even before a vaccine was available, the federal government ended the support payment intended to stop casual staff working across multiple sites.

Jun 8, 2021 • 16m 07s

What’s next for Christian Porter

Christian Porter’s decision to settle his defamation suit against the ABC is the end of one battle. But the former attorney-general, accused of a historic rape he strenuously denies, is still fighting on at least two other fronts.

Jun 7, 2021 • 18m 28s

The Australian spy novelist charged with espionage in China

Australian writer Yang Hengjun has been detained by the Chinese government since 2019. He’s been charged with espionage offences and could face the death penalty. Today, Linda Jaivin on the mysterious case of Yang Hengjun and what his treatment says about the Chinese government's approach to human rights.

Jun 5, 2021 • 35m22s

Weekend Read: Sarah Krasnostein on the most hated man

Today, Sarah Krasnostein, the best-selling author of ‘The Trauma Cleaner’, reads her essay from the latest issue of The Monthly. It’s called ‘The most hated man’ and it explores the sentencing of Richard Pusey, who was convicted of outraging public decency after he filmed the horrific aftermath of a car crash that killed four police officers.

Jun 4, 2021 • 14m 41s

Scott Morrison dodges responsibility

For the past week the federal government has been locked in a tussle with Victoria over who is responsible for financially supporting those suffering the economic consequences of another lockdown. Today, columnist for The Saturday Paper Paul Bongiorno on the fresh political challenges facing the federal government.

Jun 3, 2021 • 16m 21s

Why it keeps happening to Victoria

Victoria’s lockdown has been extended for another week, as health authorities race to contain Covid-19. Today, Dr Melanie Cheng on what went wrong this time and what it will take to control this outbreak.

Jun 2, 2021 • 15m 15s

Australia breaches international law, again

Last month, under the cover of the federal budget, the Coalition government rushed through new laws legalising the indefinite detention of refugees. Today, Mike Seccombe on how Australia got to this point, and what it means for those seeking safety in our country.

Jun 1, 2021 • 16m 44s

The vaccine race Australia is losing

As Covid-19 case numbers in Victoria continue to rise, attention has turned to the slow pace of the vaccine rollout, and the question of whether or not more vaccinations could have stopped this outbreak. Today, Rick Morton on where the rollout went wrong and what the consequences have been.

May 31, 2021 • 17m 35s

How to make a law for consent

For years, advocates against sexual assault have been pushing for law reform, particularly on the issue of consent. Now they’ve had a win, with sweeping new changes announced in NSW. Today, Bri Lee on what the changes mean, and the politician leading the charge.

May 28, 2021 • 17m 40s

Who's to blame for Victoria's lockdown?

Victoria has been plunged back into lockdown, the state’s fourth since the start of the pandemic. But this time there’s one big difference: vaccines that were supposed to help keep us safe and avoid outbreaks like this are now available, but in Australia take up has been slow. Today, Paul Bongiorno on how Victoria entered lockdown and who shoulders the blame.

May 27, 2021 • 13m 46s

The frontline women’s services at risk of collapse

The federal budget promised $3.2 billion dollars to be spent on policies that improve the lives of Australian women. But, despite that pledge, a critical front line service that supports women at work now faces closure. Today, Royce Kurmelovs on the future of the Working Women’s Centres.

May 26, 2021 • 16m 57s

Why isn’t Labor cutting through?

As the major parties gear up for an impending federal election, which could be held this year, questions are being asked about whether Anthony Albanese is capable of securing Labor victory. Today, Chris Wallace on Labor’s election chances, and what they’ve learnt from the last two years.

May 25, 2021 • 15m 43s

The government's war on charities

The Morrison government is contemplating new laws which could see charities held responsible for minor legal breaches by their members and supporters. The sector says the changes are an attempt to stifle protest. Today, Mike Seccombe on why the government is targeting charities, and what the changes could mean.

May 24, 2021 • 16m 28s

Are Australians too complacent about Covid-19?

Australia’s rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine has been stymied by a combination of different factors including supply, distribution and vaccine hesitancy amongst the public. Today, Dr Melanie Cheng, on where Australia went wrong with its vaccine rollout and what the federal government needs to do to avoid a third wave.

May 21, 2021 • 15m 26s

Morrison doubles down on Fortress Australia

Travel restrictions have played a crucial role in keeping Australia relatively safe from the worst of the pandemic, but the federal government has been reluctant to announce their end date. Today, Paul Bongiorno on why Prime Minister Scott Morrison is so intent on keeping our borders closed.

May 20, 2021 •

Facing prison for cultural fishing

Many Aboriginal people whose ancestors have fished along the coast for tens of thousands of years have been locked out of the lucrative abalone trade. They’re described as “poachers” and face jail time for selling what they catch. Today, Paul Cleary on the trial of Yuin elder Keith Nye and his fight against the criminalisation of his culture.

May 19, 2021 • 16m 44s

The politician behind a new anti-abortion push

Scott Morrison’s choice for Australia’s new Assistant Minister for Women, Amanda Stoker, has raised concerns from women’s health advocates due to her hardline, and conservative, views on abortion. Today, Rachel Withers on the rise of Amanda Stoker.

May 18, 2021 • 22m 37s

Gaza’s deadliest day

For the past week the Palestinian territory of the Gaza Strip has been under an intense aerial bombardment. Today, world editor for The Saturday Paper Jonathan Pearlman on why the violence in Israel and Palestine is at its worst point in years.

May 17, 2021 • 18m 45s

Kate Manne on why we don't believe women

Five years on from when MeToo went global, high profile allegations of assault and harassment still make headlines but justice rarely seems to be served. Today, writer and philosopher Kate Manne on why we need to not only believe women, but create a society that actually cares when they are harmed.

May 14, 2021 • 18m 12s

Fighting racism in Australian sport

For Rana Hussain, being a young Muslim woman and an Aussie rules fan was a tough match. But instead of turning away from the game, she forged a career fighting for inclusion and diversity. Today, Rana Hussain on the racism problem in Australian sport, and how to fight it.

May 13, 2021 • 17m 01s

The website the government doesn’t want you to see

Leaked documents show the Morrison government is actively undermining respectful relationships education and preventing expert materials from being taught. Today, Kristine Ziwica on the question of whether the government's social conservatism is influencing sex education for young people.

May 12, 2021 • 15m 23s

Josh Frydenberg's big-spending budget

Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has handed down what is expected to be the government’s last budget before the next federal election. Today, chief political correspondent for The Saturday Paper Karen Middleton on what’s in the budget, and what it says about the government’s political priorities.

May 11, 2021 • 16m 27s

The terror arrests you missed

Australia’s security agencies have introduced new terminology to talk about the threats we face but they are carefully avoiding the term "right-wing". Today, Lydia Khalil on what’s behind this change and why the language we use to describe a threat matters.

May 10, 2021 • 15m 20s

Does Dutton really want war with China?

The relationship between Australia and China has already reached an all time low, but now senior political figures are starting to talk publicly about war. Today, Hugh White on how likely a hot war with China really is, and why our government seems to be talking up the possibility.

May 7, 2021 • 14m 18s

Who foots the bill?

The federal government is about to drop its highly anticipated budget, laying out its priorities for the next 12 months. The stakes couldn’t be higher, as Australia reckons with the global economic fallout from the virus, and plots an uncertain future. Today, Paul Bongiorno on what the Treasurer is planning, and what it might tell us about who should pay for Australia’s pandemic recovery.

May 6, 2021 • 17m 05s

Australia abandons its own

Right now thousands of Australian citizens are trapped in India unable to get home because of an unprecedented ban on travel announced by the Australian government. Today, Gabriela D’Souza on the situation in India right now, and what the federal government’s new travel ban says about how we treat our own.

May 5, 2021 • 15m 04s

When Hollywood came to town

From Crocodile Dundee to Marvel blockbusters, Australia’s film industry is being rejuvenated by an influx of international productions as the pandemic forced major film and TV productions to relocate to Australia. Today, Rick Morton on who really benefits from the current film and TV gold rush, and the importance of telling Australian stories.

May 4, 2021 • 16m 59s

The end of Chinatown?

Australia’s restaurant industry has been devastated by lockdowns and the loss of international tourism. Some of the hardest hit businesses are those in Chinatowns across major cities. Today, Jess Ho on what’s at stake, and how the cities we live in might change forever.

May 3, 2021 • 17m 46s

The government vs. Grace Tame

The Morrison government has ordered an urgent review of the Australian of the Year award process. It denies the review is linked to Grace Tame’s appointment, but comes after criticism from the outspoken Australian of the Year.

May 1, 2021 • 40m58s

Weekend Read: Bri Lee on consent and sex education

Author and activist Bri Lee regularly runs workshops on consent and sex in schools. In the upcoming issue of The Monthly Bri writes about those workshops in the context of a growing national conversation about sexual harassment and assault. In this special weekend episode of 7am Bri reads her article, 'Ill-informed consent'.

Apr 30, 2021 • 14m 08s

A sermon from the Church of Morrison

At a recent appearance at the Australian Christian Churches conference Scott Morrison referred to social media as evil, and said he believed he was doing God’s work as Prime Minister. Those comments have ignited debate over the role of faith in political leadership. Today, Paul Bongiorno on the Prime Minister's Pentacostal faith and how it fits with some of his policy decisions.

Apr 29, 2021 • 16m 51s

The Murdoch plan to save Fox

Rupert Murdoch’s media empire is one of the most powerful corporate influences right around the world, but in recent years it’s been through radical changes. Now it looks like Rupert is starting to hand power over to his son Lachlan. Today, Paddy Manning on Lachlan Murdoch’s ambitious plans for the family’s business empire, and how they compare to those of his father.

Apr 28, 2021 • 16m 40s

What Peter Dutton did next

Peter Dutton has long been one of the most controversial ministers in the federal government. Now, at a time of rising global tension, especially in our region, he’s become the minister for Defence. Today, Karen Middleton on Peter Dutton’s new job, and the concerns already being raised in the Defence community.

Apr 27, 2021 • 17m 08s

What’s behind the violence engulfing Northern Ireland?

For much of the 20th century Northern Ireland was marred by violence, as Irish republicans and forces aligned to the United Kingdom fought over the future of the region.

That conflict, known as the Troubles, officially came to an end with a peace agreement in 1998.

But now the violence is flaring up again, and there are concerns the fragile peace deal is on the verge of being shattered.

Today, world editor for The Saturday Paper Jonathan Pearlman on what's behind the new wave of violence across Northern Ireland and what might happen next.

Apr 26, 2021 • 17m 11s

Richard Flanagan on Tasmania's toxic secret

The billion dollar Tasmanian salmon industry promotes itself as environmentally friendly, healthy, and good for the state. But when you look a little closer, the environmental and social impacts are alarming. Today, Richard Flanagan, on the real impacts of Tasmania’s salmon farms and the failures in regulation that have allowed them to keep growing.

Apr 23, 2021 • 19m 12s

Will this verdict change the US?

Over the last three weeks the world watched and waited as one of the most significant trials in recent history took place. And on Wednesday George Floyd’s murderer was found guilty. Today, Mary McGuire on the trial of Derek Chauvin, the verdict, and the future of the movement against police violence.

Apr 22, 2021 • 16m 54s

How Australia is blocking global climate action

World leaders are preparing to meet for a historic global climate change summit, to try and limit the catastrophic impacts of global warming. But Australia has already been singled out as a roadblock to taking serious climate action. Today, Mike Seccombe on the global shift towards tackling climate change, and how Australia could hold everything back.

Apr 21, 2021 • 15m 44s

The scientist investigating Covid's impact on the brain

Scientists researching Covid-19 have discovered that the physical impacts of the virus on the body go far beyond what we might have originally thought. The results could have profound impacts for how we respond to and treat Covid-19. Today, Rick Morton on our growing knowledge of how the virus changes our bodies, and our brains.

Apr 20, 2021 • 14m 42s

The fight to overhaul Australia’s vaccine rollout

Federal and state governments are locked in a high stakes battle over the future of Australia’s vaccine rollout. On Monday Scott Morrison held an emergency meeting of the national cabinet to develop a new vaccine strategy. Today, Karen Middleton on where Australia’s rollout went wrong, and the plan state governments are pushing for.

Apr 19, 2021 • 16m 20s

Closing the loophole in Australia’s sex discrimination laws

The recent wave of allegations in federal parliament have highlighted that the law that’s supposed to protect women from harassment doesn’t actually apply to politicians. Today, Chris Wallace on the surprisingly dramatic history of Australia’s sex discrimination act, and the moves to update it for this current moment.

Apr 16, 2021 • 15m 37s

The real story behind Christine Holgate’s exit

Six months after the chief executive of Australia Post, Christine Holgate, was forced out of her job, she’s now broken her silence. Holgate claims that she was bullied, and has revealed the real reason she believes she was targeted. Today, Paul Bongiorno on what really happened at Australia Post.

Apr 15, 2021 • 18m 38s

The fight to end Indigenous deaths in custody

Thirty years ago Australia held a Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, but most of its recommendations still haven’t been implemented and hundreds more Indigenous people have died in custody. Today, Gary Foley on what led to the Royal Commission, and why white Australia needs to face up to its own history.

Apr 14, 2021 • 15m 02s

Big government is back, but not in Australia

Both the United States and the UK have recently announced policies to increase their tax rates, and spend the revenue on new social policies, as part of their economic response to the pandemic. But Australia is bucking the trend. Today, Mike Seccombe on what Australia’s economic recovery plan is, and who stands to benefit.

Apr 13, 2021 • 16m 10s

A doctor explains the risks of the AstraZeneca vaccine

Australia no longer has an official vaccination target, and one reason for the delay is our reliance on the AstraZeneca vaccine, which has been associated with health risks. Today, Dr Melanie Cheng, on weighing up the risks of the AstraZeneca vaccine, and what it all means for Australia’s rollout.

Apr 12, 2021 • 17m 08s

The crisis we should have seen coming

There are growing fears that homelessness could soon rise in Australia. One of the most at risk groups in the country is older women, who face both age and gender discrimination. Today, Kristine Ziwica on the homelessness crisis Australia should have seen coming.

Apr 9, 2021 • 16m 26s

Scott Morrison’s vaccine shambles

The federal government promised that by the end of March four million Australians would be vaccinated against Covid-19 but as of this week we’ve barely hit a quarter of that target. Today, Paul Bongiorno on whether Scott Morrison is doing enough to vaccinate the country.

Apr 8, 2021 • 16m 13s

The new 'God power' that will upend the NDIS

The National Disability Insurance Scheme was established to provide people living with a disability high quality and tailored support, but leaked documents have revealed the federal government is proposing radical reforms to the scheme. Today, Rick Morton on the battle for the future of the NDIS.

Apr 7, 2021 • 15m 38s

The plan to lock up more Indigenous children

In 2015 the Northern Territory government announced a Royal Commission into Youth Detention, but six years on almost every single young person in prison in the NT is Indigenous. Now, the NT government has announced new laws that could see even more young Indigenous people locked up.

Today, Sophie Trevitt, on why the Northern Territory is undoing the recommendations of the Royal Commission.

Apr 6, 2021 • 17m 25s

Alan Finkel on the electric planet

As Australia’s former Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel has been on the front line of Australia’s climate wars. This year he was appointed special advisor to the federal government on low emissions technology, but some of Australia’s leading climate scientists have expressed concern about Dr Finkel’s plan. Today, Alan Finkel on his plan for our energy future, and whether the Australian government should be moving faster.

Apr 5, 2021 • 16m 04s

Highlight: Bruce Pascoe on how to build a sustainable Australia

For the past three years author and farmer Bruce Pascoe has been trying to establish a sustainable practice on his land, informed by the Indigenous farming techniques he researched for his bestseller Dark Emu. Today, he speaks to Ruby Jones.

Apr 1, 2021 • 14m 46s

The story behind Australia's mouse plague

After suffering through record-breaking bushfires, a pandemic, and floods, big parts of Australia now have a new problem: a plague of mice. Today, the CSIRO’s Steve Henry on the origins of the mouse plague, the impact it’s having, and when it might finally end.

Mar 31, 2021 • 16m 25s

How these billionaires doubled their wealth during a pandemic

For many Australians the pandemic has led to some kind of economic hardship, but while workers have suffered some of Australia’s billionaires doubled their wealth during one of the worst global recessions on record. Today, Mike Seccombe on how badly implemented government policy combined with pure luck to make the country’s richest even richer.

Mar 30, 2021 • 17m 08s

One month, four more Aboriginal deaths in custody

Over the past month there have been four Indigenous deaths in custody across Australia. Now, a new organisation has been created to help their families fight for justice. Today, Madeline Hayman-Reber on the grassroots group supporting families whose loved ones have died in police custody.

Mar 29, 2021 • 15m 27s

The plight of the platypus

The platypus is one of Australia’s most iconic and intriguing animals, but like so much of our natural wildlife it’s under threat. Today, James Bradley on what makes the platypus so special and whether we’re at risk of a future without them.

Mar 26, 2021 • 17m 38s

Scott Morrison says he’s listening. Should we believe him?

Scott Morrison told the women of Australia this week he was listening to their concerns. But since then the Liberal Party has been rocked by more and more allegations of bad behaviour and sexism. Today, Rachel Withers on what this week revealed about Australian politics, and whether Scott Morrison’s actions are living up to his words.

Mar 25, 2021 • 17m 03s

The backlash engulfing an Australian arts festival

One of Australia’s biggest arts festivals is facing an intense backlash after announcing a work that called for the blood of First Nations people. Today, Tristen Harwood on what this controversy tells us about the way Australia’s cultural institutions are operating.

Mar 24, 2021 • 16m 14s

First came the fires, then the floods

Nearly 20,000 people have been evacuated as Australia’s east coast suffers from the worst floods in more than half a century. NSW’s mid-north coast, one of the worst hit regions, was also devastated by the Black Summer bushfires. Today, a first-hand view of the floods, and what the increasing severity of wild weather events is telling us about climate change.

Mar 23, 2021 • 17m 45s

The catastrophe unfolding on our doorstep

Australia’s closest neighbour, Papua New Guinea, is on the verge of a Covid-19 crisis. Thousands of people in the country are now infected, pushing the local health system to the brink. Today, Jonathan Pearlman on the danger facing Papua New Guinea and whether it can be avoided.

Mar 22, 2021 • 16m 27s

“The system isn't broken. It was never set up for women.”

Last week’s march for justice highlighted how the justice system stacked against women, from the law, to the police, to the courts. Today, Bri Lee on the barriers to justice, and the steps being taken to reform the system.

Mar 19, 2021 • 14m 04s

Christian Porter goes back to parliament

Christian Porter is still facing calls for an inquiry into allegations of sexual assault levelled against him, allegations he denies. But Porter has announced he will return to parliament in his role as the nation’s first law officer. Today, Paul Bongiorno on the conflicts of interest facing the attorney-general.

Mar 18, 2021 • 14m 37s

The new law that could censor the internet

The Online Safety Bill is being framed by the government as a way to modernise how Australia regulates the internet. But concerns have been raised about what the consequences could be for freedom of expression. Today, Lizzie O'Shea on the new laws that could change how every Australian uses the internet.

Mar 17, 2021 • 15m 25s

The billionaire who went bust, and the town on the brink

For years the rise of Lex Greensill, a farmer’s son turned billionaire investor, seemed unstoppable. But now things are falling apart, and the economic carnage threatens the livelihood of an entire town. Today, Rick Morton on the business deal that could cost 7,000 jobs in Australia.

Mar 16, 2021 • 18m 28s

As Australians march for justice, Christian Porter sues

Thousands of Australians marched in cities and towns across the country yesterday. The protests were sparked by allegations of sexual harassment and assault in federal parliament. Today, Karen Middleton on the march for justice, and whether the government is taking notice.

Mar 15, 2021 • 16m 33s

The end of Hong Kong

On Thursday night the Chinese government passed new laws effectively stamping out democracy in Hong Kong, significantly strengthening the Communist Party’s grip on the territory. Today, Jonathan Pearlman on whether this is really the end of Hong Kong and what happens next to those who have been fighting for freedom.

Mar 12, 2021 • 17m 16s

tHe RuLe oF LaW

The Prime Minister has declared Christian Porter “innocent” and said any inquiry into the allegations of sexual assault would undermine the rule of law. Today, Rachel Withers on what exactly the rule of law means, and whether it’s a sufficient enough justification to stop an inquiry from going ahead.

Mar 11, 2021 • 17m 21s

What police are getting wrong about the far-right

Growing concern about far-right extremists in Australia has led to the creation of a new federal inquiry, but the inquiry has revealed that one police force is out of step with our national security agencies. Today, Osman Faruqi on the emboldened far-right in Australia, and whether enough is being done to counter them.

Mar 10, 2021 • 15m 43s

Why is Australia’s vaccine rollout taking so long?

Australia’s Covid-19 vaccination rollout is already behind schedule, but while the headlines have focused on issues with supply and delivery, there are much deeper problems. Today, Mike Seccombe on the challenges to the federal government’s vaccination plan, and what’s at stake if we don’t get it right.

Mar 9, 2021 • 18m 07s

Fixing a broken system

Last week, the most significant report to examine aged care in Australia was released. The Saturday Paper’s senior reporter Rick Morton has been covering every step of the journey to get here. Today, he tells us why this could be the moment we change a broken system.

Mar 8, 2021 • 16m 35s

Bruce Pascoe's vision for the future: 'Leon Musk is welcome to Mars'

For the past three years author and farmer Bruce Pascoe has been trying to establish a sustainable practice on his land, informed by the Indigenous farming techniques he researched for his bestseller Dark Emu. Today, he speaks to Ruby Jones.

Mar 5, 2021 • 17m 07s

Inside the Christian Porter strategy

The Attorney-General has so far refused to resign, denying the rape allegation levelled against him. He’s been supported by senior ministers and the Prime Minister. Today, Paul Bongiorno on how Scott Morrison fought alongside Christian Porter to keep him in his job, and what happens next.

Mar 4, 2021 • 20m 21s

Christian Porter names himself (plus, Australia’s university crisis)

The federal Attorney-General Christian Porter has identified himself as the cabinet minister accused of a sexual assault that allegedly took place in 1988. He strongly denied the allegations and refused to resign or step aside. Also on today’s show, Judith Brett on the crisis facing Australia’s university sector.

Mar 3, 2021 • 16m 52s

The sexual assault crisis that rocked Australia

A cabinet minister in the federal government has been accused of rape, but he hasn’t been publicly identified and the Prime Minister has so far refused to initiate an inquiry into the allegations. Today, Karen Middleton on the sexual assault crisis that has rocked the country.

Mar 2, 2021 • 14m 57s

A refugee prison in Carlton

Across Australia more than one hundred asylum seekers are being detained in hotel rooms. This is the story of two friends - one who the government released, and the other who is still arbitrarily detained.

Mar 1, 2021 • 13m 29s

Young people v. the Queensland police

Following a series of fatal car accidents, Queensland has announced a major crackdown on youth crime. According to youth advocate Siyavash Doostkhah, policy is being dictated by the police union, emboldened by the tabloid media and both sides of politics.

Feb 26, 2021 • 14m 46s

A Neanderthal on the crossbench

This week, Craig Kelly quit the Liberal Party to sit on the crossbench. It’s a huge risk for the Coalition - and any action on climate change.

Feb 25, 2021 • 16m 18s

Living with a disability through the pandemic

For some people living with disabilities, the pandemic triggered feelings of being different and even dispensable. Micheline Lee on living through coronavirus, and what it revealed about Australia’s priorities.

Feb 24, 2021 • 14m 20s

Why won’t house prices go down?

Australian property prices have just hit a record high -– despite predictions the market would crash during the pandemic. So what will it take for prices to go down?

Feb 23, 2021 • 20m 48s

‘I was a staffer, and so was my perpetrator’

Eighteen months ago, Dhanya Mani spoke to the press about being assaulted while working as a Liberal Party staffer. This week, she reflected on how little has changed - and how culpable the prime minister is for that.

Feb 22, 2021 • 15m 25s

Robo-debt: the origin of the supervillain

Two long-forgotten High Court cases warned the government that robo-debt might be illegal. Rick Morton on what they knew - and when they knew it.

Feb 19, 2021 • 16m 23s

Episode 400: Sitting week

The Brittany Higgins case has dominated the week in Canberra. This is the story of how the prime minister has responded to her alleged assault, and how he has tried to manage the coverage that followed.

Feb 18, 2021 • 16m 16s

Tanya Plibersek: Labor after Covid-19

As Labor prepares for a possible early election, Tanya Plibersek says the party is ready to confront the government over shortcomings in its handling of the pandemic.

Feb 17, 2021 • 17m 01s

James and the giant breach

A damning report has found Crown Resorts unfit to hold a casino licence in NSW. But what does that mean for James Packer’s operations in other states?

Feb 16, 2021 • 16m 56s

The colonisation of space

The early era of space exploration was dominated by romantic ideas of universal connectedness. But the increasingly privatised nature of the space industry has obscured that vision. Today, Ceridwen Dovey on the new space industry entrepreneurs, and why we should be worried about what they’re planning.

Feb 15, 2021 • 16m 35s

How Covid-19 keeps escaping hotel quarantine

Victoria has been plunged back into lockdown after a new strain of Covid-19 escaped from hotel quarantine into the community. In recent weeks leaks have occurred across the country, leading to lockdowns in Brisbane and Perth. Today, Rachel Withers on whether our key defence against the virus is working as well as it should.

Feb 12, 2021 • 14m 39s

The Coalition’s climate standoff

The Prime Minister is trying to calibrate his climate policy to better fit into a post-Trump world, but he faces a conservative revolt on his own backbench. On the other side, Australia faces trade sanctions if it doesn’t implement serious emissions reduction targets. Today, Paul Bongiorno on the Coalition’s climate standoff.

Feb 11, 2021 • 17m 13s

Eddie McGuire’s gone but Australia’s racism problem isn’t

Eddie McGuire’s resignation as the President of Collingwood is the culmination of a decades-long story of racism at the club. But the story isn’t just about Collingwood, the AFL or even sport. Today, Daniel James on how racism in sport can’t be divorced from racism across our society.

Feb 10, 2021 • 16m 28s

The Liberal MP who wants to empty your super

The Coalition’s surprise win at the last federal election is largely attributed to a relentless campaign targeting Labor’s key economic policies, led by Liberal MP Tim Wilson. Now Wilson has launched a new campaign to reshape the four trillion dollar superannuation industry. Today, Rick Morton on the Liberal vision for our retirement savings, and how it would impact all of us.

Feb 9, 2021 • 16m 05s

Inside Australia’s military fetish

While Australians grapple with shocking allegations of war crimes levelled against our armed forces, the federal government is moving ahead with a $500 million redevelopment of the Australian War Memorial. Today, Mark McKenna, on what our preoccupation with war tells us about who we are.

Feb 8, 2021 • 17m 27s

The world's newest dictatorship

Myanmar’s democratically elected leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, was arrested last week as part of a military coup. The country is now back under complete army control. Today, Jonathan Pearlman on what led to the coup, and what happens next in Myanmar.

Feb 5, 2021 • 15m 48s

The miseducation of Craig Kelly

Scott Morrison’s attempt to restart the political year was blown off course after one of his backbenchers was criticised for promoting misinformation about Covid-19. Today, Paul Bongiorno on the problems rogue Liberal MPs are making for the Prime Minister, and why it took him so long to rein them in.

Feb 4, 2021 • 15m 51s

China is warning against a new Cold War. Will Australia listen?

Diplomatic and trade tensions between Australia and China are at an all time high, and China’s president has even warned against the risk of a new cold war. Today, Rick Morton on where Scott Morrison is getting his advice from when it comes to our relationship with China, and whether his strategy will work.

Feb 3, 2021 • 18m 47s

Is GameStop a win for the good guys?

Financial analysts and investors are scrambling to understand what is actually going on with GameStop, Reddit and the sharemarket. But in this battle between the internet and Wall Street, who are the good guys? Today, Ariel Bogle on what happened to GameStop, and what it could tell us about the future of our economy.

Feb 2, 2021 • 16m 27s

The world is embracing climate action. Why isn't Australia?

All over the world governments are abandoning fossil fuels like coal and gas, and embracing renewable energy, leaving Australia isolated and economically vulnerable. Today, Mike Seccombe on the new climate policies sweeping the globe and how Australia is already being left behind.

Feb 1, 2021 • 18m 37s

The sailors stranded at sea because of Australia's trade war

Right now dozens of ships carrying Australian coal are stranded in Chinese ports. More than 1,000 sailors have been trapped on board for months now because of one reason: Australia’s escalating trade war with China. Today, Anna Krien on the men trapped at sea and the question of who is responsible for them.

Jan 29, 2021 • 17m 06s

Has Labor already given up the next election?

Labor’s Anthony Albanese has been facing growing criticism of his political strategy and there’s renewed speculation over his leadership. With 2021 shaping up as an election year, what is Albanese’s plan? Today, Rachel Withers on how Labor is placed to take on Scott Morrison.

Jan 28, 2021 • 17m 02s

The Australian Open has divided the country. But could it save sport?

While thousands of Australians are still stranded overseas, 1,200 tennis players, officials and support staff have flown into Melbourne to take part in the Australian Open. Today, Ben Rothenberg on the debate over the decision to go ahead with the tournament, and what it could mean for the future of global sports.

Jan 27, 2021 • 17m 01s

When are we getting the vaccine?

Last year Scott Morrison announced Australians would be first in line for the Covid-19 vaccine. But with 50 million people now vaccinated around the world, the rollout here is yet to begin. Today, Rick Morton on when Australians can expect to be vaccinated, and if it’s happening fast enough.

Jan 26, 2021 • 17m 01s

Invasion Day: Why white Australia won’t reckon with its past

On Invasion Day, Wirlomin Noongar author Claire G. Coleman discusses how tokenistic gestures from our federal government have replaced the real change demanded by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Jan 25, 2021 • 17m 12s

How Trump changed Australian politics forever

As Joe Biden takes the reins in the US, the legacy of Donald Trump continues to cast a shadow across the world. Today, Richard Cooke on how the ideas and policies that came to define Trump have found a welcome home in Australia.

Jan 23, 2021 • 14m 41s

Highlight: ‘In my new home, I am loved.’

After five years on Manus Island, Imran Mohammad was resettled in Chicago. But the coronavirus shutdown has brought back memories of detention and isolation.

Jan 19, 2021 • 20m 38s

Climate change will kill you, part three: sickness

From thunderstorm asthma to the increasing prevalence of infectious disease, a warming planet is already making us more sick. In the final part of this series, we investigate how climate change puts us more at risk of disease. Today, Climate change will kill you, part three: sickness.

Jan 16, 2021 • 17m 50s

Highlight: How 4 million books were sold on fabrications

Australian author Heather Morris has made millions selling books about the Holocaust, but the people in them are unrecognisable to their families.

Jan 12, 2021 • 19m 01s

Climate change will kill you, part two: flood

In 2011 the Queensland town of Grantham was inundated with rain, causing flash flooding. It had a devastating impact on the town’s residents. But events like this are predicted to become more common, as the planet warms leading to more extreme weather events. Today, Climate change will kill you, part two: flood.

Jan 9, 2021 • 15m 44s

Highlight: The school fighting to save its language

For decades, students in Footscray in Melbourne’s West, have been taught in Vietnamese alongside English. But now, the program is under threat. Today, André Dao on why we value some languages more than others, and what it says about where Australia sees its place in the world.

Jan 5, 2021 • 19m 52s

Climate change will kill you, part one: heat

In this new series, journalist Paddy Manning investigates the link between climate change and human health, and tells the stories of those who have become some of the first casualties of the climate crisis. Today’s episode is part one: heat.

Dec 18, 2020 • 15m 11s

The year that was (plus, Buon Natale from Paul Bongiorno)

Scott Morrison started the year bruised by his response to the bushfire crisis. But the pandemic has seen a big bounce in his approval ratings. With an election predicted for next year, will it be enough to secure another term? Today, Paul Bongiorno on how federal politics played out in 2020, and what’s coming next.

Dec 18, 2020 • 48m12s

The Saturday Quiz: Zoë Coombs Marr, Kate Jinx, Sarah Snook and Dave Lawson

Four times as many questions plus two times as many guests equals more laughs than it’s possible to quantify. In this final episode of The Saturday Quiz, two teams of returning guests - Zoë Coombs Marr and Kate Jinx, and Sarah Snook and Dave Lawson - go up against each other in the ultimate battle of general knowledge. How does Dave’s expert category of “colours” fare against Zoë’s encyclopedic mastery of Xena: Warrior Princess? And what is better quiz preparation: Staying up late on a Sunday night in a different time zone, like Sarah? Or singing Christmas carols in the car on a long drive, like Kate?

Dec 17, 2020 • 16m 19s

Dutton’s new plan to spy on Australians

The federal government has proposed new laws that would give federal police the power to spy on Australian citizens. But the decision contradicts the government’s own review into national intelligence. Today, Karen Middleton on the controversial expansion of national security laws.

Dec 16, 2020 • 16m 57s

Australia's responsibility for the Christchurch massacre

The Royal Commission report into the Christchurch terrorist attacks led to an apology from the New Zealand government. But in Australia, there’s been an unwillingness to grapple with how the shooter was steeped in a culture of far-right extremism. Today, Shakira Hussein on Australia’s responsibility for the Christchurch massacre.

Dec 15, 2020 • 18m 23s

The Liberal minister forcing action on climate

The Liberal party has historically been handbrake on serious climate action, but in NSW one minister is pushing through ambitious environmental policy. Today, Mike Seccombe talks to Matt Kean, the Liberal minister forcing action on climate change.

Dec 14, 2020 • 15m 20s

John Hewson on what’s wrong with politics

Scandal after scandal has battered the authority of the government and diminished the trust the public has in our democratic institutions. Today, former leader of the federal Liberal Party John Hewson on how rorts, mates and marketing took over politics, and how we can take it back.

Dec 11, 2020 • 14m 16s

Morrison gears up for a summer brawl

Just as parliament was wrapping up for the year, the government introduced radical and controversial proposed changes to workers' rights. The new legislation looks set to dominate the political agenda in the new year. Today, Paul Bongiorno on how the political battlelines are being drawn.

Dec 11, 2020 • 22m06s

The Saturday Quiz: Nancye Hayes and Mitchell Butel

The two guests joining John on this season’s penultimate episode are show business royalty. Mitchell Butel is an actor, singer and the artistic director of the State Theatre Company of South Australia, and Nancye Hayes AM is currently starring in Mitchell’s production of the play Ripcord to socially-distanced packed houses. Nancye was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2014 for significant service to the performing arts, particularly musical theatre - and the Hayes theatre in Sydney is named in her honour. Together they go a long way towards answering every single question, including: Which American jazz singer was nicknamed ‘Lady Day’, what a katana is, and whether or not Dunedin is North or South of Hobart.

Dec 10, 2020 • 18m 06s

Locked up for being sick

The passage of the medevac legislation last year allowed sick refugees in offshore detention to travel to Australia. The legislation was bitterly opposed by the federal government. Now those refugees say they’re being punished as a result. Today, Karen Middleton on what happens when a government is forced to implement a law it opposed.

Dec 9, 2020 • 16m 38s

The plot to undermine the NDIS

After years of careful manoeuvring, the Coalition government is laying the groundwork to make radical changes to the National Disability Insurance Scheme. The revised system could make it harder for people to get the support they need. Today, Rick Morton on the Coalition’s bid to reshape the NDIS.

Dec 8, 2020 • 17m 29s

What’s really behind China’s break-up with Australia?

This year we’ve seen relations between Australia and China plummet. But the story of Australia’s increasing friction with China goes back much further than the recent fracas over a tweet. Today, Jonathan Pearlman on how serious the current situation is, and whether there’s a solution to the tension.

Dec 7, 2020 • 15m 28s

Laura Tingle on where Australia went wrong

New Zealand’s rapid response to Covid-19 and the political success of Jacinda Ardern has seen the world start to pay more attention to our neighbour’s political culture. Today, Laura Tingle on what Australia can learn from New Zealand.

Dec 5, 2020 • 27m30s

The Saturday Quiz: Amrita Hepi and Jason Phu

Artists Amrita Hepi and Jason Phu do extremely well at the quiz, even though the one question in Arita’s expert category nearly trips her up. We never find out what Jason’s expert category might be, but he does know what colour Mickey Mouse’s shoes are and which part of the body tinnitus affects. He also thinks Nicholas Nickelby sounds like the name of an annoying person.

Dec 4, 2020 • 16m 12s

Scott Morrison feeds the trolls

The growing diplomatic dispute between China and Australia took an ugly turn this week, after a Chinese government official posted an incendiary tweet. Today, Paul Bongiorno on the realities of dominant China, and whether Scott Morrison can navigate Australia through a period of growing tension.

Dec 3, 2020 • 15m 48s

The climate threat to Australia’s leaders

Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese are caught between a global shift towards more serious climate action and pro-coal members of their respective parties. Today, Karen Middleton on how Australia’s political leaders are grappling with climate policy.

Dec 2, 2020 • 16m 15s

Hostage diplomacy: Freeing Kylie Moore-Gilbert

In 2018 Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert was arrested and sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment in an Iranian jail. Last week, she was released in a prisoner swap involving four different countries. Today, Jonathan Pearlman on what her freedom means for the other foreign citizens still jailed in Iran.

Dec 1, 2020 • 13m 59s

What Scott Morrison can learn from Daniel Andrews

The pandemic has exposed big cracks in the way Australia’s economy and social services operate, particularly when it comes to insecure work and aged care. Today, Rick Morton on how the Victorian state government is trying to lead the national conversation on what needs to change.

Nov 30, 2020 • 19m 24s

Waleed Aly on what happens *after* cancel culture

From boycotting celebrities to calling out poor behaviour, cancel culture has become a controversial phenomenon in the age of social media. But the ideas behind it have been around for a long time. Today, Waleed Aly on the origins of cancel culture and what’s really driving it.

Nov 28, 2020 • 28m41s

The Saturday Quiz: Agatha Gothe-Snape and Alison Bell

Try as they might, old friends Agatha Gothe-Snape and Alison Bell just can’t seem to find the answers to the questions in this week’s quiz. But there’s plenty of laughter along the way as the artist and actor struggle to name Australia’s deputy opposition leader, the solar system’s hottest planet, and the No.1-ranked golfer in the world.

Nov 27, 2020 • 14m 54s

How to lose a trade ally in 14 ways

Australia’s relationship with China is at its lowest point in decades. Trade boycotts are impacting local businesses, and now the Chinese government has issued a fourteen point list of grievances it has with Australia. Today, Paul Bongiorno on the challenges Scott Morrison faces trying to navigate a tense moment in global politics.

Nov 26, 2020 • 17m 01s

The laws letting miners destroy sacred sites

Rio Tinto’s destruction of the Juukan Gorge caves sparked a global backlash, and now a parliamentary inquiry is exploring what needs to change. Today, Mike Seccombe on how the system locks out traditional owners, and the cross-party alliance of federal politicians pushing for reform.

Nov 25, 2020 • 16m 16s

How the government makes your mental health worse

A landmark report has quantified the economic and social cost of Australia’s mental health crisis. Today, Rick Morton on how the government’s social policies are causing harm to our most vulnerable communities.

Nov 24, 2020 • 15m 05s

Enemy of the state

West Papuan separatists have been fighting for independence from Indonesia for decades. Now independence activists have been targeted by the Indonesian government for posting on social media. Today on 7am, Zach Szumer on the woman who fought back, and became an enemy of the state.

Nov 23, 2020 • 17m 44s

Who is responsible for Australia’s war crimes?

Detailed accusations that Australian soldiers in Afghanistan committed war crimes have drawn widespread condemnation from around the world. But who is ultimately responsible? Today, Karen Middleton on the disturbing and shocking allegations involving Australia’s most elite military unit, and our collective shame.

Nov 21, 2020 • 25m43s

The Saturday Quiz: Wesley Enoch and David McAllister

The outgoing artistic directors of Sydney Festival and the Australian Ballet, Wesley Enoch and David McAllister, combine forces to battle against their impending irrelevance, by doing extremely well at the quiz. Whether it’s questions about WWII tanks or Greek mythology, these two pass with flying colours. They even ace the sports question. But like everyone else, they come undone with geography.

Nov 20, 2020 • 13m 47s

The truth about robodebt and political responsibility

The federal government has settled the largest class action in Australian history, over the unlawful robodebt program. Today, Paul Bongiorno on who was responsible and whether anyone in the government will be held accountable for this policy.

Nov 19, 2020 • 17m 27s

Why is Australia deporting this man?

Mojtaba is 29 years old. He’s lived in Australia for nearly a decade, but last year he was placed into detention. Since then he hasn’t been able to see his wife and young son. Today, journalist Abdul Hekmat on how Mojtaba’s life has been shaped by Australia’s immigration policies, and the way our system continues to punish the most vulnerable.

Nov 18, 2020 • 15m 40s

Here come the vaccines

A huge, global effort to try and find a vaccine for coronavirus is showing growing signs of success. A number of possible candidates are moving into final stages of testing, and some are even hitting production lines. Today, Rick Morton on when Australians might see a coronavirus vaccine.

Nov 17, 2020 • 14m 46s

Sacked after speaking up

Recent scandals and allegations of workplace bullying have put the spotlight on the treatment of women in Parliament. Today, Karen Middleton on the unique power dynamic between politicians and the people who work for them.

Nov 16, 2020 • 15m 28s

Rudd, Turnbull and the Murdoch cancer

Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp is under assault, with two former Prime Ministers, from opposite sides of politics, uniting in their criticism of the media company. Today, Mike Seccombe on whether the world’s biggest media empire might actually be under threat.

Nov 14, 2020 • 25m37s

The Saturday Quiz: Nakkiah Lui and Gabe Dowrick

In this episode, writer, actor, activist, and recently one of Who magazine’s sexiest people of 2020, Nakkiah Lui and her tv editor husband, Gabe Dowrick, tell us how many teeth an adult human should have, figure out which European nation owns the Dodecanese islands, and discuss the number of presidents of the United States who have died in office.

Nov 13, 2020 • 14m 48s

How Biden is changing Australian climate policy

Joe Biden’s victory in the United States has already had ramifications for Australian politics, particularly on the issue of climate change. Today, Paul Bongiorno on the political shockwaves rolling across the Pacific.

Nov 12, 2020 • 14m 39s

Yanis Varoufakis on making billionaires richer

The world is struggling to contain the fallout of the coronavirus, but has the pandemic exposed something more fundamentally broken about our economic system? Today, Yanis Varoufakis on where things went wrong, and how to envisage a fairer world.

Nov 11, 2020 • 17m 56s

Who is Joe Biden?

After one of the most tumultuous periods in recent US history, voters have chosen Joe Biden to try and reunite a divided country. Today, Jonathan Pearlman on Joe Biden’s life, his upcoming presidency, and what it means for important issues like climate change.

Nov 10, 2020 • 15m 14s

When police charge the victim

A new report collating the experiences of hundreds of frontline workers has revealed how criminal and judicial systems are failing victims of family violence. Today, Rick Morton on how we’re still letting down survivors, and what needs to change. This episode contains descriptions of family violence.

Nov 9, 2020 • 14m 53s

How Australia will live with the virus

Australia has managed to effectively suppress Covid-19, but with more international arrivals experts predict that outbreaks will continue. Today, Amy Coopes on the measures that will keep Australia safe from here on.

Nov 7, 2020 • 24m49s

The Saturday Quiz: Emily Barclay and Tom Ward

Emily Barclay and Tom Ward like going to amusement parks. But Emily is too scared to go on any of the roller-coasters, so Tom has to do so on her behalf. Their approach to the quiz is much the same. Tom goes hurtling towards answers he clearly doesn’t know, while Emily chimes in from a safe distance. The daffodil is the national flower of which British country? What nationality was Hans Christian Andersen? And in what year were white Australian women given the right to vote?

Nov 6, 2020 • 15m 47s

Trump’s last stand

Protests have broken out across the US in response to Donald Trump’s attempts to cling to power. But as counting continues in key states, Joe Biden’s position is becoming stronger. Today, Oscar Schwartz on what a potential Biden presidency could look like, and whether Trump will succeed in hijacking the result.

Nov 4, 2020 • 17m 17s

Election 2020: Trumpism is here to stay

The outcome of the US Presidential election still remains in doubt, with Donald Trump holding on to key states that delivered him victory in 2016. Today, Oscar Schwartz on what drove voters to each candidate, and what the results mean for a nation already exhausted by division.

Nov 4, 2020 • 17m 04s

Trump 2020: How to steal an election

As voters in the US head to the polls, President Trump has warned that a close or uncertain result could spark chaos. Today, Rick Morton, on the fight against voter suppression, and why, no matter who wins, the US is facing a fractured future.

Nov 3, 2020 • 17m 03s

Can Anthony Albanese beat Scott Morrison?

After losing last year’s election the Labor party turned to Anthony Albanese to rebuild. But what does he actually stand for? Today, Richard Cooke on how Albanese compares to leaders like Jacinda Ardern, and whether he can find his party a path out of the wilderness.

Nov 2, 2020 • 15m 27s

Australia’s new convict age

In recent years Australia has seen an acceleration in law and order style electioneering, and it’s led to a record high incarceration rate. Today, Mike Seccombe, on who gets jailed in Australia and what needs to change.

Oct 31, 2020 • 24m58s

The Saturday Quiz: Brendan Cowell and Damon Herriman

Besides complaining about how much harder their questions are compared to previous episodes, Australian actors Damon Herriman and Brendan Cowell do manage to get some clean answers away. But they don’t know what’s made in the Dutch city of Delft, nor what branch of zoology ornithology deals with, nor the novelist who wrote ‘Fahrenheit 451’. They can tell you all about luge in Queenstown, New Zealand, though.

Oct 30, 2020 • 15m 32s

Not by the Hehir of my political sin

Pressure has started to mount on the federal government following a string of scandals involving senior public officials. Today, Paul Bongiorno on the government’s attempts to use Covid-19 to deflect criticism.

Oct 29, 2020 • 12m50s

Cutting down the Djab Wurrung trees

This week, the Victorian government began cutting down sacred Djab Wurrung trees to make way for a highway expansion between Melbourne and Adelaide. Today, Djab Wurrung woman and Greens senator Lidia Thorpe on the fight to save her peoples’ heritage.

Oct 28, 2020 • 15m 00s

What went wrong at Australia Post?

As an investigation into Australia Post’s leadership gets underway, a deeper crisis at the organisation is threatening to jeopardise the way it operates. Today, Rick Morton on what went wrong at Australia Post.

Oct 27, 2020 • 16m 20s

The teenagers taking on Adani

The controversial Adani coalmine in Queensland has already been approved by both state and federal governments, but a new legal challenge by two teenagers could be one last roll of the dice to stop it from going ahead.

Oct 26, 2020 • 17m 11s

Australia’s diplomatic blind spot

Australia’s relationship with Indonesia has a significant impact on our culture, economy and national security. But despite our proximity, it’s often been a relationship defined by tension as well as indifference. Today, Karen Middleton on Australia’s regional blind spot, and why it’s time we started engaging more closely with South-East Asia.

Oct 24, 2020 • 23m23s

The Saturday Quiz: Meg Mason and Trent Dalton

Authors Meg Mason and Trent Dalton have both just released their second novels, but apparently neither of them are very big readers. So they don’t know who wrote the 1990s novel The Reader, but they can tell you who won the Academy Award for Best Actress in the film adaptation. And like a lot of authors, they know a great deal about formula one racing. Also Meg shows off with her truly impressive recall of all 17 books of the Old Testament.

Oct 23, 2020 • 13m 00s

Scott Morrison’s Labor obsession

As political battles over the government’s stimulus measures and proposed industrial relations reforms loom, Scott Morrison has been taking aim at the federal opposition. Today, Paul Bongiorno on how the prime minister is drawing influence from his political predecessors.

Oct 22, 2020 • 14m 13s

Short back and emotional asides

After enduring one of the world’s longest lockdowns, Melbourne is slowly reopening and hairdressers are some of the first businesses allowed to welcome customers back. Today, Rick Morton on the return of hairdressers, and the intimate role they play in our lives.

Oct 21, 2020 • 14m 00s

Dutton’s new war on refugees

In recent weeks refugees and asylum seekers living in Australia have received letters from the federal government stripping them of financial support and threatening them with deportation. Today, Rick Morton on the newest frontline in the government’s war on refugees.

Oct 20, 2020 • 17m 33s

Public office with (alleged) benefits

A week after her secret relationship with a politician being investigated over corruption was first revealed, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian is still facing questions over what she knew. Today, Mike Seccombe on what the premier’s connection to a disgraced MP means for her political future.

Oct 19, 2020 • 17m 16s

The new path out of lockdown

After more than 100 days of strict lockdown, Victorians finally have a new path out of restrictions. It signals a more gradual easing than the government originally hoped. Today, Osman Faruqi on the story behind the slower path out of lockdown and where the risk now lies.

Oct 17, 2020 • 24m07s

The Saturday Quiz: Harriet Dyer and Patrick Brammall

All the way from their home in Los Angeles, actors Harriet Dyer and Patrick Brammall provide more information than is entirely necessary as they stumble across the answers to this week’s quiz. We get an insight into safe work practices on film sets in the time of Covid-19, and a special bonus question about Cats.

Oct 16, 2020 • 14m 33s

Mr. Morrison goes to Queensland

With the Queensland state election looming, the Prime Minister has hit the campaign trail. But just as he arrived it was revealed that the LNP Opposition leader had been referred to the election watchdog for alleged impropriety. Today, Paul Bongiorno on the growing political scandals around the country.

Oct 15, 2020 • 14m 47s

Australia’s medicine shortage

A reliance on imports has left Australia with dwindling supplies of some essential medicines and now experts are warning that manufacturing capabilities at home need to be boosted. Today, Margaret Simons on Australia’s pharmaceutical vulnerability.

Oct 14, 2020 • 17m 04s

James Packer shows his hand

Over the past few weeks an inquiry into Crown Resorts, Australia’s largest gambling company, has laid bare a culture of risk taking and threats. It’s also embroiled one of the company’s biggest shareholders. Today, Mike Seccombe on James Packer’s extraordinary evidence, and what’s at stake for Crown.

Oct 13, 2020 • 16m 36s

The people the government left behind

Experts have accused the government of failing to properly fund the aged care sector in this year’s federal budget. Advocacy groups are also concerned about the lack of support for young people, women, the unemployed and migrants. Today, Rick Morton on the groups left behind by the Morrison government’s recovery plan.

Oct 12, 2020 • 16m 19s

The school fighting to save its language

For decades, students in Footscray in Melbourne’s West, have been taught in Vietnamese alongside English. But now, the program is under threat. Today, André Dao on why we value some languages more than others, and what it says about where Australia sees its place in the world.

Oct 10, 2020 • 24m21s

The Saturday Quiz: Shari Sebbens and Gemma Bird Matheson

Actors Shari Sebbens and Gemma Bird Matheson take on the quiz this week. Gemma can tell you how many minutes there are in half a day, and Shari knows the name of Tara June Winch’s 2020 Miles Franklin award-winning novel. But neither of them have any idea where the inventor of the Rubik's Cube was born.

Oct 9, 2020 • 15m 12s

Albanese draws the political battlelines

In his budget reply speech last night Opposition leader Anthony Albanese outlined his response to the economic crisis and criticised the federal government for spending in the wrong places. Today, Paul Bongiorno on how the political battlelines between the major parties are being drawn.

Oct 8, 2020 • 16m 13s

After the virus: Lidia Thorpe wants to change the system

Lidia Thorpe entered the Senate this week, becoming the first Aboriginal Senator representing Victoria. Today, she talks to Ruby Jones about rebuilding after the pandemic, and what we can learn from the communities that she represents.

Oct 7, 2020 • 14m 55s

Budget 2020: Getting on with the jobs

Josh Frydenberg’s second budget is a world away from the surplus he was predicting last year. Now, in the middle of a pandemic, debt is on track to hit $1 trillion and the Treasurer is talking up a jobs-led recovery.

Oct 6, 2020 • 15m 42s

Jacqui Lambie fires up

The future of Australia’s universities hangs in the balance, with radical reforms to funding and student fees due to be voted this week. The government has been negotiating furiously behind closed doors to pass its legislation through the Senate. Today, Rick Morton, on the surprising stance taken by Senator Jacqui Lambie.

Oct 5, 2020 • 16m 53s

Helen Garner’s lockdown diaries

Helen Garner is one of Australia’s most celebrated authors, and today on 7am she talks to host Ruby Jones about the diary she kept during lockdown in Melbourne and what she experienced during her months of isolation.

Oct 3, 2020 • 22m12s

The Saturday Quiz: Ali McGregor and Claire Hooper

In a truly collaborative effort, host of online cabaret “Choose Your Own Variety” Ali McGregor and comedian Claire Hooper are let down only by the self-confessed sports-shaped hole in their knowledge. Still, they know the chemical formula of table salt, they work out the cube root of 729, and via a circuitous route, through pop culture, they arrive at which vaccine was invented by Jonas Salk.

Oct 2, 2020 • 14m 02s

“The most important budget since World War II”

As the Treasurer prepares the upcoming federal budget he’s facing pressure to spend big and keep the economy afloat. But can a government historically preoccupied with cutting spending invest more in economic stimulus? Today, Paul Bongiorno on the challenge facing Josh Frydenberg, and the country.

Oct 1, 2020 • 17m 09s

The journalists siding with the virus

Throughout the pandemic, there’s been a vocal group of journalists who are adamant the risk of Covid-19 is being overblown. But what drives this kind of thinking, and is it changing anyone’s mind? Today, Richard Cooke on the Covid contrarians, and what they tell us about the state of the Australian media landscape.

Sep 30, 2020 • 17m 30s

The NSW Koala War

When the NSW National Party threatened to break up the state’s Coalition over the issue of koalas many were mystified. But behind the political fireworks lies a story about a party being squeezed from both the right and the left. Today, Mike Seccombe on the Nationals fight for survival.

Sep 29, 2020 • 15m 41s

Welcome to the dumb country

Australia’s universities have been hit hard by the pandemic, with thousands of job losses. Now the federal government wants to change the way the sector is funded, and how much students will pay. Today, Rick Morton on the crisis facing our universities, and why we’re on the brink of destroying our national research capacity.

Sep 28, 2020 • 15m 39s

The new virus hotels

Victoria’s second wave has been attributed to an outbreak of Covid-19 amongst private contractors working in hotel quarantine, and now government documents reveal more contractors at quarantine hotels have tested positive for the virus. Today, Osman Faruqi on Melbourne’s ‘hot hotels’ and the risks they might still pose.

Sep 26, 2020 • 19m03s

The Saturday Quiz: Anne-Louise Sarks and Sean Kelly

How did James Dean die? What are the horn-like structures on a giraffe’s head? And who won this year’s men’s and women’s US Open tennis singles titles? Theatre maker Anne-Louise Sarks and political commentator Sean Kelly join host John Leary to get the answers to these questions and more.

Sep 25, 2020 • 15m 05s

Escape from Tony Abbott

Scott Morrison has spent the week untangling himself from Tony Abbott’s policies, on both climate change and the NBN. Today, Paul Bongiorno on new roadmaps and old problems.

Sep 24, 2020 • 14m 37s

Kids' radio: live from lockdown

Staff and students at Brunswick North West Primary school have endured one of the longest school shutdowns in the world, and they’ve created their own community radio station to help through it. Today, Ruby Jones talks to the students and the teacher behind BNWPS radio.

Sep 23, 2020 • 18m 21s

The truth about hospital transmission

Confidential documents leaked to The Saturday Paper show that hospitals remain a key area of coronavirus transmission, while doctors and nurses in Melbourne complain that they’re still not getting access to proper protective equipment. Today, Osman Faruqi on how healthcare worker infections are contributing to the length of Victoria’s second wave.

Sep 22, 2020 • 17m 47s

The grey pyramid scheme (part two)

A Royal Commission has heard hundreds of aged care centres are facing financial collapse, as the crisis in the sector takes its toll. In the second half of this special two part series, Rick Morton investigates what happened to the aged care sector under the leadership of Tony Abbott and Scott Morrison.

Sep 21, 2020 • 17m 38s

The grey pyramid scheme (part one)

For decades, we’ve been warned about a crisis in Australia’s aged care sector, and the coronavirus pandemic has exposed its failures. In the first half of a special two part series Rick Morton traces the problems in aged care to Howard-era reforms, demanded by private, for-profit providers.

Sep 20, 2020 • 24m07s

The Saturday Quiz: Belinda Bromilow and Tony McNamara

John Leary is joined by husband-and-wife team Belinda Bromilow and Tony McNamara in this episode of The Saturday Quiz. In between answering questions, they find time to share an anecdote about the Queen, reminisce about 1980s and ’90s TV commercials, and insult the host on his French pronunciation.

Sep 18, 2020 • 15m 19s

The cliff and the climate

The federal Opposition is seeking to capitalise on the current economic downturn by arguing that the government’s policies are making things worse. Meanwhile, the prime minister is pinning his hopes on a gas-led recovery. Today, Paul Bongiorno on how Labor fired up, and the political battle over energy policy.

Sep 17, 2020 • 14m 37s

The calm before the recession

Australia’s economy has taken its biggest hit since the Great Depression, but so far government stimulus measures have cushioned most people and businesses from the worst impacts. Those stimulus measures are about to dry up. Today, the upcoming danger zone for Australia’s economy, and how we can avoid it.

Sep 16, 2020 • 15m 27s

Rupert Murdoch's next move

Australia has one of the most concentrated media markets in the world, and that concentration could worsen as Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp launches a new service. Today, Mike Seccombe, on how the Australian Associated Press was nearly shut down, and now faces the prospect of being starved out.

Sep 15, 2020 • 14m 33s

The politics of a coronavirus vaccine

A coronavirus vaccine is the best chance the world has of returning to some kind of normal, but the stalling of one of the most viable candidates last week was a reminder that nothing is guaranteed. Today, Karen Middleton on the Australian government’s plans and the likelihood of a vaccine in 2021.

Sep 14, 2020 • 17m 44s

Exclusive: Brett Sutton's leaked call

A leaked briefing from Victoria’s chief health officer has contradicted public statements on contact tracing, and highlighted flaws with the privatised response to coronavirus in the state. Today, Osman Faruqi details the extraordinary call, and what it means for Victoria’s roadmap out of the pandemic.

Sep 13, 2020 • 22m56s

The Saturday Quiz: Miranda Tapsell and James Colley

John Leary is joined by actor and writer Miranda Tapsell and writer and comedian James Colley in this episode of The Saturday Quiz. There’s film quotes, fast bowlers and young adult fiction.

Sep 11, 2020 • 15m 04s

Scott Morrison’s shattered cabinet

Scott Morrison is waging a war on two fronts this week. He’s locked in a battle with state governments to reopen borders, and he’s increasingly blaming the Victorian government for the severity of the state’s second wave. Today, Paul Bongiorno on the growing political divide across the country.

Sep 10, 2020 • 14m 44s

How to collect coronavirus

Cultural institutions in Australia have begun to collect evidence of how coronavirus is changing the country in real time, as part of a movement to collect ‘social histories’. But how difficult is the task, especially when there’s no national vision for collecting culture in our country.

Sep 9, 2020 • 15m 50s

Death tax for booty

Inheritance taxes are a feature of most advanced economies, including the UK and the US. But in Australia they haven’t been levied for 40 years, and their abolition has contributed to growing inequality in the country. Today, James Boyce on why now is the right time to restart the conversation on death taxes.

Sep 8, 2020 • 14m 48s

5 Reasons Facebook Is Ditching News (You Won't Believe Number 3)

After lobbying from the Murdoch press and Nine newspapers, the government is trying to force Google and Facebook to pay for journalism. The tech giants have responded by threatening to stop sharing news from Australian outlets. Today, Mike Seccombe on the battle that will shape the future of media in this country.

Sep 7, 2020 • 18m 07s

The doctors, the Scientologists, and the journalist

A federal court has been re-examining controversial psychiatric treatments used in a Sydney hospital in the 1960s. The treatments drew the attention of the Church of Scientology, and led to a Royal Commission. Today, Lane Sainty on what happened at Chelmsford, and the journalist caught in the middle 30 years on.

Sep 5, 2020 • 10m34s

Bonus: How we make 7am

To celebrate 300 episodes, we produced a special, behind-the-scenes feature on how we make 7am. We followed host Ruby Jones and senior reporter for The Saturday Paper Rick Morton as they put together an episode on the crisis in aged care.

Sep 4, 2020 • 15m 58s

Here comes the recession

The Treasurer Josh Frydenberg started this week by launching an extraordinary attack on Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, and ended it by presiding over the biggest fall in economic activity in decades. Today, Paul Bongiorno on Australia’s economic predicament and who’s really to blame.

Sep 3, 2020 • 16m 31s

How branch stacking helps conservatives

Serious allegations of branch stacking and factional warfare have engulfed both major parties in recent months, and the latest example even implicates senior federal ministers. Today, Mike Seccombe on why branch stacking has become more common, and how it’s influencing key policies.

Sep 2, 2020 • 16m 10s

Profiting off the unemployment boom

As Australia grapples with an unemployment crisis corporate job agencies are benefiting from a boom in government payments. Some are being accused of pressuring those looking for work. Today, Rick Morton on who is profiting from Australia’s unemployment industry.

Sep 1, 2020 • 15m 00s

Snapback: Scott Morrison's pandemic optimism

For months the prime minister has been projecting a return to normality, but what kind of Australia is waiting for us on the other side of the pandemic? Today, Sean Kelly on the type of society Scott Morrison envisions, and what might lie ahead.

Aug 31, 2020 • 17m 16s

After Christchurch: the calm before the storm

Last week the Christchurch terrorist was sentenced to life without parole, the first time the sentence has ever been handed down. But even though he’s behind bars, his atrocities continue to inspire far-right extremists around the world. Today, Osman Faruqi on the increased threat of violent white nationalism and what happens after Christchurch.

Note: This episode contains use of the attacker’s full name.

Aug 29, 2020 • 24m42s

The Saturday Quiz: Celia Pacquola and Luke McGregor

In this episode of The Saturday Quiz, host John Leary is joined by the creators and stars of Rosehaven, Celia Pacquola and Luke McGregor. They attempt to answer questions ranging from presidents of African nations to how many children Rupert Murdoch has.

Aug 28, 2020 • 16m 31s

The minister for not caring

In a week where the minister for aged care was unable to answer questions about the crisis in his portfolio, and details emerged about a branch stacking scandal in his own party, the Prime Minister is finding himself under increasing pressure. Today, Paul Bongiorno on whether we should be expecting more from our politicians.

Aug 27, 2020 • 16m 30s

The phone call that caused the aged-care crisis

The ongoing crisis in aged care has become one of the defining elements of Australia’s second wave. There are currently over 1500 active cases linked to aged care in Victoria, and hundreds have died. Today, Rick Morton on the new details that explain what went so wrong, and what the government could have done to save lives.

Aug 26, 2020 • 17m 57s

Bob Brown and the end of the environment

As the federal government tries to hand power over environmental regulations to state governments, parallels have been drawn to the battles fought between activists and big business during the Howard years. Today, former Greens leader Bob Brown on how the legacy of John Howard’s environmental policies is shaping the current fight.

Aug 25, 2020 • 15m 12s

Why coronavirus could mean fewer nurses

As our hospitals face pressure from coronavirus outbreaks, we’re relying on nurses more than ever. But at the same time, the pandemic means many nursing students may not be able to graduate. Today, Santilla Chingaipe on the looming shortfall in our health workforce.

Aug 24, 2020 • 16m 31s

Spying in the age of coronavirus

The coronavirus is ushering in a new era of international relations, and intelligence agencies and spycraft are a key part of that change. Today, former intelligence officer Andrew Davies on the world of spies during and after the pandemic.

Aug 22, 2020 • 20m48s

The Saturday Quiz: Briggs and Tim Minchin

Rapper Briggs and musician Tim Minchin answer the ten questions from The Saturday Paper’s quiz, and spend an unusually long time talking about Winter Olympic gold medallist Steven Bradbury, considering there isn’t even a question about him.

Aug 21, 2020 • 13m 59s

Look over there! A vaccine!

As a number of inquiries interrogate how prepared state and federal governments were for the coronavirus pandemic, the Prime Minister has evaded criticism by changing the topic to a potential coronavirus vaccine. Today, Paul Bongiorno on Scott Morrison’s attempt at distraction.

Aug 20, 2020 • 14m 27s

Another death in detention

The Australian government is currently holding over fifteen hundred people in immigration detention centres across the country, and many have been detained for years. Today, Karen Middleton on the fate of one those detainees, and the secrecy surrounding our immigration detention.

Aug 19, 2020 • 15m 54s

Inside the Ruby Princess: What went wrong

An inquiry examining the Ruby Princess saga has delivered its findings, six months after the ship docked. The cruise ship remains Australia’s largest coronavirus cluster. Today, Malcolm Knox, on who was responsible and what the inquiry found.

Aug 18, 2020 • 16m 26s

Inside the race for a coronavirus vaccine

The federal government has announced that Australia is in “advanced discussions” with a number of companies over acquiring a potential coronavirus vaccine. But how close are scientists to actually making one, and does it matter who gets there first? Today, Rick Morton on the global race for a vaccine.

Aug 17, 2020 • 16m 16s

Australia’s love of cops

This is a story about Australia’s psyche and the way our connection to policing makes us unique. During this pandemic, police have been handed unprecedented new powers, in stark contrast to the response elsewhere in the world. Today, Osman Faruqi on the nexus between police, politicians and the media.

Aug 15, 2020 • 21m03s

The Saturday Quiz: Zoë Coombs Marr and Kate Jinx

Comedian Zoë Coombs Marr and programmer for the Melbourne International Film Festival Kate Jinx work their way through The Saturday Quiz.

Aug 14, 2020 • 17m 05s

Scott Morrison, a man of inaction?

At the beginning of the pandemic Prime Minister Scott Morrison was keen to project himself as a unifying leader. But as the crisis has stretched on he’s adopted a much more reserved approach. Today, Paul Bongiorno on Morrison’s strategy of inaction and if it will work.

Aug 13, 2020 • 14m 38s

Supercharging the generational wealth gap

The federal government’s decision to give workers access to their superannuation accounts risks dramatically increasing Australia’s generational wealth gap. Today, Mike Seccombe on how the government is reshaping the fundamental purpose of superannuation.

Aug 12, 2020 • 16m 11s

Anatomy of a state of disaster

Ten days ago, Melbourne entered the strictest shutdown the country has seen so far. Today, senior reporter for The Saturday Paper Rick Morton on the extraordinary powers a state of disaster bestows on the government, and how we got here.

Aug 11, 2020 • 15m 14s

The young Australians suing for climate action

Two Australians have launched court cases in an attempt to radically overhaul the way our government and big corporations are responding to climate change. Today, lawyer Kieran Pender on the story of climate litigation in Australia and what’s at stake.

Aug 10, 2020 • 16m 01s

“I am always going to be an ex-prisoner.”

As calls for police reform and prison abolition grow across the world, a new campaign in Australia led by formerly incarcerated women is seeking to combat the stigma of criminalisation. Today, Tabitha Lean, one of the organisers of that campaign, on life after prison.

Aug 9, 2020 • 18m49s

The Saturday Quiz: Sarah Snook and Dave Lawson

Recent Emmy nominee Sarah Snook and the guy from the 7-Eleven ads, Dave Lawson, take on The Saturday Paper’s quiz. What’s the best use for a Logie? What’s your middle name? And if you just repeat the question back to the quizmaster, will they answer it for you?

Aug 7, 2020 • 14m 43s

Morrison’s coronavirus backdowns

While most of the focus has been on Victoria, behind the scenes the federal government has been sending mixed-messages on economic policy and state border closures. Today, Paul Bongiorno on whether Scott Morrison is accurately reading the mood of the electorate during this phase of the crisis.

Aug 6, 2020 • 16m 02s

What happens if you survive coronavirus

Today, we look at the people who call themselves coronavirus ‘long-haulers’ and the emerging research into their long lasting symptoms.

Aug 5, 2020 • 14m 35s

Reaganomics is back, baby

As Treasurer Josh Frydenburg praises Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan’s economic policies, a controversial recovery plan is gaining traction. In today’s episode, Mike Seccombe discusses whether Australia can spend its way out of the crisis.

Aug 4, 2020 • 16m 33s

The Covid crisis in aged care

Aged care has been one of the hardest hit sectors during this phase of the Covid pandemic, with residents and their carers making up a large proportion of those catching the virus. Today, Rick Morton on the crisis in our aged care facilities, and why we should have seen it coming.

Aug 3, 2020 • 15m 40s

How Morrison is using coronavirus to destroy his critics

What drives Scott Morrison? And what can we learn about his ideology from the way he’s governing during this moment? Today, Richard Cooke on how the Prime Minister is using the pandemic to fulfil his political objectives.

Aug 1, 2020 • 24m 15s

The Saturday Quiz: Kate McLennan and Kate McCartney

Kate McLennan and Kate McCartney from Get Krack!n solve The Saturday Paper’s quiz. Who would invite Hitler to open the Olympics? Does the existence of a Henry VIII suggest a Henry VII? What do you learn at private school?

Jul 31, 2020 • 13m 07s

Pandemic politics: Morrison vs. Andrews

Throughout the Covid pandemic traditional political hostilities have been dialled back, and governments have tried to project a sense of national unity. But that’s starting to fray. Today, Paul Bongiorno on the growing political stoush over the crisis in Victoria’s aged care system.

Jul 30, 2020 • 14m 20s

Coronavirus and the rise of "zombie charities"

With volunteers staying at home due to Covid and donations drying up, there are serious concerns about the viability of Australia’s charity sector. Today, Mike Seccombe on the challenges charities are facing, and what we might lose if they collapse.

Jul 29, 2020 • 13m 51s

Who is Neville Power, the man leading Australia's coronavirus recovery?

The Prime Minister has revamped the National Covid Coordination Commission, the body he tasked with leading Australia’s pandemic recovery. But what do we really know about Neville Power, the man in charge? Today, Margaret Simons on Power’s background, and what the Commission is actually doing.

Jul 28, 2020 • 17m 27s

Penny Wong on what happens after coronavirus

Penny Wong warns that coronavirus could unravel the rules-based system on which the modern world is founded. The shadow foreign minister says we must guard against trends towards nationalism and xenophobia.

Jul 27, 2020 • 14m 56s

Face masks – the million dollar question

Ten key questions on the science of face masks, as experts hunt for consensus.

Jul 24, 2020 • 15m 35s

The broke and the brittle

As the government reveals the extent of the budget deficit, Scott Morrison has become increasingly short in answering questions.

Jul 23, 2020 • 13m 34s

Scott Morrison and the invisible woman

The decision to pull subsidies from childcare has caused alarm in the sector - especially because it is the only industry where this has happened.

Jul 22, 2020 • 17m 59s

A night at the opera: How Whitlam and Kerr fell out

After a 10-year legal battle, the “palace letters” were finally released last week. They show exactly how Gough Whitlam’s relationship with the governor-general broke down.

Jul 21, 2020 • 14m 58s

The moment Australia almost beat coronavirus

In the middle of last month, Australia had its last chance to contain the coronavirus pandemic. One strain of the virus was all but defeated, but then a second broke out.

Jul 20, 2020 • 15m 18s

Why we need to “feel” climate change

As climate models predict even worse outcomes for the planet, some scientists believe the way to change what is happening is for people to “feel” the emotion of it.

Jul 17, 2020 • 15m 56s

The Prime Minister for NSW

As the pandemic worsens in Victoria, Scott Morrison has been careful to distance himself from bad news.

Jul 16, 2020 • 17m 26s

If you are queer - or care about queer people - listen to this story

Daniel van Roo spent 18 months trying to convince his doctors he was sick. As his undiagnosed cancer worsened, they continued to test only for STIs - he says because he was gay

Jul 15, 2020 • 15m 37s

Setting up for the second wave

With Victoria one week into its second shutdown, and NSW on high alert, there are new fears about what a second wave could mean for Australia’s coronavirus recovery.

Jul 14, 2020 • 17m 15s

The man inside (part two)

The sentencing of Ramzi Aouad came at a tense moment in racialised policing – and there are now people asking if the politics around “Middle Eastern crime” played a part.

Jul 13, 2020 • 19m 30s

The man inside (part one)

When Ramzi Aouad went to prison for life, it was on the basis of evidence from one man - a violent enforcer who had been offered financial incentives for his testimony.

Jul 10, 2020 • 16m 48s

Morrison to the virus: ‘Ich bin ein Melburnian’

As Victoria enters a second lockdown, Scott Morrison has offered an apolitical response to the Labor state.

Jul 9, 2020 • 14m 25s

Morrison’s rule by ‘Henry VIII’ clauses

During Covid-19, the government has been increasingly using ‘Henry VIII’ clauses to bypass the parliament and make laws that are never voted on.

Jul 8, 2020 • 13m 24s

Locked in the nine blocks

Five days ago, the Andrews government used police to lock down nine public housing towers. We spoke to one resident, Hulya, about what is happening inside.

Jul 7, 2020 • 15m 38s

The other side of the glass

Seven years after the NDIS was established, thousands of young people are still being forced to live in aged-care homes.

Jul 6, 2020 • 16m 18s

The case for moving Cook

The City of Sydney is being petitioned to remove Thomas Woolner’s Cook statue from Hyde Park, and place it in a public museum.

Jul 3, 2020 • 15m 48s

The Eden-Monaro Missile Crisis

The timing of Scott Morrison’s $270 billion defence announcement is being linked to votes in Eden-Monaro as much as it is to the country’s strategic future.

Jul 2, 2020 • 17m 46s

The truth about Australia’s coal curse

Australia’s economy is at a crossroads. Its current dependence on coal has its roots in a model built on wool exports, and it needs to change.

Jul 1, 2020 • 15m 15s

Existential threat: Murdoch and the ABC

As the ABC absorbs hundreds of job cuts, the government has commissioned another report into its operations – closely mirroring the concerns of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.

Jun 30, 2020 • 15m 02s

Dyson Heydon and the misogyny of the law

As allegations mount against former High Court justice Dyson Heydon, Bri Lee has written about the way misogyny and harassment are embedded in the legal profession.

Jun 29, 2020 • 17m 13s

Donald Trump didn’t drop from the sky

As Donald Trump comes to the end of his first term, it is clear he has benefitted hugely from America’s divisions - in fact, he is the perfect expression of them.

Jun 26, 2020 • 15m 40s

Politics and Dyson Heydon

The harassment allegations against Dyson Heydon have reminded some in Canberra of the royal commission that traded on his “stainless reputation”.

Jun 25, 2020 • 16m 48s

It’s not about statues or Chris Lilley...

Osman Faruqi on how politics in Australia deliberately recasts racism as a matter of symbols and gestures - and how the media helps.

Jun 24, 2020 • 15m 33s

Justin Hemmes, the treasurer and the $100m wages case

New details have emerged in the Justin Hemmes wages case, as the treasurer confirms he consulted the businessman over the country’s largest ever spending measure.

Jun 23, 2020 • 15m 53s

The last family on Nauru

After almost a decade in detention, Mustafa and Salah are the only family left on Nauru. This is the story of their wait.

Jun 22, 2020 • 16m 58s

What George Pell knew...

As the final pages of the royal commission into child sexual abuse have been unredacted, it’s become clear what George Pell knew and when.

Jun 19, 2020 • 14m 12s

Everything you need to know about the Somyurek scandal

The Adem Somyurek scandal has now involved the federal Labor party, and poses a big question: who leaked?

Jun 18, 2020 • 17m 16s

The racism case Victoria Police didn't want

As debate over police accountability continues, research suggests predictive policing may be targeting racial minorities in Australia.

Jun 17, 2020 • 16m 01s

How we organised Melbourne’s Black Lives Matter rally

Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance had five days to organise a huge Black Lives Matter rally in Melbourne. Under threat of fines and sustained criticism in the press, they coordinated one of the largest protests the city has seen.

Jun 16, 2020 • 13m 21s

The power of tradesmen

As Scott Morrison announces his HomeBuilder scheme, there are serious questions about who it serves and how powerful tradesmen have become as a political bloc.

Jun 15, 2020 • 15m 46s

Meet Australia’s marijuana terrorist

George Dickson is a cannabis law reformer. After an altercation with police, he was also classed as a high risk terrorist offender.

Jun 12, 2020 • 14m 33s

Does Scott Morrison want an early election?

As Scott Morrison looks at a bleak five years economically, some in his own party think he’s gearing up for an early election.

Jun 11, 2020 • 16m 53s

The theme park and the trillion dollar investment scheme

As Scott Morrison resists signing up to China’s Belt and Road Initiative, the country has begun focusing on lower levels of power - even the Gold Coast council.

Jun 10, 2020 • 15m 22s

How coronavirus is reopening the wage gap

As the recession upends convention on gendered job losses, there is fear decades of progress on wage equality could be lost overnight.

Jun 9, 2020 • 17m 31s

Black Witness, White Witness

As the world protests the killing of George Floyd, Darumbal and South Sea Islander journalist Amy McQuire confronts Australia’s national silence on black deaths in custody.

Jun 8, 2020 • 17m 19s

Spotlight: Inside the Tanya Day inquest

As the world protests the killing of George Floyd, Darumbal and South Sea Islander journalist Amy McQuire confronts Australia’s national silence on black deaths in custody.

Jun 5, 2020 • 16m 31s

Tear gas in the Rose Garden

As protests against police violence and inequality continue in the United States, Scott Morrison had a private phone call with Donald Trump.

Jun 4, 2020 • 16m 20s

Like a scene from ‘The Castle’

The Queensland town of Acland has been all but swallowed by a coal mine. There is only one resident left. Tomorrow the High Court will decide if he’ll be swallowed, too.

Jun 3, 2020 • 13m 36s

Killed during the pandemic

Domestic violence workers warned that the pandemic would put women at risk – especially women on temporary visas. Last month, a woman was killed in exactly that situation.

Jun 2, 2020 • 16m 43s

When is a bushfire like a coronavirus?

Instead of making us forget the bushfires, evidence suggests coronavirus will make us more conscious of the need for change. The urgent response to the pandemic makes political arguments against climate action less credible.

Jun 1, 2020 • 15m 17s

The screens that ate school

Big Tech has become an integral part of education. But there are questions over how much private companies are influencing curricula and what data they are collecting.

May 29, 2020 • 15m 01s

Morrison’s economy (unplugged)

Scott Morrison is strongly against further economic stimulus. But as a $60 billion hole shows up in the JobKeeper program, questions are being asked about whether enough is being spent.

May 28, 2020 • 16m 50s

The Accord according to Morrison

Scott Morrison’s appeal for a new compact between workers and business has reminded some of Bob Hawke’s 1980s Accord.

May 27, 2020 • 16m 09s

Uber but for government money

How a private company won millions in government funding for an aged-care app with “no duty of care”.

May 26, 2020 • 16m 06s

The crisis universities should have seen coming

Almost overnight, Australian universities lost billions of dollars in international student fees. Some are asking how they could have been so reckless in depending on this money in the first place.

May 25, 2020 • 15m 47s

‘In my new home, I am loved.’

After five years on Manus Island, Imran Mohammad was resettled in Chicago. But the coronavirus shutdown has brought back memories of detention and isolation.

May 22, 2020 • 14m 49s

Don’t mention the trade war

The Morrison government’s excitement about a coronavirus inquiry cannot cover over the trade war opening up with China.

May 21, 2020 • 16m 59s

Who is really planning Australia’s economic comeback?

The Prime Minister has appointed a panel of business leaders to develop a blueprint for the country’s economic recovery, but there are serious questions over how they were picked. Today, Mike Seccombe on the vested interests leading this panel and what they’re pushing for.

May 20, 2020 • 15m 07s

Back on the tinnies

Pubs, restaurants and other businesses across the country are reopening and the government is predicting an economic comeback. But will the recovery be fast as hoped? Today, what one territory’s reopening can tell us about the path ahead.

May 19, 2020 • 16m 24s

How Covid-19 united conspiracy theorists

Conspiracy theorists have been energised by Covid-19, with misinformation on everything from 5G to vaccinations spreading online. Today, Rick Morton on where these theories really begin and the groups actively encouraging them.

May 18, 2020 • 16m 34s

The push to expand ASIO’s powers

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has recently introduced legislation to expand the surveillance powers available to Australia’s domestic spy agency. Lawyers and civil rights groups are concerned the proposed laws are too broad. Today, Karen Middleton on the attempt to expand ASIO’s powers in the midst of a pandemic.

May 15, 2020 • 15m 47s

Back in black. Cough, cough.

As the federal government struggles to rebuild Australia’s battered economy, the threat of a trade war with China risks hampering our recovery. Today, Paul Bongiorno on the twin challenges of rebuilding the economy, and managing our relationship with our largest trading partner.

May 14, 2020 • 14m 32s

The ABC’s funding crisis

ABC staff are revealing the pressure they are under as the public broadcaster absorbs huge budget cuts. Today, Mike Seccombe on the role the ABC plays during a national crisis and the future of the national broadcaster.

May 13, 2020 • 15m 59s

Australia’s worst coronavirus cluster

The decision to allow passengers on the Ruby Princess to disembark led to Australia’s biggest coronavirus cluster, and it’s now being investigated by a number of inquiries. Today, Karen Middleton on what happened in the hours leading up to the ship’s docking.

May 12, 2020 • 14m 19s

Adam Bandt’s green capitalism

Three months since becoming leader of the Greens, Adam Bandt has begun articulating a plan for the party that embraces “green” capitalism, and sees their future in partnership with Labor. Today, Margaret Simons on what we need to know about Adam Bandt.

May 11, 2020 • 14m 55s

Inside the Newmarch cluster

An aged care facility in NSW is the site of one of Australia’s biggest clusters of Covid-19. Now, with 16 dead, the centre’s owners have been threatened with sanctions and the loss of their licence. Today, Rick Morton on what went wrong at Newmarch House.

May 8, 2020 • 15m 44s

Snakes in the garden of Eden-Monaro

Infighting within the Coalition has been exposed as candidates emerge and then quit in the race for the seat of Eden-Monaro. Today, columnist for The Saturday Paper Paul Bongiorno on the divisions laid bare, and the first real test for Scott Morrison’s popularity.

May 7, 2020 •

Jane Caro on reopening schools

The Prime Minister is arguing that school closures are leaving the most disadvantaged students behind, and he’s calling for schools to reopen. Today, Jane Caro on how the political debate over coronavirus is reframing the inequality in education funding.

May 6, 2020 • 14m 33s

Making sense of the Black Summer

Thousands of Australians had their homes and lives destroyed by last summer’s bushfires, and now Covid-19 is shattering their plans to rebuild. Today, Rick Morton on what happens when a pandemic follows a natural disaster.

May 5, 2020 • 14m 24s

The 160,000 jobs lost while the government waited

Serious questions are being asked about whether the timing of the government’s economic relief packages may have actually led to job losses. Today, Mike Seccombe on the flaws in our rescue package that could have cost 160,000 jobs.

May 4, 2020 • 15m 16s

The real reason supermarket shelves were empty

When the pandemic hit Australia stores across the country were stripped of food and other essential items. The situation revealed deep vulnerabilities in our food supply system. Today, Margaret Simons on why our supermarkets weren’t prepared for this crisis.

May 2, 2020 • 12m28s

Bonus episode: Morry Schwartz on starting The Monthly

To celebrate The Monthly’s 15th birthday, we hear from its publisher, Morry Schwartz, and its current editor, Nick Feik, on the magazine’s journey and what it contributes to Australia’s media landscape.

May 1, 2020 • 15m 43s

How Scott Morrison sparked a new war with China

Scott Morrison’s push for an inquiry into the coronavirus outbreak has further strained Australia’s relationship with China. The Chinese government has expressed concern and threatened retaliation. Today, Paul Bongiorno on a new low in Chinese–Australian relations.

Apr 30, 2020 • 17m 10s

Evangelical Christianity in the age of coronavirus

The Prime Minister’s relationship to the founder of Hillsong has focused attention on the church. But what does evangelical Christianity look like in an age of climate change and coronavirus? Today, Lech Blaine on the appeal of Hillsong and how it influences the most powerful politician in the country.

Apr 29, 2020 • 15m 15s

The generation “done over” by coronavirus

Younger workers are bearing the brunt of the current economic downturn, just like they did during the GFC. Today, Mike Seccombe on how the pandemic is fuelling generational inequality.

Apr 28, 2020 • 13m 04s

How Indigenous communities got in front of the pandemic

Remote Aboriginal communities across Australia reacted swiftly and effectively to the Covid-19 outbreak, reflecting the disproportionate burden these communities carry when it comes to infectious disease. Today, Amy McQuire on the pandemic and self-determination.

Apr 27, 2020 • 15m 50s

Anthony Albanese’s pandemic response

Labor leader Anthony Albanese is juggling the need to appear constructive while holding the government to account. But what does the public actually want from their opposition during this crisis? Today, Karen Middleton on the Opposition’s tactics in a pandemic.

Apr 24, 2020 • 15m 30s

Malcolm Turnbull’s last word

Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull went on a media blitz this week to promote his new book. In the memoir Turnbull shares his brutally honest opinion on the current prime minister and senior cabinet ministers. Today, Paul Bongiorno on Malcolm Turnbull’s return to centre stage.

Apr 23, 2020 • 15m 30s

The inside story of Australia’s coronavirus supercluster

Tasmania’s Covid-19 supercluster has forced hospitals to close and lead to thousands of residents being quarantined. Today, we investigate how a severe shortage of protective equipment and the encouragement of dubious practices preceded the deadly outbreak.

Apr 22, 2020 • 16m 30s

The truth about coronavirus fines

Analysis of the fines for the Covid-19 public health orders reveals a disproportionate number have been issued in places where Indigenous Australians and those from migrant backgrounds live. Today, what the pandemic is revealing about racial bias in policing.

Apr 21, 2020 • 15m 10s

The coronavirus endgame

As the number of coronavirus infections in Australia stabilises, talk has turned to how and when this crisis might end. Today, Mike Seccombe weighs up the different exit-strategies and analyses the coronavirus end game.

Apr 20, 2020 • 15m 05s

“I can survive until the end of May, maximum.”

There are over 1 million migrant workers in Australia who aren’t eligible for any financial support from the government as they try to navigate their way through this crisis. Some face destitution and homelessness. Today, we speak to one migrant worker negotiating this new reality.

Apr 17, 2020 • 13m 38s

Virus economics: you and whose numbers

With the global economy facing its biggest downturn since the Great Depression, the Treasury and the IMF are at odds on the extent of the damage in Australia. Today, Paul Bongiorno on the competing economic forecasts for the country, and the way forward.

Apr 16, 2020 • 12m 30s

What governments are hiding behind coronavirus

While the country’s attention has been focused on the fight against coronavirus, Energy Minister Angus Taylor has forged ahead with a plan to prop up a coal-fired power generator. Today, Mike Seccombe on the push to undermine environmental protections during this crisis.

Apr 15, 2020 • 12m 50s

Taking back control of our super

Australian superannuation accounts are tumbling because of the coronavirus pandemic. Today, Richard Dennis on how our secretive $2 trillion super industry is spending our money and what needs to change.

Apr 14, 2020 • 14m 15s

The other holes in Australia’s quarantine

Confusion between different levels of government has exposed flaws in Australia’s strict quarantine measures, and they go beyond the case of the Ruby Princess. Today, Karen Middleton on the other holes in Australia’s quarantine.

Apr 13, 2020 • 17m 27s

Spotlight: 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.

Apr 12, 2020 • 18m 31s

Spotlight: Inside Australia's biggest cult

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

Apr 11, 2020 • 18m 05m

Spotlight: Looking back at Christchurch

A year on from the Christchurch massacre, survivors face isolation and economic hardship. In part one of a three-part special, we speak to the men and women living through the aftermath.

Apr 10, 2020 • 14m 07s

Spotlight: Tracing the source of coronavirus

As coronavirus shuts borders and creates global panic, Rick Morton explains where the virus originated and looks at attempts to combat it.

Apr 9, 2020 • 13m 30s

How coronavirus could break the NBN

The NBN is facing it’s most crucial test yet, and there are serious questions over whether the network will handle the unprecedented demand. Today, Paddy Manning on our virtual lifeline, and how it’s holding up.

Apr 8, 2020 • 15m 00s

The women and children at risk in a lockdown (plus, the Pell verdict)

The coronavirus lockdown has led to an increase in domestic violence reports, but many victims aren’t able to access support services. Today, Rick Morton on how life has become even more dangerous for some women and children.

Apr 7, 2020 • 14m 40s

Policing a pandemic

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, police have been granted extensive new powers to crack down on public association, private gatherings and travel. Today, Mike Seccombe on how Australia is policing a pandemic.

Apr 6, 2020 • 14m 40s

Surviving the economic turmoil of coronavirus

What happens when everyone in a household loses work because of coronavirus? Today we look at the human cost of unemployment and what the government is doing to help people survive.

Apr 4, 2020 • 15m08s

Bonus episode: Behind the scenes at The Saturday Paper and The Monthly

In a special bonus episode of 7am hear from the show’s editor, Osman Faruqi, editor of The Monthly, Nick Feik, and editor of The Saturday Paper, Maddison Connaughton about how they’re adapting to the shutdown, and what role journalism can play in a crisis.

Apr 3, 2020 • 14m 15s

How Scott Morrison became an accidental socialist

The past week has completely changed the way politics works in Australia, with a right-wing government introducing the most radical economic measures in a generation. Today, Paul Bongiorno on the political earthquake that rocked Parliament House.

Apr 2, 2020 • 16m 15s

A Nobel prize winner explains coronavirus

Professor Peter Doherty won the Nobel prize for his research on how our bodies fight off viruses. Today, we ask him what makes Covid-19 different from other infections, and what we should be doing now to prepare for the next pandemic.

Apr 1, 2020 • 14m 00s

Should we bail out the airlines?

Australia’s airlines have been hit hard by coronavirus, and they’re asking the government for billions of dollars in financial support. Today, Royce Kurmelovs, on whether it’s time the government nationalised the airline industry.

Mar 31, 2020 • 15m 00s

Hoaxes, lies and coronavirus

With misinformation about coronavirus rampant, we look at what the spread of the virus is telling us about news, social media, and who we trust.

Mar 30, 2020 • 16m 45s

How to survive the shutdown

As more of Australia goes into coronavirus isolation, advice is being offered on how to manage mental health during a viral pandemic that forces us to separate. We speak to a Melbourne family who have been in isolation for almost 80 days.

Mar 27, 2020 • 12m 40s

Coronavirus, part five: One month in

Scott Morrison’s first national address on coronavirus was one month ago. Today, Paul Bongiorno on the decisions his government has made since then and how they stack up.

Mar 26, 2020 • 14m 10s

Coronavirus, part four: the Australian scientists who could beat it

A team of Australian scientists are working around the clock to find a vaccine against coronavirus, and they’re on the verge of a breakthrough. Today, Rick Morton on the race to find a vaccine.

Mar 25, 2020 • 12m 55s

Coronavirus, part three: the economics of a shutdown

With hundreds of thousands of Australians losing their jobs, the economic cost of coronavirus is becoming clear. Today, chief economist at The Australia Institute Richard Dennis on how we can get through the next 18 months.

Mar 24, 2020 • 14m 00s

Coronavirus, part two: How the government failed

Medical experts say that the government’s slow response to the coronavirus outbreak has left Australia exposed. In part two of our series on COVID-19, Mike Seccombe on the challenge our country and health system is facing.

Mar 23, 2020 • 13m 50s

Coronavirus, part one: The frontline

As the number of confirmed coronavirus cases grows in Australia, Dr Nenad Macesic describes how doctors are handling the pandemic and what the future holds. This is part one of a five-part special.

Mar 20, 2020 • 13m 30s

The day coronavirus swallowed Scott Morrison

With the cost of coronavirus growing everyday, will Scott Morrison’s stimulus be big enough and fast enough? Today, Paul Bongiorno, on the future of the economy, and the Prime Minister.

Mar 19, 2020 • 15m 20s

Ten questions about coronavirus

What are the symptoms of coronavirus? What can people do to stay safe? What kind of responses will be the most effective? Today, Rick Morton answers some of our basic questions about coronavirus.

Mar 18, 2020 • 13m 45s

George Pell’s last stand

Last week the High Court heard George Pell’s appeal against his conviction for child sex abuse. Today, Rick Morton discusses Pell’s last bid for freedom and what could happen next.

Mar 17, 2020 • 15m 05s

Trust in the time of coronavirus

Public trust in government is at an all time low, just as we’re turning to our political leaders to tackle the coronavirus outbreak.

Mar 16, 2020 • 15m 55s

The future of dairy

Animal-free milk could wipe out the traditional dairy industry within the decade. Today, Lesley Hughes on the future of alternative milk and what it means for Australia.

Mar 13, 2020 •

Can Team Australia beat the coronavirus?

With economic and social effects of the coronavirus outbreak accelerating, the government has finally released the details of a $17.6 billion stimulus package. Today, Paul Bongiorno on whether the government’s actions will be enough to stave off a recession.

Mar 12, 2020 • 16m 20s

White terror, part three: The itch at your back

A year on from the Christchurch terrorist attack, Muslims in Australia are still wrestling with a new level of fear. Many are questioning the way the media and politics have stoked division.

Mar 11, 2020 • 18m 50s

White terror, part two: The dossier

A secret ASIO document warns of the threat of far-right terrorism in Australia. In detail never before published, it outlines the risk Australia faces from those who believe in an impending “race war”.

Mar 10, 2020 • 18m 40s

White terror, part one: 35 widows

A year on from the Christchurch massacre, survivors face isolation and economic hardship. In part one of a three-part special, we speak to the men and women living through the aftermath.

Mar 6, 2020 • 13m 17s

My name’s Scott Morrison, and I have a truth problem

Scott Morrison has admitted he attempted to invite Hillsong founder Brian Houston to a White House dinner. But why did he deny it for so long? And is he telling the truth about his office’s involvement in the sports grants scandal?

Mar 5, 2020 • 16m 11s

A fear at the end of the earth

After speaking to scores of ordinary people about climate change, James Button reflects on the anxieties and contradictions in our approach to the future.

Mar 4, 2020 • 13m 31s

Labor’s climate smokescreen

Labor has now got an emissions target, but no mechanism for getting there. The party’s current position is a far cry from the world-leading climate policies the party used to champion. Mike Seccombe on how Labor lost its nerve.

Mar 3, 2020 • 15m 10s

Could we end domestic violence?

The murder of Hannah Clarke and her children has put Australia’s failure to grapple with domestic violence back on the national agenda. Today, Bri Lee on the changes we need to make to keep women and children safe.

Mar 2, 2020 • 13m 45s

The town without abortion

A consortium of powerful religious doctors has made it impossible to choose a surgical abortion in one of Australia’s largest regional towns – even in the public hospital there.

Feb 28, 2020 • 12m 30s

Scott Morrison’s fortunate disaster

Coronavirus has provided Scott Morrison with an opportunity to re-establish his leadership credentials, but will it work? Today, Paul Bongiorno on how the prime minister is making the most of this crisis.

Feb 27, 2020 • 16m 57s

How coronavirus feeds Australian racism

The panic generated by coronavirus has reignited an older, deeper panic about Chinese migrants. Today, we look at what coronavirus can tell us about racism in Australia.

Feb 26, 2020 • 14m 25s

We need to talk about St Kevin’s

In today’s episode, we speak to former St Kevin’s student Luke Macaronas about what stops elite private schools and other powerful institutions from addressing issues of abuse.

Feb 25, 2020 • 12m 25s

The prison riot sparked by climate change

A prison riot sparked by an intense heat wave shows how vulnerable prisoners are to the impacts of extreme weather. Stella Maynard on how climate change is making prisons even more punitive.

Feb 24, 2020 • 11m 39s

How billions in government spending could be unlawful

In the past year, the government has directed nearly $5 billion to various schemes using a process lawyers say is likely unconstitutional.

Feb 21, 2020 • 12m 51s

Does Scott Morrison finally have a climate policy?

Scott Morrison is sandwiched between the climate deniers in his own government on one side and Russell Crowe on the other, as he tries to come up with a new climate policy.

Feb 20, 2020 • 14m 52s

The minister for nuclear power

Meet Keith Pitt - climate sceptic, coal evangelist and the parliament’s most strident nuclear advocate. He’s also the new minister for Water and Resources.

Feb 19, 2020 • 14m 51s

Suing over Howard’s camps

The government has spent more than a decade fighting compensation claims launched by more than 60 former asylum seekers detained in Australia’s notorious detention centres. Today, we ask why it’s taking so long.

Feb 18, 2020 • 13m 15s

Plants, mental health and an unrecognised humanitarian crisis

Asylum seekers who have been cut off from government support are finding solace in an unexpected place: their own community garden.

Feb 17, 2020 • 13m 02s

Zali Steggall’s climate breaker

How a British model to end climate dysfunction is being introduced in parliament and could work here.

Feb 14, 2020 • 14m 53s

Llew ‘Who’ O’Brien and the National Party turducken

Why the chaos that installed Llew O’Brien as deputy speaker is really about Queensland state politics - and how it’s set the clock on nine months of dysfunction from the Coalition.

Feb 13, 2020 • 14m 48s

The tiny town where Scott Morrison is building a nuclear dump

Australia’s first nuclear dump is set to be built in a small town in South Australia. The government has spent millions trying to win over locals – but the community is viciously divided.

Feb 12, 2020 • 13m 57s

The love story behind Australia’s biggest political donation

Scott Morrison received the biggest individual political donation in Australian history. Behind it was a love story – and a man who asked for nothing in return.

Feb 11, 2020 • 13m 25s

Did Clive Palmer buy an election for $84 million?

From the point of view of his failed candidates, Clive Palmer’s campaign was a success. So what does $84 million buy you at an election?

Feb 10, 2020 • 18m 35s

Profiting from Auschwitz: How 4 million books were sold on fabrications

Australian author Heather Morris has made millions selling books about the Holocaust, but the people in them are unrecognisable to their families.

Feb 7, 2020 • 13m 35s

Barnaby Joyce’s failed coup

Barnaby Joyce lost his leadership tilt but has reopened a schism in the Coalition on climate policy.

Feb 6, 2020 • 13m 56s

Australia’s secret emissions target

Every state and territory government in Australia has a target of net zero emissions by 2050. What are the benefits, and the risks, of the states defying the federal government?

Feb 5, 2020 • 14m 41s

What happens if we don’t stop coronavirus?

As coronavirus shuts borders and creates global panic, Rick Morton explains where the virus originated and looks at attempts to combat it.

Feb 4, 2020 • 12m 41s

Honouring Bettina Arndt, men’s rights activist

Controversial men’s rights activist Bettina Arndt has been appointed a Member of the Order of Australia. Feminist academic Eva Cox considered giving back her AO in protest – and says it’s more evidence the system needs to change.

Feb 3, 2020 • 14m 18s

The prime minister and the dung beetle

Don Watson on why Scott Morrison is not really a politician, and how meaning left politics.

Jan 31, 2020 • 13m 47s

Scott Morrison’s eternal present

As Scott Morrison pivots to the coronavirus evacuation and deploys the military to the fire zone, questions are being asked about the management of both responses.

Jan 30, 2020 • 14m 03s

Exclusive: Red Cross staff speak out

Current and former Red Cross staff have criticised the way the organisation is handling donations during Australia’s bushfire crisis.

Jan 29, 2020 • 14m 55s

Sports grants are the tip of the iceberg

As the government deals with the Bridget McKenzie scandal, questions are being asked about other larger grant programs.

Jan 28, 2020 • 15m 51s

Brendan Nelson’s gravy sandwich

As minister for defence, Brendan Nelson controversially spent $6.6 billion on Boeing fighter jets. Now he is running the company’s Australian division.

Jan 27, 2020 • 13m 36s

Fighting fire with... what?

The bushfire season still has months to run. The question is whether volunteers can make it through another crisis without radical changes to how they work.

Dec 20, 2019 • 16m 04s

A very Morrison Christmas

As fires continue on both sides of the continent, and the government succeeds in putting off commitments at the UN climate talks, Scott Morrison has gone on holidays.

Dec 19, 2019 • 13m 34s

What is Labor doing on coal?

Anthony Albanese says ending Australian coal exports won’t halt climate change. He says we need to cut emissions, but Adani should get on with it and start digging in the Galilee Basin.

Dec 18, 2019 • 12m34s

Helen Garner’s diary

Helen Garner has been keeping a diary for as long as she has been a writer. She published extracts from last year’s in the latest issue of The Monthly.

Dec 17, 2019 • 17m 11s

Brian Houston, we have a problem

As the Hillsong Church booms internationally, its local arm is still dealing with the fallout from the royal commission into child sexual abuse.

Dec 16, 2019 • 16m 31s

Return to Stasiland

Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Anna Funder on how understanding the Stasi can help us comprehend the age of surveillance in which we live.

Dec 13, 2019 • 15m 05s

Where there’s smoke, there’s climate change

As fires burn across the east coast and Sydney suffers catastrophic air pollution, the Coalition government is arguing to do less on climate change.

Dec 12, 2019 • 16m 57s

What happened to David Savage

Seven years ago, David Savage was injured while working for the Australian government in Afghanistan. He has fought since to have his compensation settled and the truth of what happened acknowledged.

Dec 11, 2019 • 13m 41s

The big wedge (Or: How Murdoch lobbies government)

Following an inquiry into digital platforms, the government finds itself wedged between News Corp and the tech giants. Both sides are lobbying heavily.

Dec 10, 2019 • 16m 11s

The man who didn’t kill Colin Winchester (part two)

Following his wrongful conviction for the murder of Canberra’s top police officer, David Eastman sought compensation. But bigger questions remain, about mental health and the law.

Dec 9, 2019 • 17m 48s

The man who didn’t kill Colin Winchester (part one)

David Eastman was thought of as a serial pest, until he was convicted of killing Australia’s police chief. The problem was, he didn’t do it.

Dec 6, 2019 • 16m06s

Jacqui Lambie’s secret deal

Jacqui Lambie says she has a deal with the government to repeal medevac. She won’t say what it is, and the government says it never existed.

Dec 5, 2019 • 15m28s

Angus Taylor’s hydrogen scandal

How the government – led by Angus Taylor and Matt Canavan – is ensuring Australia’s hydrogen industry is controlled by fossil fuels.

Dec 4, 2019 • 15m40s

George Megalogenis on Australia’s next decade

As the first two decades of the 21st century come to an end, George Megalogenis considers Australia’s place as a middle power and the demographics that will change our parliament.

Dec 3, 2019 • 15m45s

Andrew Bolt vs Dark Emu

Andrew Bolt has led a campaign against Bruce Pascoe and his book Dark Emu. But after reading the explorer journals on which the book is based, Rick Morton was unable to find any errors.

Dec 2, 2019 • 16m 17s

Inside the Westpac scandal

As the fallout from the Westpac scandal continues, attempts are already underway to limit corporate responsibility.

Nov 29, 2019 • 15m 12s

Defending Angus Taylor (the lone wolf and the albatross)

Scott Morrison has put himself in a difficult position, calling the NSW police commissioner to check on an investigation into his own minister.

Nov 28, 2019 • 17m 12s

Fascism and troll culture

According to Jeff Sparrow, a new fascism is emerging from the internet – one rooted in meme culture, but that harnesses mass shootings as a political tool.

Nov 27, 2019 • 16m 19s

The politicians fighting to bring Assange home

As Julian Assange fights against extradition to the United States, an unlikely group of politicians is working to have him returned to Australia.

Nov 26, 2019 • 15m 08s

Peter Ridd’s European adventure

A speaking tour of Europe has revealed the strategy behind Peter Ridd’s rejection of reef science: he believes that if people doubt the reef is dying, they will doubt climate change more broadly.

Nov 24, 2019 • 20m 02s

The red princeling

Xi Jinping’s ambitions for China are paranoid and expansionist. His mindset mirrors that of the guerrilla fighters in the Chinese Civil War.

Nov 22, 2019 • 15m 02s

Robo-debt and China (a week in two acts)

The Morrison government has halted its robo-debt program, finally confronting issues with the troubled scheme. Separately, the government has affirmed its reliance on Chinese trade – irrespective of human rights concerns.

Nov 21, 2019 • 14m 15s

The next fight on Uluru

Summary: Scott Morrison’s co-design process rules out the key aspirations of the Uluru Statement from the Heart. But there are signs that a new political fight is about to begin.

Nov 20, 2019 • 15m 48s

The cabinet maker

Since becoming prime minister, Scott Morrison has stamped himself on the cabinet process. There will be more PowerPoints, and less debate about issues he sees as being routine.

Nov 19, 2019 • 16m 40s

Changing consent law

A review of consent laws in New South Wales is recommending changes to how juries interpret sexual assaults and the onus that is placed on defendants. Bri Lee on the response from frontline organisations and the woman whose case triggered the inquiry.

Nov 18, 2019 • 17m 33s

Thoughts and prayers are not enough

Last week, a million hectares of eastern Australia was burnt in catastrophic bushfires. In the main, politicians refused to acknowledge the science that links these fires to climate change.

Nov 15, 2019 • 14m 59s

The burning truth

As fires burn through NSW and Queensland, a fundamental shift can be detected in Canberra: the politics of climate change have altered.

Nov 14, 2019 • 15m 04s

ASIO officers broke law on warrant

We don’t know what exactly happened or what ASIO was investigating; those details are secret. We do know that early last year the spy agency broke the law while conducting an operation.

Nov 13, 2019 • 15m02s

Sums in a notepad: mental health and work

The federal government spends twice as much on income support for people affected by mental illness as it does on treatment. Rick Morton on living inside these figures – and the “arithmetic of existence”.

Nov 12, 2019 • 15m03s

Morrison’s darkest speech yet

Scott Morrison’s speech to the Queensland Resources Council has been called a defining moment in his leadership. Mike Seccombe on what it says about his “ordinary bloke” mask.

Nov 11, 2019 • 16m30s

What’s happening in Queensland?

Lech Blaine grew up in country Queensland. After the 2019 federal election, he spent several weeks driving around the state, trying to understand what makes it different.

Nov 8, 2019 • 15m46s

The sniff, the scent of victory

As Labor responds to an internal review of its election defeat, some in the party feel they have already lost the next election.

Nov 7, 2019 • 15m48s

The death toll of inequality

In Australia, the gap in life expectancy between the rich and poor has reached 10 years – the outcome of “savage capitalism”.

Nov 6, 2019 • 18m40s

Green-energy superpower

Ross Garnaut – the man who wrote the Rudd government’s response to climate change – says Australia has more to gain from a zero-carbon future than any other developed country.

Nov 4, 2019 • 16m38s

Looking for Albanese

Anthony Albanese was shaped by the circumstances of his childhood. The question now is if his working-class background can help Labor reconnect to its working-class base.

Nov 1, 2019 • 14m18s

The surplus disease

The Morrison government is committed to a budget surplus above all else. But as Paul Keating points out, this commitment can be a kind of sickness.

Oct 31, 2019 • 18m32s

Rosie Batty’s next fight

Rosie Batty on Pauline Hanson’s family law inquiry, and why governments won’t do more to stop domestic violence.

Oct 30, 2019 • 16m22s

Strip-searched in Newtown

As the number of police strip-searches rises in NSW, a law enforcement commission considers whether many of them are actually legal.

Oct 29, 2019 • 16m37s

Swallowed by the sea (part two)

How the American anti-climate-science lobby hijacked local councils in Australia, changing sea-level benchmarks as it went.

Oct 28, 2019 •

Swallowed by the sea (part one)

A decision to hand planning about sea-level rise to local council has opened up a war around science, property values and influence.

Oct 25, 2019 • 14m57s

To Howard with love

Paul Bongiorno on how the Liberal Party celebrates and how the National Party brawls.

Oct 24, 2019 • 17m04s

Lock ’em up

Australia is almost alone its willingness to lock up primary-school-age children for criminal offences, but “tough on crime” politics means there is little will to change this.

Oct 23, 2019 • 17m48s

Out of office

As Labor waits for a review of its election loss, and another into the operations of its NSW branch, Anthony Albanese is wrestling with divisions inside the party.

Oct 22, 2019 • 14m26s

Restarting robo-debt

An error at the Department of Human Services caused the original robo-debt algorithm to restart, issuing thousands of unchecked debt notices.

Oct 21, 2019 • 16m43s

A classroom full of dollars

The boom in international education has seen students become commodities. It has also changed the way universities operate - chasing rankings and casualising teaching staff.

Oct 18, 2019 • 15m21s

That won’t feed one cow

As Scott Morrison attempts to control the message on handling the drought, there is bad news for his claims to strong economic management.

Oct 17, 2019 • 15m14s

Cash and the black economy

New legislation will restrict the way Australians use cash. But there are concerns the laws could jail people for using legal tender.

Oct 16, 2019 • 15m28s

Peter Dutton’s war on dissent

From anti-protest legislation to funding cuts, this government has waged war on dissent. In recent weeks, its rhetoric has intensified.

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 •

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.

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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