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Feb 19, 2024 •

Texts, calls and a Brisbane lunch: Murdoch press and the Bruce Lehrmann inquiry

It was three years ago last week that Brittany Higgins made allegations that rocked Australia. Those allegations resulted in a mistrial, and while Bruce Lehrmann strenuously maintained his innocence, many questions were raised about the handling of Higgins’ claims.

Today, contributor to The Saturday Paper Chris Wallace on the texts and phone calls between the head of the inquiry into the trial and a well-known journalist.

Nov 22, 2023 •

Why army whistleblower David McBride pleaded guilty

Last week, after a dramatic attempt to keep his legal defence alive, former Australian army lawyer David McBride ultimately decided to plead guilty to charges that could send him to prison.

Today, contributor to The Saturday Paper Chris Wallace, on what the failure of David McBride’s case means for truth and transparency in Australia.

Aug 11, 2023 •

‘What about me?’: Why support for the Voice is slipping

A win in the referendum is looking less assured than ever and the cost of living crisis has almost everyone feeling miserable.

Today, columnist for The Saturday Paper Chris Wallace on how economic pain is hurting the Voice campaign and what Labor will do if the referendum is lost.

Apr 28, 2023 •

Why can the government spend money on weapons but not welfare?

This week, the way the government chooses to spend its money came into sharp focus. On Monday, it announced a bold new plan for military spending, but soon after, it found itself besieged by calls to raise the rate of JobSeeker – for Australians struggling with poverty.

So, why can we afford to spend money on one, but not the other? And is it a question that voters will start asking?

Jan 27, 2023 •

Alice Springs: The crisis that shouldn’t have happened

A crime wave in Alice Springs grew into a national crisis this week, with politicians jumping on planes in a last-ditch effort to listen to a community whose concerns have fallen on deaf ears.

But how did the crime rate in Alice Springs become an issue for Anthony Albanese? And how could the situation have deteriorated so far? Today, columnist for The Saturday Paper Chris Wallace on how giving communities a voice could force politicians to face complex challenges.

Jan 20, 2023 •

How Australian billionaires got richer during the pandemic

This week, we have been warned that inequality got worse throughout the pandemic.

Today, columnist for The Saturday Paper, Chris Wallace on how Covid-19 made the wealthy richer and why we can’t be complacent about the virus.

Nov 11, 2022 •

‘Air of possibility’: Surely not in Canberra?!

The Labor government’s workplace reform package, which it promises will increase wages, has passed the lower house.

But it may struggle to pass the senate. There’s frustration mounting between crossbenchers, unions and government ministers – and that’s threatening to derail the most important reform package this government has put forward.

Nov 4, 2022 •

Wages and power prices: A wake up call for Albanese

Peter Dutton, with help from the Murdoch media, has seized on Labor’s “restrained” and “responsible” budget to attack Labor for not doing enough to lower power prices and raise wages.

Aug 18, 2022 •

Australia’s biggest tax bludgers REVEALED

Australia’s wealthiest postcodes, and the millionaires who pay no tax have been revealed in the latest data drop from the Tax Office.

It gives us new insight into who has wealth in Australia, how they keep a hold on that wealth and whether the taxation system is fair.

Jul 8, 2022 • 16m 25s

What Anthony Albanese needs to do about Covid-19

Floods have devastated communities on the east coast, and now two new subvariants of Omicron have health authorities warning another wave of Covid-19 infections is only ramping up.

Today, columnist for The Saturday Paper Chris Wallace on the end of Anthony Albanese’s honeymoon and the urgent work ahead for the new government.

Jul 1, 2022 • 17m 00s

Can Albanese win over world leaders?

Four Asia-Pacific nations, including Australia, have been given a seat at the table at the latest NATO summit because NATO is keen to engage partners around the world. But it’s also an opportunity for Albanese – to reset relationships with NATO members like the United States, France, Spain and the UK. Today, columnist for The Saturday Paper Chris Wallace on Albanese’s attempts at a reset.

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.

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.

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.

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