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All episodes by Jason Koutsoukis

Jul 15, 2024 •

Peter Dutton’s big Queensland energy

Federal Opposition Leader Peter Dutton has been stressing his closeness to both his home state of Queensland, and to his Coalition partners, the Nationals. Already he has promised to crack down on crime, slow immigration, break up supermarket monopolies, and deliver an energy revolution powered by nuclear. So will the upcoming Queensland state election be a testing ground for Dutton’s federal agenda?

Today, Jason Koutsoukis on how Peter Dutton is marketing himself, and whether Australia is ready to look more like Queensland.

Jul 2, 2024 •

The Albanese government's $1 billion computer

In high-security labs, from Silicon Valley to mainland China, researchers are racing to be the first to achieve what has been dubbed ‘Q-day’. Q-day, after all, is the day the most powerful machine yet comes online: the first fault-free quantum computer.

Today, special correspondent for The Saturday Paper, Jason Koutsoukis – on why Australia wants to join the race, and why one American company got the billion-dollar deal to do it.

Jun 25, 2024 •

Morrison and Rudd: The unlikely duo could be Australia's Trump whisperers

Back in 2016, when Donald Trump was elected President, the Australian government was caught off guard. This time around, the government is taking the prospect of a second Trump presidency seriously and has begun making preparations for it.

Today, special correspondent for The Saturday Paper Jason Koutsoukis on what the government thinks Trump 2.0 could mean for Australia and the safety measures that are already underway.

Jun 12, 2024 •

Inside the public service deal to pay consultants for ‘leadership’

If you were a public service chief picking a firm to run ethics training, would one of the big four consulting firms be your first pick? They have faced intense scrutiny both in the media and in a recent senate inquiry, which will today release its report with recommendations to keep the private consultancy sector in check.

Today, special correspondent for The Saturday Paper Jason Koutsoukis, on what the crackdown might entail and why the public service still thinks a consulting firm is best placed to teach ethics to its leaders.

Jun 7, 2024 •

How the new vape ban is splitting the Coalition

A proposed vaping ban is exposing fault lines within our political parties and pitting their traditional supporters against each other. Professional women, sick of seeing their kids sneaking a vape, are putting pressure on the Coalition, while the Greens fear they will alienate their younger voters if they oppose the bill.

Today, Jason Koutsoukis on the politics of the new vaping ban – and why it will be hard to police.

May 30, 2024 •

Can these candidates convince women to vote Liberal again?

Nine years ago, the Liberal Party said it was aiming for gender parity by 2025. Since then, the number of Liberal women in parliaments across the country has actually fallen. Now, with another election approaching, the Liberals have a fresh batch of candidates. Some of them look and speak like teals, but will it be enough to win back sceptical voters?

Today, special correspondent for The Saturday Paper Jason Koutsoukis, on whether the Liberal Party’s problem is its candidates or its brand.

May 21, 2024 •

Albanese abandons plans to bring home 'ISIS brides'

When you look at the Al Roj refugee camp in Northern Syria on Google Maps, you can see it’s only a few hundred metres away from an airport tarmac. But for the 40 Australian citizens stranded at the camp – with no water, electricity or real plan for the future – getting on a plane home could still be years away.

Today, special correspondent for The Saturday Paper Jason Koutsoukis, on why the government seems to have abandoned its plans to bring them home.

Apr 29, 2024 •

‘A race towards minority’: Inside Labor’s re-election strategy

Almost every first-term government gets a second chance, but could the current Labor government be an exception? With so many voters feeling the cost-of-living crisis, and the government facing a slump in the polls, evidence is starting to pile up that Labor will struggle to retain majority government.

Today, special correspondent in Canberra for The Saturday Paper Jason Koutsoukis, on Labor’s strategy to hold on to power.

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