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All episodes by Mike Seccombe

Jul 9, 2024 •

Inside Nine's journalism cuts: 'Quite a few people suspected retribution'

Journalists from The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald are reeling from a recent announcement that Nine Entertainment will slash 200 jobs across the company. It’s left some wondering if the cuts are payback for the papers’ coverage of Nine’s troubled culture.

Today, Mike Seccombe on why Australian media is struggling and what the future of independent news looks like.

Jun 27, 2024 •

Julian Assange is home: Gabriel Shipton on how his brother was freed

Julian Assange has finally landed in Australia, a free man.

Today, his brother Gabriel Shipton on how the deal to release the long-incarcerated WikiLeaks founder came together. National correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe explains what comes next.

Jun 18, 2024 •

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

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

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

May 23, 2024 •

Gas beyond 2050: A Labor revolt or sanctioned dissent?

The members of this federal Labor government have been pretty disciplined on not publicly criticising party policy. So it raised a few eyebrows when MPs from inner-city seats took aim at the government’s Future Gas Strategy.

Today, national correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe, on what’s behind the gas plan and why a little “sanctioned dissent” might be part of a broader electoral strategy.

May 14, 2024 •

Skipping meals, dumpster diving and cereal for dinner

It’s budget week, which means crunch time for the leaders tasked with tackling how expensive Australia is right now. And the thing we’re all talking about is our grocery bills, why food seems to cost more each time we visit the supermarket.

Today, national affairs correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe on what some call the great price gouge and whether the government is doing enough to address the rising cost of putting food on our plates.

May 9, 2024 •

Why big gas is putting money into MasterChef

One of Australia’s favourite shows has a contentious sponsor this year. MasterChef, a show that delivers fairytale stories of home cooks rising to national celebrity, is being supported by the gas industry.

Today, national correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe, on the fight over the future of our kitchens and whether the gas industry can survive their next major elimination challenge.

Apr 30, 2024 •

How sales reps infiltrated operating theatres

There are strict rules around how drug company representatives can interact with doctors to ensure they aren’t influencing how medications are prescribed. But when it comes to expensive medical devices inserted in our bodies during surgery – all sorts of screws, pacemakers and implants – those same rules don’t apply.

Today, national correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe, on whether the pursuit of profit risks driving clinical decisions.

Apr 10, 2024 •

Does the Immigration minister really believe in what he's doing?

Australian Border Force and Western Australian police spent the weekend searching for 15 men who had arrived in the country by boat. The arrival of this boat comes as the federal government attempts to legislate controversial new laws, deflect criticism from the opposition and keep immigration off the political agenda.

Today, national correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe, on the politician in the middle of it all – Immigration Minister Andrew Giles – and his surprising 23-year journey from asylum seeker lawyer to immigration minister.

Apr 3, 2024 •

Why the churches lobby is still so powerful in Canberra

Some of Australia’s most powerful religious bodies have taken aim at Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and also the Greens – accusing them of threatening the future of religious freedom. But the cause of this backlash is simply the possibility that the government would work with the Greens to reform a 40-year-old loophole in our discrimination laws.

Today, national correspondent for The Saturday Paper, Mike Seccombe, on religion’s influence in Canberra and the political strategy behind the prime minister’s latest move.

Mar 27, 2024 •

Labor’s ‘shameful’ last-minute immigration bill

Yesterday, Labor’s emergency legislation on immigration detention was slammed by crossbenchers and the Greens as a “race to the bottom” on the way governments treat asylum seekers. But in the lead up to that move, criticisms that Labor is trying to be tougher than the Coalition on immigration laws have been growing louder.

Today, national correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe on whether Labor is attempting to one up Peter Dutton on immigration.

Mar 21, 2024 •

The ‘beige’ man behind Australia’s nuclear plan

The opposition’s vision for Australia’s future puts nuclear technology front and centre, despite experts’ concerns about its costs, risks and impracticalities. So, is there more to it than first appears? Have the Coalition found the answers to making nuclear work in Australia?

Today, national correspondent for The Saturday Paper, Mike Seccombe, on the real reason why the Coalition is going after nuclear, and the factional warfare simmering underneath.

Mar 11, 2024 •

Why Australia is heading for a minority government

It’s in the best interests of politicians to come up with policies that appeal to voters, and secure their support at the next election. So it was particularly interesting when last week, Peter Dutton announced his first policy since becoming opposition leader, but experts say it could lose him the exact people the Coalition should be trying to win over.

Today, national correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe, on why the road map to political success is changing.

Mar 7, 2024 •

The people pushing Australia’s gas expansion

Despite the government’s commitment to cutting emissions and reaching net zero, Australia’s gas industry is expanding – and we’re making it easier for gas companies to do their business. So, who is behind the gas lobby? Who puts the most pressure on our politicians, and are they the usual suspects?

Today, national correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe, on how the gas lobby is changing and why foreign governments are taking an interest in Australia.

Feb 27, 2024 •

Everything Peter Dutton is getting wrong on asylum seekers

Opposition Leader Peter Dutton may have found the message he’s taking to the federal election: stop the “armada of boats”. It hasn’t been high on the agenda for years, but a couple of weeks ago a boat arriving in far north Western Australia gave him an opportunity to put the issue back on the front page.

Today, national correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe, fact checks Peter Dutton’s media blitz and his claims about asylum seekers.

Dec 5, 2023 •

Why private school kids run the country

While the majority of Australians go through the public school system, pending research reveals that the majority of our politicians did not. So, which politicians went to private schools, and is their lack of lived experience in public education holding back reforms to the sector?

Today, national correspondent for The Saturday Paper, Mike Seccombe, on why the gap between public and private schools in Australia is widening.

Nov 24, 2023 •

How Australia is taking advantage of one nation’s climate crisis

As climate change threatens to sink small and vulnerable countries, large and powerful ones are seeing an opportunity. As Australia enters a new agreement with one of our pacific neighbours facing climate disaster – are we really helping them or are we just helping ourselves?

Today, national correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe, on the agreement between Australia and Tuvalu.

Nov 13, 2023 •

Who’s driving inflation? (hint: they’re older and wealthier)

Last week, the RBA was so concerned about the cost of living it hiked interest rates for the thirteenth time, saying that’s the only way to slow down the spending that’s pushing prices higher.

But who is doing the spending? And how do they have money to throw around?

Today, national correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe, on the Australians still spending big and why it means more economic pain for the rest of us.

Nov 6, 2023 •

From ‘jokers’ to right-wing slogan masters

Advance, a right-wing campaigning group, has gained enormous ground in the past few years, and played a crucial role in defeating the Voice referendum. So who are they? And what are they after next?

Today, national correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe, on how a mysterious, once ridiculed group has become a powerful political force.

Oct 16, 2023 •

The ‘true elite’ behind the ‘No’ win

The “No” campaign’s victory was anything but assured 12 months ago. It’s victory came from the elevation of key spokespeople and talking points, cooked up by a group most Australians have never heard of: the CIS.

Today, national correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe, on the secretive groups that crafted negative messaging and elevated key leaders in the successful “No” campaign.

Sep 19, 2023 •

What the Voice polls aren't telling you

The ‘Yes’ campaign is struggling in the Voice referendum, according to the polls. Many have already all but called the outcome of the vote for the ‘No’ side. But there is a glimmer of hope for the ‘Yes’ camp, with undecided voters numbering in the millions. Who will be able to win them over?

Today, Mike Seccombe on what we know about undecided voters, and what the polls really mean.

Sep 6, 2023 •

Australians have a big car problem

Australia is already off-track with its emissions targets, just one year after setting them. It’s alarming news and it’s partly because emissions on our roads are going up.

Today, national correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe, on Australia’s love affair with big, dirty cars.

Aug 30, 2023 •

How China’s tanking economy will hurt Australia

As China’s economic troubles deepen, it’s clear Australia can no longer rely on its largest trading partner to pull it out of trouble. So how did a country known for lifting millions of people out of poverty go so wrong?

Today, Mike Seccombe on China’s financial woes – and the impact it will have on our own economy.

Aug 1, 2023 •

Cooking with gas is about to become a hate crime

Victoria’s Premier Daniel Andrews has taken a big step in phasing out gas by banning it in new homes from January 1, 2024. But the announcement provoked anger and outrage among conservative commentators, and some members of the public, who insist gas is best.

So, does Australia have any hope of reaching net zero if our kitchen stoves have become politicised?

Jul 18, 2023 •

Will Michele Bullock fix the RBA?

The Reserve Bank of Australia is getting a new governor: Michele Bullock, who is the first woman ever to hold the position and was, until now, second in charge. Her predecessor, Philip Lowe, provoked public anger for suggesting interest rates wouldn’t rise before 2024, and then hiking them 12 times in just over a year.

Today, Mike Seccombe on whether a new boss at the RBA will make a difference to mortgage holders, or if an appointment from inside the bank means nothing much will change.

Jul 3, 2023 •

Why Berejiklian’s corruption goes deeper than a bad relationship

Once there was public outcry from some quarters that ICAC would even investigate Gladys Berejiklian – one of the most popular premiers in New South Wales history. Flowers were left at her electoral office after she stepped down, and talkback radio callers were furious with ICAC for precipitating her resignation.

But now we know that Berejiklian was seriously corrupt when she was treasurer and later the premier.

Jun 6, 2023 •

How the Pentagon plans to mine Australia’s minerals

A new green energy agreement with the US, signed by President Biden and Prime Minister Albanese, will allow the Pentagon to fund mining projects in Australia. It’s part of a race to control the energy sources of the future and secure minerals for the US military.

Today, national correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe, on what it means for our security, as the US tries to match China’s progress using Australia’s natural resources – and are we getting a good deal?

May 29, 2023 •

The big myths about the housing crisis

Everyone knows we have a housing crisis – rents are spiralling, homelessness is growing and more and more of our income is going towards keeping a roof over our heads.

But did you know that on any given night more than a million homes in Australia sit empty? That’s more than 10 per cent of Australia’s housing stock.

The shortage is not in homes, but in affordable homes.

Today, National correspondent at The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe, on how Australia lost its way on housing – and why the current plan only addresses one part of the problem.

Apr 17, 2023 •

We were told to recycle plastic. Now it’s stockpiled around the country.

Australians were told to sort through their bins, and take plastic bags and packaging to dropoffs at the country’s biggest supermarkets to have them recycled. But instead of being recycled, tonnes and tonnes of this plastic was shoved into storage. Now, authorities are still trying to track it all down. So how did it all go so wrong?

Today, national correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe, on the impossible promise of REDcycle and what we do now with tens of thousands of tonnes of plastic that has nowhere to go.

Apr 13, 2023 •

Forget inflation. Inequality is the real economic problem.

Cost of living pressures and interest rate rises mean that millions of Australians are struggling. But what often isn’t acknowledged by the Reserve Bank, its governor, or many of our political leaders, is that some people are doing just fine under these economic conditions – in fact, they can benefit from them.

Today, national correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe on why financial pain isn’t distributed evenly and how rate rises can make that inequality worse.

Mar 29, 2023 •

It won’t stop climate catastrophe. So why are the Greens voting for it?

Adam Bandt stood in front of TV cameras this week and announced a decision that could define the future of the Greens.

The party will support Labor’s climate policy, after winning a series of concessions, even though it means new coal and gas can go ahead and it doesn’t meet the pleas of climate scientists around the world.

Mar 23, 2023 •

We tried to fit all the NSW scandals into 20 minutes. Here's how far we got.

This Saturday, the longest-reigning coalition government in the country heads to the polls. Dominic Perrottet hasn’t been premier of NSW for long, but he’s hoping to extend the Coalition to a historic 16-year term in office – despite a torrent of scandals and resignations dogging his government.

Today, national correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe, on every scandal and resignation we could fit into a single episode.

Mar 1, 2023 •

How corporate profits are making inflation worse

Australia has seen a series of record corporate profits posted in the last few weeks. They come as millions of average Australians are being squeezed. Mortgage repayments, rent, and the cost of almost everything is going up – but wages aren’t keeping up.

Today, national correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe on how corporate profits are driving the cost-of-living crisis.

Feb 22, 2023 •

Chris Minns' recipe for a vanilla victory

In recent years, Labor governments have swept into power in most states across the country… with the exceptions of NSW and Tasmania. But that might be about to change.

Chris Minns, the leader of the opposition in NSW, looks likely to lead the party to its first victory in the state since 2007 – but many voters still don’t know much about him.

Feb 15, 2023 •

‘I complained about abuse and the governor-general vilified me…’

He was one of the most senior members of the Anglican Church, then became the governor-general of Australia. But last week Peter Hollingworth sat in secret hearings which could decide his legacy.

Those hearings are investigating his handling of child sexual abuse claims – with several complaints being heard about his decisions, while he ran the Brisbane diocese.

Jan 31, 2023 •

The attorney-general on ditching outdated and “deliberately cruel” policy

Mark Dreyfus sat down for an extended interview with our national correspondent, Mike Seccombe, about Labor’s plans to overhaul Australia’s legal system.

Jan 23, 2023 •

The premier, the Nazi costume and the pokies

The premier of New South Wales Dominic Perrottet wore a Nazi uniform to his 21st birthday party. But why did Perrottet come out and admit the scandal? Does it have anything to do with the looming election? And who was circulating the rumours about the premier’s 21st birthday?

Today, national correspondent for The Saturday Paper, Mike Seccombe on what’s going on behind the Perrottet scandal and what links it may have to the gambling industry.

Dec 13, 2022 •

Why Australia’s lobbying rules just don’t cut it

When our politicians are making decisions, they’re often lobbied. But what happens when the rules don’t apply? What happens when the people who are talking to our politicians simply deny that they are lobbyists?

Today, national correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe on former minister Stuart Robert and when personal relationships cross into the public interest.

Dec 6, 2022 •

This generation is an existential threat to the Liberal Party

The Liberal Party is trying to resurrect its popularity after a devastating loss this year, under the leadership of Scott Morrison. But can changing the personalities at the top of the party make a difference? Or is there something deeper behind the decline in its fortunes?

A study published yesterday indicates that only one in four voters under the age of 40 voted for the Coalition – and that could be unlikely to change.

Nov 22, 2022 •

How Mike Cannon-Brookes staged a climate coup

Last week, Mike Cannon-Brookes succeeded in staging what amounts to an internal coup at Australia’s largest climate polluter, AGL.

Having failed in his attempt to take over the company, the tech billionaire used its annual general meeting to get four new directors onto its board.

Nov 15, 2022 •

Climate justice: Should countries like Australia pay compensation?

As the world gathers at COP27 to decide on the next steps in our response to the climate crisis, the biggest point of contention is one idea: climate justice.

It’s an idea that could force the richest nations – such as Australia – to pay for the damages and loss that climate catastrophe is causing in poorer countries.

Oct 31, 2022 •

House prices are dropping faster than ever

The prices of Australian houses are dropping faster than ever before – but is this a blip on the way to higher prices, or an actual value crash?

And if it is a real crash… could that actually be a good thing?

Oct 27, 2022 •

Will mashed potato on a Monet solve the climate crisis?

Paintings by Van Gogh, Picasso and Monet have been doused in food by climate activists trying to draw attention to the urgent climate crisis.

So is this plea for action working? And why are activists turning to this kind of protest?

Oct 19, 2022 •

Sea Shepherd loses its pirate captain

What happens when an organisation founded on radical activism decides to work with, instead of against, authorities? For Captain Paul Watson that conundrum has led to an acrimonious split from the organisation that he started, Sea Shepherd.

Today, national correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe on whether this is the end for Paul Watson’s brand of high-stakes environmentalism.

Oct 12, 2022 •

Are we on the brink of global recession?

Yesterday, Treasurer Jim Chalmers offered a grim warning to Australia: we could be on the brink of a global recession.

What does it mean for us? And if a downturn happens, who will be worst affected?

Oct 5, 2022 •

Decline of the IPA: How the right’s favourite think tank ran out of ideas

One of the most influential think tanks in Australia is the Institute of Public Affairs, the IPA, a right-wing think tank that prides itself on being the policy brain of the conservative movement.

But the organisation is in decline, it’s generating less new ideas and it’s finding it harder to get the support of business.

Sep 21, 2022 •

How much will Labor pay to hold refugees on Nauru?

It would be easy to assume that with a change of government, and deals with the US and New Zealand to take refugees – that offshore processing was a thing of the past.

It’s not, and the Albanese government looks like it is on the verge of signing a multi-million dollar deal to keep detention facilities in Nauru running.

Aug 30, 2022 •

Ghost cities: Is China’s economy about to crash?

A crisis that began in China’s housing market is now threatening to drag down the country’s entire economy.

If that happens, the repercussions will be felt across the globe, and nowhere more so than Australia.

Aug 4, 2022 •

Inside the Greens' climate deal with Labor

For more than ten years, the Greens and the Labor Party have been blaming each other for holding back progress on climate action.

Now, things have shifted — Labor’s new emissions reduction target will almost certainly become legislation, after the Greens announced that they’ll support it.

Jul 26, 2022 •

Earn $20k EVERY MONTH by being a Liberal Party hack

New figures show that the Morrison government stacked government boards and tribunals at a level unprecedented in Australian politics. These appointees were sometimes unqualified and incompetent.

They particularly affected the Administrative Appeals Tribunal - where members can be paid up to $500,000 a year. Now it is clear that they have badly altered decision making processes.

Jul 21, 2022 •

The first law of holes: stop digging

The Albanese government is partway through a successful reset of its relationship with China. The incredible thing is, they haven’t changed any policies.

But will a change in language be enough to fix a diplomatic rift? And what’s next for Australia’s relationship with the Pacific, where it is trying to balance China’s influence?

Jun 23, 2022 • 18m 10s

The men who killed the Liberal Party

The Liberal Party is now in the political wilderness. The immediate reaction to the recent federal election focused on Scott Morrison’s personal approval and a series of scandals in the last term of government. But is there a bigger decline happening? Is something irreparably broken inside what was once Australia’s most electorally successful political party?

May 17, 2022 • 18m 55s

The Vote: What are the Coalition actually offering?

On the weekend, the Coalition launched its campaign, just six days before the election. The centrepiece of the launch was a new housing policy, which it promises will help more young people to buy a home, by allowing them to take money out of their superannuation. But will the scheme really help new home buyers or is it too little, too late?

May 3, 2022 • 19m 40s

The Vote: What are Labor actually offering?

The Labor Party officially launched their campaign on Sunday, unveiling new policies and making their most comprehensive pitch to voters so far. But the policy offering remains slimmer than it was three years ago, which is part of what has been described as the party’s small target strategy. Today, national correspondent for The Saturday Paper, Mike Seccombe on the Labor Party’s policy platform and the demographic data that shaped it.

Apr 21, 2022 • 17m 23s

The Human Rights Commission could flunk its next exam

An international body recently threatened to downgrade the status of Australia’s Human Rights Commission. Today, Mike Seccombe on the state of the Human Rights Commission and what a downgrade would mean for Australia’s voice on the world stage.

Apr 1, 2022 • 15m 10s

Morrison’s counterfeit carbon economy

Australia's pledge to achieve net zero carbon emissions relies in part on the success of the federal government’s carbon market. But explosive claims show almost all the money spent on emissions reduction has gone to projects that did not contribute to reductions. Today, Mike Seccombe on the man blowing the whistle on the Morrison government’s sham carbon projects.

Mar 24, 2022 • 15m 15s

Why Angus Taylor tanked Australia’s carbon market

A few weeks ago, Energy Minister Angus Taylor made changes to the Australian carbon market that crashed the value of government-issued carbon credits. The changes made it cheaper for big companies to pollute. They also cost the government as much as $3.5 billion. Today, Mike Seccombe on why Taylor did it and what it means.

Mar 8, 2022 • 15m 35s

Why no one’s calling Angus Taylor

Across Australia, energy companies are beginning to realise they need to rely less on fossil fuels, and redirect their strategy to renewables and green energy. But there’s one big barrier to this transition: the federal government. Today, Mike Seccombe on how the Morrison government lost the trust of the energy sector.

Feb 23, 2022 • 17m 25s

What happened to the Greens?

Climate change might be one of the biggest political issues on the agenda for the upcoming federal election, but the party most associated with environmental policy is struggling to cut through. According to the latest opinion polls, the Greens are finding it hard to connect with voters. Today, Mike Seccombe on the challenges facing Australia’s third party.

Feb 15, 2022 • 15m 15s

The revolt over the Religious Discrimination Bill

The political debate around the the religious discrimination bill has exposed enormous divisions in the Liberal party and raised important questions about how we treat some of the nation’s most vulnerable children. Today, Mike Seccombe on the revolt over the Religious Discrimination Bill, and the political faultlines the bill has exposed.

Jan 25, 2022 • 16m 30s

The cost of Australia’s shadow lockdown

Every day tens of thousands of people are being forced into isolation. Supply chains are falling apart, consumers are staying home either because they’re sick or simply because they don’t want to risk contracting the virus. Today Mike Seccombe, on how this so-called shadow lockdown is much worse than any government mandated shutdown of the past two years.

Dec 15, 2021 • 16m 50s

Scott Morrison vs. the Liberal Party

When Gladys Berejiklian spectacularly resigned as Premier of NSW, most people expected that would be the end of her political career. But then - she was publicly encouraged by Prime Minister Scott Morrison to make a comeback - to run for federal parliament. Today, Mike Seccombe on the real reason Scott Morrison wanted to enlist Gladys.

Dec 7, 2021 • 16m 20s

The independent insurgency threatening the Liberals

Traditionally the Liberal Party’s biggest threat at federal elections is the Labor Party, but this time they’re facing an insurgency in their heartland. Today, Mike Seccombe on what is motivating this wave of independents, and how they could end up shaping the future of Australian politics.

Nov 30, 2021 • 16m 05s

The takeover of a green energy company by an oil giant

Powershop’s focus on renewables investment and political advocacy is responsible for its rapid rise in popularity in the Australian energy market. In a shock announcement to its customers, Powershop announced it had been sold to one of the world’s biggest polluters. Today, Mike Seccombe on the sale of Powershop, and what it tells us about the future of green energy in Australia.

Nov 17, 2021 • 16m 25s

Scott Morrison’s secret climate weapon

According to the Prime Minister, the economic impact of the Coalition's plan to reach net zero won’t be that significant. But at the last election Scott Morrison had a very different position when he was opposing Labor’s emissions reduction policy. Today, Mike Seccombe on the documents that reveal who’s behind the federal government’s climate modelling and what it tells us about the way science is being spun for political purposes.

Nov 1, 2021 • 18m 25s

The Gladys Berejiklian phone taps

Last week former NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian fronted the Independent Commission Against Corruption and was asked candid questions about the nature of her relationship with former MP Daryl Maguire. Today, Mike Seccombe on what happened when Gladys Berejiklian went to ICAC, and what the corruption investigation reveals about NSW politics.

Oct 28, 2021 • 16m 40s

How Australia could wreck the Glasgow climate summit

Right now, world leaders are gearing up for the COP26 climate summit. While many developed nations are preparing to commit to strong emissions reduction targets, Australia remains an outlier. Today,Mike Seccombeon how Australia might undermine global efforts to stop runaway climate change.

Oct 25, 2021 • 16m 25s

The billionaire and the conspiracy theorist

Clive Palmer's party, the United Australia Party, is back with a new leader - Craig Kelly. Kelly, a former Liberal MP known for his controversial views, says that under his leadership the United Australia Party is stronger and bigger than ever. Today, Mike Seccombe on what impact the Palmer-Kelly alliance could have on the next federal election.

Oct 7, 2021 • 16m 50s

Inside the Coalition’s climate war

The Prime Minister Scott Morrison has so far refused growing international pressure to commit to net zero emissions by 2050. Now he’s facing a concerted push from MPs in his own party to embrace the policy. But on the other side of the Coalition, right-wing Nationals are refusing to budge. Today, Mike Seccombe on how climate politics has wedged Scott Morrison.

Oct 4, 2021 • 16m 56s

Why Gladys Berejiklian resigned

On Friday the NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian suddenly resigned. Her shocking departure from the top job has left the state in political turmoil in the midst of a pandemic. It's also raised important questions about political accountability and transparency. Today, Mike Seccombe on why Gladys Berejiklian resigned and what happens next in New South Wales.

Sep 30, 2021 • 16m 55s

The battle inside the Catholic Church

The Catholic Church has historically been one of the most powerful institutions in Australia, but in response to its current crisis, a once-in-a-century meeting is being organised to discuss its future. This plenary is pitting church reformists against conservatives, with Cardinal George Pell making a surprise return to the country to try and influence the debate. Today, Mike Seccombe on the influence the Catholic Church has on Australia and the battle for its future.

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.

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 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 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.

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 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 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 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.

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 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.

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.

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 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.

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 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 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.

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 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.

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.

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 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 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 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 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.

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 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 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 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.

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 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.

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.

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 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.

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 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 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 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.

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 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 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 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.

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 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 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 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.

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 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 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?

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.

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.

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 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 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”.

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 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 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.

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 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 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.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

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 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.

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