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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 28, 2019 • 14m27s

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 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.

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 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 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 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.

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 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.

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 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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