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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 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 • 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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