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Jul 6, 2020 • 16m 18s

The case for moving Cook

The City of Sydney is being petitioned to remove Thomas Woolner’s Cook statue from Hyde Park, and place it in a public museum.

Jul 3, 2020 • 15m 48s

The Eden-Monaro Missile Crisis

The timing of Scott Morrison’s $270 billion defence announcement is being linked to votes in Eden-Monaro as much as it is to the country’s strategic future.

Jul 2, 2020 • 17m 46s

The truth about Australia’s coal curse

Australia’s economy is at a crossroads. Its current dependence on coal has its roots in a model built on wool exports, and it needs to change.

Jul 1, 2020 • 15m 15s

Existential threat: Murdoch and the ABC

As the ABC absorbs hundreds of job cuts, the government has commissioned another report into its operations – closely mirroring the concerns of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.

Jun 26, 2020 • 15m 40s

Politics and Dyson Heydon

The harassment allegations against Dyson Heydon have reminded some in Canberra of the royal commission that traded on his “stainless reputation”.

Jun 25, 2020 • 16m 48s

It’s not about statues or Chris Lilley...

Osman Faruqi on how politics in Australia deliberately recasts racism as a matter of symbols and gestures - and how the media helps.

Jun 24, 2020 • 15m 33s

Justin Hemmes, the treasurer and the $100m wages case

New details have emerged in the Justin Hemmes wages case, as the treasurer confirms he consulted the businessman over the country’s largest ever spending measure.

Jun 23, 2020 • 15m 53s

The last family on Nauru

After almost a decade in detention, Mustafa and Salah are the only family left on Nauru. This is the story of their wait.

Jun 19, 2020 • 14m 12s

Everything you need to know about the Somyurek scandal

The Adem Somyurek scandal has now involved the federal Labor party, and poses a big question: who leaked?

Jun 18, 2020 • 17m 16s

The racism case Victoria Police didn't want

As debate over police accountability continues, research suggests predictive policing may be targeting racial minorities in Australia.

Jun 17, 2020 • 16m 01s

How we organised Melbourne’s Black Lives Matter rally

Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance had five days to organise a huge Black Lives Matter rally in Melbourne. Under threat of fines and sustained criticism in the press, they coordinated one of the largest protests the city has seen.

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 12, 2020 • 14m 33s

Does Scott Morrison want an early election?

As Scott Morrison looks at a bleak five years economically, some in his own party think he’s gearing up for an early election.

Jun 11, 2020 • 16m 53s

The theme park and the trillion dollar investment scheme

As Scott Morrison resists signing up to China’s Belt and Road Initiative, the country has begun focusing on lower levels of power - even the Gold Coast council.

Jun 10, 2020 • 15m 22s

How coronavirus is reopening the wage gap

As the recession upends convention on gendered job losses, there is fear decades of progress on wage equality could be lost overnight.

Jun 9, 2020 • 17m 31s

Black Witness, White Witness

As the world protests the killing of George Floyd, Darumbal and South Sea Islander journalist Amy McQuire confronts Australia’s national silence on black deaths in custody.

Jun 8, 2020 • 17m 19s

Spotlight: Inside the Tanya Day inquest

As the world protests the killing of George Floyd, Darumbal and South Sea Islander journalist Amy McQuire confronts Australia’s national silence on black deaths in custody.

Jun 4, 2020 • 16m 20s

Like a scene from 'The Castle'

The Queensland town of Acland has been all but swallowed by a coal mine. There is only one resident left. Tomorrow the High Court will decide if he’ll be swallowed, too.

Jun 3, 2020 • 13m 36s

Killed during the pandemic

Domestic violence workers warned that the pandemic would put women at risk – especially women on temporary visas. Last month, a woman was killed in exactly that situation.

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.

Jun 1, 2020 • 15m 17s

The screens that ate school

Big Tech has become an integral part of education. But there are questions over how much private companies are influencing curricula and what data they are collecting.

May 29, 2020 • 15m 01s

Morrison’s economy (unplugged)

Scott Morrison is strongly against further economic stimulus. But as a $60 billion hole shows up in the JobKeeper program, questions are being asked about whether enough is being spent.

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 27, 2020 • 16m 09s

Uber but for government money

How a private company won millions in government funding for an aged-care app with “no duty of care”.

May 26, 2020 • 16m 06s

The crisis universities should have seen coming

Almost overnight, Australian universities lost billions of dollars in international student fees. Some are asking how they could have been so reckless in depending on this money in the first place.

May 25, 2020 • 15m 47s

‘In my new home, I am loved.’

After five years on Manus Island, Imran Mohammad was resettled in Chicago. But the coronavirus shutdown has brought back memories of detention and isolation.

May 22, 2020 • 14m 49s

Don’t mention the trade war

The Morrison government’s excitement about a coronavirus inquiry cannot cover over the trade war opening up with China.

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 20, 2020 • 15m 07s

Back on the tinnies

Pubs, restaurants and other businesses across the country are reopening and the government is predicting an economic comeback. But will the recovery be fast as hoped? Today, what one territory’s reopening can tell us about the path ahead.

May 19, 2020 • 16m 24s

How Covid-19 united conspiracy theorists

Conspiracy theorists have been energised by Covid-19, with misinformation on everything from 5G to vaccinations spreading online. Today, Rick Morton on where these theories really begin and the groups actively encouraging them.

May 18, 2020 • 16m 34s

The push to expand ASIO’s powers

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has recently introduced legislation to expand the surveillance powers available to Australia’s domestic spy agency. Lawyers and civil rights groups are concerned the proposed laws are too broad. Today, Karen Middleton on the attempt to expand ASIO’s powers in the midst of a pandemic.

May 15, 2020 • 15m 47s

Back in black. Cough, cough.

As the federal government struggles to rebuild Australia’s battered economy, the threat of a trade war with China risks hampering our recovery. Today, Paul Bongiorno on the twin challenges of rebuilding the economy, and managing our relationship with our largest trading partner.

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 13, 2020 • 15m 59s

Australia’s worst coronavirus cluster

The decision to allow passengers on the Ruby Princess to disembark led to Australia’s biggest coronavirus cluster, and it’s now being investigated by a number of inquiries. Today, Karen Middleton on what happened in the hours leading up to the ship’s docking.

May 12, 2020 • 14m 19s

Adam Bandt’s green capitalism

Three months since becoming leader of the Greens, Adam Bandt has begun articulating a plan for the party that embraces “green” capitalism, and sees their future in partnership with Labor. Today, Margaret Simons on what we need to know about Adam Bandt.

May 11, 2020 • 14m 55s

Inside the Newmarch cluster

An aged care facility in NSW is the site of one of Australia’s biggest clusters of Covid-19. Now, with 16 dead, the centre’s owners have been threatened with sanctions and the loss of their licence. Today, Rick Morton on what went wrong at Newmarch House.

May 8, 2020 • 15m 44s

Snakes in the garden of Eden-Monaro

Infighting within the Coalition has been exposed as candidates emerge and then quit in the race for the seat of Eden-Monaro. Today, columnist for The Saturday Paper Paul Bongiorno on the divisions laid bare, and the first real test for Scott Morrison’s popularity.

May 7, 2020 •

Jane Caro on reopening schools

The Prime Minister is arguing that school closures are leaving the most disadvantaged students behind, and he’s calling for schools to reopen. Today, Jane Caro on how the political debate over coronavirus is reframing the inequality in education funding.

May 6, 2020 • 14m 33s

Making sense of the Black Summer

Thousands of Australians had their homes and lives destroyed by last summer’s bushfires, and now Covid-19 is shattering their plans to rebuild. Today, Rick Morton on what happens when a pandemic follows a natural disaster.

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.

May 4, 2020 • 15m 16s

The real reason supermarket shelves were empty

When the pandemic hit Australia stores across the country were stripped of food and other essential items. The situation revealed deep vulnerabilities in our food supply system. Today, Margaret Simons on why our supermarkets weren’t prepared for this crisis.

May 1, 2020 • 15m 43s

How Scott Morrison sparked a new war with China

Scott Morrison’s push for an inquiry into the coronavirus outbreak has further strained Australia’s relationship with China. The Chinese government has expressed concern and threatened retaliation. Today, Paul Bongiorno on a new low in Chinese–Australian relations.

Apr 30, 2020 • 17m 10s

Evangelical Christianity in the age of coronavirus

The Prime Minister’s relationship to the founder of Hillsong has focused attention on the church. But what does evangelical Christianity look like in an age of climate change and coronavirus? Today, Lech Blaine on the appeal of Hillsong and how it influences the most powerful politician in the country.

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 28, 2020 • 13m 04s

How Indigenous communities got in front of the pandemic

Remote Aboriginal communities across Australia reacted swiftly and effectively to the Covid-19 outbreak, reflecting the disproportionate burden these communities carry when it comes to infectious disease. Today, Amy McQuire on the pandemic and self-determination.

Apr 27, 2020 • 15m 50s

Anthony Albanese’s pandemic response

Labor leader Anthony Albanese is juggling the need to appear constructive while holding the government to account. But what does the public actually want from their opposition during this crisis? Today, Karen Middleton on the Opposition’s tactics in a pandemic.

Apr 24, 2020 • 15m 30s

Malcolm Turnbull’s last word

Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull went on a media blitz this week to promote his new book. In the memoir Turnbull shares his brutally honest opinion on the current prime minister and senior cabinet ministers. Today, Paul Bongiorno on Malcolm Turnbull’s return to centre stage.

Apr 23, 2020 • 15m 30s

The inside story of Australia’s coronavirus supercluster

Tasmania’s Covid-19 supercluster has forced hospitals to close and lead to thousands of residents being quarantined. Today, we investigate how a severe shortage of protective equipment and the encouragement of dubious practices preceded the deadly outbreak.

Apr 22, 2020 • 16m 30s

The truth about coronavirus fines

Analysis of the fines for the Covid-19 public health orders reveals a disproportionate number have been issued in places where Indigenous Australians and those from migrant backgrounds live. Today, what the pandemic is revealing about racial bias in policing.

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 20, 2020 • 15m 05s

“I can survive until the end of May, maximum.”

There are over 1 million migrant workers in Australia who aren’t eligible for any financial support from the government as they try to navigate their way through this crisis. Some face destitution and homelessness. Today, we speak to one migrant worker negotiating this new reality.

Apr 17, 2020 • 13m 38s

Virus economics: you and whose numbers

With the global economy facing its biggest downturn since the Great Depression, the Treasury and the IMF are at odds on the extent of the damage in Australia. Today, Paul Bongiorno on the competing economic forecasts for the country, and the way forward.

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 15, 2020 • 12m 50s

Taking back control of our super

Australian superannuation accounts are tumbling because of the coronavirus pandemic. Today, Richard Dennis on how our secretive $2 trillion super industry is spending our money and what needs to change.

Apr 14, 2020 • 14m 15s

The other holes in Australia’s quarantine

Confusion between different levels of government has exposed flaws in Australia’s strict quarantine measures, and they go beyond the case of the Ruby Princess. Today, Karen Middleton on the other holes in Australia’s quarantine.

Apr 11, 2020 • 18m 05m

Spotlight: Looking back at Christchurch

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.

Apr 10, 2020 • 14m 07s

Spotlight: Tracing the source of coronavirus

As coronavirus shuts borders and creates global panic, Rick Morton explains where the virus originated and looks at attempts to combat it.

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 •

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.