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Oct 22, 2020 • 14m 13s

Short back and emotional asides

After enduring one of the world’s longest lockdowns, Melbourne is slowly reopening and hairdressers are some of the first businesses allowed to welcome customers back. Today, Rick Morton on the return of hairdressers, and the intimate role they play in our lives.

Oct 19, 2020 • 17m 16s

The new path out of lockdown

After more than 100 days of strict lockdown, Victorians finally have a new path out of restrictions. It signals a more gradual easing than the government originally hoped. Today, Osman Faruqi on the story behind the slower path out of lockdown and where the risk now lies.

Oct 16, 2020 • 14m 33s

Mr. Morrison goes to Queensland

With the Queensland state election looming, the Prime Minister has hit the campaign trail. But just as he arrived it was revealed that the LNP Opposition leader had been referred to the election watchdog for alleged impropriety. Today, Paul Bongiorno on the growing political scandals around the country.

Oct 15, 2020 • 14m 47s

Australia’s medicine shortage

A reliance on imports has left Australia with dwindling supplies of some essential medicines and now experts are warning that manufacturing capabilities at home need to be boosted. Today, Margaret Simons on Australia’s pharmaceutical vulnerability.

Oct 13, 2020 • 16m 36s

The people the government left behind

Experts have accused the government of failing to properly fund the aged care sector in this year’s federal budget. Advocacy groups are also concerned about the lack of support for young people, women, the unemployed and migrants. Today, Rick Morton on the groups left behind by the Morrison government’s recovery plan.

Oct 9, 2020 • 15m 12s

Albanese draws the political battlelines

In his budget reply speech last night Opposition leader Anthony Albanese outlined his response to the economic crisis and criticised the federal government for spending in the wrong places. Today, Paul Bongiorno on how the political battlelines between the major parties are being drawn.

Oct 8, 2020 • 16m 13s

After the virus: Lidia Thorpe wants to change the system

Lidia Thorpe entered the Senate this week, becoming the first Aboriginal Senator representing Victoria. Today, she talks to Ruby Jones about rebuilding after the pandemic, and what we can learn from the communities that she represents.

Oct 7, 2020 • 14m 55s

Budget 2020: Getting on with the jobs

Josh Frydenberg’s second budget is a world away from the surplus he was predicting last year. Now, in the middle of a pandemic, debt is on track to hit $1 trillion and the Treasurer is talking up a jobs-led recovery.

Oct 2, 2020 • 14m 02s

“The most important budget since World War II”

As the Treasurer prepares the upcoming federal budget he’s facing pressure to spend big and keep the economy afloat. But can a government historically preoccupied with cutting spending invest more in economic stimulus? Today, Paul Bongiorno on the challenge facing Josh Frydenberg, and the country.

Oct 1, 2020 • 17m 09s

The journalists siding with the virus

Throughout the pandemic, there’s been a vocal group of journalists who are adamant the risk of Covid-19 is being overblown. But what drives this kind of thinking, and is it changing anyone’s mind? Today, Richard Cooke on the Covid contrarians, and what they tell us about the state of the Australian media landscape.

Sep 28, 2020 • 15m 39s

The new virus hotels

Victoria’s second wave has been attributed to an outbreak of Covid-19 amongst private contractors working in hotel quarantine, and now government documents reveal more contractors at quarantine hotels have tested positive for the virus. Today, Osman Faruqi on Melbourne’s ‘hot hotels’ and the risks they might still pose.

Sep 24, 2020 • 14m 37s

Kids' radio: live from lockdown

Staff and students at Brunswick North West Primary school have endured one of the longest school shutdowns in the world, and they’ve created their own community radio station to help through it. Today, Ruby Jones talks to the students and the teacher behind BNWPS radio.

Sep 23, 2020 • 18m 21s

The truth about hospital transmission

Confidential documents leaked to The Saturday Paper show that hospitals remain a key area of coronavirus transmission, while doctors and nurses in Melbourne complain that they’re still not getting access to proper protective equipment. Today, Osman Faruqi on how healthcare worker infections are contributing to the length of Victoria’s second wave.

Sep 22, 2020 • 17m 47s

The grey pyramid scheme (part two)

A Royal Commission has heard hundreds of aged care centres are facing financial collapse, as the crisis in the sector takes its toll. In the second half of this special two part series, Rick Morton investigates what happened to the aged care sector under the leadership of Tony Abbott and Scott Morrison.

Sep 21, 2020 • 17m 38s

The grey pyramid scheme (part one)

For decades, we’ve been warned about a crisis in Australia’s aged care sector, and the coronavirus pandemic has exposed its failures. In the first half of a special two part series Rick Morton traces the problems in aged care to Howard-era reforms, demanded by private, for-profit providers.

Sep 17, 2020 • 14m 37s

The calm before the recession

Australia’s economy has taken its biggest hit since the Great Depression, but so far government stimulus measures have cushioned most people and businesses from the worst impacts. Those stimulus measures are about to dry up. Today, the upcoming danger zone for Australia’s economy, and how we can avoid it.

Sep 15, 2020 • 14m 33s

The politics of a coronavirus vaccine

A coronavirus vaccine is the best chance the world has of returning to some kind of normal, but the stalling of one of the most viable candidates last week was a reminder that nothing is guaranteed. Today, Karen Middleton on the Australian government’s plans and the likelihood of a vaccine in 2021.

Sep 14, 2020 • 17m 44s

Exclusive: Brett Sutton's leaked call

A leaked briefing from Victoria’s chief health officer has contradicted public statements on contact tracing, and highlighted flaws with the privatised response to coronavirus in the state. Today, Osman Faruqi details the extraordinary call, and what it means for Victoria’s roadmap out of the pandemic.

Sep 11, 2020 • 15m 04s

Scott Morrison’s shattered cabinet

Scott Morrison is waging a war on two fronts this week. He’s locked in a battle with state governments to reopen borders, and he’s increasingly blaming the Victorian government for the severity of the state’s second wave. Today, Paul Bongiorno on the growing political divide across the country.

Sep 10, 2020 • 14m 44s

How to collect coronavirus

Cultural institutions in Australia have begun to collect evidence of how coronavirus is changing the country in real time, as part of a movement to collect ‘social histories’. But how difficult is the task, especially when there’s no national vision for collecting culture in our country.

Sep 4, 2020 • 15m 58s

Here comes the recession

The Treasurer Josh Frydenberg started this week by launching an extraordinary attack on Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, and ended it by presiding over the biggest fall in economic activity in decades. Today, Paul Bongiorno on Australia’s economic predicament and who’s really to blame.

Sep 2, 2020 • 16m 10s

Profiting off the unemployment boom

As Australia grapples with an unemployment crisis corporate job agencies are benefiting from a boom in government payments. Some are being accused of pressuring those looking for work. Today, Rick Morton on who is profiting from Australia’s unemployment industry.

Sep 1, 2020 • 15m 00s

Snapback: Scott Morrison's pandemic optimism

For months the prime minister has been projecting a return to normality, but what kind of Australia is waiting for us on the other side of the pandemic? Today, Sean Kelly on the type of society Scott Morrison envisions, and what might lie ahead.

Aug 28, 2020 • 16m 31s

The minister for not caring

In a week where the minister for aged care was unable to answer questions about the crisis in his portfolio, and details emerged about a branch stacking scandal in his own party, the Prime Minister is finding himself under increasing pressure. Today, Paul Bongiorno on whether we should be expecting more from our politicians.

Aug 27, 2020 • 16m 30s

The phone call that caused the aged-care crisis

The ongoing crisis in aged care has become one of the defining elements of Australia’s second wave. There are currently over 1500 active cases linked to aged care in Victoria, and hundreds have died. Today, Rick Morton on the new details that explain what went so wrong, and what the government could have done to save lives.

Aug 25, 2020 • 15m 12s

Why coronavirus could mean fewer nurses

As our hospitals face pressure from coronavirus outbreaks, we’re relying on nurses more than ever. But at the same time, the pandemic means many nursing students may not be able to graduate. Today, Santilla Chingaipe on the looming shortfall in our health workforce.

Aug 24, 2020 • 16m 31s

Spying in the age of coronavirus

The coronavirus is ushering in a new era of international relations, and intelligence agencies and spycraft are a key part of that change. Today, former intelligence officer Andrew Davies on the world of spies during and after the pandemic.

Aug 21, 2020 • 13m 59s

Look over there! A vaccine!

As a number of inquiries interrogate how prepared state and federal governments were for the coronavirus pandemic, the Prime Minister has evaded criticism by changing the topic to a potential coronavirus vaccine. Today, Paul Bongiorno on Scott Morrison’s attempt at distraction.

Aug 19, 2020 • 15m 54s

Inside the Ruby Princess: What went wrong

An inquiry examining the Ruby Princess saga has delivered its findings, six months after the ship docked. The cruise ship remains Australia’s largest coronavirus cluster. Today, Malcolm Knox, on who was responsible and what the inquiry found.

Aug 18, 2020 • 16m 26s

Inside the race for a coronavirus vaccine

The federal government has announced that Australia is in “advanced discussions” with a number of companies over acquiring a potential coronavirus vaccine. But how close are scientists to actually making one, and does it matter who gets there first? Today, Rick Morton on the global race for a vaccine.

Aug 17, 2020 • 16m 16s

Australia’s love of cops

This is a story about Australia’s psyche and the way our connection to policing makes us unique. During this pandemic, police have been handed unprecedented new powers, in stark contrast to the response elsewhere in the world. Today, Osman Faruqi on the nexus between police, politicians and the media.

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 12, 2020 • 16m 11s

Anatomy of a state of disaster

Ten days ago, Melbourne entered the strictest shutdown the country has seen so far. Today, senior reporter for The Saturday Paper Rick Morton on the extraordinary powers a state of disaster bestows on the government, and how we got here.

Aug 7, 2020 • 14m 43s

Morrison’s coronavirus backdowns

While most of the focus has been on Victoria, behind the scenes the federal government has been sending mixed-messages on economic policy and state border closures. Today, Paul Bongiorno on whether Scott Morrison is accurately reading the mood of the electorate during this phase of the crisis.

Aug 6, 2020 • 16m 02s

What happens if you survive coronavirus

Today, we look at the people who call themselves coronavirus ‘long-haulers’ and the emerging research into their long lasting symptoms.

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.

Aug 4, 2020 • 16m 33s

The Covid crisis in aged care

Aged care has been one of the hardest hit sectors during this phase of the Covid pandemic, with residents and their carers making up a large proportion of those catching the virus. Today, Rick Morton on the crisis in our aged care facilities, and why we should have seen it coming.

Aug 3, 2020 • 15m 40s

How Morrison is using coronavirus to destroy his critics

What drives Scott Morrison? And what can we learn about his ideology from the way he’s governing during this moment? Today, Richard Cooke on how the Prime Minister is using the pandemic to fulfil his political objectives.

Jul 31, 2020 • 13m 07s

Pandemic politics: Morrison vs. Andrews

Throughout the Covid pandemic traditional political hostilities have been dialled back, and governments have tried to project a sense of national unity. But that’s starting to fray. Today, Paul Bongiorno on the growing political stoush over the crisis in Victoria’s aged care system.

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.

Jul 29, 2020 • 13m 51s

Who is Neville Power, the man leading Australia's coronavirus recovery?

The Prime Minister has revamped the National Covid Coordination Commission, the body he tasked with leading Australia’s pandemic recovery. But what do we really know about Neville Power, the man in charge? Today, Margaret Simons on Power’s background, and what the Commission is actually doing.

Jul 28, 2020 • 17m 27s

Penny Wong on what happens after coronavirus

Penny Wong warns that coronavirus could unravel the rules-based system on which the modern world is founded. The shadow foreign minister says we must guard against trends towards nationalism and xenophobia.

Jul 27, 2020 • 14m 56s

Face masks – the million dollar question

Ten key questions on the science of face masks, as experts hunt for consensus.

Jul 24, 2020 • 15m 35s

The broke and the brittle

As the government reveals the extent of the budget deficit, Scott Morrison has become increasingly short in answering questions.

Jul 23, 2020 • 13m 34s

Scott Morrison and the invisible woman

The decision to pull subsidies from childcare has caused alarm in the sector - especially because it is the only industry where this has happened.

Jul 21, 2020 • 14m 58s

The moment Australia almost beat coronavirus

In the middle of last month, Australia had its last chance to contain the coronavirus pandemic. One strain of the virus was all but defeated, but then a second broke out.

Jul 17, 2020 • 15m 56s

The Prime Minister for NSW

As the pandemic worsens in Victoria, Scott Morrison has been careful to distance himself from bad news.

Jul 15, 2020 • 15m 37s

Setting up for the second wave

With Victoria one week into its second shutdown, and NSW on high alert, there are new fears about what a second wave could mean for Australia’s coronavirus recovery.

Jul 10, 2020 • 16m 48s

Morrison to the virus: ‘Ich bin ein Melburnian’

As Victoria enters a second lockdown, Scott Morrison has offered an apolitical response to the Labor state.

Jul 9, 2020 • 14m 25s

Morrison’s rule by ‘Henry VIII’ clauses

During Covid-19, the government has been increasingly using ‘Henry VIII’ clauses to bypass the parliament and make laws that are never voted on.

Jul 8, 2020 • 13m 24s

Locked in the nine blocks

Five days ago, the Andrews government used police to lock down nine public housing towers. We spoke to one resident, Hulya, about what is happening inside.

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 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 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 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 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 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.

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 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 9, 2020 • 13m 30s

How coronavirus could break the NBN

The NBN is facing it’s most crucial test yet, and there are serious questions over whether the network will handle the unprecedented demand. Today, Paddy Manning on our virtual lifeline, and how it’s holding up.

Apr 8, 2020 • 15m 00s

The women and children at risk in a lockdown (plus, the Pell verdict)

The coronavirus lockdown has led to an increase in domestic violence reports, but many victims aren’t able to access support services. Today, Rick Morton on how life has become even more dangerous for some women and children.

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 6, 2020 • 14m 40s

Surviving the economic turmoil of coronavirus

What happens when everyone in a household loses work because of coronavirus? Today we look at the human cost of unemployment and what the government is doing to help people survive.

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 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 30, 2020 • 16m 45s

How to survive the shutdown

As more of Australia goes into coronavirus isolation, advice is being offered on how to manage mental health during a viral pandemic that forces us to separate. We speak to a Melbourne family who have been in isolation for almost 80 days.

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