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Apr 20, 2022 • 16m 00s

The fall of two of Hillsong’s most powerful men

Hillsong Church’s growth and success has faltered in recent years. Founded by Brian Houston in New South Wales, the global megachurch has outposts in 30 countries, including the United States. But mounting scandals at home have led Brian Houston to step aside and now, sensational allegations of misconduct in its US operations have been made public.

Feb 15, 2022 • 15m 15s

The revolt over the Religious Discrimination Bill

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

Dec 1, 2021 • 17m 05s

The proposed law that could legalise discrimination

The federal government has finally introduced a religious discrimination bill to parliament. And there are concerns that they could make it easier for individuals to discriminate against marginalised communities, like the queer community, without consequence. Today, Karen Middleton, on what the religious discrimination bill actually entails, and why Scott Morrison is so desperate to pass it.

Apr 30, 2021 • 14m 08s

A sermon from the Church of Morrison

At a recent appearance at the Australian Christian Churches conference Scott Morrison referred to social media as evil, and said he believed he was doing God’s work as Prime Minister. Those comments have ignited debate over the role of faith in political leadership. Today, Paul Bongiorno on the Prime Minister's Pentacostal faith and how it fits with some of his policy decisions.

Apr 12, 2020 • 18m 31s

Spotlight: Inside Australia's biggest cult

Following the death of cult leader Anne Hamilton-Byrne, surviving members of The Family reckon with judgement.

Dec 17, 2019 • 17m 11s

Brian Houston, we have a problem

As the Hillsong Church booms internationally, its local arm is still dealing with the fallout from the royal commission into child sexual abuse.

Sep 26, 2019 • 18m27s

Convicting a Newcastle priest

When former Anglican dean Graeme Lawrence was found guilty of child sexual abuse, his victim, Ben Giggins, made the unusual decision to request that the court name him publicly.

Jul 18, 2019 • 14m45s

Understanding Scott Morrison’s Pentecostalism

To understand Scott Morrison, it helps to understand his faith. Tanya Levin is a former Pentecostal who argues that the church informs every aspect of his politics.

Jul 11, 2019 • 19m01s

Surviving Australia’s biggest cult, The Family

Following the death of cult leader Anne Hamilton-Byrne, surviving members of The Family reckon with judgement.

Jul 5, 2019 • 12m48s

Faith and taxes

As Scott Morrison’s tax cuts make their way through the parliament, there are fresh questions over religious freedoms.

Jun 27, 2019 • 16m29s

Israel Folau’s cycle of sin

Following the sacking of Israel Folau by Rugby Australia, a fissure has opened up in the debate over equality and freedoms.

Jun 19, 2019 • 16m 39s

Turnbull’s stray dog

The election result has put faith back on the national agenda. But the issue is dogged by a review Malcolm Turnbull commissioned and never had the chance to answer.

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