Ruby Jones

is an investigative journalist and host of 7am.

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podcast July 03, 2023

Why Berejiklian’s corruption goes deeper than a bad relationship

National correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe on Gladys Berejiklian’s conduct and why it points to deeper misconduct in our politics.

podcast June 30, 2023

Stuart Robert, we thought we said goodbye

Columnist for The Saturday Paper Paul Bongiorno on the latest Stuart Robert revelations and why opinion polls are putting chills through Canberra.

podcast June 29, 2023

Thomas Mayo on the Voice, the polls and the critics

The author The Voice to Parliament Handbook with Kerry O’Brien and board member of Australians for Indigenous Constitutional Recognition, Thomas Mayo, on whether the ‘Yes’ campaign message is cutting through and if it needs to be clearer.

podcast June 01, 2023

Anthony Albanese: Bold reformer or cautious operator?

Contributor to The Monthly Sean Kelly, on trying to pin down the real intentions of the Albanese government.

podcast May 25, 2023

The PwC tax scandal: Should private consultants be trusted?

Associate editor of The Saturday Paper Martin McKenzie-Murray, on what happened when the Australian government trusted PwC to fix our tax system.

podcast June 28, 2023

Why Peter Dutton referred David Van to a body without real powers

Chief political correspondent Karen Middleton, on why people can stay in parliament long after they’ve been accused of sexual assault.

podcast June 27, 2023

Will Vladimir Putin survive the year?

Fellow at the ANU Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Matthew Sussex, on why Wagner’s rebellion makes Putin’s rule uncertain.

podcast June 26, 2023

Australian police and their use of excessive force

Contributor to The Monthly and criminal defence lawyer Russell Marks, on the use of force and the relationship between the police and the public.

podcast June 23, 2023

Crimes and Misdemeanours: Donald Trump and Hunter Biden

Editor of Australian Foreign Affairs, Jonathan Pearlman, on how the contest for the US presidency is suddenly about who has committed what crimes.

podcast June 22, 2023

Max Chandler-Mather on why the Greens blocked the housing fund

Greens spokesperson on housing and homelessness Max Chandler-Mather, reveals why the Greens blocked the bill, the conversations with Labor behind the scenes and what he thinks could have won his party’s support.

podcast June 21, 2023

How the justice system failed Kathleen Folbigg

Contributor to The Saturday Paper Wendy Bacon, on the fight for Kathleen Folbigg’s pardon and why it points to more wrongful convictions within our justice system.

podcast June 20, 2023

Peacock in the Pacific: Inside Australia’s bid to host COP31

Contributor to The Saturday Paper, Polly Hemming on how Australia is peacocking in the Pacific.

podcast June 13, 2023

Why the Voice can’t be the only answer

Contributor to The Saturday Paper Ben Abbatangelo, on why governments can’t get away with saying the Voice is the only answer.

podcast June 09, 2023

Philip Lowe thinks you should do more work

Columnist for The Saturday Paper Paul Bongiorno, on Phillip Lowe, the treasurer and the fight over wages.

podcast June 08, 2023

The dysfunction inside the NDIS watchdog

Senior reporter for The Saturday Paper Rick Morton, on how the organisation that oversees the NDIS was gaslighting its own staff, and what that means for those who rely on the service.

podcast June 07, 2023

The people who knew the truth about PwC for years

Chief political correspondent for The Saturday Paper, Karen Middleton on whether secrecy really should have kept the tax office from doing more.

podcast June 06, 2023

How the Pentagon plans to mine Australia’s minerals

National correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe on the American military’s plan to secure our minerals.

podcast June 05, 2023

We can say it now: Ben Roberts-Smith is a war criminal

Chief Political Correspondent for The Saturday Paper and author of ‘The Unwinnable War’, Karen Middleton on how the truth about Ben Roberts-Smith was proven and what it means for the legacy of Australian action in Afghanistan.

podcast June 02, 2023

The politicians who think the sky is falling

Columnist for The Saturday Paper Paul Bongiorno on the latest political skirmish – and whether WA premier Mark McGowan’s resignation is a sign the sky really is falling

podcast May 31, 2023

Stan Grant and Australia’s failure to talk about racism

Yorta Yorta writer and contributor to The Saturday Paper Daniel James, on whether Australia is mature enough to have a national conversation about racism and justice for Indigenous people.

podcast May 30, 2023

The Tasering of a 95-year-old woman

Senior reporter for The Saturday Paper Rick Morton, on the systemic failures that surround the death of Clare Nowland.

podcast May 29, 2023

The big myths about the housing crisis

National correspondent at The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe, on how Australia lost its way on housing – and why the current plan only addresses one part of the problem.

podcast May 26, 2023

Dutton’s dangerous rhetoric unleashed in parliament

Columnist for The Saturday Paper Paul Bongiorno on what Dutton’s rhetoric will do to the debate on the Voice.

podcast May 24, 2023

The real reason the robo-debt royal commission asked for a delay

Senior reporter for The Saturday Paper Rick Morton, on how robo-debt could become one of the first topics for the brand new integrity watchdog.

podcast May 23, 2023

Is Labor gaslighting voters on climate?

Director of the Australia Institute’s climate and energy program Polly Hemming on what a year of Labor government has delivered for the climate.

podcast May 22, 2023

Inside Australia’s cocaine trade

Four Corners reporter Mahmood Fazal on his investigation into the cocaine trade and how he came face-to-face with the people responsible for it.

podcast May 19, 2023

How Anthony Albanese’s doing a year after winning

Columnist for The Saturday Paper Paul Bongiorno spoke to the prime minister about his year on the job, and what’s next.

podcast May 18, 2023

How Putin’s henchmen started fighting with each other

Expert in Russian foreign policy and fellow at the ANU Strategic and Defence Studies Centre Matthew Sussex on how the Wagner group – and its leader – are changing the face of modern war.

podcast May 17, 2023

Australia’s first women’s adviser on why she left the country

Elizabeth Reid, on being first – and a lifetime of lessons.

podcast May 16, 2023

Inside the inquiry into the Lehrmann trial

Contributor to The Saturday Paper Claire Connelly, on the first week of stunning revelations, backflips and whether this inquiry can deliver answers.

podcast May 15, 2023

Farewell, Stuart Robert. We hardly knew ye.

Senior reporter for The Saturday Paper Rick Morton on the incredible parliamentary life of Stuart Robert and the last scandal hanging over his departure.

podcast May 12, 2023

The middle class vs. the poor: Why the Coalition wants them to fight

Columnist for The Saturday Paper, Paul Bongiorno on the strange politics at play and why there are bigger questions we should be asking.

podcast May 11, 2023

Peter Dutton’s Liberal party is turning on its closest ally

Former Liberal MP and contributor to The Saturday Paper Julia Banks, on how the Liberal Party is losing corporate Australia.

podcast May 10, 2023

The Budget: What’s in it for you

Chief political correspondent for The Saturday Paper Karen Middleton, on Treasurer Jim Chalmers’ first full May budget.

podcast May 08, 2023

So, the coronation was pretty weird – with Craig Foster

Co-chair of the Australian Republican Movement and human rights activist Craig Foster on the coronation, Anthony Albanese’s decision to attend and the path to a republic.

podcast May 05, 2023

Is Albanese going to ignore young people?

Columnist for The Saturday Paper Paul Bongiorno on the priorities going into budget night – and what Anthony Albanese is thinking as he visits London.

podcast May 04, 2023

Why is the ADF ‘not fit’ to deter China?

Chief political correspondent for The Saturday Paper Karen Middleton on how military spending lost its way and the challenging path towards making our forces fit for purpose.

podcast May 03, 2023

How HECS became a debt trap

Senior reporter for The Saturday Paper Rick Morton, on how HECS went from a promise of opportunity to threatening a generation with a debt spiral.

podcast May 02, 2023

From fatal negligence to a new $33 million contract

Contributor to The Saturday Paper Denham Sadler takes us inside how a contract to look after the health of prisoners was taken away then put into some very similar hands.

podcast May 01, 2023

How to fix the budget to lift people out of poverty

Economist and CEO of the Grattan Institute, Danielle Wood, on how we can afford to raise the rate, and more ways to fix the budget.

podcast April 28, 2023

Why can the government spend money on weapons but not welfare?

Columnist for The Saturday Paper Chris Wallace on the question that is turning up the heat on Anthony Albanese ahead of the budget.

podcast April 20, 2023

Who is Senator Jacinta Nampijinpa Price?

Chief political correspondent for The Saturday Paper Karen Middleton, on why the Liberal party is betting it all on Jacinta Nampijinpa Price.

podcast April 27, 2023

Just how ‘elite’ are the people behind the Voice?

Union organiser and member of the referendum working group, Thomas Mayo, on the loudest voices against the Voice.

podcast April 26, 2023

Why the Murdochs settled Dominion and abandoned Crikey

Writer and contributor to The Saturday Paper, Paddy Manning, on why there was a last minute change of heart – to keep the Murdochs away from the stand.

podcast April 25, 2023

Spotlight: The search for the very first star

We revisit our conversation with the director of the Space Technology and Industry Institute at Swinburne University, Dr Alan Duffy, on why the last year marked a new beginning for our understanding of the universe.

podcast April 24, 2023

When Julian Assange’s lawyer met Penny Wong

Lawyer for Julian Assange Jennifer Robinson, fresh from meeting Penny Wong – on what this government still needs to do if it wants to free him.

podcast April 21, 2023

51 ways the RBA has to be better

Columnist for The Saturday Paper Paul Bongiorno, on why the government took such bold action on the RBA, but won’t stop it inflicting more pain.

podcast April 20, 2023

Who is Senator Jacinta Nampijinpa Price?

Chief political correspondent for The Saturday Paper Karen Middleton, on why the Liberal party is betting it all on Jacinta Nampijinpa Price.

podcast April 19, 2023

A mental health crisis at Australia’s mental health commission

Senior reporter with The Saturday Paper Rick Morton on how the commission spent its money on a lavish tour around Australia and the ongoing mental toll for its workers.

podcast April 18, 2023

#MeToo and Canberra’s reckoning: how a mix of scandals and leadership led to change

Kate Jenkins on how far we’ve come – and the work that’s still not done.

podcast April 17, 2023

We were told to recycle plastic. Now it’s stockpiled around the country.

National correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe, on the impossible promise of REDcycle and what we do now with tens of thousands of tonnes of plastic that has nowhere to go.

podcast April 14, 2023

How Peter Dutton’s ‘No’ is tearing the Liberals apart

Columnist for The Saturday Paper Paul Bongiorno, on the consequences of saying ‘No’ for the Liberal party.

podcast April 13, 2023

Forget inflation. Inequality is the real economic problem.

National correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe on why financial pain isn’t distributed evenly and how rate rises can make that inequality worse.

podcast April 12, 2023

Why Australia won’t ban TikTok before the US does

Associate editor of The Saturday Paper Marty McKenzie-Murray, on how the company behind TikTok learned to walk the party line.

podcast April 11, 2023

Can Penny Wong stop us from going to war?

Contributor to The Monthly and Emeritus Professor of Strategic Studies at ANU Hugh White on how she is approaching the challenge.

podcast April 10, 2023

Spotlight: ​​How counter-terrorism turned a blind eye to the far right

We revisit our conversation with the author of ‘Rise of the Extreme Right’, Lydia Khalil, on the far-right in Australia, its connections around the world and the best way to stop it from growing.

podcast April 07, 2023

Spotlight: How death became the fight of Andrew Denton’s life

We revisit our conversation with voluntary assisted dying campaigner Andrew Denton, on how to change a debate, combat misinformation and the voices that really changed the law across Australia.

podcast April 06, 2023

No Voice and no votes: the future of the Liberal Party

Columnist for The Saturday Paper Paul Bongiorno on the future of the Liberal party.

podcast April 05, 2023

Can a deal be done to get us affordable homes?

Chief political correspondent for The Saturday Paper Karen Middleton on the political games that could decide the future of Australian housing.

podcast April 04, 2023

The state locking up more children than any other

Queensland Human Rights Commissioner Scott McDougall on the rights of children in a state that’s going to lock up more of them – and how his office has been sidelined.

podcast April 03, 2023

Is Murdoch media about to turn against the Voice?

Contributor to The Saturday Paper and author of a book on the Murdoch empire, Paddy Manning, on how the dream of conservative support for the voice is in troubled waters.

podcast March 31, 2023

Inside Peter Dutton’s leadership test in Aston

Columnist for The Saturday Paper Paul Bongiorno, on the must-win contest in Aston and how pressure is mounting inside the Liberal Party.

podcast March 30, 2023

Trump 2024: Why Republicans want to vote for him, even if he’s arrested

Senior fellow at the US studies centre and former Democratic staffer Bruce Wolpe on Trump’s first steps on the election trail.

podcast March 29, 2023

It won’t stop climate catastrophe. So why are the Greens voting for it?

National correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe, on why Australia’s new climate policy is still behind the science.

podcast March 28, 2023

Banks are failing around the world. Could it happen here?

Associate editor of The Saturday Paper Martin McKenzie-Murray on the trouble in the banking sector and whether it could spread to Australia.

podcast March 27, 2023

Why is Australia importing anti-trans activists?

Contributor to The Saturday Paper and co-editor of the book Nothing to Hide: Voices of Trans and Gender Diverse Australia, Sam Elkin on the woman who calls herself Posie Parker and why Australia is importing anti-trans activists.

podcast March 24, 2023

The dissent in Labor ranks over the US alliance

Columnist for The Saturday Paper, Paul Bongiorno, on the increasing political cost of the AUKUS deal.

podcast March 23, 2023

We tried to fit all the NSW scandals into 20 minutes. Here’s how far we got.

National correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe, on every scandal and resignation we could fit into a single episode.

podcast March 22, 2023

The climate protestor who beat a 15-month prison sentence

Fresh from beating that prison sentence on appeal, Violet CoCo on protest, justice, and the future of the climate movement.

podcast March 21, 2023

‘Treating private jets like Ubers’: Inside the Hillsong papers

Associate editor of The Saturday Paper Martin McKenzie-Murray on how Hillsong spent its money, and why a whistleblower came forward.

podcast March 20, 2023

Bob Brown on the fight Tanya Plibersek needs to have

Former leader of the Australian Greens, Bob Brown, on the promise of Tanya Plibersek and why the government’s environmental credentials are at stake.

podcast March 17, 2023

Will Albanese and Dutton agree on the $368 billion question?

Columnist for The Saturday Paper Paul Bongiorno, on how $368 billion dollars in spending is inevitably getting political.

podcast March 15, 2023

Being John Hughes: Inside literature’s plagiarism scandal

Writer Anna Verney and contributing editor to The Monthly Richard Cooke, on how they first discovered the borrowings of John Hughes and the revelations that followed.

podcast March 14, 2023

‘Web of cowardice’: What we learned from the final robo-debt hearings

Senior reporter for The Saturday Paper, Rick Morton on what we learned from inside the commission’s hearings.

podcast March 13, 2023

How we’re betting our climate future on a scam

Contributor to The Monthly Nick Feik, on the dodgy trades for our climate future.

podcast March 10, 2023

Why can’t Labor and the Greens get along?

Contributing editor of The Politics, Rachel Withers, on the impossible choice facing the Greens.

podcast March 09, 2023

How the family court is failing traumatised women

Author and contributor to The Saturday Paper Jane Caro on the women who feel silenced by the family court, and the changes the Federal government now wants to make.

podcast March 08, 2023

It’s all about money: Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News deposition

Author of a book about the Murdoch media empire ‘The Successor’, Paddy Manning, on the culture at Fox News that put profits before the truth.

podcast March 07, 2023

‘Disaster capitalism’: What’s happening after climate catastrophe

Contributor to The Saturday Paper Royce Kurmelovs on what happens when the government doesn’t step up, and the market steps in.

podcast March 06, 2023

ASIO is worried you’re helping foreign spies

Chief political correspondent for The Saturday Paper Karen Middleton, on why ASIO is worried about Australians getting caught up in dangerous spy games.

podcast March 03, 2023

What convinced Albanese to tackle superannuation

Columnist for The Saturday Paper Paul Bongiorno on how Albanese made his decision, and why we could be talking about it for years to come.

podcast March 02, 2023

Abortion is legal in Australia, but is it accessible?

Contributor to The Saturday Paper Esther Linder, on the barriers to early non-surgical abortions in Australia, and whether it's time for a change.

podcast March 01, 2023

How corporate profits are making inflation worse

National correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe, on how corporate profits are driving the cost-of-living crisis.

podcast February 28, 2023

Exposing robo-debt: Why Rhys Cauzzo’s mother never gave up

Jenny Miller, on her son Rhys and her search for the truth.

podcast February 27, 2023

‘My existence is not temporary’: The refugees who are finally allowed to stay

Former refugee and advocate Zaki Hairdari, on his journey to Australia, life as a temporarily protected person and why the fight continues for refugees in Australia.

podcast February 24, 2023

Superannuation: Is the government breaking a promise?

Columnist for The Saturday Paper Paul Bongiorno on the future of super.

podcast February 23, 2023

Balloons attack!

Former director of war studies at the Australian Army Research Centre and adjunct professor at UNSW Canberra Albert Palazzo, on how balloons became a threat.

podcast February 22, 2023

Chris Minns’ recipe for a vanilla victory

National correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe, on who Chris Minns really is…and why he ditched brashness for caution.

podcast February 21, 2023

What’s really happening in Alice Springs

Gunaikurnai/Wotjobaluk writer and contributor to The Saturday Paper Ben Abbatangelo on the real issues facing Alice Springs.

podcast February 20, 2023

The day the Reserve Bank got grilled

Chief political correspondent for The Saturday Paper Karen Middleton on what Philip Lowe said in Canberra, and whether his job is on the line.

podcast February 17, 2023

The by-election that will define Dutton’s opposition

Columnist for The Saturday Paper Paul Bongiorno, on the political test looming in Aston.

podcast February 16, 2023

Has Rupert Murdoch actually given up on his legacy deal?

Contributor to The Saturday Paper and author of the biography of Lachlan Murdoch The Successor – Paddy Manning, on the merger that could define Rupert Murdoch’s legacy and whether he’s really abandoned it for good.

podcast February 15, 2023

‘I complained about abuse and the governor-general vilified me…’

National correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe on the future of Peter Hollingworth.

podcast February 14, 2023

What’s behind the youth crime blame game?

Contributor to The Saturday Paper Jesse Noakes on the children who get caught up in the criminal justice system and what happens when they’re locked away.

podcast February 13, 2023

How the Adani empire keeps critics silenced

Associate editor of The Saturday Paper Martin McKenzie-Murray on Gautam Adani’s rise and how it’s built on silencing his critics.

podcast February 10, 2023

‘We can change 500,000 lives’: Jordon Steele-John’s ADHD mission

Jordon Steele-John on why it’s time for Medicare and the NDIS to include ADHD.

podcast February 09, 2023

Lidia Thorpe and the Greens: How did it come to this?

Chief political correspondent at The Saturday Paper Karen Middleton on what happened in the days leading up to the resignation, and what it means for the government — and the Greens.

podcast February 08, 2023

Can artists finally eat?

Editor of The Monthly Michael Williams on whether the Albanese government’s arts policy can revive the sector.

podcast January 27, 2023

Alice Springs: The crisis that shouldn’t have happened

Columnist for The Saturday Paper Chris Wallace on how giving communities a voice could force politicians to face complex challenges.

podcast January 26, 2023

The case for returning crown land

Author and Noongar woman, Claire G. Coleman on the case for returning crown land.

podcast January 25, 2023

What made Jacinda Ardern unique might also explain her shock exit

Freelance correspondent Charlotte Graham-McLay, who is writing a book about the 2019 Christchurch terrorist attack.

podcast January 24, 2023

Trauma therapy for children in Ukraine

Dr Natalya Mosol, who features in Jane Caro’s article in the latest edition of The Saturday Paper, ‘Treating trauma in Ukraine’s children’.

podcast January 23, 2023

The premier, the Nazi costume and the pokies

National correspondent for The Saturday Paper, Mike Seccombe on what’s going on behind the Perrottet scandal and what links it may have to the gambling industry.

podcast January 20, 2023

How Australian billionaires got richer during the pandemic

Columnist for The Saturday Paper, Chris Wallace on how Covid-19 made the wealthy richer and why we can’t be complacent about the virus.

podcast January 19, 2023

Julia Banks on how politics fails women

Former politician Julia Banks, on the report she watched be pushed aside, and her hope that this year it’s finally going to change our workplaces for the better.

podcast January 18, 2023

George Pell could have helped. He made it worse.

Freelance investigative journalist and the author of a book about the trial of George Pell, Fallen, Lucie Morris-Marr on Pell and the questions left for thousands of survivors after his death.

podcast January 17, 2023

The detail on the Voice is right here

Professor at the University of Melbourne Marcia Langton on the details of the Voice to Parliament, and what’s at stake if Australia gets this moment wrong.

podcast January 16, 2023

Elon Musk’s guide to losing $US200 billion in net worth

Veteran Tesla-watcher and financial journalist, Antony Currie, on the unshakeable faith in Elon.

podcast January 13, 2023

‘A patch of land’: Gardening with Laura Tingle

On this Weekend Read, chief political correspondent for the ABC’s 7.30 program Laura Tingle, with her piece from the summer issue of The Monthly.

podcast January 12, 2023

How counter-terrorism turned a blind eye to the far right, with Lydia Khalil

Author Lydia Khalil discusses how counter-terrorism turned a blind eye to the far right and how we all need to solve that problem.

podcast January 11, 2023

The search for the very first star, with Dr Alan Duffy

Director of the Space Technology and Industry Institute at Swinburne University, Dr Alan Duffy on why the last year marked a new beginning for our understanding of the universe.

podcast January 10, 2023

Travel advice and race, with Santilla Chingaipe

Author and contributor to The Monthly, Santilla Chingaipe on the travel guidance we rely on for our safety and what it tells us about how race functions in bureaucratic definitions of Australianness.

podcast January 09, 2023

How death became the fight of Andrew Denton’s life

Andrew Denton, on the campaign that changed how Australians will experience the end of their lives and the way it’s changing the care we receive at the end.

podcast December 23, 2022

Spotlight: Inside Anthony Albanese’s election night

We return to Labor’s election night victory.

podcast January 06, 2023

Surfing the little breaks, with Sarah Walker

On The Weekend Read, writer and artist Sarah Walker with her piece, “Little Breaks”, from The Monthly.

podcast January 05, 2023

Can the Voice to Parliament deliver radical change? With Gary Foley

Historian and veteran Aboriginal rights activist Gary Foley on self-determination, the lessons we should take from history and his hope for genuine change.

podcast January 04, 2023

What to be watching right now, with Clem Bastow

We’ve invited writer and critic Clem Bastow to share some of her favourite releases.

podcast January 03, 2023

The crime deep in the forest, with Sophie Cunningham

Author and contributor to The Monthly, Sophie Cunningham on the crime against our oldest and most precious old growth forests.

podcast January 02, 2023

Lachlan Murdoch: The successor, with Paddy Manning

Journalist Paddy Manning has long chronicled the Murdoch family and their businesses., His latest book – The Successor – is the first biography of Lachlan.

podcast December 30, 2022

Spotlight: Megan Davis on what’s next for the Voice

We revisit this episode with someone who has spent years working towards constitutional recognition: chair in constitutional law at the University of NSW, Megan Davis.

podcast December 29, 2022

Spotlight: What Murdoch asks from new prime ministers

In this episode from June, former prime minister Kevin Rudd on the way News Corp brings new governments to heel.

podcast December 28, 2022

Spotlight: How the Christian right overturned Roe v Wade

Today we are revisiting this episode from the moment the US Supreme Court made a ruling that affected people who can become pregnant across the US with the author of Beyond Belief: How Pentecostal Christianity is Taking Over the World Elle Hardy.

podcast December 27, 2022

Spotlight: How the teals really won, with Simon Holmes à Court

In this interview from May, Holmes á Court gave us staggering insights into how the campaign for independent candidates was run.

podcast December 26, 2022

Spotlight: The dirty secrets inside one of our biggest casinos

We take a look back at this episode with senior reporter for The Saturday Paper, Rick Morton, on exactly what has been happening behind the scenes at The Star Casino.

podcast December 22, 2022

Spotlight: Monique Ryan vs The Treasurer of Australia

Today, we revisit the moment the climate began to shift.

podcast December 21, 2022

Spotlight: Why Britain can’t face up to the empire’s past

We’re featuring this episode from September with the United Kingdom’s first Professor of Black Studies and author of The New Age of Empire, Kehinde Andrews, on what the monarchy represents today.

podcast December 20, 2022

Spotlight: Who is Scott Morrison?

Sean Kelly, author of The Game: A portrait of Scott Morrison, on what we know about Scott Morrison.

podcast December 19, 2022

Spotlight: Russia moves on Ukraine, plus how prepared is Scott Morrison for conflict?

We’re featuring this episode from February with columnist for The Saturday Paper Paul Bongiorno, on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and whether Scott Morrison was prepared.

podcast December 16, 2022

How Albanese, Bandt and Dutton ended the political year

Columnist for The Saturday Paper Paul Bongiorno on how Adam Bandt, Peter Dutton and Anthony Albanese ended their year and what that tells us about the political battles ahead of us in 2023.

podcast December 15, 2022

How are we having another Covid wave?

Nobel laureate Professor Peter Doherty on what we can still learn from Covid and what it’s teaching us about the future of global pandemics.

podcast December 14, 2022

The trial of Hillsong’s founder

Author and contributor to The Saturday Paper Elle Hardy, on Brian Houston’s long-awaited day in court.

podcast December 13, 2022

Why Australia’s lobbying rules just don’t cut it

National correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe on former minister Stuart Robert and when personal relationships cross into the public interest.

podcast December 12, 2022

15 months in jail after a climate protest

Contributor to The Saturday Paper Royce Kurmelovs on the jailing of Deanna “Violet” Coco and how governments are trying to outlaw disruption.

podcast December 09, 2022

Anthony Albanese’s race to get energy prices capped

Columnist for The Saturday Paper Paul Bongiorno on the race to cap electricity prices before we see more damage to the economy.

podcast December 01, 2022

When bureaucrats try to understand human behaviour

Senior reporter at The Saturday Paper Rick Morton, on the job ad for someone to look into human behaviour and its strange links to the origins of the Robo-debt disaster.

podcast December 08, 2022

What happens next for Brittany Higgins?

Contributing editor of The Monthly Rachel Withers on an unacceptable risk to those seeking justice.

podcast December 07, 2022

Can Tanya Plibersek stop new fossil fuel projects?

Contributor to The Saturday Paper Tom Morton on whether Australia is ready to take responsibility for the coal and gas we sell.

podcast December 06, 2022

This generation is an existential threat to the Liberal Party

National correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe, on how this generation of younger voters is changing the assumptions we’ve had about the electorate and why all the major parties need to adapt.

podcast December 05, 2022

‘We exist 365 days a year’

Contributor to The Saturday Paper, writer and critic Olivia Muscat on what the day means to her, and how it could be done better.

podcast December 02, 2022

Scott Morrison makes history (for all the wrong reasons)

Columnist for The Saturday Paper Paul Bongiorno on what Scott Morrison did when faced with the chance to explain himself.

podcast December 01, 2022

When bureaucrats try to understand human behaviour

Senior reporter at The Saturday Paper Rick Morton, on the job ad for someone to look into human behaviour and its strange links to the origins of the Robo-debt disaster.

podcast November 30, 2022

The biggest protests in China since Tiananmen

Journalist Louisa Lim on the protests igniting across China, despite the shadow of Tiananmen.

podcast November 29, 2022

How much Christianity do we need in our military?

Contributor to The Saturday Paper Amy Fallon on the role of religion in the ADF and what happens when it’s challenged.

podcast November 28, 2022

David Pocock’s vote: The most valuable thing in Canberra

National correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe, takes us inside how David Pocock made his decision to back Industrial Relations reform.

podcast November 25, 2022

A referendum on Dan Andrews: Inside the Victorian election

Election analyst and host of The Tally Room podcast Ben Raue on tomorrow’s election, the fate of Dan Andrews and the redrawing of the electoral map.

podcast November 24, 2022

Migrant workers died to bring us this World Cup

Journalist Kieran Pender on how the world game found itself defending human rights abuses.

podcast November 23, 2022

Did Australia live up to expectations at COP27?

Fellow of the Asia Society Policy Institute and former diplomatic adviser during the Paris Agreement negotiations Thom Woodroofe on Australia’s role at COP27, and the next challenge: meeting our commitments.

podcast November 22, 2022

How Mike Cannon-Brookes staged a climate coup

National correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe on what’s next for Cannon-Brookes and the dirty company he wants to clean up.

podcast November 21, 2022

‘Use of force’: How Medibank changed the fight on hackers

Senior reporter for The Saturday Paper Rick Morton on the powers our intelligence agencies have been building up for years and how they plan on using them.

podcast November 18, 2022

Albanese’s meeting with Xi Jinping: Will Australia get a second date?

Columnist for The Saturday Paper Paul Bongiorno on how Anthony Albanese sat down with Xi Jinping in Bali.

podcast November 17, 2022

Charlie Teo: The media’s ‘maverick, miracle doctor’

Contributor to The Monthly, Martin McKenzie-Murray, on Dr Charlie Teo and how the media built the image of a maverick miracle worker.

podcast November 16, 2022

How not to fund your future leaders, Scott Morrison-style

Chief political correspondent for The Saturday Paper Karen Middleton on the Australian Future Leaders Foundation and who was courted to support it.

podcast November 15, 2022

Climate justice: Should countries like Australia pay compensation?

National correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe on how the countries facing devastation from our emissions are demanding justice.

podcast November 14, 2022

Why nuclear submarines can’t save us

Former director of war studies at the Australian Army Research Centre and adjunct professor at UNSW Canberra Albert Palazzo, on whether new submarines can actually keep us safe.

podcast November 11, 2022

‘Air of possibility’: Surely not in Canberra?!

Columnist for The Saturday Paper Chris Wallace on a new season for politics.

podcast November 10, 2022

Elon Musk’s half-baked Twitter takeover

Elle Hardy, on Elon Musk’s attempt to engineer the truth.

podcast November 09, 2022

They were warned, and did it anyway: Inside robo-debt

Rick Morton on the robo-debt royal commission and how years of suffering could have been averted.

podcast November 08, 2022

​​Could Trump win in 2024? What the midterms will tell us

Bruce Wolpe on the US midterms and what they mean for the future of American politics.

podcast November 07, 2022

How Peter Dutton was created

Malcolm Knox on who Peter Dutton is, and what he’s prepared to do to become prime minister.

podcast November 04, 2022

Wages and power prices: A wake up call for Albanese

A distressed global economy and rising electricity prices are leaving Labor open to Liberal accusations that they’ve broken an election promise to lower power prices.

podcast November 03, 2022

‘You’re not imagining it’: Why the weather forecast could be wrong

Rick Morton joins us again, with the latest on the agency formerly known as the BoM.

podcast November 02, 2022

Did the home of the Melbourne Cup make the city’s floods worse?

Martin McKenzie-Murray on the Maribyrnong flood.

podcast November 01, 2022

Can a fossil-fuel company go net-zero?

Polly Hemming on how the government gives green credentials to fossil-fuel companies.

podcast October 31, 2022

House prices are dropping faster than ever

Mike Seccombe on the rollercoaster of the Australian property market.

podcast October 28, 2022

PM Rishi Sunak: Will this one last more than 45 days?

Jonathan Pearlman on the ascent of Rishi Sunak and the challenges ahead of him.

podcast October 27, 2022

Will mashed potato on a Monet solve the climate crisis?

Mike Seccombe on the divide within the environmentalist movement and what is driving protesters towards desperate action.

podcast October 26, 2022

What’s inside Labor’s first budget?

Last night, we got the pitch that tells us how this Labor government thinks it can contend with the challenge and what it plans to deliver for Australians.

podcast October 25, 2022

The Bureau of Meteorology: Chaos at the forecaster

Rick Morton on the culture at the Bureau of Meteorology and how science got sidelined.

podcast October 24, 2022

Australia is getting a wellbeing budget. What is that?

Rebecca Huntley on whether a budget can actually make us happier.

podcast October 21, 2022

Listen to this before budget night

Paul Bongiorno on the storm clouds gathering as we go into budget week.

podcast October 20, 2022

When your identity is no longer your own

Today, contributor to The Saturday Paper, Emma Phillips, on how it feels to lose control of your identity, and her fight to get it back.

podcast October 19, 2022

Sea Shepherd loses its pirate captain

Today, national correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe on whether this is the end for Paul Watson’s brand of high-stakes environmentalism.

podcast October 11, 2022

What Labor says about unemployment behind closed doors

Mutual obligations – and the first signs that the system might change.

podcast October 10, 2022

Zoe Daniel on the power of Julia Gillard’s misogyny speech

Independent MP for the seat of Goldstein Zoe Daniel on the forgotten history of the speech and why it still resonates with so many people today.

podcast October 07, 2022

Is Albanese about to axe the stage three tax cuts?

Paul Bongiorno on whether Labor could be ready to slowly ditch the stage three tax cuts.

podcast October 06, 2022

Vladimir Putin has unleashed dangerous forces in Russia

Today, associate professor at the ANU Strategic and Defence Studies Centre Matthew Sussex on what Putin is doing now that he is desperate and what he could unleash.

podcast October 05, 2022

Decline of the IPA: How the right’s favourite think tank ran out of ideas

Today, national correspondent at The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe on the decline of the IPA.

podcast October 04, 2022

Reducing good teachers to a single test

Today, senior reporter for The Saturday Paper Rick Morton on the testing regime for Australian teachers that was inspired by an American consultancy firm.

podcast October 03, 2022

Nigel Farage, the pornographer and their weird Australian tour

Nigel Farage has become increasingly irrelevant in British politics, but he is commanding speaking fees and being given a hero's welcome by Sky News presenters and One Nation politicians. It could be a cynical money-grabbing exercise, a play for political influence in Australia… or both.

podcast September 30, 2022

The trauma of robo-debt is finally being investigated

Today, columnist for The Saturday Paper, Paul Bongiorno on how the commission is trying to find the truth for the victims of robo-debt, and the future of integrity in our parliament.

podcast September 29, 2022

The Optus hack: How 10 million people got pwned

Today, associate professor Toby Murray from the School of Computing and Information Systems at the University of Melbourne on how millions of Australians are now exposed – and what we need to do about it.

podcast September 28, 2022

‘A shell of a hospital’: opening new facilities without more staff

Today, senior reporter for The Saturday Paper, Rick Morton on the big shiny hospitals without enough staff to run them.

podcast September 27, 2022

‘This is not justice’: the law keeping more people locked up after their sentence

Today, journalist Kieran Pender on the question of who gets to walk free at the end of their sentence.

podcast September 26, 2022

‘Collective delusion’: Why Britain can’t face up to the empire’s past

Today, the United Kingdom’s first Professor of Black Studies and author of The New Age of Empire, Kehinde Andrews, on what the monarchy represents today.

podcast September 23, 2022

How agencies access personal phone data

Today, chief political correspondent for The Saturday Paper Karen Middleton on what happens when the people in charge of law enforcement, act outside the law themselves.

podcast September 22, 2022

Spotlight: A night at the opera — How Whitlam and Kerr fell out

Today, we revisit our episode from 2020 with chief political correspondent for The Saturday Paper, Karen Middleton.

podcast September 21, 2022

How much will Labor pay to hold refugees on Nauru?

Today, national correspondent at The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe on the ongoing moral and financial cost of Australia’s offshore processing regime.

podcast September 20, 2022

The dirty secrets inside one of our biggest casinos

Today, senior reporter for The Saturday Paper, Rick Morton, on exactly what has been happening behind the scenes at The Star Casino.

podcast September 19, 2022

The Charles formerly known as Prince

Today, historian and author of The Palace Letters, Professor Jenny Hocking, on King Charles.

podcast September 16, 2022

Australia is mourning the Queen longer than the UK

Today, columnist for The Saturday Paper Paul Bongiorno on Australia’s extended grieving.

podcast September 15, 2022

Russia suffers a stunning collapse in Ukraine

Today, journalist Charles McPhedran on a humiliating Russian defeat in Ukraine.

podcast September 14, 2022

Why being a renter is getting more expensive

Today, senior reporter for The Saturday Paper Rick Morton on what’s happening to our rents.

podcast September 13, 2022

Why a third wet summer could be the most dangerous yet

Today, climate scientist and lead author on the IPCC’s most recent climate assessment, Joëlle Gergis, on our never-ending stretch of rainy summers and what they mean for the climate disaster.

podcast September 12, 2022

The end of Queen Elizabeth II’s 70-year reign

Today, historian Dr Cindy McCreery on Queen Elizabeth II’s legacy, and what’s next for the monarchy.

podcast September 09, 2022

Albanese’s race to ease the cost of living

Today, columnist for The Saturday Paper Paul Bongiorno on Labor’s attempts to reign in a cost of living spiral.

podcast September 08, 2022

Will Lachlan Murdoch beat Crikey in court?

Today, journalist and author, Paddy Manning on the likely successor to News Corp’s global empire vs Crikey.

podcast September 07, 2022

Scott Morrison and the secretive $18m grant

Today, chief political correspondent at The Saturday Paper Karen Middleton, on Scott Morrison’s secretive $18 million leadership grant.

podcast September 06, 2022

What do the 35 new members of parliament believe in?

Today, writer and contributor to The Monthly Sean Kelly on first speeches, optimism, and compromise.

podcast September 05, 2022

Can Tanya Plibersek save the environment?

Today, writer and contributor to The Monthly, Chloe Hooper, takes us inside how Tanya Plibersek found herself here, and what she plans to do about it.

podcast September 02, 2022

The truth about the jobs summit: it’s the descent that kills you

Columnist for The Saturday Paper Paul Bongiorno on the promises and perils of Labor’s Jobs and Skills Summit.

podcast September 01, 2022

‘If they want to survive, time for them to run’: Ukraine’s new plan

Today, world editor for The Saturday Paper Jonathan Pearlman on the coalescing crises facing Europe, and what the next phase of the war in Ukraine will look like.

podcast August 31, 2022

New questions over whether Scott Morrison acted lawfully

Today, chief political correspondent for The Saturday Paper Karen Middleton on the question of whether Scott Morrison may have acted unlawfully.

podcast August 30, 2022

Ghost cities: Is China’s economy about to crash?

Today, national correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe on the alarming signs in the Chinese economy, and what they could mean for us.

podcast August 29, 2022

Your order for employment rights has been cancelled: Deliveroo v Franco

Today, journalist and lawyer Kieran Pender on the story of Diego Franco and how it put the Fair Work Commission at loggerheads with the most powerful court in Australia.

podcast August 26, 2022

Secret ministries are legal. Now what for Scott Morrison?

Today, columnist for The Saturday Paper Paul Bongiorno on the inquiry to come and if Anthony Albanese is overplaying his hand.

podcast August 25, 2022

Not getting paid enough? It’s not just a feeling

Today, executive director of the Australia Institute Richard Denniss on how Australian wages stagnated… and what the federal government could be doing to fix that.

podcast August 24, 2022

The state that elected Pauline Hanson and Clive Palmer is changing

Today, journalist Paddy Manning on the Brisbane Greens and how their “radical agenda” began to appeal to Queenslanders.

podcast August 23, 2022

What’s next in the Morrison ministries saga?

Today, chief political correspondent for The Saturday Paper Karen Middleton on the reaction of Scott Morrison’s former cabinet colleagues.

podcast August 22, 2022

What you need to know about monkeypox

Today, science journalist Bianca Nogrady on the origins and challenges of the monkeypox outbreak.

podcast August 19, 2022

Scott Morrison’s secret ministries: everything you need to know

Today, columnist for The Saturday Paper Paul Bongiorno on the perplexing question of why Scott Morrison kept secretly giving himself more ministerial powers.

podcast August 18, 2022

Australia’s biggest tax bludgers REVEALED

Today, author and professor Chris Wallace on who the real burdens are on our economy.

podcast August 17, 2022

What the FBI found at Donald Trump’s home

Today, world editor at The Saturday Paper Jonathan Pearlman on what the FBI were looking for when they raided Trump’s home.

podcast August 16, 2022

How the John Barilaro ‘sh**show’ engulfed a government

Today, senior reporter for The Saturday Paper Rick Morton, on the job offer that threatens to engulf the entire NSW government.

podcast August 15, 2022

One year since the fall of Kabul: Who was left behind?

Today, chief political correspondent for The Saturday Paper Karen Middleton reveals the details of a deal struck in the last few weeks by the Australian government – with Afghans who worked with Australia being told to cross the border into Pakistan – undocumented.

podcast August 12, 2022

China warns Australia to pipe down on Taiwan

Today, columnist for The Saturday Paper Paul Bongiorno on China’s message to Australia.

podcast August 11, 2022

Megan Davis on what’s next for the Voice

Today, someone who has spent years working towards constitutional recognition: chair in constitutional law at the University of New South Wales, Megan Davis.

podcast August 10, 2022

The secret jailing of an Australian spy

Today, chief political correspondent at The Saturday Paper, Karen Middleton, on the case of Alan Johns.

podcast August 09, 2022

The school funding gap the Coalition left behind

Today, senior reporter at The Saturday Paper Rick Morton reveals the $600 million funding shortfall for students with a disability in the public system.

podcast August 08, 2022

The threat to our food is here to stay

Today, Esther Linder on a looming food crisis that Australia isn’t prepared for, and what it means for the way we eat.

podcast August 05, 2022

How Peter Dutton is making himself irrelevant

Today, columnist for The Saturday Paper Paul Bongiorno on what Dutton is telling his party room, and the divisions already becoming apparent in the Coalition.

podcast August 04, 2022

Inside the Greens’ climate deal with Labor

Today, national correspondent at The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe on the high-stakes political games that are going to decide our climate future.

podcast August 03, 2022

For some renters, being evicted is a death sentence

Today, writer and campaigner Jesse Noakes on the deadly consequences of evictions, and the new push to protect renters.

podcast August 02, 2022

The party within a party: How Labor’s factions work

Today, Labor speechwriter and contributor to The Saturday Paper Dennis Glover on the party within a party.

podcast August 01, 2022

Omicron #3: Stuck between anger and denial

Today, lead researcher at the Kirby Institute Raina MacIntyre on hope, denial and Covid-19.

podcast July 29, 2022

Another test for Anthony Albanese

Today, columnist from The Saturday Paper Paul Bongiorno on the first week of a new parliament.

podcast July 28, 2022

‘He saw the sky turn crimson the day the bomb was dropped’

Today, chief political correspondent for The Saturday Paper Karen Middleton on the one of the biggest projects Australia is undertaking.

podcast July 27, 2022

Who is that unmasked man? Covid-19 and the politics of fatigue

Today, associate editor of The Saturday Paper Martin McKenzie-Murray on Covid-19 and the politics of fatigue.

podcast July 26, 2022

Earn $20k EVERY MONTH by being a Liberal Party hack

Today, national correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe on how key bodies have been politicised beyond recognition and what to do next.

podcast July 25, 2022

The mess is the point: Nyadol Nyuon on Peter Dutton

Today, lawyer and contributor to The Saturday Paper Nyadol Nyuon on Peter Dutton, social media and how impoliteness can be a radical agent of change.

podcast July 22, 2022

It’s pronounced ‘climate targét’

Today, columnist for The Saturday Paper Paul Bongiorno on the state of the environment.

podcast July 21, 2022

The first law of holes: stop digging

Today, national correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe on the turnaround in how Beijing views Canberra.

podcast July 20, 2022

Mutual obligations: ‘What they’re selling is poor people’

Today, senior correspondent for The Saturday Paper Rick Morton on the industry selling poor people.

podcast July 19, 2022

Succession S4: The Murdoch divorce

Today, Paddy Manning, contributor to The Saturday Paper and author of a forthcoming biography on Lachlan Murdoch, on the true story of the Murdoch divorce.

podcast July 18, 2022

Scott, Boris and Donald walk into a pandemic

Today, social researcher and contributor to The Saturday Paper Rebecca Huntley on the fall of the so-called strongman and what’s next for right-wing populism.

podcast July 15, 2022

What Tony Abbott did next

Today, columnist for The Saturday Paper Paul Bongiorno on what Tony Abbott did next.

podcast July 14, 2022

Living with long Covid

Today, contributor to The Saturday Paper Bianca Nogrady on the people living with long Covid.

podcast July 13, 2022

What happens when you leave Hillsong

Today, contributor to The Saturday Paper Tanya Levin on why former Hillsong members are increasingly reporting that they suffer PTSD and what’s known as religious trauma syndrome.

podcast July 12, 2022

On trial for telling the truth

Today, lawyer and contributor to The Saturday Paper Kieran Pender on the people still facing prison for telling the truth.

podcast July 11, 2022

How Boris Johnson broke Britain

World editor of The Saturday Paper, Jonathan Pearlman on Boris Johnson’s incredibly predictable downfall.

podcast July 08, 2022

What Anthony Albanese needs to do about Covid-19

Columnist for The Saturday Paper Chris Wallace on the end of Anthony Albanese’s honeymoon and the urgent work ahead for the new government.

podcast July 07, 2022

Meet the Australian leading our search for life on Mars

Will Higginbotham on the Australian leading NASA’s search for life on Mars, and what she is discovering.

podcast July 06, 2022

The Reserve Bank doesn’t know what it’s doing

National correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe on why the Reserve Bank is so secretive, and the push to change it.

podcast July 05, 2022

The police crackdown on Blockade Australia

Journalist Wendy Bacon on the ways police are targeting protestors before they’ve even begun to protest.

podcast July 04, 2022

The lessons of Roe v Wade for our health system

Gemma Carey on Roe v Wade and its lessons for Australia.

podcast July 01, 2022

Can Albanese win over world leaders?

Chris Wallace on Albanese’s attempts at a reset.

podcast June 30, 2022

The ruling that could end trans inclusion in sport

Trans athletes have effectively been banned from elite swimming. The decision and the document released by FINA could have an impact not just on swimmers, but on how other sports around the world handle participation and inclusion. So what does it say?

podcast June 29, 2022

How the Christian right overturned Roe v Wade

Elle Hardy on how the Christian right plotted for years to overturn Roe v Wade and why they are not done yet.

podcast June 28, 2022

What Murdoch asks from new prime ministers

Former prime minister Kevin Rudd on the way News Corp brings new governments to heel.

podcast June 27, 2022

The crisis in our hospitals is not about Covid

Rick Morton on a devastating winter for our healthcare system.

podcast June 24, 2022

How much do you crossbench, bro?

Paul Bongiorno on the battle lines in Australia’s new senate.

podcast June 20, 2022

Is the road to recession paved with $7 lettuce?

Journalist and Policy Fellow at the University of Sydney Sydney’s Policy Lab, Claire Connelly on why prices are rising and the risk that poses to the economy.

podcast June 17, 2022

The energy crisis just got serious

Paul Bongiorno on the suspension of the energy market and the political blame game that's followed.

podcast June 16, 2022

Inside the chaos Morrison left behind

Rick Morton on the state of the public service and the task of the new government to fix it.

podcast June 15, 2022

The truth about the ‘gas crisis’

Journalist Jesse Noakes on eye watering energy bills and why the one state that’s avoiding them is not necessarily the example the rest of us should follow.

podcast June 14, 2022

How YouTube behaves when it goes to court

Defamation lawyer, Hannah Marshall on Barilaro versus Google and what the outcome of the case reveals about one of the most powerful companies in the world.

podcast June 10, 2022

The first steps towards integrity

Paul Bongiorno on the first steps towards integrity.

podcast June 09, 2022

How do you heal a moral injury?

Archdeacon Rod Bower on Australia’s moral injury and how we can begin to heal.

podcast June 08, 2022

Students are paying for uni. Teachers are marking for free.

University students don’t read detailed feedback, so what’s the point in paying academics to give it? That’s the position of one of Australia’s most prestigious universities.

podcast June 07, 2022

How Peter Dutton blocked Indigenous names for bases

Karen Middleton on Peter Dutton’s decisions as Defence Minister and what they tell us about his approach to change.

podcast June 06, 2022

Could a phone call stop Julian Assange’s extradition?

Journalist Amy Fallon on the extradition of Julian Assange and the test it sets for our political leaders.

podcast June 03, 2022

Why Albanese is demanding discipline

Paul Bongiorno on Albanese’s agenda and why he’s demanding discipline from the Labor party room.

podcast June 02, 2022

How can you follow an act like Barnaby Joyce?

Barnaby Joyce has been rolled as leader of the National Party and replaced by David Littleproud.

podcast June 01, 2022

China and Australia’s race around the Pacific

World editor for The Saturday Paper, Jonathan Pearlman on the race to make deals in the South Pacific.

podcast May 30, 2022

How the teals really won, with Simon Holmes à Court

Simon Holmes à Court on how the Independents really won their seats.

podcast May 27, 2022

How did the Liberal Party get it so wrong?

As votes are still being counted in an election that has reshaped the political map. What do the results mean for the future of Australian politics?

podcast May 26, 2022

The Hillsong family emails

Leaked emails show how the Houston family responded to the scandal that may have ended their reign at the top of the Hillsong megachurch.

podcast May 25, 2022

Is Peter Dutton the future of the Liberal Party?

Former Liberal leader and columnist for The Saturday Paper John Hewson on what went wrong for the Coalition on election night - and what lessons the party should take from the defeat.

podcast May 24, 2022

The witnesses for Ben Roberts-Smith

Rick Morton on the latest evidence in the Ben Roberts-Smith defamation case.

podcast May 23, 2022

The Vote: Inside Anthony Albanese’s election night

Today — we go inside the Labor party at the moment it won victory.

podcast May 20, 2022

The Vote Panel: Could Scott Morrison win again?

It’s all come down to this. On Saturday night, Australia will decide it’s next government and next Prime Minister.

podcast May 19, 2022

The Vote: Inside the campaign bus on the final days

Karen Middleton takes us inside the whirlwind final days of the campaign trail.

podcast May 18, 2022

The Vote: Confessions of a former Liberal politician

Former federal politician Fred Chaney on why politicians gave up on tackling our greatest challenges.

podcast May 17, 2022

The Vote: What are the Coalition actually offering?

Mike Seccombe on what the Coalition is offering voters at this election.

podcast May 16, 2022

The Vote: Monique Ryan vs The Treasurer of Australia

The treasurer of Australia, Josh Frydenberg, is facing what he’s described as the fight of his political life. 7am producer Elle Marsh takes us inside the campaign of Doctor Monique Ryan.

podcast May 13, 2022

The Vote Panel: Wage wars and leaked polls

With just one week to go until election day, the debate over the minimum wage has taken the spotlight. And, the polls are showing some Coalition strongholds are at risk of falling.

podcast May 12, 2022

The Vote: Fighting for the Aboriginal vote (Part Two)

A complaint lodged with the Human Rights Commission alleges that there is a pattern of indirect discrimination and voter suppression in remote Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory.

podcast May 11, 2022

The Vote: Hiding the Aboriginal vote (Part 1)

When Australia heads to the polls in a couple of weeks, 1 in 5 Indigenous people who are eligible to vote won’t be enrolled and so, they won’t be able to cast a ballot. Today, producer for 7am Ruby Schwartz travels to remote Australia to find out why some people are more enrolled than others.

podcast May 10, 2022

The Vote: Why you won’t see a debate on the ABC

Rick Morton on the ABC’s doomed bid to host an election debate and what it says about the relationship between the Morrison government and the media.

podcast May 09, 2022

The Vote: Fighting for coal votes

Investigative journalist Marian Wilkinson on the race for Hunter, what the parties are promising people there and what that means for all of us.

podcast May 06, 2022

The Vote Panel: Everyone is promising houses

As we close in on election day, housing affordability has become a central issue of this campaign. People’s mortgages are going up and it could put upward pressure on rents. So, how are cost of living pressures factoring into the decision voters will make in just two weeks time?

podcast May 05, 2022

The Vote: The Adam Bandt Interview

Adam Bandt sits down for an one-on-one interview with 7am’s Ruby Jones.

podcast May 04, 2022

A Russian oligarch and a British publisher walk into an Australian court

Lawyers and bankers in London have been warned by the British prime minister not to defend the wealth and reputations of Russian oligarchs who have ties to Vladimir Putin’s government. And one of those oligarchs actually has a connection to Australia as well.

podcast May 03, 2022

The Vote: What are Labor actually offering?

The Labor Party officially launched their campaign on Sunday, unveiling new policies and making their most comprehensive pitch to voters so far. But the policy offering remains slimmer than it was three years ago, which is part of what has been described as the party’s small target strategy.

podcast May 02, 2022

The Vote: The climate kids are doomscrolling

As we enter the final weeks of the election campaign there’s one group of people more stressed, more disillusioned than most. Teenagers, desperate to see change but unable to vote to get their voice heard.

podcast April 29, 2022

The Vote Panel: Three weeks in and it’s all about to start

Today, Anthony Albanese is set to end his isolation and return to the campaign trail after he tested positive for Covid-19 last week. As he returns to campaigning in-person, the cost of living has become an even more pressing election issue and a deal between China and The Solomon Islands has opened up a surprising avenue of attack on the Coalition.

podcast April 28, 2022

The Vote: All the Clive Palmer ads are written by… Clive Palmer?

Rick Morton on the rise of Clive Palmer and what he is trying to get out of his election advertising blitz.

podcast April 27, 2022

What happened to ‘raising the age’

In the Northern Territory, there’s a youth detention centre that has been subject to multiple reports, complaints, and a Royal Commission. That Commission recommended it be shut down, but children as young as 10 years old are still being held there, some say they’ve been locked inside their cells for 23 hours a day.

podcast April 26, 2022

The Vote: ‘The last time I spoke to Morrison he told me to go get f—ed’

Today, we speak to someone who has made that choice, former Independent Tony Windsor, on how to navigate a hung parliament and how Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese would act in those negotiations.

podcast April 22, 2022

Who would select a candidate like Katherine Deves?

Paul Bongiorno on the Katherine Deves controversy and how it looks to the independents who could be shaping up as kingmakers.

podcast April 21, 2022

The Human Rights Commission could flunk its next exam

The Saturday Paper’s national correspondent Mike Seccombe on the state of the Human Rights Commission and what a downgrade would mean for Australia’s voice on the world stage.

podcast April 20, 2022

The fall of two of Hillsong’s most powerful men

Hillsong Church’s growth and success has faltered in recent years. Today, senior reporter for The Saturday Paper, Rick Morton, on how the leadership of the megachurch has entered a phase of panic and recriminations.

podcast April 19, 2022

Love and politics put the High Court in a tricky position

Two years ago, the High Court made a landmark decision that prevented the deportation of non-citizen Aboriginal Australians. Now, the federal government is seeking to overturn that decision.

podcast April 19, 2022

Spotlight: The last family on Nauru

In 2020 we brought you the story of the last family left on Nauru. Just over a week ago - that family was released. They were among the 26 refugees freed from onshore detention.

podcast April 14, 2022

Putin’s new plan in Ukraine

As Russian forces have withdrawn from around Kyiv, Ukrainians have found shocking scenes of civilians executed and evidence of alleged war crimes. But Russia isn’t leaving these towns to give up on its war in Ukraine.

podcast April 13, 2022

Inside Morrison’s pre-election appointments

In the final days of a Government, before an election is called, last-minute appointments are often made. Last week, the Morrison government made 19 of those, to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

podcast April 12, 2022

The Vote: Who is Anthony Albanese?

With an election called, Labor leader Anthony Albanese has six weeks to convince Australia he would make a better prime minister than Scott Morrison. The challenge is to avoid the mistakes of the last Labor election campaign, but as a small target, can he still be inspiring enough to win over voters?

podcast April 11, 2022

The Vote: Who is Scott Morrison?

After years in public life, Scott Morrison can still seem hollow and one-dimensional. According to his biographer, this is deliberate. But with the election now running, Morrison faces one of the strange truisms of politics: that what helped him win last time could be what costs him victory this time.

podcast April 08, 2022

The Liberal Party turns on Scott Morrison

With the countdown to the federal election on, both sides of politics are attempting to shore up internal support and reassure voters. Labor is still firmly ahead in the polls, but the race is getting tighter, at least according to newspoll.

podcast April 07, 2022

Is there anything we can do about surging Covid-19 cases?

Today, Professor Raina MacIntyre, a member of the World Health Organization’s advisory group, on what we’re misunderstanding about the current wave of infections, and what the long term costs are.

podcast April 06, 2022

The true story of how Scott Morrison got to parliament

Fifteen years after winning the safe seat of Cook, the true story of Scott Morrison’s ugly preselection fight can now be revealed. For the first time, statutory declarations show how Morrison allegedly used race and religion to undermine a rival.

podcast April 05, 2022

The killing of Ann Marie Smith

Today, Disability activist and contributor to The Saturday Paper Georgia Cranko on what happened to Ann Marie Smith, and what the case tells us about how society treats Disabled people.

podcast April 04, 2022

The outsiders who could dominate the election

Margaret Simons on the independents who could go on to hold the balance of power.

podcast April 01, 2022

Morrison’s counterfeit carbon economy

Mike Seccombe on the man blowing the whistle on the Morrison government’s sham carbon projects.

podcast March 31, 2022

The abusers hiding their money in super

Bri Lee on the loophole being exploited, and why the government has failed to act.

podcast March 30, 2022

Budget ‘22: All hat, no rabbit

Last night, Josh Frydenberg delivered his last budget before the Morrison government goes to the polls. It was a pitch to voters worried about the cost of living, with new payments and bold claims about an economic turnaround.

podcast March 29, 2022

How the war in Ukraine will end

Mark Edele on how the war in Ukraine will end.

podcast March 28, 2022

The teen who sued for climate action

Last year, the federal court found the environment minister has a duty of care to young Australians when making decisions regarding climate change. This month, that decision was overturned.

podcast March 24, 2022

Why Angus Taylor tanked Australia’s carbon market

A few weeks ago, Energy Minister Angus Taylor made changes to the Australian carbon market that crashed the value of government-issued carbon credits. The changes made it cheaper for big companies to pollute.

podcast March 23, 2022

The day Morrison went silent

As further details emerge about the federal response to the flood crisis in Northern NSW, it has become clear that the government did not send troops when it could have. Rick Morton on Morrison’s blame shifting and the consequent fallout.

podcast March 22, 2022

Sarah Krasnostein on Australia’s mental health crisis

Author of a new Quarterly Essay on the mental health system Sarah Krasnostein on how Australia’s history of incarceration and shame informs the current crisis.

podcast March 21, 2022

Scott Morrison’s economic lies

Economist and contributor to The Saturday Paper Richard Denniss explains how economic language is used to trick voters.

podcast March 18, 2022

The Albanese glow-up

Paul Bongiorno on the battle lines being drawn, and just how personal this contest is likely to get.

podcast March 17, 2022

Understanding the Zachary Rolfe verdict

Anna Krien on the acquittal of Zachary Rolfe, and what this case reveals about the state of policing in Australia.

podcast March 16, 2022

‘Where was the help?’: The Northern Rivers flood rescues

Almost two weeks on from the catastrophic flooding on the east coast of Australia, residents have begun the slow process of rebuilding their lives. But they’ve been left with a lingering question: where was the help?

podcast March 15, 2022

The empty plan to end violence against women

Kristine Ziwica on the shortcomings of the National Plan to End Violence against Women and Children and what it means for women over the next decade.

podcast March 14, 2022

Keeping up with Jacqui Lambie

Chloe Hooper spent months talking to Jacqui Lambie, finding out how the public persona matches the private Jacqui.

podcast March 11, 2022

Is Scott Morrison about to be toppled?

Paul Bongiorno on how precarious the Prime Minister’s position might be.

podcast March 10, 2022

The end of public housing in Australia

Rick Morton on how governments and developers are exacerbating the housing crisis in Australia - and what it means for people who need a place to live.

podcast March 09, 2022

The Russia-Ukraine war fakes

Ukrainian media scholar Eugenia Kuznetsova on what’s real and what’s fake - and how disinformation could affect the outcome of the war.

podcast March 08, 2022

Why no one’s calling Angus Taylor

Mike Seccombe on the Morrison government’s interventions in the energy market, and why it’s lost the trust of the sector.

podcast March 07, 2022

Will house prices ever crash?

Russell Marks on why Australia’s housing market continues to confound expectations - and what might actually make a difference.

podcast March 04, 2022

Floods, war and the PM’s Covid-19 diagnosis

Paul Bongiorno on Scott Morrison’s performance and plummeting popularity.

podcast March 03, 2022

Morrison’s plan to deport thousands of migrants

Principal solicitor at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre Hannah Dickinson on why Australia is deporting so many long-term residents.

podcast March 02, 2022

The bill that could end class actions

Journalist and lawyer Kieran Pender on the new government legislation that could spell the end of class actions in Australia, and what that would mean for access to justice.

podcast March 01, 2022

Why Putin is risking it all on Ukraine

Jonathan Pearlman on why Russia’s leader Vladimir Putin is risking it all on Ukraine, and whether economic sanctions will be enough.

podcast February 28, 2022

The end of Covid restrictions _Final_FinalFinal

Hannah Ryan on the global easing of pandemic restrictions despite ongoing concern over the Omicron variant of Covid-19.

podcast February 25, 2022

Russia moves on Ukraine, plus how prepared is Scott Morrison for conflict?

Today, columnist for The Saturday Paper Paul Bongiorno on how equipped Scott Morrison is to handle escalating tensions in both Ukraine and in the Pacific.

podcast February 24, 2022

The real cause of Australia’s mental health crisis

Rick Morton on the real causes of Australia’s spiralling mental health crisis and the recent bungle that made it worse.

podcast February 23, 2022

What happened to the Greens?

Mike Seccombe on the challenges facing Australia’s third party, and what kind of power they might wield after the election.

podcast February 22, 2022

’The New Cold War’ Part Two: The US vs China

Today on 7am, Emeritus Professor of Strategic Studies at the Australian National University Hugh White, on the changing power dynamics in our region, and the risks of war between the US and China.

podcast February 21, 2022

’The New Cold War’ Part One: The US vs Russia

Today, former head of DFAT Michael Costello, on the real origins of the dispute between Russia and Ukraine, and what the US and its allies are getting wrong. This is the first in a two-part series from 7am examining rising geopolitical tensions between the world’s superpowers.

podcast February 18, 2022

Scott Morrison hits the panic button

Today, columnist for The Saturday Paper Paul Bongiorno on how Scott Morrison is attempting to claw back ground as the election inches closer.

podcast February 17, 2022

The trial of Zachary Rolfe

Today, journalist Hannah Ryan on the charges against Zachary Rolfe and what it’s like covering this historic trial from Northern Territory.

podcast February 16, 2022

The High Court case that could change your job

Companies like Uber and Airtasker have transformed the so-called ‘gig economy’ by hiring thousands of workers as independent contractors, rather than employees. Today, journalist Kieran Pender on the landmark high court decision, and the future of work in Australia.

podcast February 15, 2022

The revolt over the Religious Discrimination Bill

Today, national correspondent for The Saturday Paper, Mike Seccombe on the revolt over the Religious Discrimination Bill, and the political faultlines the bill has exposed.

podcast February 14, 2022

The revolution will be electrified

Today, inventor and scientist Saul Griffith, author of ‘The Big Switch’, on his plan to transition Australia into a clean energy future.

podcast February 11, 2022

When Grace Tame and Brittany Higgins came to Canberra

On Tuesday Prime Minister Scott Morrison formally apologised to all those who have experienced sexual harassment, assault or bullying while working in federal parliament.

podcast February 10, 2022

The power struggle threatening Scott Morrison’s re-election

Today, chief political correspondent for The Saturday Paper, Karen Middleton on the power struggle within the Liberal Party that is threatening their re-election chances.

podcast February 09, 2022

The dark money funding politics

Today, contributor to The Saturday Paper Hannah Ryan on how political parties are hiding the real source of their donations – and what that means for the way our democracy works.

podcast February 08, 2022

Morrison’s Covid hotline sting

Today, senior reporter at The Saturday Paper Rick Morton on the outsourcing of a key frontline health service and the impact of privatisation during the pandemic.

podcast February 07, 2022

Australia’s largest new fossil fuel project

Today, contributor to The Monthly Jesse Noakes on why the Scarborough project is being called Juukan Gorge in slow motion.

podcast February 04, 2022

Bread, circuses and the ‘psycho’ text about the PM

Today, columnist for The Saturday Paper, Paul Bongiorno on what the price of bread and a series of leaked text messages have to do with Scott Morrison’s leadership.

podcast February 03, 2022

Inside Australia’s hottest prison

Today, contributor to The Saturday Paper Dechlan Brennan on what it’s like in Australia’s hottest prison, and why the government is refusing to act.

podcast February 02, 2022

‘The largest invasion since World War Two’

Today, world editor at The Saturday Paper Jonathan Pearlman on the escalating tension in Europe, and the likelihood of war.

podcast February 01, 2022

What going back to school actually looks like

Today, journalist Hannah Ryan on the debate over when, and how, to return to in-class learning, and what going back to school actually looks like.

podcast January 31, 2022

The real crisis inside our hospitals

Today, senior reporter for The Saturday Paper Rick Morton on the crisis in our health system, and how our government’s didn’t see it coming.

podcast January 28, 2022

What to expect this election year

This year Australians will head to the polls and cast their judgement on the performance of the federal government.

podcast January 27, 2022

The week the world saw Australia’s cruelty

When world number one tennis player Novak Djokovic arrived in Australia earlier this month, he intended to defend his title at the Australian Open. Instead, his visa was cancelled and he was detained at a hotel in Melbourne - the Park Hotel.

podcast January 26, 2022

Four men and a beach umbrella

Kamilaroi Uralarai woman Frances Peters-Little on why land rights is fundamental to the campaign for Indigenous justice.

podcast January 25, 2022

The cost of Australia’s shadow lockdown

Right now most of Australia is living without restrictions, lockdowns or border closures. But with tens of thousands of people, including essential workers, being forced into isolation everyday our economy is still under intense pressure from the pandemic.

podcast January 24, 2022

Our hot Omicron summer

As Australia enters year three of the Covid-19 pandemic, case numbers are higher than ever, hospitals are being pushed to their limit and rapid tests are extremely difficult to find. Today, Rick Morton on how Covid-19 caught up with Australia this summer, and what the federal government could have done to better prepare for this moment.

podcast December 16, 2021

Australia detained him, but these Australians are trying to set him free

Assistant professor Dr Laura Beth Bugg on the campaign to free refugees from Manus Island and find them a permanent home.

podcast December 15, 2021

Scott Morrison vs. the Liberal Party

Mike Seccombe on the real reason Scott Morrison wanted to enlist Gladys Berejiklian, and what it reveals about the Prime Minister’s weakening authority in his home state.

podcast December 14, 2021

The scientist who saved your life

Rick Morton on the woman who spent decades advocating for the unproven technology behind the vaccine, and how it helped save humanity.

podcast December 13, 2021

How the fossil fuel industry is gaslighting Australia

Rebecca Huntley on what ordinary Australians really think about climate change, and how the fossil fuel lobby has influenced their hearts and minds.

podcast December 10, 2021

Scott Morrison prepares for the fight of his life

Paul Bongiorno on what we’ll see as both leaders fight for their political future.

podcast December 09, 2021

The mystery of the vanishing Christmas beetles

Kara Jensen-Mackinnon on what happened to Australia’s Christmas beetles.

podcast December 08, 2021

The toxic culture in Parliament House

Karen Middleton on what the Jenkins Report tells us about Australia’s political culture, and why it’s taking so long to change.

podcast December 07, 2021

The independent insurgency threatening the Liberals

Mike Seccombe on what is motivating this wave of independents, and how they could end up shaping the future of Australian politics.

podcast December 06, 2021

A spy scandal and a secret trial

Kieran Pender on the trial of Bernard Collaery, and why the government is trying so hard to keep it as secret as possible.

podcast December 03, 2021

Parliament ends in disunity and disarray

Paul Bongiorno on whether Scott Morrison has lost control of his own party, and what that means in the leadup to the next election.

podcast December 02, 2021

Are rich countries to blame for Omicron?

Rick Morton on the threat posed by the Omicron variant, and how vaccine hoarding by rich nations is helping prolong the pandemic.

podcast December 01, 2021

The proposed law that could legalise discrimination

Karen Middleton on what the religious discrimination bill actually entails, and why Scott Morrison is so desperate to pass it.

podcast November 29, 2021

The disappearance of a Chinese tennis star

Linda Jaivin on what happened to one of China’s biggest sports stars.

podcast November 26, 2021

How Pauline Hanson fractured the Coalition

Paul Bongiorno on why the Coalition is in chaos, and the political ramifications it will have for Scott Morrison.

podcast November 25, 2021

Inside Australia’s most dangerous hotel

7am producer Elle Marsh on who is responsible for protecting the detainees, and why the government should have seen this outbreak coming.

podcast November 24, 2021

The historic reforms to sexual consent laws

Saxon Mullins on the push to update Australia’s laws around sexual assault, and why it’s taking so long.

podcast November 23, 2021

The towns the pandemic just hit

The Northern Territory managed to only record a handful of cases and avoided any deaths during the Covid-19 pandemic, but now the NT is on the brink of a public health crisis.

podcast November 22, 2021

Is there still hope for the planet after COP26?

Tim Flannery on what unfolded at COP-26, and his hopes for the future.

podcast November 19, 2021

The Liberal MP abandoning Scott Morrison

Paul Bongiorno on why the Liberal MP abandoning Scott Morrison thinks Anthony Albanese might be a better Prime Minister for the country.

podcast November 18, 2021

Death threats and nooses: How a pandemic bill sparked far-right protests

Outgoing President of Liberty Victoria, Julia Kretzenbacher on what the pandemic bill is really about, and why it sparked such an intense backlash.

podcast November 17, 2021

Scott Morrison’s secret climate weapon

Mike Seccombe on the documents that reveal who’s behind the federal government’s climate modelling - and what it tells us about the way science is being spun for political purposes.

podcast November 16, 2021

The politicians suing voters

Bri Lee on how the current wave of defamation threats is impacting the ability of regular people to criticise their elected officials, and what that might mean for our democracy.

podcast November 15, 2021

Who is Scott Morrison, really?

Journalist and author Sean Kelly on what’s underneath the persona that Scott Morrison presents publicly, and what his Prime Ministership tells us about our national identity.

podcast November 12, 2021

COP26: Have we missed our moment?

Joëlle Gergis on what happened at COP26, and what it means for the fate of our planet.

podcast November 11, 2021

The fight for a minimum wage in 2021

Director of Policy at the McKell Institute Edward Cavanough on how Australia’s farming industry came to depend on wage theft, and whether this decision will finally end the exploitation of Australia’s farm workers.

podcast November 10, 2021

Inside Australia’s postal service crisis

Hannah Ryan on what these delays tell us about the vulnerability in Australia Posts’ business model.

podcast November 09, 2021

How Crown Casino became too big to fail

Tim Costello on the relationship between politics and gambling, and how Crown Casino ultimately became too big to fail.

podcast November 08, 2021

Joe Biden’s honeymoon is over

Bruce Wolpe on what Joe Biden can do to turn things around and what happens if he can’t.

podcast November 05, 2021

The Prime Minister, the President and the leaked texts

Paul Bongiorno on Scott Morrison’s damaged international standing, and the impact it has on Australia.

podcast November 04, 2021

How the gas industry shaped Australia’s climate policy

Marian Wilkinson on how the gas lobby is shaping Australia’s climate policies and the unproven technology the industry is relying on.

podcast November 03, 2021

How the gas industry shaped Australia’s climate policy

Nobel prize winning scientist Peter Doherty on what surprised him most about the pandemic, and the way we respond, and what we should expect in the months to come.

podcast November 02, 2021

How the government silences charities

Russell Marks on how charities are becoming complicit in their own silencing.

podcast November 01, 2021

The Gladys Berejiklian phone taps

Mike Seccombe on what happened when Gladys Berejiklian went to ICAC, and what the corruption investigation reveals about NSW politics.

podcast October 29, 2021

A climate change election?

Paul Bongiorno on the problems with Scott Morrison’s climate plan.

podcast October 28, 2021

How Australia could wreck the Glasgow climate summit

Mike Seccombe on why COP26 is so important, and how Australia might undermine global efforts to stop runaway climate change.

podcast October 20, 2021

The new Cold War over the origins of Covid-19

Linda Jaivin, on the credibility of Markson’s claims, and how ideology has impacted our ability to get to the truth of how this pandemic first started.

podcast October 19, 2021

Closing the vaccination gap

Rick Morton on how governments let down some of those most at risk from Covid-19, and what that means as we open back up.

podcast October 18, 2021

A temporary stay in a ‘land of fairytales’

Anu Hasbold on one refugee’s journey from Afghanistan to Australia, and the uncertainty they now face.

podcast October 15, 2021

From a lump of coal to net-zero: Morrison’s climate makeover

Four years ago Prime Minister Scott Morrison wielded a lump of coal in the Australian Parliament, demonstrating his commitment to fossil fuels. Now he’s trying to pivot, shifting his government towards a position of supporting net-zero emissions by 2050.

podcast October 14, 2021

‘I just want to look at you’: The sisters reunited after lockdown

This week, after more than 100 days in lockdown, NSW residents were officially allowed back into restaurants, bars, shops and gyms.

podcast October 13, 2021

The management consultants that ate Canberra

Rick Morton on how private management consultants took over the public service.

podcast October 12, 2021

Why Scott Morrison is scared of an anti-corruption commission

Rachel Withers on the calls for a national anti-corruption commission, and why it’s taking so long to set one up.

podcast October 11, 2021

‘I’ll be on the frontline and I might die’

Since the beginning of the pandemic, healthcare workers have faced wave after wave of outbreaks, working around the clock in tough conditions.

podcast October 08, 2021

The real ’Succession’: Who will replace Rupert Murdoch?

This year Rupert Murdoch turned 90, and that milestone has focused discussion on who will take over the world’s largest media empire.

podcast October 07, 2021

Inside the Coalition’s climate war

Mike Seccombe on how climate politics has wedged Scott Morrison, and why he’s running out of time.

podcast October 06, 2021

Everything you need to know about NSW’s new Premier

Hannah Ryan on Dominic Perrottet’s life and career so far, and what it tells us about the kind of leader he will be.

podcast October 05, 2021

The people most at risk when lockdown ends

Rick Morton on how some of our most at risk communities fell through the cracks of the national vaccine rollout.

podcast October 04, 2021

Why Gladys Berejiklian resigned

Mike Seccombe on why Gladys Berejiklian resigned and what happens next in New South Wales.

podcast October 01, 2021

How Scott Morrison turned Australia into a climate pariah

Paul Bongiorno on the climate policy paralysis plaguing the Morrison government, and what it means for Australia’s international reputation.

podcast September 30, 2021

The battle inside the Catholic Church

The Catholic Church has historically been one of the most powerful institutions in Australia, influencing both sides of politics.

podcast September 29, 2021

Australia’s next top Covid model

The country's two largest states, NSW and Victoria, now have clear roadmaps out of the pandemic and towards a future where we live with COVID-19.

podcast September 28, 2021

Inside the Covid-19 outbreak in our prisons

Throughout the pandemic health experts and human rights advocates have been warning about the risk of a Covid-19 outbreak in the prison system. Now it’s happened.

podcast September 27, 2021

Who polices the police?

In October last year Simon Rice found himself in an unusual situation.

podcast September 24, 2021

Morrison’s French kiss off

Scott Morrison has hailed Australia’s military alliance and new submarine deal with the United Kingdom and United States as a landmark achievement. But it’s already led to a global diplomatic standoff, pitting Australia against a number of European countries as well as further deepening tensions with China.

podcast September 23, 2021

Can Australia actually reach its vaccination goal?

Australia is now steadily marching towards the magic number of 80 percent of the population aged 16 and above being fully vaccinated: the number that should see lockdowns and most restrictions end.

podcast September 22, 2021

Why Labor is sending Keneally to Cabramatta

Over the past few weeks an internal brawl over who will represent the Labor party in the western Sydney seat of Fowler at the next federal election has been playing out in public. The move to parachute in a high profile Labor frontbencher, who doesn’t live in the seat, has exposed the rifts and rivalries within the party.

podcast September 21, 2021

Everything wrong with Australia’s nuclear submarine deal

Australia has entered into a new trilateral military alliance with the United Kingdom and the United States, called AUKUS.

podcast September 20, 2021

The healing power of MDMA

A major new study has found that the therapeutic use of the illicit drug MDMA, more commonly known as ecstasy, could cure people suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

podcast September 17, 2021

Does anyone trust Scott Morrison?

After a slow and delayed start, vaccination rates across Australia are finally gaining momentum, with NSW and Victoria hitting 80 percent and 70 percent single dose targets this week.

podcast September 16, 2021

What happens after we’re vaccinated?

From this week residents in NSW, who have been locked down for nearly three months, will finally be able to leave their homes. But the new freedoms are contingent on one important factor: their vaccination status.

podcast September 15, 2021

What have we learned from the War on Terror?

The anniversary of 9/11 this week, along with the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, has seen politicians, military leaders and the public reflect on the past two decades.

podcast September 14, 2021

How bad is Australia’s mental health crisis?

Despite government promises to fix Australia’s mental health system, experts have identified that young people in particular are still struggling to access urgent care and support.

podcast September 14, 2021

Episode three: A broken system

In this episode, Ruby Jones speaks to some of the best known lawyers on either side of the Me Too movement in order to help her investigation.

podcast September 13, 2021

How to cure homesickness

Lockdowns and border closures have led to a specific kind of grief and yearning - homesickness. While homesickness isn’t an official medical condition it was once, with soldiers fighting on foreign soil regularly diagnosed after suffering debilitating symptoms.

podcast September 11, 2021

Generation 9/11: A soldier, a refugee and a Muslim Australian

Twenty years ago the terrorist group Al-Qaeda hijacked four planes, flying them into New York City’s World Trade Center and the Pentagon, killing nearly 3000 people.

podcast September 09, 2021

Why your next car will be electric

Governments and car manufacturers all over the world are preparing for a future where most vehicles will be powered by electricity.

podcast September 08, 2021

Just how stretched are our hospitals?

As Australia grapples with its biggest outbreak yet of Covid-19, an outbreak that shows few signs of slowing, the focus is shifting to hospitalisation figures and deaths.

podcast September 08, 2021

Episode two: Five days in November

In episode two of Everybody Knows, Ruby Jones goes back to the beginning of MeToo in Australia in 2017. Why did the movement seem to run out of momentum here so quickly?

podcast September 07, 2021

What we can learn from the world’s reopening

As our political leaders fight over the proposed national plan to re-open the country, health experts are imploring us to learn from the experiences of places like the UK and Israel.

podcast September 06, 2021

The charity feeding Sydney during lockdown

Rosanna Barbero on the massive food relief operation underway right now in Sydney and how it exposes a broken system.

podcast September 03, 2021

Are we heading towards a pandemic election?

The country might still be in the grip of a pandemic and ongoing lockdowns, but our major parties are already planning for a looming federal election.

podcast September 02, 2021

What went wrong with Australia’s withdrawal from Afghanistan

What went wrong with Australia’s withdrawal plan and what it means for those trapped in Afghanistan.

podcast September 01, 2021

Everybody Knows: The company

Ruby asks why Me Too stories are still so hard to tell in Australia - and why there is so much fear about speaking out and naming names.

News September 01, 2021

Exclusive: Denis Handlin acknowledges misconduct at Sony

Former Sony chief executive Denis Handlin has spoken for the first time since leaving the company, acknowledging that he had dealt with ‘issues of sexual misconduct’ across all levels of the business.

podcast August 31, 2021

Can our hospitals cope with Covid-19?

Rick Morton on the situation in hospitals right now, and what might happen when we come out of lockdown.

podcast August 30, 2021

How Australia is holding back vaccine supply

Today, Lyndal Rowlands on the proposal that could speed up vaccinations around the world, and why Australia is holding it back.

podcast August 27, 2021

Scott Morrison’s coming out of his cave, and he’s doing just fine

A couple of weeks ago the Prime Minister, along with state and territory leaders, signed off a plan to end lockdowns and border closures when vaccine rates reached 80% of the adult population. But it didn’t take long for the so-called national plan to fall apart.

podcast August 26, 2021

Angus Taylor’s fossil fuel handouts

As scientists, and the United Nations, continue to warn about the likely impacts of climate change, the federal government is spending big to help prop up the gas industry.

podcast August 25, 2021

“This is a wake-up call”: The pandemic hits regional Australia

One of the most concerning outbreaks of Covid-19 in the country right now is taking place in western NSW.

podcast August 24, 2021

The document predicting Covid-19 hospitalisations

As Covid-19 case numbers continue to reach record highs in NSW, so too do hospitalisations and intensive care admissions.

podcast August 23, 2021

What’s next for Afghanistan

After twenty years of war, invasion and occupation, US and Australian defence personnel have finally withdrawn, ending one of the longest military engagements in modern history. The Taliban swept the country, seizing the capital, Kabul, and retaking control.

podcast August 20, 2021

Scott Morrison is late to the rescue

This week the federal government was caught out without a clear plan on two of the biggest crises facing the world right now: the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, and the resurgence of the Taliban in Afghanistan.

podcast August 19, 2021

Curfews, police, more fines: Is there another way to fight lockdown fatigue?

Infectious disease and pandemic response expert Dr Alexandra Phelan on the situation in Australia, how governments can maintain public trust, and what the end game looks like.

podcast August 18, 2021

Kevin Rudd on Murdoch’s plan for Sky News

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on what Murdoch is planning to do with Sky News, and how it could impact Australian politics.

podcast August 17, 2021

NSW abandons Covid Zero

NSW is currently experiencing its worst outbreak of Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic. With case numbers continuing to rise, the government has slowly acknowledged it’s losing control.

podcast August 16, 2021

A climate scientist offers us hope

Australian scientist Joëlle Gergis was one of the lead authors on a landmark climate report by the IPCC, a United Nations body responsible for assessing the science on climate change.

podcast August 13, 2021

The anti-lockdown movement reaches Parliament

Australia’s anti-lockdown movement reached federal parliament this week, when a rogue Coalition MP took to the floor to blast public health measures used to limit the spread of Covid-19.

podcast August 12, 2021

The rise of Afterpay

Afterpay promises the allure of credit-free online shopping. But just how different is it’s business model compared to traditional credit cards and loans?

podcast August 11, 2021

The tax cuts that could bankrupt Australia

No matter which major party wins the next federal election, the top 5 percent of income earners in Australia will receive tax cuts worth 180 dollars a week.

podcast August 10, 2021

Does Australia have a pandemic ‘Freedom Day’?

Eighteen months into the pandemic Scott Morrison has announced a plan for the way out, underpinned by modelling from one of our most respected scientific institutes, The Doherty Institute.

podcast August 09, 2021

’Magic mushrooms treated my depression’

For thousands of years naturally occurring psychedelics have been used medicinally. But for the past few decades, research into their potential has been on hold, because their supply and use is illegal.

podcast August 06, 2021

Scott Morrison’s in the race of his political life

After riding high in the opinion polls for the past 12 months, Prime Minister Scott Morrison is now facing the consequences of a slow and messy vaccine rollout.

podcast August 05, 2021

The frontline of Australia’s strictest lockdown

Sydney has been in lockdown for six weeks now, but the number of Covid-19 infections is still continuing to rise.

podcast August 03, 2021

Is hosting the Olympics worth it?

Hosting the Olympics is an honour that cities have competed for over a century

podcast August 02, 2021

War games and an espionage arms race

Every two years the Australian and US defence forces engage in a massive military exercise called Talisman Sabre. This year, many observers say the focus has been on China.

podcast July 30, 2021

Labor’s great surrender

While many Australians were focused on watching the Olympics this week, the federal Labor Opposition quietly made some significant policy changes. The party has now fallen in line with the government's tax cuts for the wealthy, despite previously labelling them unfair and ineffective.

podcast July 28, 2021

Welcome to the heat dome

Over the past few weeks a slow-moving weather event has led to record high temperatures across North America.This kind of event is known as a heat dome, and it’s breaking existing models that try to predict the weather.

podcast July 27, 2021

The Liberal factions pushing out Scott Morrison

Scott Morrison has regularly praised NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian for her government’s so-called ‘gold standard’ approach to contact tracing, and unwillingness to enter lockdown. But behind the surface there are growing tensions between key Liberal party figures in NSW and the federal government.

podcast July 07, 2021

The $660 million election slush fund

A scathing new report has found that in the lead-up to the last election the federal government spent more than half a billion dollars on infrastructure projects heavily targeted to seats held by the Coalition, or seats they were trying to win.

podcast July 06, 2021

The scientist who predicted the death of the reef

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven natural wonders of the world, but now it’s on the cusp of being declared “in danger” by UNESCO.

podcast July 05, 2021

The judgement that changed climate law in Australia

In a recent landmark judgement, the federal court has found that the government owes children a duty of care in preventing harm from the impacts of climate change. The case, which centred around the proposed expansion of a NSW coal mine, could have far reaching legal implications in Australia.

podcast July 04, 2021

Weekend Read: Richard Flanagan on why he writes

Today, Richard Flanagan, Booker prize winner and author of The Living Sea of Waking Dreams, reads his essay from the latest issue of The Monthly.

podcast July 01, 2021

The exploitation of Australia’s forgotten workers

Australia’s meat processing industry is one of many that relies heavily on migrant workers, to do jobs that Australian residents often aren’t willing to do. Many of those workers are promised that hard work will lead to permanent residency in Australia. But for some that promise is never delivered on. Today, André Dao on how Australia’s immigration system exploits the hopes and hard labour of migrant workers.

podcast June 30, 2021

10 million Australians back in lockdown

In the past few days over 10 million Australians have been plunged back into lockdowns, as fresh outbreaks of Covid-19 spread across major cities. The current crisis forced the Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, to announce a radical overhaul to the vaccine rollout.

podcast June 29, 2021

Cancel culture hits the High Court

Physicist Peter Ridd was fired after he publicly criticised his colleague’s research on the Great Barrier Reef, but what started as an employment dispute has become a test case on climate denial and cancel culture.

podcast June 28, 2021

The story behind the Wuhan lab-leak theory

As Australia grapples with new outbreaks of Covid-19, questions about the origins of the virus have been re-emerging.

podcast June 25, 2021

Barnaby Joyce sinks to the top… again

After two years on the backbench, Barnaby Joyce is back as leader of the Nationals and as Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister. His return to power has put the spotlight on the tense relationship between the two Coalition parties.

podcast June 24, 2021

Behrouz Boochani on the detainees we forgot

Behrouz Boochani spent six years detained on Manus Island, a victim of Australia’s Pacific Solution. Last year he was granted refugee status in New Zealand, and since then has used his freedom to advocate on behalf of the hundreds of other asylum seekers detained by Australia. Today, Behrouz Boochani on the refugees we aren’t speaking about, and the reasons why.

podcast June 23, 2021

The world’s first pandemic games

Tens of thousands of athletes and officials are about to descend on Tokyo as the city prepares to host the 32nd Olympic games. But with Covid-19 cases surging in Japan, health experts and the majority of the Japanese public are opposed to the event being held at all. Today, Kieran Pender on the vested interests behind this pandemic Olympics.

podcast June 22, 2021

The government vs Friendlyjordies

YouTuber Friendlyjordies has built up a significant audience in recent years through his pointed and acerbic political videos. Now, one of the comedian’s producers has been arrested by a controversial police unit established to explicitly focus on ideological extremists.

podcast June 21, 2021

Science is evolving, but are our ethics keeping up?

New scientific developments are challenging long established ethical guidelines around the use of embryos, or embryo-like cells. Today, Elizabeth Finkel on the latest scientific breakthroughs, and the argument that our ethics need to evolve alongside our knowledge of the world.

podcast June 18, 2021

Australia backs coal as the G7 pledge climate action

As the leaders of the world’s wealthiest democracies gathered to discuss climate change, and pledged further action, the Australian government chose to reiterate its commitment to fossil fuels.

podcast June 15, 2021

Weekend Read: Sarah Krasnostein on the most hated man

Today, Sarah Krasnostein, the best-selling author of ‘The Trauma Cleaner’, reads her essay from the latest issue of The Monthly. It’s called ‘The most hated man’ and it explores the sentencing of Richard Pusey, who was convicted of outraging public decency after he filmed the horrific aftermath of a car crash that killed four police officers.

podcast June 09, 2021

You had one job, Greg Hunt

A third spread of Covid-19 in Victorian aged-care homes was not just a possibility: it was almost a given. Even before a vaccine was available, the federal government ended the support payment intended to stop casual staff working across multiple sites.

podcast June 08, 2021

What’s next for Christian Porter

Christian Porter’s decision to settle his defamation suit against the ABC is the end of one battle. But the former attorney-general, accused of a historic rape he strenuously denies, is still fighting on at least two other fronts.

podcast June 07, 2021

The Australian spy novelist charged with espionage in China

Australian writer Yang Hengjun has been detained by the Chinese government since 2019. He’s been charged with espionage offences and could face the death penalty. Today, Linda Jaivin on the mysterious case of Yang Hengjun and what his treatment says about the Chinese government's approach to human rights.

podcast June 04, 2021

Scott Morrison dodges responsibility

For the past week the federal government has been locked in a tussle with Victoria over who is responsible for financially supporting those suffering the economic consequences of another lockdown.

podcast June 03, 2021

Why it keeps happening to Victoria

Victoria’s lockdown has been extended for another week, as health authorities race to contain Covid-19. Today, Dr Melanie Cheng on what went wrong this time and what it will take to control this outbreak.

podcast June 02, 2021

Australia breaches international law, again

Last month, under the cover of the federal budget, the Coalition government rushed through new laws legalising the indefinite detention of refugees. Today, Mike Seccombe on how Australia got to this point, and what it means for those seeking safety in our country.

podcast June 01, 2021

The vaccine race Australia is losing

As Covid-19 case numbers in Victoria continue to rise, attention has turned to the slow pace of the vaccine rollout, and the question of whether or not more vaccinations could have stopped this outbreak. Today, Rick Morton on where the rollout went wrong and what the consequences have been.

podcast May 31, 2021

How to make a law for consent

For years, advocates against sexual assault have been pushing for law reform, particularly on the of issue consent. Now they’ve had a win, with sweeping new changes announced in NSW. Today, Bri Lee on what the changes mean, and the politician leading the charge.

podcast May 28, 2021

Who’s to blame for Victoria’s lockdown?

Victoria has been plunged back into lockdown, the state’s fourth since the start of the pandemic. But this time there’s one big difference: vaccines that were supposed to help keep us safe and avoid outbreaks like this are now available, but in Australia take up has been slow. Today, Paul Bongiorno on how Victoria entered lockdown and who shoulders the blame.

podcast May 27, 2021

The frontline women’s services at risk of collapse

The federal budget promised $3.2 billion dollars to be spent on policies that improve the lives of Australian women. But, despite that pledge, a critical front line service that supports women at work now faces closure. Today, Royce Kurmelovs on the future of the Working Women’s Centres.

podcast May 26, 2021

Why isn’t Labor cutting through?

As the major parties gear up for an impending federal election, which could be held this year, questions are being asked about whether Anthony Albanese is capable of securing Labor victory. Today, Chris Wallace on Labor’s election chances, and what they’ve learnt from the last two years.

podcast May 25, 2021

The government’s war on charities

The Morrison government is contemplating new laws which could see charities held responsible for minor legal breaches by their members and supporters. The sector says the changes are an attempt to stifle protest.

podcast May 24, 2021

Are Australians too complacent about Covid-19?

Australia’s rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine has been stymied by a combination of different factors including supply, distribution and vaccine hesitancy amongst the public. Today, Dr Melanie Cheng, on where Australia went wrong with its vaccine rollout.

podcast January 19, 2021

Climate change will kill you, part three: sickness

From thunderstorm asthma to the increasing prevalence of infectious disease, a warming planet is already making us more sick.

podcast January 12, 2021

Climate change will kill you, part two: flood

In 2011 the Queensland town of Grantham was inundated with rain, causing flash flooding. It had a devastating impact on the town’s residents. But events like this are predicted to become more common.

podcast January 05, 2021

Climate change will kill you, part one: heat

From bushfires and heat, to floods, and the increasing severity of disease, Australians are already feeling the impacts of a warming planet.

podcast May 23, 2021

Morrison doubles down on Fortress Australia

Travel restrictions have played a crucial role in keeping Australia relatively safe from the worst of the pandemic, but the federal government has been reluctant to announce their end date. Today, Paul Bongiorno on why Prime Minister Scott Morrison is so intent on keeping our borders closed.

podcast May 20, 2021

Facing prison for cultural fishing

Many Aboriginal people whose ancestors have fished along the coast for tens of thousands of years have been locked out of the lucrative abalone trade. They’re described as “poachers” and face jail time for selling what they catch. Today, Paul Cleary on the trial of Yuin elder Keith Nye and his fight against the criminalisation of his culture.

podcast May 19, 2021

The politician behind a new anti-abortion push

Scott Morrison’s choice for Australia’s new Assistant Minister for Women, Amanda Stoker, has raised concerns from women’s health advocates due to her hardline, and conservative, views on abortion. Today, Rachel Withers on the rise of Amanda Stoker.

podcast May 18, 2021

Gaza’s deadliest day

For the past week the Palestininian territory of the Gaza Strip has been under an intense aerial bombardment. Today, world editor for The Saturday Paper Jonathan Pearlman on why the violence in Israel and Palestine is at its worst point in years.

podcast May 17, 2021

Kate Manne on why we don’t believe women

Five years on from when MeToo went global, high profile allegations of assault and harassment still make headlines but justice rarely seems to be served.

podcast May 14, 2021

Fighting racism in Australian sport

For Rana Hussain, being a young Muslim woman and an Aussie rules fan was a tough match. But instead of turning away from the game, she forged a career fighting for inclusion and diversity.

podcast May 13, 2021

The website the government doesn’t want you to see

Leaked documents show the Morrison government is actively undermining respectful relationships education and preventing expert materials from being taught.

podcast May 11, 2021

The terror arrests you missed

Australia’s security agencies have introduced new terminology to talk about the threats we face but they are carefully avoiding the term "right-wing". Today, Lydia Khalil on what’s behind this change and why the language we use to describe a threat matters.

podcast May 12, 2021

Josh Frydenberg’s big-spending budget

Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has handed down what is expected to be the government’s last budget before the next federal election.

podcast May 10, 2021

Who foots the bill?

The federal government is about to drop its highly anticipated budget, laying out its priorities for the next 12 months. The stakes couldn’t be higher, as Australia reckons with the global economic fallout from the virus, and plots an uncertain future.

podcast May 10, 2021

Does Dutton really want war with China?

The relationship between Australia and China has already reached an all time low, but now senior political figures are starting to talk publicly about war. Today, Hugh White on how likely a hot war with China really is, and why our government seems to be talking up the possibility.

podcast May 06, 2021

Australia abandons its own

Right now thousands of Australian citizens are trapped in India unable to get home because of an unprecedented ban on travel announced by the Australian government. Today, Gabriela D’Souza on the situation in India right now, and what the federal government’s new travel ban says about how we treat our own.

podcast May 05, 2021

When Hollywood came to town

From Crocodile Dundee to Marvel blockbusters, Australia’s film industry is being rejuvenated by an influx of international productions as the pandemic forced major film and TV productions to relocate to Australia.

podcast May 04, 2021

The end of Chinatown?

Australia’s restaurant industry has been devastated by lockdowns and the loss of international tourism. Some of the hardest hit businesses are those in Chinatowns across major cities. Today, Jess Ho on what’s at stake, and how the cities we live in might change forever.

podcast May 03, 2021

The government vs. Grace Tame

The Morrison government has ordered an urgent review of the Australian of the Year award process. It denies the review is linked to Grace Tame’s appointment, but comes after criticism from the outspoken Australian of the Year.

podcast April 30, 2021

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.

podcast April 29, 2021

The Murdoch plan to save Fox

Rupert Murdoch’s media empire is one of the most powerful corporate influences right around the world, but in recent years it’s been through radical changes. Now it looks like Rupert is starting to hand power over to his son Lachlan.

podcast April 28, 2021

What Peter Dutton did next

Peter Dutton has long been one of the most controversial ministers in the federal government. Now, at a time of rising global tension, especially in our region, he’s become the minister for Defence.

podcast April 27, 2021

What’s behind the violence engulfing Northern Ireland?

For much of the 20th century Northern Ireland was marred by violence, as Irish republicans and forces aligned to the United Kingdom fought over the future of the region. That conflict, known as the Troubles, officially came to an end with a peace agreement in 1998. But now the violence is flaring up again, and there are concerns the fragile peace deal is on the verge of being shattered.

podcast April 15, 2021

The fight to end Indigenous deaths in custody

Thirty years ago Australia held a Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, but most of its recommendations still haven’t been implemented and hundreds more Indigenous people have died in custody.