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Can the lessons of history help us to solve the problems of the present? Can history provide clues about the widespread contemporary disillusion with politics and democratic institutions? Can it guide us in navigating difficult policy reform in areas such as immigration, climate change, welfare and taxation? This series of interviews with prominent politicians, public servants and academics seeks to bring the wisdom of hindsight to bear on the issues that challenge us today.
 
A critical but mostly overlooked aspect of both contemporary and historical political violence is the role diaspora communities have played in the planning, organization, financing, and execution of acts of terror. Members of the American Irish, Canadian Sikh, Swiss Tamil and Australian Croat diasporas—to provide just a sample—have all been powerful agents in the terrorist activities perpetrated in the name of their national and religious communities. The Diaspora Politics and Transnational ...
 
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It's a fun one this week, with more of that famous Nats leadership from Barnaby Joyce and John Barilaro, and for mains Noon is tryna chew down on some gas-related buzzwords so you, dear listener, can translate all the spin from the government. Plus we have memes, hot takes, tweets, hashtag Dictator Dan, and all the other tasty snacks we serve up ev…
 
This week Katharine Murphy catches up with finance writers Greg Jericho and Shane Wright on the state of Australia’s economy. They discuss the government’s decision to reduce jobseeker, Victoria’s impact on the national economy and the October budgetDi The Guardian
 
What does a government Minister have to do to lose their job? Losing control of aged care homes and allowing coronavirus to cause the death of over 400 people isn't enough these days. How we long for those good ol’ days when a Minister could be stood down for possessing a oversized teddy bear or filling out the wrong form. But that was so 1980s, an…
 
original Dan Himbrechts/AAP The Coalition is having yet another go at crafting an energy policy. Faced with the huge economic challenges presented by COVID, the government this week announced its “gas-fired recovery”. But the policy is already under fire from both environmentalists and coal advocates, and the energy sector warns it could discourage…
 
It's a jam packed episode with loads of news, politics and memes. For mains we're having Barilaro Koalas and appreciating his exquisite understand of what makes a good Nationals leader (i.e. mainly buffoonery). We also make fun of Pauline Hanson, covid conspiracists, and Alice Workman's blurst take. Remember to check out Chronically Fully Sick and …
 
In this episode David Marr interviews Katharine Murphy on her new Quarterly Essay that examines the first wave of the coronavirus and Scott Morrison’s handling of it. They discuss Scott Morrison problem-solving approach, the importance of his faith, and his dislike of tough questionsDi The Guardian
 
Doherty Institute, Author provided In light of Victoria’s cautious roadmap out of lockdown, which some experts applaud and others believe is unnecessarily conservative,the modelling underpinning the decisions is under close scrutiny. University of Melbourne Professor Jodie McVernon is director of epidemiology at the Doherty Institute, and a modelli…
 
It's kind of a messy one this week, we accidentally spent ages talking about Cops vs Karens. But we have a bunch of good stories, with RAFFWU winning a court case, an explosion in Indigenous literature, and of course some wonderful memes, tweets and hot takes. Support the show financially: www.patreon.com/AuspolSnackpod…
 
This week, Guardian Australia political editor Katharine Murphy sits down with Liberal MP Tim Wilson to discuss his new book The New Social Contract, which aims to reignite liberalism’s appeal to Australian voters. They talk about solving intergenerational inequalities in Australia regarding home ownership and employment, as well as how liberals ca…
 
James Gourley/AAP Had the 2019 election panned out differently, Chris Bowen would have been the treasurer coping with Australia’s current economic crisis. Instead, as shadow health minister, he has been critical of aspects of the government’s handling of the health issues, especially its failure to act earlier and more comprehensively to secure acc…
 
If you want to skip our discussion of the Christchurch Shooter, it runs from 19:15 to 24:33. We use the names of several Aboriginal people who have died, if you want to skip that story it runs from 36:55 to 46:30. This week for mains we're discussing the Adani coal mine, see if you can figure out what the pun in the title is about before we get to …
 
This week Katharine Murphy talks to Senate president Scott Ryan about the impact of Covid on parliamentary sittings, and whether public health officials and executives should determine when parliaments sit. Ryan questions the current impact of restrictions on Victorian residents and looks at their future consequences…
 
Erik Anderson/AAP In February, then Greens’ leader Richard Di Natale stepped down from the leadership after five years and announced he’d leave parliament to spend for more time with his family. On Tuesday, he delivered his valedictory speech to the senate – remotely – and on Wednesday, he formally resigned. Read more: Where are the Greens? As Di N…
 
There's only one topic being discussed this week: Jordan Shanks and his stoush with the AUWU. So we've got wall to wall friendlyjordies content, with a few regular stories - Mark Latham is an obsessed bigot, police have been lying about how many people break covid isolation, and we have a great potluck! Plus Noon tries to explain the current bunfig…
 
Mick Tsikas/AAP With the withdrawal of the international market, and the stresses of delivering education virtually, the university sector has been hit especially hard by COVID-19. The sector, which in the 2018-2019 financial year contributed $37.6 billion in export income to the Australian economy, is a shadow of its former self. Meanwhile the gov…
 
We bring you the Bad News, get a report from the National Covid Commission, talk strike action with the Australian Unemployed Workers Union and try to bring back conservatism with Katrina Grace Kelly. #MOstrike #auwu #thegasmancometh #saynototwotoedsloths Follow Kristen and Jay on Twittter: @kristin8X ,@JayCoonan Follow the gang: @dontpilot, @dontt…
 
The public’s patience with Scott Morrison’s constant obfuscation, deflection and outright lies is starting to wear thin. As Abraham Lincoln said “you can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time”. And we think Morrison may have reached the point of no retu…
 
CW: We discuss LGBT conversion therapy from 7:32 - 10:48. We forgot to do one in the original version of the episode so we did a reupload - sorry if you got the old one and were surprised!For mains Zac interviews Nick and Sofie, who have been heavily involved with the campaign for better conditions for casual workers at the University of Melbourne.…
 
The federal leader of the opposition, Anthony Albanese, joins Guardian Australia’s political editor, Katharine Murphy, for a wide-ranging discussion on how to keep the government honest during the Covid-19 outbreak, climate change policy and what the Labor party needs to do to win the next electionDi The Guardian
 
Mick Tsikas/AAP The second wave of the pandemic in Victoria has pushed the post-COVID economic recovery further beyond the horizon. Among the challenges for the federal opposition are dealing itself into the debate and formulating alternative economic policies before the next election. With speculation the budget may bring forward the next tranche …
 
Snackpod attempts once again to pretend we're not a parochial, latte-sipping, east-coast elite show, because for mains this week we're looking at the Perth Mayoral election. We also have TWO potlucks (amazing), a cool First Nations story with direct action, plus plenty of hot takes, memes, tweets and.... ugh... Dandrews Thirstposting. Support the s…
 
Lukas Coch/AAP The Royal Commission into Aged-Care Quality and Safety delivered it’s interim report in October 2019. Titled ‘Neglect’, it provided a scathing insight into the aged care industry - finding it centred around transactions not care. It minimised the voices of people receiving care, lacked transparency, and was staffed by an under-apprec…
 
The shadow health minister Chris Bowen joins Guardian Australia political editor Katharine Murphy to discuss the opposition’s role during the coronavirus pandemic and the future of the Labor party. Bowen says the opposition’s strategy has been to concentrate on suggesting ways the government can improve their response while holding the government t…
 
UPDATE: since we recorded the episode, the Federal Government have pulled out of their support for Clive Palmer's court case. Our main course this week is a depressing update on aged care and the failures of the sector to manage the coronavirus. We've got some nice news about global warming and a big update on Closing the Gap. And of course some ta…
 
Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan instigated a brand of neoliberal economics and politics that affected the world for almost four decades. They left the political scene over 30 years ago, and whatever people think about their economic practices and policies – we think they were an absolute disaster for the world – they were major political figure…
 
This week Katharine Murphy talks to Peter Lewis, the executive director of Essential, about the changes in polling since surveys failed during the 2019 federal election campaign. What do the changes tell us about the pandemic’s impact on the relationship between Australians and government? And will it change with the rise of the second wave?…
 
Daniel Pockett/AAP Those in aged care have been some of the hardest hit by the coronavirus second wave in Victoria. Even before the crisis, there were calls for reform of the sector, which is currently being examined by a royal commission. Issues with staffing and delivery of care have only become worse as many workers are required to isolate, with…
 
CW: discussion of extreme violence from 17:26 - 30:00. During this section we also use the names of Indigenous people who have died. Welcome back to the emotional whiplash show, the podcast where we alternate really heavy stories with making fun of conservative wieners. We've got two brand new segments for you to enjoy, an economic update (Noon say…
 
Guardian Australia’s environment editor, Adam Morton, joins Katharine Murphy to discuss the recent damning review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act. The review, led by Graeme Samuel, starkly states the current protection laws are ineffective and have led to an unsustainable environmental trajectory. Could the sweeping …
 
Author provided Geoff Kitney fell into a career in journalism, and rose from reporting the local footy in Western Australia to covering many of federal politics’s biggest stories and serving as a foreign correspondent based in Berlin and London. Arriving at parliament house in 1975, Kitney reported on the dramatic Dismissal. Later, the relative dec…
 
James Ross/AAP Democratic Fundamentals podcast on “Political Trust in Times of Covid-19” In this fourth episode of the Conversation-Democracy 2025 Podcast on “Political Trust in Times of Covid-19”, Michelle Grattan and Mark Evans explore the lessons that can be drawn from the management of COVID-19 for the recovery process with the ABC’s Norman Swa…
 
The team examine recent political rorts, hear about some junior capitalists and ask Tony Abbott how to be Australian. #auspol Today's list of rorts was selected fom a much more comprehensive list at Michael West Media. Please consider supporting thier very important and excellent independant journalism by going to: https://www.michaelwest.com.au/sh…
 
It's been another huge week in Auspol - there's literally too much going on to fit in the show. We had to cut our mains (about the Palace Letters) coz there was too much actual news: Coronavirus continues to explode in Victoria, helped along by Krispy Kreme; Friendlyjordies is back at it again, boring everyone to tears with an interview with Kristi…
 
It's a by-election the Liberal Party should have won, but didn't. Eden-Monaro. Despite all the resources put into the campaign, the Government nudged the margin by just 0.45% – not much and certainly not the massive swing and "brutal lesson to Labor" the New Corporation reported with glowing headlines in their local versions of Pravda and The North…
 
Katharine Murphy sits down with Guardian reporter Paul Karp and Nine senior economics correspondent Shane Wright to discuss the Australian economy and the government’s various stimulus packages. As conditions remain grim, with 992,300 Australians out of work, and the unemployment rate rising to 7.4% in June, how will the government navigate Austral…
 
Mick Tsikas/AAP Jane Halton, who formerly headed the federal health and finance departments, is chair of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness. CEPI, founded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is at the forefront of the international search for a COVID-19 vaccine. She is also a member of the Morrison government’s National COVID-19 Coordinati…
 
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