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Politics with Michelle Grattan

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For time-poor politics lovers there's the 'just Michelle Grattan' podcast: 5-7 minutes each day, from one of Australia's most experienced Press Gallery members.

For time-poor politics lovers there's the 'just Michelle Grattan' podcast: 5-7 minutes each day, from one of Australia's most experienced Press Gallery members.
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Sydney, NSW

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For time-poor politics lovers there's the 'just Michelle Grattan' podcast: 5-7 minutes each day, from one of Australia's most experienced Press Gallery members.

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@rnbreakfast

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Radio National Sydney, 2001 Australia


Episodes

Anthony Albanese on Labor’s National Conference

5/23/2018
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Labor is facing tough tests in coming byelections in its narrowly held seats of Longman in Queensland and Braddon in Tasmania. Later on, managing the ALP national conference will be a challenge for Bill Shorten who will be anxious to avoid damaging displays of division over controversial issues. Labor Frontbencher Anthony Albanese is putting on a confident face about the byelections. On the conference, he predicts there will not be a “substantial change” in Labor’s refugee policy. On the...

Duration:00:27:55

Dean Smith on the pros and risks of new religious freedom protections

5/22/2018
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The Liberal party is currently fighting fires on various fronts - from a revolt on the live sheep trade to preselection power struggles. Western Australia Liberal Senator Dean Smith is putting up another push, as he challenges the decision not to run Liberal candidates in the two WA byelections. In this podcast he also speaks about the need for rigorous debate on religious freedoms, diversity in the Liberal party, and his opposition to constitutional reform of section 44.

Duration:00:18:45

Politics podcast: Mathias Cormann and Jim Chalmers on Budget 2018

5/9/2018
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With the government’s election focused budget released it’s now a tax showdown between the two sides. Finance minister Mathias Cormann says the government is committed to the whole of their seven-year personal tax relief plan and is determined the three-part package not be broken up. Meanwhile, shadow finance minister Jim Chalmers says Labor is disappointed with the government’s inflexibility on their tax plan. “It’s a real shame that they’re saying that they will hold those lower and...

Duration:00:31:32

Tim Colebatch on the 2018 budget

5/8/2018
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From inside the lockup political and economic journalist Tim Colebatch speaks to Michelle Grattan about his assessment of the budget. He says the income tax cuts are “well targeted” and that he can’t see any “significant negatives” from the budget. However Colebatch is “surprised the government hasn’t made more effort to find other sources of compensating tax income or making bigger spending cuts in areas where they thought there was waste”.

Duration:00:09:01

Chris Bowen on the budget and Labor’s policies

5/2/2018
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Ahead of Tuesday’s budget that will unveil the goverment’s tax cut plans, the Coalition is painting Labor as the big taxing party, while the ALP is attacking the government’s push to cut company tax for big business. Meanwhile the Business Council of Australia is taking its message to the public with a grassroots campaign. Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen tells The Conversation he accepts that big business will “lobby on their own path”. “Clearly we have a difference of view with the Business...

Duration:00:20:53

Robert Kelly on the Korean summits

4/24/2018
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Professor Robert E Kelly from the Department of Political Science and Diplomacy at Pusan University is pessimistic about how much the upcoming Korean summits will achieve. He told The Conversation that the Trump-Kim summit is likely “to be a bust” because the Americans aren’t prepared for the negotiations, while the summit between the two Koreas is more important for issues of economic cooperation and military transparency. On the reunification of Korea, Kelly says while he wouldn’t put...

Duration:00:19:37

Clive Hamilton and Richard Rigby on Chinese influence in Australia

4/12/2018
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The Australia-China relationship is again in the headlines, with reports of strains between the two countries, resulting in federal ministers who want to visit finding it hard to get visas. China is reacting against the Australian government’s rhetoric and especially its legislation, now before parliament, to combat foreign interference in Australian politics. Malcolm Turnbull plays down the issue but admits “there is certainly some tension”, in the wake of the move on foreign...

Duration:00:33:41

Politics podcast: Michael Keating on a Fair Share

4/5/2018
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With the debate about equality heating up ahead of the federal election, Dr Michael Keating, the former head of three federal government departments, warns that while past economic reforms have served Australia well, there’s a risk some people may be left behind if we don’t “change the debate”. A new book co-authored by University of Queensland Political Economy Professor Stephen Bell and Keating called Fair Share identifies lagging wages, low taxation and technological change as causes...

Duration:00:39:36

John Blaxland on Australia’s expulsion of Russian spies

3/28/2018
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As Russian Ambassador Grigory Logvinov and Foreign minister Julie Bishop trade verbal blows, ANU professor John Blaxland says the expulsion of two Russian spies from Australia will have a significant effect on Russia’s espionage here. Blaxland told The Conversation that ideologically we’re not seeing a new Cold War but the interconnectedness of the world means that activities by Russia create new vulnerabilities. “In some ways the threat is as great, if not greater.”

Duration:00:20:41

Sarah Hanson-Young on the Greens Batman setback

3/20/2018
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Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young has strongly backed party leader Richard Di Natale’s push to purge those who leaked against candidate Alex Bhathal in the Batman byelection. Hanson-Young told The Conversation it was clear that the party infighting played on the minds of voters. “I don’t think there’s a place for people who want to undermine our party like that. This selfish act by a small number of people in Victoria has ramifications for all of us … because of that these individuals...

Duration:00:20:37

The Batman byelection battleground

3/13/2018
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Byelections are not just important in the obvious sense of their results, but also for the confidence of political players. On Saturday Labor and Bill Shorten face a major test in the Melbourne seat of Batman, traditionally Labor but with the Greens now threatening the ALP’s hold. A Labor loss would be a blow to the morale of the opposition - it would also open some debate within the party about Shorten’s performance and what should be done to combat the Greens at the next election. On...

Duration:00:50:21

Politics podcast: the “X factor” in the South Australian election

3/7/2018
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The South Australian election will be held on March 17 - the same day as the federal byelection in Batman. In SA Labor is pitching for a fifth term, with former senator Nick Xenophon’s SA-Best party injecting a high element of unpredictability into the result. Jobs and power prices are to the fore in voters’ minds while the gambling industry is investing heavily to try to fend off the “X factor”. The Conversation spent two days in Adelaide; we interviewed Dean Jaensch, emeritus...

Duration:00:51:53

Politics Podcast: Jacinda Ardern on her political life

2/28/2018
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Ahead of her second Australia visit, New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern spoke to Michelle Grattan about the toughness of Australian politics, her ambitious policy plans and the demands of being a young high-profile female leader that everyone wants to know about. On the New Zealand refugee offer Ardern told The Conversation it “still obviously sits on the table but it’s absolutely Australia’s prerogative as to whether it is taken.”

Duration:00:28:07

Peter Dutton on balancing interests in Home Affairs

2/26/2018
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The recently-created Home Affairs department, headed by Peter Dutton, is a behemoth that its critics fear will compromise civil liberties. But Dutton argues there should be no basis for such concerns. “There are no greater laws or arrest powers that have been introduced or a lessening of protections that have been provided for under this new arrangement,” he tells The Conversation. On the growing area of cybersecurity, Dutton says there is a need to “get the balance right” between...

Duration:00:37:34

Brian Howe on revisiting Henderson, poverty and basic income

2/12/2018
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How to increase wages and tackle inequality are live political and economic debates. Many Australians are feeling the cost-of-living squeeze. Speaking ahead of a conference in Melbourne this week to revisit the landmark Henderson inquiry into poverty, conducted in the 1970s, former deputy prime minister Brian Howe says the targeted nature of Australia’s contemporary social security system goes hand-in-hand with stigmatising welfare recipients. Howe, a minister in the Hawke and Keating...

Duration:00:25:46

Mark Dreyfus on refining foreign interference legislation

2/7/2018
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Introduced in the final hours of sitting last year, the government’s foreign interference legislation have been criticised for being too broad and draconian. Shadow attorney-general Mark Dreyfus says Labor acknowledges the need to do more about espionage activity and foreign influence in Australia but argues changes need to be made to the “hastily” and broadly drafted bill. On the security legislation, he says despite a narrow defence journalists risk being sent to jail for handling...

Duration:00:26:34

Bill Ferris on Australia’s innovation mission

2/1/2018
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Innovation has been a buzzword of Malcolm Turnbull’s government, but the public reception of this message has been less than enthusiastic. Innovation and Science Australia chair Bill Ferris launched a report this week setting out a plan over five key areas – education, industry, how government can be a catalyst for change, research and development, and culture and ambition – that seeks to put Australia into the top tier of innovation nations by 2030. Ministerially, the innovation area...

Duration:00:34:02

John Blaxland on new foreign interference laws

12/6/2017
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The government’s new foreign interference laws propose broad changes to political donations, counter-surveillance, and lobbying in Australia. ANU professor John Blaxland has some real concerns about the unintended consequences of the legislation for academic debate. He says there’s a real chance that good people engaging intellectually with issues might get caught up in the broader crackdown. On the controversy surrounding Sam Dastyari’s dealings with a Chinese businessman, Blaxland says...

Duration:00:21:21

Swinging into the Sunshine State’s election

11/9/2017
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The pundits are reluctant to place bets on who will win Queensland’s November 25 election, with Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Opposition leader Tim Nicholls both carrying a good deal of baggage. A lot of attention is focused on Pauline Hanson’s One Nation, which has been polling strongly and might end up with the balance of power in the new parliament. The Adani coal mine project has been centre stage early in the campaign, with the Labor government saying it would veto any financing...

Duration:00:55:25

Kevin Rudd on avoiding Donald Trump

10/30/2017
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Not for the Faint-hearted, the first volume of Kevin Rudd’s massive autobiography is out, and the former prime minister is on the promotion circuit. Rudd now spends much of his time in America, where he is president of the Asia Society Policy Institute in New York, and keeps a close eye on the unfolding Trump presidency. He argues Australia should minimise direct engagement with Donald Trump in favour of dealing with “sane people” in his administration. “Assume that this will be a passing...

Duration:00:13:40

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