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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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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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Episodes

Barnaby Joyce at his provocative best

8/8/2018
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Barnaby Joyce has confirmed he could cross the floor on the federal legislation associated with the National Energy Guarantee. “Of course I could,” he says in an interview with The Conversation. Joyce is out on the author’s circuit for his just-released book Weatherboard and Iron, which reprises the personal saga that took him from deputy prime minister to backbencher, as well as canvassing life in Canberra and policy issues. On the NEG, he says in this podcast: “If it comes back from...

Duration:00:17:18

Wayne Swan on Labor’s byelection victories and beyond

8/1/2018
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Incoming Labor national president Wayne Swan has made it clear he will have an assertive voice in the role, as the party moves towards next year’s election. While many in the ALP would like action on party reform, Swan says bluntly it’s not top of mind for him. “I made it very clear [in campaigning for the presidency] that party reform in the first instance was not my priority,” he says. “My priority is winning the battle of ideas.” Looking to the rescheduled party conference in...

Duration:00:17:59

Katharine Murphy ‘On Disruption’

7/5/2018
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A recording of a conversation with Katharine Murphy, the Political Editor of The Guardian Australlia about her new book ‘On Disruption’. Murphy’s book is about the dramatic changes that have taken place in the media and their implications, and is published by Melbourne University Press. This conversation was hosted by Australian National University Crawford School of Public Policy and introduced by their Director, Professor Helen Sullivan.

Duration:00:32:55

Tanya Plibersek on Labor’s taxing times

6/27/2018
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Deputy opposition leader Tanya Plibersek talks on Anthony Albanese’s Whitlam oration, Bill Shorten’s unexpected announcement on rolling back company tax for medium sized firms, the “tough” Braddon and Longman byelections - and really fires up about mobile phones and over connected children.

Duration:00:22:46

Frances Adamson on being secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs

6/24/2018
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Frances Adamson is secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. She was previously international adviser to Malcolm Turnbull, and served as Australia’s ambassador in Beijing between 2011 and 2015. This interview is published in partnership with The Australian Strategic Policy Institute.

Duration:00:32:31

Attorney-General Christian Porter on a crowded agenda

6/20/2018
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Attorney-General Christian Porter says the response to the consultations for the national apology to victims of child sexual abuse has been very strong with a total of 167 attendees at consultation sessions so far. “There are further consultations coming up in Ballarat, Melbourne, Bendigo, Newcastle and Sydney … it is a very important process and is going very well,” he said. Porter also says there’s “some level of common sense” to suggestions that former Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who...

Duration:00:27:22

Brotherhood of St Laurence’s Conny Lenneberg on Newstart, poverty and inequality

5/31/2018
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The Brotherhood of St Laurence has underway a campaign with the slogan “Share the Pie” highlighting the inadequacy of the Newstart allowance. The Brotherhood is also arguing the social safety net more generally is fraying. Executive Director of The Brotherhood Conny Lenneberg spoke to The Conversation about the inequality created by the low level of Newstart, which hasn’t been boosted for many years. She also pointed to the systemic barriers - such as disinvestment in the TAFE system and...

Duration:00:19:08

Michael McCormack on Barnaby’s future, latte sippers and other matters

5/30/2018
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With yet another round of the Barnaby Joyce affair distracting the government, the next question will be whether the beleaguered MP runs again in his New England seat at the election. In this interview with The Conversation, Nationals leader and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack pointedly avoids saying Joyce should do so. “That’ll be a matter for him and that’ll be a matter for the National party in New England. That’ll be a matter for a branch to nominate him and then that’ll be a...

Duration:00:24:35

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