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Join Richard Denniss, The Australia Institute’s chief economist, as he tackles Australia’s most important political and economic issues in a new weekly podcast from Schwartz Media – featuring cut-through interviews with Australian politicians, academics, journalists and commentators.

Join Richard Denniss, The Australia Institute’s chief economist, as he tackles Australia’s most important political and economic issues in a new weekly podcast from Schwartz Media – featuring cut-through interviews with Australian politicians, academics, journalists and commentators.
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Join Richard Denniss, The Australia Institute’s chief economist, as he tackles Australia’s most important political and economic issues in a new weekly podcast from Schwartz Media – featuring cut-through interviews with Australian politicians, academics, journalists and commentators.

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English


Episodes

Episode 20: Chris Kenny, Ebony Bennett and violence against women

6/20/2018
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The public messaging regarding recent occurrences of the rape and murder of women has predominantly been that women need to try harder to stay safe in public. Is this the right message? This week, Richard Denniss talks to journalist Chris Kenny about the way violence against women is reported in the media, and Ebony Bennett, deputy director at The Australia Institute, discusses research into why women are angry about the tone that has been taken with this issue. News audio is courtesy of...

Duration:00:30:14

Episode 19: Bob Brown, more liberal than the Liberals?

6/13/2018
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This week, former senator Bob Brown joins Richard Denniss to discuss why the long-term interests of our country must be put ahead of narrow self-interests. News audio is courtesy of the ABC. Email us at: theluckycountry@schwartzmedia.com.au

Duration:00:33:40

Episode 18, The downsides of democracy

6/6/2018
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This week on The Lucky Country, former trade minister Dr Craig Emerson joins Richard Denniss, chief economist at The Australia Institute, to discuss why democracy is the worst political system there is – except for all the others.

Duration:00:25:29

Episode 17: Australia’s Free Trade Fallacy

5/30/2018
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This week, The Lucky Country looks at the politics of live animal exports and how restrictions on trade for those things Australians find unsavory means that Australia does not have true free trade conditions. Greens Senator Sarah Hanson Young joins Richard Denniss, chief economist at the Australia Institute, for this debate.

Duration:00:28:29

Episode 16: Lest we forget our corporate sponsors

5/23/2018
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This week, The Lucky Country asks why corporate sponsors’ logos at the Australian War Memorial often overshadow the people and events that are being commemorated. ANU Professor Frank Bongiorno and chief economist for the Australia Institute, Richard Denniss, discuss the cultural and historical factors that shape the way we remember war, and how corporate entities work to cash in on our emotion. News audio is courtesy of the ABC. Email us at: theluckycountry@schwartzmedia.com.au

Duration:00:32:18

Episode 15: Corruption in the Capital

5/17/2018
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Does corruption occur in federal politics? How will we know, and importantly how will it be prosecuted, without a federal corruption watchdog? This week, The Lucky’s Richard Denniss talks to Senator Kristina Keneally about the impact the Independent Commission against Corruption has on the behavior of politicians and public servants in NSW, and asks why it shouldn’t be implemented at the federal level News audio is courtesy of the ABC. Email us at: theluckycountry@schwartzmedia.com.au

Duration:00:25:30

Episode 14: Budget – Behind the scenes

5/10/2018
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This week, The Lucky Country takes a behind the scenes look at Australia’s federal budget with former treasurer Wayne Swan. Richard Denniss, Chief Economist at the Australia Institute looks at how the cogs of the political machine turn when the government decides who wins and who loses. News audio is courtesy of the ABC. Email us at: theluckycountry@schwartzmedia.com.au

Duration:00:20:24

Episode 13: The C Word - Class

5/10/2018
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This week, The Lucky Country analyses class in Australia, and asks ‘Does class exist? If so, does it matter?’ Richard Denniss Chief Economist at the Australia Institute and Dr Jill Sheppard ANU Political Scientist discuss class in Australia, and how it shapes outcomes for both individuals and for federal politics. News audio is courtesy of the ABC. Email us at: theluckycountry@schwartzmedia.com.au

Duration:00:27:35

Episode 12: Corporate tax cuts. Will the money trickle down, or up?

4/25/2018
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The Lucky Country’s first episode of the year features Nobel Prize winning economist Professor Joseph Stiglitz, who was recently awarded the 2018 Sydney Peace Prize for his work in tackling global inequality. Denniss and Stiglitz discuss the implications of the Turnbull Government’s proposed corporate tax cuts for every-day Australians; and compare the long-held view that wealth ‘trickles down’ against the argument that society benefits more when wealth ‘trickles up’. News audio is...

Duration:00:25:34

Episode 11: Listeners' questions

12/17/2017
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What impact might a banking royal commission have on the economy, or a cut in corporate tax rates or the legalising of same-sex marriage? To answer these and other questions, Richard Denniss is joined by senior economist at the Australia Institute Matt Grudnoff. News audio courtesy of the ABC.

Duration:00:35:38

Episode 10: Shame and solutions

11/8/2017
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As the citizenship crisis plays out, the government is reaping the lack of trust that it itself has been sowing for years. Voters don't trust politicians because politicians have trained voters not to trust anybody. Throughout this series the issue of shame has come up again and again. To explore its effect on public debate and the economy, Richard Denniss talks to Jim Stanford from the Centre for Future Work about union membership and wage stagnation, broadcaster Jeremy Fernandez about...

Duration:00:33:37

Episode 9: Rights and association

11/1/2017
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Politicians like to talk about the alleged value of mateship and sticking together and fairness, but many of those same politicians are quick to turn on vulnerable sections of the community the minute they think it will win them popular support. Luckily, we live in a country of laws where those in power are subject to checks and balances and accountability. Luckily, we have a constitution that defends our rights. Or do we? Richard Denniss asks law professor George Williams about why...

Duration:00:31:47

Episode 8: The Global Economy

10/25/2017
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It’s easy to convince yourself, or be convinced by others, that the decisions we make as individuals or at a community level don’t really matter when there are 7.5 billion other people on the planet and a global economy worth more than $100 trillion per year. But what if I told you there was no such thing as the "global economy"? We're often made to feel as if the global economy shapes us; in reality, we get to shape it every time we take a job, quit a job, spend a dollar, invest a dollar,...

Duration:00:30:45

Episode 7: Education and harassment

10/18/2017
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Australians are some of the most indebted people in the world. But we have been told again and again that government borrowing is evidence of mismanagement. How can it be? Treasurer Scott Morrison talks about "good debt" and "bad debt", but what does this mean, and who gets to decide "good" and "bad"? Richard Denniss talks to Karen Middleton about sexual harassment in politics and the economic cost of shame and silence, Jane Caro about the inequality of Australia's education policy, and...

Duration:00:31:42

Episode 6: Technology and welfare

10/18/2017
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The politicians that rage against the greed of the unemployed are often the same ones who preach about the importance of keeping families together. But despite all the talk, we have designed a welfare system that does little to help the hundreds of thousands of families families that are hit by job loss each year. In this episode Dr Jim Stanford describes the impact robots and automation will likely have on the Australian economy, and Richard Denniss and Chris Fry debate what a fair...

Duration:00:24:02

Episode 5: Market farces

10/4/2017
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The right wing of Australian politics is becoming increasingly confused about what they are for and what they want. While they talk about the importance of letting individuals make their own decisions, they rage against the idea that adults should be able to decide who they want to marry. This week Richard Denniss looks at the opportunities arising from this confusion. Journalist Nina Funnell and ASU secretary Natalie Lang join to discuss the government's defunding of sexual assault...

Duration:00:30:18

Episode 4: Sinking popular causes

9/27/2017
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Whether it’s renewable energy, becoming a republic or marriage equality, politics excels at taking popular causes and sinking them. This week, former Howard staffer Geoff Cousins explains the lessons learnt from the republic referendum and how they are being repeated on same-sex marriage. Ben Oquist joins us to break down Tony Abbott’s attack on renewables, and Servant X takes us behind the robo-debt debacle. News audio is courtesy of the ABC. Email us at:...

Duration:00:28:25

Episode 3: Home calls

9/20/2017
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This week's episode investigates housing affordability. Like Australia's energy crisis, housing affordability is a crisis of our own making: record house prices, a growing homeless population, and a greater number of people spending over a third of their income on housing. Despite the push to find a solution, public debate is narrow, partisan and stuck where it was ten years ago. To look at viable options, Richard speaks to the director of the Australian and New Zealand Homeshare Alliance,...

Duration:00:26:22

Episode 2: The economics of mental health

9/13/2017
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This week's episode takes a close look at the economics and politics of mental health and, in particular, the way that some of our economic policies don't just make treating mental health more difficult, but actually contribute to causing it. To explore this, Richard interviews The National Mental Health Commissioner Dr Allan Fels AO, and finds out what the NDIS actually is and does, with NHMRC Research Fellow Dr Gemma Carey, and Eleanor Malbon. News audio is courtesy of the ABC. Email...

Duration:00:30:54

Episode 1: The Wizards of Oz

9/6/2017
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On the first episode of The Lucky Country, host Richard Denniss is joined by journalist Laura Tingle and the founder of the Australian Greens, Bob Brown, to examine the myth of politicians "managing" the economy. Richard will also look at citizenship and population and Dick Smith's little Australia. Finally, he’ll introduce the first in a recurring segment, Public Servant X, where an anonymous former senior public servant draws back the curtain on how the country really functions. News...

Duration:00:35:10