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Want to know what's really going on in Parliament House? Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas give you the political analysis that matters and explain what it means for you.




Want to know what's really going on in Parliament House? Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas give you the political analysis that matters and explain what it means for you.




NSW floods and the NATO meeting

While NSW is hit with yet another natural disaster, the Coalition accuses the PM of taking his eye off the ball – but is their criticism unfair? Outgoing RN Breakfast Political Editor Alison Carabine pulls no punches at Fran Kelly's party this week.


Will the march of Millennials change the country?

Australia's 2021 Census data shows we're a very different country from five years ago. To demystify the Census, Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly are joined by Shane Wright, senior economics correspondent for SMH and The Age. Plus, is the Albanese Government's stoush with Independents over staffer funding a smart move?


How collaborative will the Albanese government be?

The energy crisis is still looming for the Albanese government, but now they’ll work with state leaders on policy. Will the same sense of collaboration be fostered within Federal Parliament, even extended to members of the Opposition? And what can the government do about inflationary pressures, while avoiding a wage price spiral? Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly are joined by Karen Middleton, Chief Political Correspondent at The Saturday Paper.


Albanese Government faces huge energy challenge

Labor claims the east coast energy troubles are the result of the former Coalition government's mismanagement, but will this wash with the electorate? Meanwhile, PM Albanese also has a win on the minimum wage, as big business groups raise inflation fears. Plus, the Party Room explores whether federal political terms should be longer than three years. Patricia Karvelas and Raf Epstein are joined by David Crowe, Chief Political Correspondent for SMH and The Age.


Difficult choices loom for the Albanese Government

As the Labor government "hits the ground running", they're faced with several economic and geopolitical challenges. In the Parliament, they're also forced to consider their attitude to the large Greens and independent contingent. Plus, PM Albanese announces his new Cabinet, with some surprises. ABC Radio Melbourne's Raf Epstein joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas.


Can Peter Dutton win back the teal seats?

The Coalition is regrouping after a drubbing at the 2022 federal election. 7.30 chief political correspondent Laura Tingle joins Fran Kelly to analyse the way forward for both major parties in the face of a record vote for The Greens and independent candidates. Plus, how will new PM Anthony Albanese govern differently to Scott Morrison?


SPECIAL: Post-election analysis

Saturday's election has reshaped the political landscape - so why were there significant swings away from the major parties? And what will the approach of the Albanese Government be? In this special episode Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas unpack the results of the 2022 election.


SPECIAL: Election Analysis at Sydney Writers Festival

In this special election eve episode, Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas are joined by SMH's Jacqueline Maley and's Samantha Maiden at Sydney Writers Festival. It's been six-weeks of non-stop campaigning from Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese,so what verdict will Australians hand down when they cast their votes? And how much of a role will the Independents and minor parties play in the outcome?


The final sprint to the election

With election day looming, Fran Kelly, Patricia Karvelas and Annabel Crabb assess the state of play, as polling tightens between the Coalition and Labor. Scott Morrison has conceded he’s a bit of bulldozer, while Anthony Albanese’s team have spread across the country in a last-ditch effort to win undecided votes. But will the debate over wages, or even the ‘Jenny factor’ be enough to sway swinging voters?


Where the 2022 election will be won and lost

In the final days of the federal election campaign, ABC chief elections analyst Antony Green tells Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas whether Labor can win without picking up any seats in Queensland, while Sabra Lane weighs in on whether Anthony Albanese's wages pledge is helping or hurting his campaign. PK and Fran have views to share on that too! Also on the party agenda, how long will we be waiting on election night?


Interest rates and economic management dominate in the second half of the campaign

In week four of this election campaign, there's been a bombshell interest rate hike, and it's getting more and more heated in the marginal seat battlegrounds. The polls say Labor is the favourite, but there's still a vital two weeks to go. Guardian Australia's Editor, Lenore Taylor, joins the party.


LIVE SPECIAL: Election analysis at the halfway mark

In this special live recording of The Party Room, Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas are joined by the Guardian’s Amy Remeikis and the Saturday Paper’s Karen Middleton to make sense of the election campaign so far. Will cost of living continue to dominate the campaigning? Are the scare campaigns working? And will independents grab some prize seats in the next term of parliament?


Inflation jumps and a sneaky carbon tax scare appears

Australia records the sharpest rise in cost of living pressures in more than two decades, while the Government launches a new "sneaky" carbon tax scare. Plus, is Labor's small-target strategy going to cost Anthony Albanese the election? Sean Kelly, former Labor advisor and columnist for the SMH and The Age joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas on the podcast.


Morrison and Albanese face off in first election debate

Who won the first leaders' debate? Niki Savva, columnist for the SMH and The Age, joins Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly for an analysis of the early weeks of the federal election campaign. Plus, Fran and PK analyse the possibility of a hung parliament, election scare campaigns, China's new deal with the Solomon Islands and whether Katherine Deves will hurt the Liberal vote in socially progressive seats.


Election campaign week one — Is Morrison winning the campaign so far?

Can Labor turn around the momentum in the election campaign? Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas analyse the impact of Anthony Albanese's day one gaffe, as well as the PM's declaration that Alan Tudge will be back in Cabinet, his backflip on transgender issues, Labor's decision to ditch a JobSeeker increase and why George Christensen defected to One Nation. National Affairs Editor for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age James Massola joins the party.


Polls, preselections and the PM's character

With Australia about to go into a federal election campaign, what will be the impact of the chorus of voices questioning Scott Morrison's character? And while Labor goes into the campaign ahead in the polls, how will Anthony Albanese fare in the full glare of an election campaign and what happens if he gets COVID? SMH and The Age columnist Jacqueline Maley joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas to set the scene for the election campaign.


Cheaper petrol, arts cuts, housing affordability and the PM slammed in the Senate

Will cheaper petrol do the trick for Scott Morrison on polling day? Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly analyse federal budget week including arts funding cuts, whether the PM is doing enough for renters and that scathing character assessment of the PM by Liberal senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells. Australian Financial Review Political Editor Phillip Coorey drops in as the party gets going.


Budget 2022 special

What's in the 2022 federal budget? Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly explain the government's big pre-election handouts and discuss whether they'll win over voters.


Preselection dramas and factional tensions on show in the shadow of an election

Why are the major parties still squabbling over the preselection of some candidates, with an election due to be called within weeks? The Party Room's Fran Kelly, Patricia Karvelas and their guest — 7.30 chief political correspondent Laura Tingle — also ponder spending pressures ahead of the budget, Labor tensions in the wake of the sudden death of Senator Kimberley Kitching and Coalition nerves over the ALP's big victory in the SA state election.


What can the government do about petrol prices and the cost of living?

The federal budget is less than two weeks away. Can Australians expect a cash splash? ABC Business Editor Ian Verrender joins Fran and PK.