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China, debt and the Coalition's 'women problem'

5/17/2018
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The preselection defeat of government minister Jane Prentice has raised questions about the Coalition's support for female MPs. And have reports of the deterioration in relations between Australia and China been exaggerated? Jennifer Hewett, National Affairs Columnist with the Australian Financial Review, joins Patricia Karvelas and special guest co-host Barrie Cassidy on The Party Room. Tweet #ThePartyRoom or send an email to ThePartyRoom@abc.net.au.

Duration:00:29:13

The budget, tax cuts and by-elections

5/10/2018
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The federal government has begun the task of selling the budget, but can it persuade the crossbench to pass its tax cuts? And the High Court's ruling that Senator Katy Gallagher is ineligible to sit in the Senate means a total of five by-elections must now be held. Phil Coorey, the Chief Political Correspondent for the Australian Financial Review, joins Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly. Tweet #ThePartyRoom or send an email to ThePartyRoom@abc.net.au.

Duration:00:27:35

Budget 2018: tax cuts, mental health and a hit to the ABC

5/8/2018
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The Treasurer Scott Morrison has made an ambitious seven-year plan to cut taxes the centrepiece of his third budget. But will it be enough to win the hearts and minds of voters? Fran and Patricia break it down in this special budget wrap-up. Tweet #ThePartyRoom or send an email to ThePartyRoom@abc.net.au.

Duration:00:12:19

Banks, businesses and preparing for the budget

5/3/2018
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Revelations out of the Banking Royal Commission have made a conversation around the company tax cut difficult for the Government. And the Business Council of Australia is preparing to campaign in the upcoming election. This week, Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas prepare for the federal budget with David Crowe, Chief Political Correspondent for The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald. Tweet #ThePartyRoom or send an email to ThePartyRoom@abc.net.au.

Duration:00:30:48

The Government and the Opposition finish the week without a win and Julie Bishop shirtfronts the Russian Ambassador

3/28/2018
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The Government has failed to secure the numbers in the Senate to pass the second phase of its company tax cuts. Meanwhile, the Opposition has been forced to revise its controversial tax plan. The Deputy Editor of the Australian Financial Review, Aaron Patrick, joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas on The Party Room. Tweet #ThePartyRoom or send an email to ThePartyRoom@abc.net.au.

Duration:00:27:59

Minor parties take stock and crossbenchers consider a company tax cut

3/21/2018
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Minor parties weren't as successful as they'd hoped to be in the South Australian election and the Batman by-election. And the government is negotiating with Senate crossbenchers on company tax reform. The Political editor of The Guardian, Katharine Murphy, joins Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly on The Party Room. Tweet #ThePartyRoom or send an email to ThePartyRoom@abc.net.au.

Duration:00:29:36

Labor launches a controversial new tax policy as voters in SA and Batman head to the polls

3/14/2018
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The Opposition is calling its new tax policy "courageous", but will voters embrace it? And voters in South Australia and Batman are heading to the polls in two very different elections that will both have national implications. The Chief Political Correspondent for the Australian Financial Review, Phil Coorey, joins Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly on The Party Room. Tweet #ThePartyRoom or send an email to ThePartyRoom@abc.net.au.

Duration:00:28:01

President Trump, trade wars and International Women's Day

3/7/2018
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US President Donald Trump's announcement of tariffs on steel and aluminium imports has raised fears of a trade war. With the Australian Government lobbying for an exemption, just how 'special' is the relationship between Australia and the US? The Political Editor of the West Australian, Sarah Martin, joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas on The Party Room. Tweet #ThePartyRoom or send an email to ThePartyRoom@abc.net.au.

Duration:00:27:59

Michael McCormack, Michaelia Cash and #MeToo in Parliament House

2/28/2018
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The Nationals have a new leader, but who exactly is Michael McCormack? And Senator Michaelia Cash is under fire over threats to name female staffers in Bill Shorten's office who have been the subject of "rumours". Author and presenter of The Drum, Julia Baird, joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas on The Party Room. Tweet #ThePartyRoom or send an email to ThePartyRoom@abc.net.au.

Duration:00:27:56

Goodbye Barnaby: The Deputy PM calls it a day

2/22/2018
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After vowing to stay on, Barnaby Joyce has announced he is resigning as leader of the National Party and Deputy Prime Minister. Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas reconvene to discuss the fallout on this special bonus edition of The Party Room. Tweet #ThePartyRoom or send an email to ThePartyRoom@abc.net.au.

Duration:00:09:01

Barnaby holds on, Malcolm heads overseas and immigration makes waves

2/21/2018
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The Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has stared down pressure from colleagues to resign, but is his position tenable in the long-term? And as the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull heads to Washington, his predecessor Tony Abbott sounds a warning on immigration. Former ABC Political Correspondent and Sky News contributor Jim Middleton joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas on The Party Room Tweet #ThePartyRoom or send an email to ThePartyRoom@abc.net.au.

Duration:00:27:58

Barnaby Joyce, ministerial conduct and Closing the Gap

2/14/2018
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The Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce is increasingly under pressure over revelations of his affair with a staffer and accusations of ministerial misconduct. The drama overshadowed the 10th anniversary of the Closing the Gap report on Indigenous disadvantage and the apology to the Stolen Generations. Fairfax Chief Political Correspondent Mark Kenny joins Fran and Patricia on The Party Room. Tweet #ThePartyRoom or send an email to ThePartyRoom@abc.net.au.

Duration:00:01:29

Citizenship, the Batman by-election and a sense of deja vu as Parliament returns for 2018

2/7/2018
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Parliament has resumed for 2018 with both the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and the Opposition Leader Bill Shorten staking out their policy positions. But the dual citizenship crisis looks set to dominate proceedings once again, while revelations the Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce is expecting a child with a former staffer are dominating headlines. ABC News Political Editor Andrew Probyn joins Fran and Patricia on The Party Room to talk through the key issues facing Parliament as it...

Duration:00:28:04

Fran Kelly sings the year in #auspol

12/13/2017
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Every week, Fran Kelly sings a song inspired by federal politics. We've compiled a very special end-of-year mix of some of our favourites.

Duration:00:34:05

Parliament debates legalising same-sex marriage in Australia

12/6/2017
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Parliament has debated a historic bill to legalise same-sex marriage in Australia, in the final sittings of the year. Sky News political editor David Speers joins The Party Room to discuss dual citizenship and foreign intervention legislation with Fran and Patricia. Tweet #ThePartyRoom or send an email to ThePartyRoom@abc.net.au.

Duration:00:28:09

Dastyari sacked and the PM capitulates on a banking royal commission

11/29/2017
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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has called a banking royal commission, capitulating to calls from nearly all sides. And Senator Sam Dastyari has been sacked from his position as deputy Senate whip over his links to Chinese donors. ABC 730's David Lipson joins Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly in The Party Room. Tweet #ThePartyRoom or send an email to ThePartyRoom@abc.net.au.

Duration:00:26:47

Eight becomes nine: citizenship chaos and the Lower House gets a week off

11/22/2017
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Virginia Trioli drops in on The Party Room to discuss citizenship chaos and same-sex marriage negotiations with Fran and Patricia. Tweet us using #ThePartyRoom or send us an email at ThePartyRoom@abc.net.au.

Duration:00:27:28

Same-sex marriage: Australia says Yes

11/15/2017
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The results are in, and Australia says yes to a change in the definition of marriage. Fran and Patricia break down the numbers, and discuss what might happen next. Guardian Australia's editor Lenore Taylor drops in on The Party Room to talk citizenship. Tweet us using #ThePartyRoom or send us an email at ThePartyRoom@abc.net.au.

Duration:00:27:20

Audits and instability as the citizenship crisis continues

11/8/2017
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Liberal backbencher John Alexander has joined the list of parliamentarians embroiled in the dual citizenship crisis engulfing federal politics. Andrew Probyn joined Fran and Patricia to give his perspective on how this Government could and should respond to the situation. Tweet the podcast using #ThePartyRoom or send us an email ThePartyRoom@abc.net.au.

Duration:00:27:47

Citizenship Eight: the crisis continues as Stephen Parry resigns

11/1/2017
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The citizenship crisis continues in the Federal Parliament this week with Senate President Stephen Parry confirming that he is a British citizen. Patricia and Fran discuss the consequences for the Government with HuffPost Politics Editor Karen Barlow. Tweet the podcast using #ThePartyRoom or send us an email ThePartyRoom@abc.net.au.

Duration:00:27:00

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