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PM covers stories across Australia and the world, explaining and analysing the most important events and issues of the day.

PM covers stories across Australia and the world, explaining and analysing the most important events and issues of the day.


Melbourne, VIC


PM covers stories across Australia and the world, explaining and analysing the most important events and issues of the day.




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Students expose toxic culture of sexual assault

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is still backing Christian Porter, a day after the Attorney General denied an allegation of rape; and school principals and police to discuss sexual assault amongst students, as thousands of testimonials appear online.


Christian Porter refuses to stand down after historical rape allegation

The Attorney-General Christian Porter identifies himself as the politician who's alleged to have raped a 16-year-old girl in 1988, saying it did not happen; PM speaks with the lawyer who represented the woman making the allegation - Michael Bradley.


Police close investigation into historical rape allegation

Case closed.. Police will not investigate an historical rape allegation against a Federal cabinet minister. So, what happens next? And the Aged Care Royal Commission report received with disappointment from some industry watchers, including for ignoring a suggestion to rein in profit-making from taxpayer dollars;


Aged Care shame revealed in major report

A radical redesign of Aged Care could be coming for a sector that's left one in three with substandard care, PM discusses the final report of the Royal Commission with advocate for residents Sarah Russell; and the Federal Minister accused of a rape decades ago tells the Prime Minister he denies the allegations.


Allegations Cabinet Minister involved in historical rape.

A letter containing a disturbing allegation that an unnamed Cabinet Minister in the Morrison Government anally raped a 16 year old girl prior to entering politics has been forwarded to Australian Federal Police.


AFP Commissioner warns politicians to report sexual assault allegations.

Why has the Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police explicitly warned politicians that sexual assault allegations must be immediately reported?


Concerns over how doctor gave the wrong COVID vaccine dose

A storm erupts over how a doctor, without the right training, gave the wrong COVID vaccine dose to two elderly patients; new revelations in the government's knowledge of an alleged criminal assault in Parliament; and a remote community in the northern territory evacuating in the face of the flooding and croc-infested Daly River.


Federal government deal sees Facebook restore Australian news pages.

After blocking Australian news pages last week, now Facebook agrees to restore services in a last minute deal with the government; rogue MP Craig Kelly quits the Liberal Party after being taken to task over spreading misinformation on Facebook; and a former equal opportunity commissioner says Parliament needs proper workplace protections and training for Parliamentarians.


Royal Commission into Crown's suitability to hold a casino licence announced in Victoria;

Victoria announces a Royal Commission into Crown's suitability to hold a casino licence in that state; Federal Parliament's spiralling sexual misconduct crisis as a fourth woman comes forward with claims about the same government staffer already accused of rape; and a rare moment to smile in a pandemic as the nation's vaccine rollout begins.


Former Liberal staffer to make formal complaint to Police over rape allegations.

A former Liberal staffer who alleges she was raped by a colleague at Parliament House will make a formal complaint to Police.


A simmering stand-off between Facebook and the Government erupts.

A simmering stand-off between the tech giants and the Government erupts as Australian Facebook users learn they're mere pawns in the battle over who pays for news.


Prime Minister accused of 'victim blaming'.

The Prime Minister is accused of 'victim blaming' by the woman at the centre of a rape allegation that's embroiling the government.


Government's handling of sexual assault allegations under scrutiny

The Government's handling of sexual assault allegations is under forensic scrutiny with a former Prime Minister describing a culture of misogyny in Canberra.


Pressure rising for solution to quarantine problems

Pressure's mounting on the Federal government to do more about shortcomings in quarantine hotels.


Victoria in COVID lockdown

All of Victoria going into a strict five-day lockdown and borders are closing as fears grow the UK coronavirus variant is spreading in Melbourne; and long-awaited testimony from the former sports minister Bridget McKenzie about the so-called sports rorts affair, but she hasn't convinced constitutional law expert Anne Twomey that it was all above board.


Women worse off in COVID jobs market

Hotel quarantine still has the backing of Federal health authorities, as the Holiday Inn outbreak in Melbourne grows; and how COVID is amplifying 1950s stereotypes about women's work, damaging their long-term career prospects.


Coronavirus vapor at Melbourne’s Holiday Inn

More COVID cases identified from Melbourne's Holiday Inn hotel and authorities think a coronavirus vapor was wafting through the air; and James Packer's disappearing influence on the Crown Resorts board, after the company was ruled unfit to operate a Sydney casino. We'll look at the regulator's role.


Crown not suitable to operate Sydney casino

What future for Sydney's new skyscraper casino, after a damning report finds Crown Resorts not suitable to hold a gambling license? And veteran AFL club administrator Eddie McGuire steps down as Collingwood president, bowing to immense public pressure and anger over his response to findings of systemic racism at the club;


Variants challenge vaccine effectiveness

More pressure on Australia's hotel quarantine system, with two unusual COVID cases in New South Wales and Victoria; We’ll explain how you might need booster shots if you get the AstraZeneca vaccine, after research showing it appears less effective against a South African variant of the virus; and women who sit on company boards say it's easier to be heard in a virtual environment.


Morrison hopes WA lockdown won't be repeated

Western Australia is coming out of its five-day lockdown after no new COVID cases. The Prime Minister has ordered a review into COVID policies, saying the risk to Australia is reducing; And drinking until you blackout, research finds it's common for young people and it's happening more often to young women.