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Immigration

8/7/2017
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Immigration has long been among the most contentious, and highly politicised, areas of Australian public policy. The past 20 years have seen a drastic increase in Australia's intake of migrants, as well as an increasingly punitive approach to managing asylum seeker arrivals; an approach that has attracted censure from human rights groups. Does the recent outcome of the class action between Manus Island detainees and the Commonwealth represent a turning point? And what impact will new...

Duration: 01:07:11


Politics and Public Policy: Australia and the World

7/18/2017
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Australia has one of the world’s most educated populations. We have stable institutions, a strong economy and advanced technology. Yet we seem to face endless obstacles when it comes to solving our problems with good public policy. Is it the ideas, the culture or the political contest that get in the way? And if we can’t solve problems – even those with broad agreement for solutions – how can we possibly create space for innovation? In this conversation, we examine how public policy is...

Duration: 01:05:23


Dealing with Drugs

7/10/2017
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The Australia21 report, ‘Can Australia respond to drugs more effectively and safely?’, released in March of this year, argues that it’s time to bring an end to the costly, unavailing campaign of criminalising drug users – and to instead adopt a wide approach to harm reduction. Sally Warhaft and Bob Carr — Photo: Jon Tjhia The report’s 13 key recommendations are groundbreaking, and drawn from conversations between people with legal, law enforcement, prison, public health and policy...

Duration: 01:02:59


Elections Across Europe

6/9/2017
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Sally Warhaft, Georgina Downer and Mary Gearin — Photo: Jon Tjhia In 2017, Europe is in a period of heightened uncertainty: the rise of populist politics, the biggest refugee crisis since World War II, the prospect of a weakened European Union and an increasingly assertive Russia on its doorstep. French voters recently rejected both major parties to elect an unknown quantity in Emmanuel Macron, who has never before held elected office. The UK’s new Prime Minister Theresa May has made...

Duration: 01:04:15


David Marr

5/26/2017
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In previous Quarterly Essays, David Marr has turned his merciless pen to powerful men of the establishment: George Pell, Kevin Rudd, Tony Abbott and Bill Shorten. In his new biographical essay, however, Marr’s subject is a self-styled populist outlier and a woman: Pauline Hanson. As Australian political figures go, they don’t come much more colourful than Hanson. Her divisive speeches and curious catchphrases are etched into the memories of many Australians, from the maiden speech to...

Duration: 01:11:22


State of the Nation

5/10/2017
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Sally Warhaft and Kerry O'Brien — Photo: Shannon Hick We’ve all heard the ‘jobs and growth’ mantra, but what are the specifics of the Turnbull Government’s vision for the country? At this special Fifth Estate discussion, the day after Treasurer Scott Morrison delivered the 2017 budget, Sally Warhaft and veteran journalist Kerry O’Brien unpack the implications of the government’s economic plan and take the pulse of the nation. How does this year's budget sit against those of the past...

Duration: 01:01:00


100 Days

5/1/2017
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A lot has been made of the importance of an American president’s first 100 days. That period has long been considered a crucial measure of their intentions and abilities – and a distillation, in many ways, of what’s to follow. The idea dates back to President Roosevelt – who, taking office during the Great Depression in 1933, immediately launched a series of bills to reignite a flagging economy. Reagan made sweeping revisions to budget and tax policy in his first 100 days; Obama used...

Duration: 01:01:58


Behind the Broadsheet

4/16/2017
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Sally Warhaft and Chris Mitchell in conversation Last year, when Chris Mitchell released his memoir, Making Headlines, much was made of the book’s more gossipy elements: the fancy dinners, brazen ultimatums and the sometimes bitter quarrels with various powerful figures. In this conversation, Fifth Estate host Sally Warhaft goes deeper with the former editor-in-chief of the Australian. Mitchell was at the helm of Australia’s only national daily newspaper for 12 years; a period of...

Duration: 01:04:06


USA Today

3/6/2017
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The shock election of Donald Trump has forced a period of reeling and reckoning in the United States. How have the failures of previous administrations led to the election of such an unorthodox candidate? And how will Trump’s exploitation of scapegoats – both inside America and outside – play out now he’s actually in office? Sally Warhaft, Cynthia P. Schneider and Thomas Frank — Photo: Jon Tjhia In the first Fifth Estate discussion of 2017, Sally Warhaft hosts two heavy-hitting...

Duration: 01:02:38


Democracy in Action

7/28/2016
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‘Democracy is the worst form of government,’ Winston Churchill famously said, ‘except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time’. Greg Sheridan, Gareth Evans and Sally Warhaft But democracies come in very different shapes and sizes. And they’re always evolving; sometimes in response to pressure from within the body politic, and sometimes because of shifts outside sovereign control. Lately – with the emergence of Donald Trump, the shock Brexit result and Australia’s...

Duration: 01:04:24


Human Rights with Philip Ruddock

7/13/2016
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Earlier this year, Philip Ruddock declared his intention to retire from politics after a 42-year career. As ‘Father of the House’ – the longest-serving member of the House of Representatives in Canberra – Ruddock has served in Fraser, Howard and Abbott/Turnbull governments, as a key player in several turbulent and transformative periods of Australian politics. Best known as the architect of the controversial ‘Pacific Solution’ during his time as Immigration Minister in the Howard era,...

Duration: 00:58:40


A Larger Australia

3/2/2016
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Addressing the media after his successful leadership challenge last year, Malcolm Turnbull stressed his vision for an agile, forward-looking Australia. ‘We can’t be defensive,’ he said, promising a government that would ensure Australia can thrive, ‘as the world becomes more and more competitive and greater opportunities arise’. But beyond the rhetoric – in practical foreign policy terms – what will it take to achieve a thriving, competitive 21st-century Australia? In this election year,...

Duration: 01:02:21


Turnbull's Turn

11/10/2015
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Six weeks into Turnbull’s turn as leader, host Sally Warhaft is joined by revered political journalists Michelle Grattan and Laura Tingle to discuss the new-look Liberals, the weight of expectation – and Australian political culture more broadly. ‘Here’s the rule in the Liberal Party – if you win, you did the right thing.’ Those are the words of former treasurer Peter Costello, describing the brutal party dynamics that allowed Malcolm Turnbull to seize the leadership from Tony Abbott on 14...

Duration: 01:04:08


On the Bench

9/30/2015
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Warhaft, Pyne and Bowen If you want a friend in Washington, the famous saying goes, get a dog. Is the same true of Canberra? With a sometimes cynical electorate and a particularly hostile parliament, is it hard to hold onto one’s belief in politics as public service? What keeps long-time politicians in the game? Sally Warhaft is joined by Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Christopher Pyne (who was, until a recent reshuffle, Minister for Education) and Shadow Treasurer Chris...

Duration: 01:05:57


Atmosphere of Hope

9/18/2015
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See also 21 Nov 2012 Note Saving Native Species and Our Moral Code: With TimFlannery / Animals & nature By Jo Case 14 Sep 2015 Note Malcolm Turnbull: ‘we have to put a price oncarbon’ / Australian politics Guest post by Malcolm Turnbull Ten years after his internationally bestselling book,The Weather Makers, author and scientist Tim Flannery argues inAtmosphere of Hopethat the global climate system is close to crisis. Following the recent announcement of Obama’s Clean Power Plan, and in...

Duration: 00:59:05


Media Makers: Journalism Then & Now

8/30/2015
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What's it like to be a political reporter today, when breaking news is measured by second-by-second tweets (instead of next-day newspapers)? How has it changed over the decades? In this Fifth Estate special, recorded live at Melbourne Writers Festival 2015, we hear from Fairfax's Latika Bourke and ABC TV's Barrie Cassidy. Hosted by Sally Warhaft.

Duration: 01:00:43


A Conversation with David Gonski

7/8/2015
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The name Gonski has long been known and respected in business, arts and philanthropic circles. David Gonski AC is a former chairman of the Australia Council, and chairman of ANZ Banking Group, Coca-Cola Amatil and the Sydney Theatre Company. But when he released his Rudd Government-commissioned report into school funding in 2011, Gonski became a household name across Australia. Subscribe to the series Podcast series The FifthEstate / History, politics & current affairs In this rare,...

Duration: 00:55:06


The Age of Defence

6/24/2015
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Subscribe to the series Podcast series The FifthEstate / History, politics & current affairs With major operations in Iraq and the Middle East, the purchase of new militaryequipment (including ships, vehicles and planes) and the increase in programs to counterviolent extremism, how do we prioritise our defence spending and focus? Is the Government's commitment to increase defence spending to 2% of GDP within a decadewarranted?And what will the defence white paper, due for release in...

Duration: 01:04:41


Sizing Up Government

6/10/2015
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As the dust settles on this year’s federal budget, the Fifth Estate turns its eye to matterseconomicwith Ross Gittins,economicseditor of theSydney Morning Herald, and public policy experts Miriam Lyons and Ian McAuley. While the Federal Government expects to spend more in 2015 than at the height of the global financial crisis, it appears that well-funded health and higher education are inching further out of reach –not to mention an economy that addresses climate change or the growing...

Duration: 01:04:23


Andrew and Myuran: Where to from here?

5/25/2015
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In the early hours of 29 April, the Indonesian government executed eight prisoners – including two Australians – by firing squad. Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were killed despite intense diplomatic efforts, desperate legal manoeuvring and an enormous public outcry. These executions, and the promise from Indonesia of more in the near future, have created unprecedented public interest in the death penalty. What can Australia now do to help abolish capital punishment in our region and...

Duration: 01:03:27

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