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Energy, media reform and anti-vilification laws

This week in politics has been dominated by talk over energy policy. Patricia and Raf discuss a clean energy target, media reform and anti-vilification laws with political correspondent for The Australian, David Crowe. Tweet at us using #ThePartyRoom or email us at

Duration: 00:25:40

Energy, North Korea and the same-sex marriage survey survives the High Court

The Federal Government's voluntary postal survey on same-sex marriage has survived a High Court challenge. Patricia Karvelas and Rafael Epstein discuss the political implications of the verdict, as well as the latest on energy and North Korea. And Daniela Ritorto from SBS News joins The Party Room to talk dual citizenship. Tweet us using #ThePartyRoom or email us at

Duration: 00:26:19

Diversions, or getting on with the job? Energy, asylum seekers and history wars

This week, the government tried to focus its attention on energy, asylum seekers and Australian history. Fran and Patricia discuss why and whether it worked, and Phillip Coorey joined The Party Room to discuss Coalition strategy. Contact us using #ThePartyRoom or on

Duration: 00:26:40

Citizenship and religious freedom: divisions in the Coalition

Nationals deputy leader Fiona Nash and crossbench senator Nick Xenophon have joined other MPs underneath a citizenship cloud in Canberra. And divisions are opening up in the Coalition over the issue of religious freedom. Author and columnist Niki Savva drops in on The Party Room to unpack how well the government is handling this unprecedented situation. Contact us at or using #ThePartyRoom.

Duration: 00:27:27

Constitutional crisis, ABC reform and Barnaby Joyce is a kiwi

This week it was revealed that Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has dual citizenship in New Zealand. Fran and Patricia discuss how the government has handled the news, and what the broader political implications might be. Sabra Lane joins the party to talk diplomacy with New Zealand, the High Court and the same-sex marriage debate. Get in contact using #ThePartyRoom or via email

Duration: 00:26:46

Parliament resumes, and so does the same sex-marriage debate

Fran and Patricia discuss why we'll be hearing about same-sex marriage for the rest of the year, and who has the most to gain from the ongoing conversation. Plus, Leigh Sales joins the podcast to talk leadership and allegations against Commonwealth Bank. Get in touch using #ThePartyRoom or

Duration: 00:25:42

Gonski 2.0, Finkel and citizenship

In the final week before parliament breaks for winter, PK and Fran discuss the government's manoeuvring on Gonski 2.0, Pauline Hanson's comments on disability and autism, and the Coalition's one big problem with the Finkel report.

Duration: 00:26:55

Finkel report, clean energy and citizenship

With the Coalition debating the merits of a clean energy target, Lenore Taylor joins Fran and PK to look at how much of the Finkel report remains politically viable.

Duration: 00:28:13

Parole reform, Chinese influence and US-Australia relations

Parole reform, foreign political donations, energy policy: this week there's a whole lot of change and reform being discussed. But should we change the way we deal with the United States, as the chasm widens between what President Trump tweets and what his government puts forward as foreign policy?

Duration: 00:26:43

National security, One Nation and energy policy

Parliament was preoccupied with questions of security this week, but there's a battle over energy policy on the horizon. Andrew Probyn joins Fran and PK to talk One Nation and carbon capture.

Duration: 00:27:27

Labor leak, bank levy and One Nation "brainstorming"

A leak from Labor about internal divisions over the proposed Medicare levy has drawn attention from the government's post-budget sell. Rafael Epstein joins Patricia to talk about this and more: the government's reset, President Donald Trump's photograph with an orb, and a secret tape of a One Nation meeting.

Duration: 00:25:50

Budget 2017: Tax, drug testing and Tina Arena

As the dust settles after the 2017 budget announcement, Laura Tingle joins Fran and Patricia to pick apart the politics.

Duration: 00:26:01

Budget 2017: Medicare levy, banks tax and fairness

The morning after the budget, what does it mean for the political landscape? Fran and Patricia break it down in this special budget wrap-up.

Duration: 00:13:04

Gonski 2.0, budget 2017 and nation building

The week before the budget is usually filled with leaks and whispers, but this year it was full of announcements. Chris Uhlmann joins Fran and Patricia to talk Gonski 2.0, infrastructure spending and the PM's leadership.

Duration: 00:28:22

Backflips, fairness and David Marr

David Marr's joins Fran and Patricia to talk about the week in federal politics.

Duration: 00:27:49

Long nights in the Senate, 18C and banking inquiry

Senate arguments heat up in the middle of the night, and Malcolm Turnbull bolsters support within his party by moving on 18C. Fran and PK pull the week's politics apart with Barrie Cassidy.

Duration: 00:26:08

Snowy Mountains Scheme 2.0, SA energy and WA votes

What could Labor's landslide victory in Western Australia mean for the future of the Liberal Party? And could the PM's Snowy Mountains Scheme extension be the 'game changer' he's been looking for?

Duration: 00:26:38

One Nation, WA and Waleed Aly

Waleed thinks we've seen a 'moment of subtle disintegration for One Nation'. He joins PK and Fran to talk about the impact of the WA election on federal politics.

Duration: 00:25:55

Penalty rates, 18C and 'throwing the whip away'

Rafael Esptein tells Fran and PK about the issues that have people calling in: 'how much they get paid and how much it costs for them to buy a house'.

Duration: 00:29:31

Refugees, housing affordability and Annabel Crabb

Annabel Crabb joins Fran and PK to pick apart the politics of housing affordability. They also talk refugees, Israel, energy policy, Anna Bligh and Daft Punk.

Duration: 00:26:30

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