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

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

Duration: 00:27:28

Same-sex marriage: Australia says Yes

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

Duration: 00:27:20

Audits and instability as the citizenship crisis continues

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

Duration: 00:27:47

Citizenship Eight: the crisis continues as Stephen Parry resigns

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

Duration: 00:27:00

Citizenship Seven: The High Court disqualifies Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce

What does the High Court ruling on the Citizenship Seven mean for the future of this Government? Fran and Patricia reconvene for this bonus episode to discuss the fallout of the High Court ruling. Tweet the show using #ThePartyRoom or send an email to

Duration: 00:16:03

AWU raids, staffer leaks and Michaelia Cash

A staffer from Senator Cash's office has resigned after admitting he was the source of a media leak about AFP raids on the AWU. What will the political fallout be? Buzzfeed's News Editor Josh Taylor joins Patricia and Fran to talk leaks, the National Broadband Network and the same-sex marriage postal survey. Tweet the podcast using #ThePartyRoom or send an email to

Duration: 00:26:08

Is the NEG the energy policy we've all been waiting for?

This week the government announced their new plan to resolve the energy crisis: the National Energy Guarantee. What does the NEG mean for Australia's ongoing debate about energy? Fran and Patricia dissect the policy and the politics with Laura Tingle from the Australian Financial Review. Tweet at us using #ThePartyRoom or send us an email at

Duration: 00:27:22

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

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