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The Party Room
Want to know what's really going on in Parliament House? Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas give you the political analysis that matters and explain what it means for you.
Nov 30, 2022
A packed last sitting week for the government
It's been a big final sitting week in Parliament, with the government moving on an integrity commission, its industrial relations bill and its workplace harassment legislation. Plus, Scott Morrison became the first former prime minister to be censured. 7.30 chief political correspondent, Laura Tingle, joins Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly for her assessment of the government's first six months.
Nov 23, 2022
Will there be a teal wave in the Victorian election?
Premier Daniel Andrews is bidding for a third successive term in Victorian state politics, but does Saturday's election have any federal implications? Plus, Guardian Australia political reporter Amy Remeikis joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas to analyse the chances of the government's new industrial relations and integrity commission bills passing.
Nov 16, 2022
When Albanese met Xi
It has been a huge week for Anthony Albanese on the world stage, but what does the meeting between Xi Jinping and the Prime Minister actually mean? Political and international editor of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, Peter Hartcher, joins Patricia Karvelas and guest host David Speers to analyse the China-Australia relationship. Plus, The Party Room discusses Josh Frydenberg's pyjamas.
Nov 9, 2022
How Labor claims it's going to increase your wages
The government says it needs to pass its new workplace relations bill as soon as possible to help get wages moving, but it’s hitting strong resistance from business groups and some independent MPs. Workplace editor for The Australian newspaper, Ewin Hannan, joins Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly to discuss how the new laws would work and how likely they are to pass in their current form. Plus, the latest on the COP27 climate conference, the Medibank data leak, and Australia's relationship with China.
Nov 2, 2022
Is a new big business scare campaign on the way?
The government faces the potential of a big business advertising campaign against their new industrial relations laws. But are they scared? Shane Wright, senior economics correspondent for the SMH and The Age joins Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly with his analysis. Plus, the latest on repatriations from Syria, the Indigenous Voice to Parliament, and COVID.
Oct 27, 2022
A bread-and-butter budget, but where's the honey?
The Albanese government has handed down its first budget, which Treasurer Jim Chalmers has called "a difficult budget, for difficult times". With rising inflation, growing cost-of-living pressures and electricity costs forecast to increase by 56 per cent in the next two years, what support has the government offered Australians? Guardian Australia's editor Lenore Taylor joins Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly to unpack Budget 2022.
Oct 19, 2022
Is Australia heading towards a recession?
What does Labor need to do in its first post-election budget for it to be seen as a success? ABC Business Editor Ian Verrender joins Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly with his analysis. Plus, the Albanese government runs into trouble in the debate over Israel's capital.
Oct 12, 2022
Australia looks to do more for Ukraine, as budget looms large
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese is considering a request from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy for more weapons, money and military training. Chief political correspondent for SMH and The Age, David Crowe, joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas to analyse Australia's role in Ukraine’s conflict with Russia. Plus, the Labor government ponders structural economic changes before their first federal budget.
Oct 5, 2022
What's the legacy of Julia Gillard's misogyny speech?
It's been 10 years since Julia Gillard delivered her famous 'misogyny speech' in federal parliament. Few political players realised the magnitude of the speech back then. But what's changed for women in Australia in the years since? Plus, the Australian Financial Review's Political Editor Phillip Coorey joins Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly to analyse the government's plans to repatriate citizens stuck in Syria, and whether Labor will ditch the stage 3 tax cuts.
Sep 29, 2022
Can you have a strong integrity commission without public hearings?
The Opposition has signalled its support for Labor's National Anti-Corruption Commission, welcoming the government's plan to keep hearings private, apart from under "exceptional circumstances". Plus, Guardian Australia's Josh Taylor joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas to explain what the Optus data breach means for Australia's cybersecurity and privacy laws.
Sep 15, 2022
Parliament, protocol and the PM's priorities
The PM says the Australian republic debate is off the table for this term of government, and a federal integrity commission may not be legislated this year. Parliament has been suspended... but there’s plenty still happening! Veteran press gallery journalist Malcolm Farr joins Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly with his analysis.
Sep 8, 2022
Labor's tricky week in foreign affairs
The Albanese Government has come into the parliamentary week off the high of the jobs summit, but risks coming unstuck on foreign policy. Chief Political Correspondent for The Conversation, Michelle Grattan, joins Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly's party this week.
Sep 1, 2022
Jobs summit, the Voice, and the Shaq attack
The Albanese Government's jobs and skills summit has kicked off in Canberra, but what does it mean for Australia? Guardian Australia's chief political correspondent, Sarah Martin, joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas to explain why it matters. Plus, are the Greens talking down the Indigenous Voice to Parliament?
Aug 25, 2022
Robodebt, the jobs summit and Morrison's portfolio saga continues
What’s Scott Morrison’s future after the secret ministries scandal? SBS World News Chief Political Correspondent, Anna Henderson, joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas to give the Party Room her analysis on Robodebt, the impending jobs summit, and the portfolio scandal.
Aug 18, 2022
Why did Scott Morrison pick up five extra portfolios?
Scott Morrison's secret portfolio scandal has shocked both sides of Australian politics this week. But why did the former PM pick up the five extra ministries? Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly are joined by news.com.au's Political Editor, Samantha Maiden, to discuss what the saga means for the country.
Aug 11, 2022
As China-Taiwan tensions intensify, what’s Australia’s message to Beijing?
China-Taiwan tensions have escalated and Australia has of course been caught in the political crossfire. So, how have Foreign Minister Penny Wong and the Government handled the heat? And as the Jobs Summit draws nearer, the ACTU and Opposition Leader both weigh in. Peter Hartcher, Political and International Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas.
Aug 4, 2022
The PM unveils his “simple question” for a referendum on the Indigenous Voice to Parliament
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has proposed a draft referendum question on the Indigenous Voice to Parliament, but some Coalition MPs say they want to see more details. Meanwhile, a gas shortage is looming: so, will the government pull the so-called gas trigger to increase supply? And the Greens have promised to support Labor’s Climate bill: is this the end of the ‘climate wars’? Lorena Allam, Gamilaraay and Yuwalaraay woman and the Indigenous Affairs Editor for Guardian Australia joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas.
Jul 28, 2022
The 47 Parliament is underway, so will it be politics as usual?
The Albanese Government has promised a new style of politics. So, were any of those changes visible when the 47th Parliament kicked off this week? And there’s been more strain on cost of living, with inflation increasing again – but the Treasurer has warned the worst is yet to come. Phil Coorey, Chief Political Correspondent for the Australian Financial Review joins Fran and PK.
Jul 21, 2022
A COVID reset, while heat is on climate targets
The Albanese government has re-introduced pandemic leave payments after coming under sustained pressure from the community. But was the delay in announcing this COVID reset the Government’s first big misstep, or a sign it is willing to listen? And Labor's legislation to reduce emissions by 43% by 2030 is set to be introduced to Parliament next week, but will it have the support it needs from the Greens in the Senate? Lenore Taylor, Editor at the Guardian Australia joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas to unpack the big issues of the week.
Jul 14, 2022
The Pacific Islands Forum and a looming COVID wave
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Foreign Minister Penny Wong attend the Pacific Island Leaders Forum, attempting to counter China’s rising power in the region. And as a new wave of COVID ramps up, government subsidies wind down. So has the government got its health messaging right? Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly are joined by Michelle Grattan, Chief Political Correspondent with The Conversation and Professorial fellow at University of Canberra
Jul 7, 2022
NSW floods and the NATO meeting
While NSW is hit with yet another natural disaster, the Coalition accuses the PM of taking his eye off the ball – but is their criticism unfair? Outgoing RN Breakfast Political Editor Alison Carabine pulls no punches at Fran Kelly's party this week.
Jun 30, 2022
Will the march of Millennials change the country?
Australia's 2021 Census data shows we're a very different country from five years ago. To demystify the Census, Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly are joined by Shane Wright, senior economics correspondent for SMH and The Age. Plus, is the Albanese Government's stoush with Independents over staffer funding a smart move?
Jun 23, 2022
How collaborative will the Albanese government be?
The energy crisis is still looming for the Albanese government, but now they’ll work with state leaders on policy. Will the same sense of collaboration be fostered within Federal Parliament, even extended to members of the Opposition? And what can the government do about inflationary pressures, while avoiding a wage price spiral? Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly are joined by Karen Middleton, Chief Political Correspondent at The Saturday Paper.
Jun 16, 2022
Albanese Government faces huge energy challenge
Labor claims the east coast energy troubles are the result of the former Coalition government's mismanagement, but will this wash with the electorate? Meanwhile, PM Albanese also has a win on the minimum wage, as big business groups raise inflation fears. Plus, the Party Room explores whether federal political terms should be longer than three years. Patricia Karvelas and Raf Epstein are joined by David Crowe, Chief Political Correspondent for SMH and The Age.
Jun 2, 2022
Difficult choices loom for the Albanese Government
As the Labor government "hits the ground running", they're faced with several economic and geopolitical challenges. In the Parliament, they're also forced to consider their attitude to the large Greens and independent contingent. Plus, PM Albanese announces his new Cabinet, with some surprises. ABC Radio Melbourne's Raf Epstein joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas.
May 26, 2022
Can Peter Dutton win back the teal seats?
The Coalition is regrouping after a drubbing at the 2022 federal election. 7.30 chief political correspondent Laura Tingle joins Fran Kelly to analyse the way forward for both major parties in the face of a record vote for The Greens and independent candidates. Plus, how will new PM Anthony Albanese govern differently to Scott Morrison?
May 23, 2022
SPECIAL: Post-election analysis
Saturday's election has reshaped the political landscape - so why were there significant swings away from the major parties? And what will the approach of the Albanese Government be? In this special episode Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas unpack the results of the 2022 election.
May 20, 2022
SPECIAL: Election Analysis at Sydney Writers Festival
In this special election eve episode, Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas are joined by SMH's Jacqueline Maley and news.com.au's Samantha Maiden at Sydney Writers Festival. It's been six-weeks of non-stop campaigning from Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese,so what verdict will Australians hand down when they cast their votes? And how much of a role will the Independents and minor parties play in the outcome?
May 19, 2022
The final sprint to the election
With election day looming, Fran Kelly, Patricia Karvelas and Annabel Crabb assess the state of play, as polling tightens between the Coalition and Labor. Scott Morrison has conceded he’s a bit of bulldozer, while Anthony Albanese’s team have spread across the country in a last-ditch effort to win undecided votes. But will the debate over wages, or even the ‘Jenny factor’ be enough to sway swinging voters?
May 12, 2022
Where the 2022 election will be won and lost
In the final days of the federal election campaign, ABC chief elections analyst Antony Green tells Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas whether Labor can win without picking up any seats in Queensland, while Sabra Lane weighs in on whether Anthony Albanese's wages pledge is helping or hurting his campaign. PK and Fran have views to share on that too! Also on the party agenda, how long will we be waiting on election night?
May 5, 2022
Interest rates and economic management dominate in the second half of the campaign
In week four of this election campaign, there's been a bombshell interest rate hike, and it's getting more and more heated in the marginal seat battlegrounds. The polls say Labor is the favourite, but there's still a vital two weeks to go. Guardian Australia's Editor, Lenore Taylor, joins the party.
May 3, 2022
LIVE SPECIAL: Election analysis at the halfway mark
In this special live recording of The Party Room, Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas are joined by the Guardian’s Amy Remeikis and the Saturday Paper’s Karen Middleton to make sense of the election campaign so far. Will cost of living continue to dominate the campaigning? Are the scare campaigns working? And will independents grab some prize seats in the next term of parliament?
Apr 28, 2022
Inflation jumps and a sneaky carbon tax scare appears
Australia records the sharpest rise in cost of living pressures in more than two decades, while the Government launches a new "sneaky" carbon tax scare. Plus, is Labor's small-target strategy going to cost Anthony Albanese the election? Sean Kelly, former Labor advisor and columnist for the SMH and The Age joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas on the podcast.
Apr 21, 2022
Morrison and Albanese face off in first election debate
Who won the first leaders' debate? Niki Savva, columnist for the SMH and The Age, joins Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly for an analysis of the early weeks of the federal election campaign. Plus, Fran and PK analyse the possibility of a hung parliament, election scare campaigns, China's new deal with the Solomon Islands and whether Katherine Deves will hurt the Liberal vote in socially progressive seats.
Apr 14, 2022
Election campaign week one — Is Morrison winning the campaign so far?
Can Labor turn around the momentum in the election campaign? Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas analyse the impact of Anthony Albanese's day one gaffe, as well as the PM's declaration that Alan Tudge will be back in Cabinet, his backflip on transgender issues, Labor's decision to ditch a JobSeeker increase and why George Christensen defected to One Nation. National Affairs Editor for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age James Massola joins the party.
Apr 7, 2022
Polls, preselections and the PM's character
With Australia about to go into a federal election campaign, what will be the impact of the chorus of voices questioning Scott Morrison's character? And while Labor goes into the campaign ahead in the polls, how will Anthony Albanese fare in the full glare of an election campaign and what happens if he gets COVID? SMH and The Age columnist Jacqueline Maley joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas to set the scene for the election campaign.
Mar 30, 2022
Cheaper petrol, arts cuts, housing affordability and the PM slammed in the Senate
Will cheaper petrol do the trick for Scott Morrison on polling day? Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly analyse federal budget week including arts funding cuts, whether the PM is doing enough for renters and that scathing character assessment of the PM by Liberal senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells. Australian Financial Review Political Editor Phillip Coorey drops in as the party gets going.
Mar 29, 2022
Budget 2022 special
What's in the 2022 federal budget? Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly explain the government's big pre-election handouts and discuss whether they'll win over voters.
Mar 23, 2022
Preselection dramas and factional tensions on show in the shadow of an election
Why are the major parties still squabbling over the preselection of some candidates, with an election due to be called within weeks? The Party Room's Fran Kelly, Patricia Karvelas and their guest — 7.30 chief political correspondent Laura Tingle — also ponder spending pressures ahead of the budget, Labor tensions in the wake of the sudden death of Senator Kimberley Kitching and Coalition nerves over the ALP's big victory in the SA state election.
Mar 16, 2022
What can the government do about petrol prices and the cost of living?
The federal budget is less than two weeks away. Can Australians expect a cash splash? ABC Business Editor Ian Verrender joins Fran and PK.
Mar 9, 2022
Floods and subs
This week the PM called the flood disaster a national emergency, and there was new confusion over the federal government’s nuclear submarines decision. Fran and PK are joined by ABC News NSW state political reporter Ashleigh Raper and Guardian Australia political reporter Josh Butler for their analysis.
Mar 2, 2022
Australia's response to the flood crisis and the world's response to war
Queensland and NSW have been drenched with rain and floods and Russia's invasion of Ukraine has become even more brutal. Oh, and Scott Morrison has COVID-19. The ABC's David Lipson has been in Ukraine for the past few weeks, and joins PK and David Speers for his analysis of the conflict.
Feb 23, 2022
How war in Ukraine could affect the federal election
Could Australia be heading towards a khaki election? Plus, the government's response to the attempted takeover of AGL, and the PM's comments on the Sydney train dispute. ABC Foreign Affairs reporter Stephen Dziedzic joins PK and David Speers to give his analysis.
Feb 19, 2022
LIVE SPECIAL: Talking politics at Sydney's Mardi Gras Fair Day
In this special episode, Patricia Karvelas is joined by Jeremy Fernandez from ABC News, Liberal MP Trent Zimmerman and Labor Senator Jenny McAllister to talk all things politics at Sydney's Mardi Gras Fair Day.
Feb 16, 2022
Cranking it up to 11 on national security
The government goes for broke on national security, throwing everything it can at Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese. Meanwhile, the issue of political integrity returns as donations to Zali Steggall come under the microscope, and the Liberals have a state by-election scare. SMH/The Age Chief Political Correspondent David Crowe joins PK and Fran this week.
Feb 9, 2022
An atmosphere of consequences
As Parliament remains divided over the contentious Religious Discrimination Bill, Grace Tame and Brittany Higgins have called out the government's handling of social issues. Plus, how have a series of leaked texts affected the PM's standing? Guardian Australia's Political Editor Katharine Murphy joins Fran and PK.
Nov 24, 2021
Almost incomprehensibly bad politics
There's serious division in the Coalition ranks over a push to end vaccine mandates and a controversial Religious Discrimination Bill. Plus, the issue of truthfulness has burned Scott Morrison again. Chief political correspondent for ABC's 7.30 Laura Tingle joins PK and Fran this week.
Nov 17, 2021
Is Australian politics getting uglier?
As the Morrison Government turns its back on key elements of the climate agreement it signed in Glasgow, a shift in the US-China relationship could create new challenges for Australia on the global stage. Plus, protests on the streets of Melbourne have turned unexpectedly vicious in response to a proposed pandemic bill. ABC international affairs analyst Stan Grant joins PK and Fran this week.
Nov 10, 2021
Electric cars, election campaigning and the beauty of a backflip
The Morrison Government has started to fill in some of the blanks in its plan to reach net zero emissions by 2050 by announcing an electric vehicle policy, but is it enough to neutralise the issue of climate? Plus, as election campaigning begins in earnest, trustworthiness is at the centre of the debate. National Affairs columnist for Australian Financial Review Jennifer Hewett joins PK and Fran this week.
Nov 3, 2021
A terribly messy week: Glasgow, leaked texts and French fury
Scott Morrison's trip to Glasgow for the COP26 climate summit has been overshadowed by a furious row with French President Emmanuel Macron, further escalating international tensions. Plus, has pork barrelling become normalised in Australian politics? ABC Insiders host David Speers joins PK and Fran this week.