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In the Australian Politics podcast, Katharine Murphy and Guardian Australia's political team examine what’s happening in Australian politics and why it matters to you
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Sarah Hanson-Young on the reckoning of parliament – Australian politics podcast
After a turbulent two weeks in parliament, Katharine Murphy talks to Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young about her experiences in fighting toxic cultures in the workplace. They discuss the ways women in the spotlight can be supported, and whether the domino-like effect will continue
26 Feb 2021
Tackling online extremism in Australia – Australian politics podcast
Katharine Murphy and Daniel Hurst talk to Liberal senator James Paterson about his new role as the chair of Australia’s security and intelligence committee. After the the US Capitol riot and the Christchurch attack, what threats does Australia face from terrorism, and how should extremism be managed in online spaces?
19 Feb 2021
What steps can we take to change the toxic culture in parliament? – Australian politics podcast
This week Katharine Murphy speaks to Labor MPs Peta Murphy and Kate Thwaites after the allegations made by a former Liberal staffer, Brittany Higgins, revealed the toxic culture embedded within Australia’s parliament. The MPs discuss parliamentary workplace norms, lack of training and HR management, and the steps needed to address it.
12 Feb 2021
Will there be a federal election this year? – Australian politics podcast
Katharine Murphy sits down with her team in Canberra to answer your most urgent political questions for 2021. When will the government roll out a vaccine? Will there be an election this year? How can we hold our politicians more accountable after the scandals of 2020?
5 Feb 2021
How did Keith Wolahan defeat Kevin Andrews in the battle for Menzies? – Australian politics podcast
In the first episode of the Australian politics podcast for 2021, Katharine Murphy talks with former special forces captain and barrister Keith Wolahan after he unseated veteran Liberal MP Kevin Andrews in a party preselection. How did Wolahan pull off the first unseat of a federal Liberal since 1990? What factions in the party does he associate himself? How will he approach the Liberals’ waning popularity in Victoria?
18 Dec 2020
The loneliness epidemic of 2020 – Australian politics live podcast
Looking back at the year, Katharine Murphy sits down with Labor MP Andrew Giles and Liberal MP Fiona Martin to discuss Australia’s other epidemic: loneliness. With coronavirus exacerbating the country’s feelings of isolation, which age groups have been hit hardest? How has social media use increased loneliness among young people? And what measures will the government take to solve the problem?
11 Dec 2020
Tony Burke: the government is failing Australian workers – Australian politics live podcast
On the last sitting day of parliament, politics editor Katharine Murphy and political reporter Paul Karp talk to Labor MP Tony Burke about the government’s omnibus industrial relations bill. With unions concerned the provision will cut pay and conditions, Burke discusses how the Morrison government’s gagging of parliamentary debate is putting workers, and democracy, at risk
4 Dec 2020
Will Australia treat big tech as publishers? – Australian politics live podcast
Katharine Murphy talks to MP Anne Webster after her defamation case against conspiracy theorist Karen Brewer. Webster intends to bring forward legislation that would force Facebook and other platforms to assume editorial responsibility for the content they publish, in an effort to combat proliferating misinformation. How would the legislation work? Will senior ministers support it? What impact would it have on Australian media? Australian MP targeted by conspiracy posts calls for Facebook to be treated as publisher
27 Nov 2020
How innovation and immigration will save the economy and the climate – Australian politics live podcast
This week politics editor Katharine Murphy talks to Victorian frontbencher Clare O’Neil about Labor’s vision for Australia’s workforce. With mounting issues including low wage growth, the gig economy and underpayment, how can the government change policy direction during Covid? What sweeping changes are needed to improve innovation, immigration and the climate?
20 Nov 2020
What's Australia's end game with China? – Australian politics live podcast
With China’s increasingly authoritarian assertiveness clashing against Australia’s agenda, Katharine Murphy sits down with Daniel Hurst to discuss what can be salvaged. Will Beijing’s hegemonic ambitions win in the ongoing trade tensions?
13 Nov 2020
Helen Haines on why we need a strong federal integrity commission
While the Coalition has been delaying introducing its own federal anti-corruption bill, the independent member for Indi, Helen Haines, has drafted her own bill. Katharine Murphy speaks to her about the differences between the two bills as well as what the culture is like in parliament for women.
6 Nov 2020
After the ACT election, will Labor and the Greens form a national coalition?
Guardian Australia political editor Katharine Murphy speaks to the ACT chief minister, Labor’s Andrew Barr, and to the attorney general, Shane Rattenbury of the Greens, about coalition building and compromise
30 Oct 2020
Will the Morrison government strengthen national environment laws?
Katharine Murphy speaks to Ben Morton, assistant minister to the prime minister, about the government’s deregulation agenda, and whether they will implement the recommendations made by Graeme Samuel to strengthen national environmental protections
23 Oct 2020
How childcare could reshape the Australian economy - Australian politics live podcast
Katharine Murphy speaks to the shadow early childhood education minister, Amanda Rishworth, about Labor’s new promise to overhaul the childcare subsidy system. How would the proposed reform change productivity in the workforce? And will the public support a Medicare-like system for the sector?
16 Oct 2020
Can Australia's aged care sector be saved? – Australian Politics Live podcast
Katharine Murphy talks to Liberal MPs Katie Allen and Jason Falinski about Covid’s impact on aged care in Australia and the royal commission findings that the sector is ‘unfit for purpose’. With the pandemic highlighting and exacerbating its problems, how can aged care be transformed in time for the baby boomer surge?
9 Oct 2020
Is Labor's budget reply enough to shake the Coalition? – Australian politics live podcast
Guardian Australia political editor Katharine Murphy chats with Canberra reporters Daniel Hurst and Paul Karp about Labor’s budget reply. After unveiling three substantial commitments in childcare, energy and manufacturing, Guardian Australia looks at whether the reply will boost Labor’s visibility, and if the Coalition’s flexible budget will be enough to keep supporters during a time of crisis. Anthony Albanese unveils childcare and energy plans in budget 2020 reply speech
2 Oct 2020
Which way will expats vote in the US election? – Australian politics live podcast
After the first presidential debate airs Katharine Murphy talks to Kent Getsinger, the chair of Democrats Abroad in Australia, about how US expats will be voting. Are voters willing to back Joe Biden? Will the reaction from the debate bring in more votes? How has Covid-19 impacted the foreign voting system?
25 Sept 2020
Will Labor drop climate policy before the next election? – Australian politics live podcast
Katharine Murphy talks to Joel Fitzgibbon, the member for Hunter, about Labor’s stance on climate and fossil fuel industries. They discuss Labor’s response to Scott Morrison’s push for a ‘gas-led recovery’, as well as Anthony Albanese’s potential as the next prime minister
18 Sept 2020
Can the upcoming budget save Australia's economy? – Australian politics live podcast
This week Katharine Murphy catches up with finance writers Greg Jericho and Shane Wright on the state of Australia’s economy. They discuss the government’s decision to reduce jobseeker, Victoria’s impact on the national economy and the October budget
9 Sept 2020
Scott Morrison and pandemic politics – Australian politics live podcast
In this episode David Marr interviews Katharine Murphy on her new Quarterly Essay that examines the first wave of the coronavirus and Scott Morrison’s handling of it. They discuss Scott Morrison problem-solving approach, the importance of his faith, and his dislike of tough questions
4 Sept 2020
What is the future of liberalism in Australia? – Australian politics live podcast
This week, Guardian Australia political editor Katharine Murphy sits down with Liberal MP Tim Wilson to discuss his new book The New Social Contract, which aims to reignite liberalism’s appeal to Australian voters. They talk about solving intergenerational inequalities in Australia regarding home ownership and employment, as well as how liberals can aim to weather the Covid-19 economic crisis
28 Aug 2020
Covid's impact on Australia's parliament – Australian politics live podcast
This week Katharine Murphy talks to Senate president Scott Ryan about the impact of Covid on parliamentary sittings, and whether public health officials and executives should determine when parliaments sit. Ryan questions the current impact of restrictions on Victorian residents and looks at their future consequences
21 Aug 2020
Is investment in science valued in Australia?
Misha Schubert, the chief executive of the peak body Science and Technology Australia, joins the Guardian’s Katharine Murphy to discuss the value of science in today’s world and whether it is being adequately funded in this country
14 Aug 2020
Anthony Albanese: 'I know we will win the next election'
The federal leader of the opposition, Anthony Albanese, joins Guardian Australia’s political editor, Katharine Murphy, for a wide-ranging discussion on how to keep the government honest during the Covid-19 outbreak, climate change policy and what the Labor party needs to do to win the next election
4 Aug 2020
Chris Bowen on providing 'constructive scrutiny' during the pandemic – Australian politics live podcast
The shadow health minister Chris Bowen joins Guardian Australia political editor Katharine Murphy to discuss the opposition’s role during the coronavirus pandemic and the future of the Labor party. Bowen says the opposition’s strategy has been to concentrate on suggesting ways the government can improve their response while holding the government to account on things they could be doing better, such as the Covidsafe app. He also discusses the need for the party to find a cohesive message at the next election, using an economic agenda to create change and ensure no one gets left behind.
31 Jul 2020
How has polling changed since the election? – Australian politics live podcast
This week Katharine Murphy talks to Peter Lewis, the executive director of Essential, about the changes in polling since surveys failed during the 2019 federal election campaign. What do the changes tell us about the pandemic’s impact on the relationship between Australians and government? And will it change with the rise of the second wave?
24 Jul 2020
Will the government stop the environmental decline? – Australian politics live podcast
Guardian Australia’s environment editor, Adam Morton, joins Katharine Murphy to discuss the recent damning review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act. The review, led by Graeme Samuel, starkly states the current protection laws are ineffective and have led to an unsustainable environmental trajectory. Could the sweeping changes recommended lead to better legislation? And will the government act?
17 Jul 2020
What's really going on in the Australian economy? – Australian politics live podcast
Katharine Murphy sits down with Guardian reporter Paul Karp and Nine senior economics correspondent Shane Wright to discuss the Australian economy and the government’s various stimulus packages. As conditions remain grim, with 992,300 Australians out of work, and the unemployment rate rising to 7.4% in June, how will the government navigate Australia’s recovery?
2 Jul 2020
What's the big deal about the Eden-Monaro byelection?
Ravaged by the twin crises of the bushfires and pandemic, the seat of Eden-Monaro in the south-east of NSW goes to a byelection on Saturday. If the Coalition wins, it will be the first time in a century the government has won a byelection from the opposition and that will be bad news for Anthony Albanese. Paul Karp takes a look at the contest and explains what the outcomes could mean
27 Jun 2020
The rise of disinformation during coronavirus – Australian politics live podcast
Katharine Murphy speaks with Jake Wallis and Tom Uren, analysts from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, about their recent investigation into online disinformation, and China’s increasing employment of it since the outbreak of Covid-19. What are the differences between disinformation peddled by China and the US governments, and what role has it played in Australian politics?
19 Jun 2020
Can Australia resolve its trade tensions with China? – Australian politics live podcast
This week Katharine Murphy talks with the Australian trade, tourism and investment minister, Simon Birmingham. They discuss the challenges of economic recovery after the bushfires and coronavirus, and address the escalating trade actions from China. Will Birmingham appease an angered Beijing and reverse China’s tariffs? Or will the relationship see a continued decline in civility?
12 Jun 2020
Pat Dodson on Indigenous deaths in custody – Australian politics live
This week, Katharine Murphy speaks with Labor senator Pat Dodson about Indigenous deaths in custody and the Black Lives Matter protests being held across Australia. They discuss the underlying causes that give rise to First Nations people dying in custody, Dodson’s work on the royal commission into Aboriginal deaths in custody 30 years ago, and the current movement for change
22 May 2020
Australia's energy policy: a roadmap without a destination – Australian politics live podcast
Guardian Australia’s environment editor, Adam Morton, joins political editor, Katharine Murphy, to discuss the week’s news on energy policy. From the release of the government’s technology roadmap to a leaked document that sees gas as the future of Australian energy, why is Australia making a roadmap without a destination?
15 May 2020
What will the post-pandemic economy look like? – Australian politics live podcast
After taking a break, Katharine Murphy is back to speak with Labor’s shadow treasurer, Jim Chalmers, about the post-coronavirus economy. They discuss the nation’s level of debt and the possible long-term changes to Australia’s welfare system. Will a universal basic income be introduced in the future? How can we stop intergenerational unemployment? What lessons from the global financial crisis can be used?
2 Apr 2020
How has the Morrison government responded to the coronavirus crisis? – Australian politics live podcast
Katharine Murphy talks to Laura Murphy-Oates about how the government has transformed its identity almost entirely as it responds to Covid-19
13 Mar 2020
The unbelievable year in politics so far: from bushfires and sports rorts to the coronavirus
The government has mismanaged a series of crises in the first few months of 2020. Now we’ve got coronavirus. Political editor Katharine Murphy is joined in the studio by her colleagues Sarah Martin and Paul Karp to discuss the intense start to the year and how the government has performed
6 Mar 2020
Why are we concerned about foreign interference through social media? Australian politics live podcast
Social media is increasingly being used by foreign actors to spread misinformation and to confuse public debate, both in Australia and overseas. A Senate committee is looking into the risk posed to Australia’s democracy by this foreign interference, chaired by Jenny McAllister. Katharine Murphy chats to McAllister and the shadow minister for cybersecurity, Tim Watts, about the inquiry
28 Feb 2020
Zali Steggall on getting to zero net emissions – Australian politics live podcast
Independent MP for Warringah, Zali Steggall, is seeking bipartisan support for a climate change bill aimed at transitioning Australia to a decarbonised economy. Katharine Murphy sits down with Steggall to discuss her adjustment into politics, whether the bill can pass the upcoming conscience vote, and if modern Liberal voters are willing to embrace climate policy
15 Feb 2020
'I don't think we should fund new coal-fired power plants': Trent Zimmerman on climate and the Liberals
The Liberal MP for North Sydney, Trent Zimmerman, joins Katharine Murphy to discuss his party’s historical stance on climate change, how denialism was brought into Australian politics and how he navigates the party line when his constituents largely believe in the need to take action on climate • Trent Zimmerman backs net zero emissions target but foresees more Coalition in-fighting
12 Feb 2020
Ken Wyatt: some Coalition colleagues 'won't budge' on constitutional recognition
Minister for Indigenous Australians Ken Wyatt joins Katharine Murphy for a wide-ranging conversation on why changes were made in how we measure targets in the Closing the Gap report and why despite broad public support for constitutional recognition there are members of the Coalition party room who may campaign against it Report: Ken Wyatt expects colleagues to campaign against recognition
7 Feb 2020
2020s vision: big ideas to make Australia better – Australian politics live
How shall we stare down the challenges of the next decade? Where will we find the hope and solutions required for the 2020s? Listen to a live Guardian Australia panel taking on these big topics. Featuring Guardian editor-in-chief Katharine Viner, Guardian Australia editor Lenore Taylor, political editor Katharine Murphy, Indigenous affairs editor Lorena Allam and writer David Marr
5 Feb 2020
'It just feels different': Mike Bowers and Brett Mason on a summer of snapping 'angry' fires | Australian Politics Live podcast
As bushfires and smoke continue to plague our summer, Katharine Murphy speaks to Mike Bowers and Brett Mason, chief political correspondent at SBS, about what it’s been like on fire grounds this season and how the political ramifications are shaping up • Terror on all sides: inside a firestorm tearing through the Australian bush
20 Dec 2019
The year in politics - Australian politics live podcast
Katharine Murphy sits down for a final reflection on the year that was with Guardian Australia’s Canberra team. How has Scott Morrison evolved as prime minister? How is Labor holding up after the election? And what lessons can we bring into reporting on fake news and Facebook’s hold on democracy?
18 Dec 2019
Martin Parkinson on Australia's decade of climate inaction – Australian politics live podcast
Katharine Murphy sits down with Martin Parkinson, the former secretary of the prime minister’s department and the bureaucrat at the centre of policymaking on climate change during the Howard, Rudd and Gillard governments. Will Australia and the world move fast enough to avoid 2C of warming? How will the use of carryover credits affect Australia’s future? They also discuss the impact of populism on the global economy and the future of economic growth
6 Dec 2019
Is the government failing at managing the economy?
The economy is showing growth figures on par with the global financial crisis and none of the government’s tax breaks seem to be making a difference. The Coalition is refusing to use the word stimulus to avoid admitting economic despair, but in doing so it’s failed to communicate the need for spending at a critical time. So, what should they be doing to stimulate growth next year? Katharine Murphy is joined by Greg Jericho and the Age and the SMH’s senior economics correspondent, Shane Wright
29 Nov 2019
Chris Bowen on Labor's past and future: 'sleeves up, let's get into it' - Australian politics live podcast
Shadow health minister Chris Bowen joins Katharine Murphy for a detailed chat about Labor’s election loss, his shift to the health portfolio and why the upcoming religious freedom bill is a ‘dog’s breakfast’
22 Nov 2019
Malcolm Turnbull speaks out on News Corp and climate denial – Australian politics live podcast
In a wide-ranging interview with Katharine Murphy and Lenore Taylor, the ex-PM opens up about how climate denialism has come to Australia supported by the Murdoch newspapers, how the rightwing of the Liberal party ‘operate like terrorists’, and why laws targeting secondary boycotts could be unconstitutional Malcolm Turnbull says Liberals’ struggles with climate denial are hurting Australia
8 Nov 2019
Has Labor learned from its defeat? – Australian politics live podcast
The official campaign post-mortem has been completed by Jay Weatherill and Craig Emerson, but will it set a new trajectory for Labor or simply mark another lost election? Katharine Murphy sits down with Weatherill to discuss the findings of the ‘warts-and-all’ review. Was Bill Shorten found untrustworthy by voters? Will the party continue to be overshadowed by the Rudd-Gillard-Rudd years? How will they combat disinformation in the future?
1 Nov 2019
Arthur Sinodinos on Scott Morrison's discipline and the future of the Liberal party – Australian politics live podcast
As Arthur Sinodinos takes over from Joe Hockey as ambassador to the US, Katharine Murphy talks through his 20-year career. From Scott Morrison’s work ethic and views on climate change to the future of working with Donald Trump, Sinodinos discusses the Coalition’s approach to the next term
25 Oct 2019
What do farmers think of the Coalition's drought policy? – Australian politics live podcast
Katharine Murphy sits down with the president of the National Farmers’ Federation, Fiona Simson, to talk about their new drought policy. It looks at long-term objectives it thinks the Coalition should be considering to enhance resilience for farmers. But is the government likely to listen? What did Barnaby Joyce achieve as drought envoy? – Full Story podcast
18 Oct 2019
Where does Australia sit on a global policy scale? – Australian politics live podcast
How does Australia rank on a global scale for its policies on education, employment, immigration and climate change? Katharine Murphy talks to Andrew Wear, a Victorian public servant and author who is looking to foreign countries for inspiration on policy. Wear discusses how Australia is a global leader in immigration, but risks falling behind in other areas.
4 Oct 2019
What does Morrison risk by getting so close to Trump? – Australian politics live podcast
Scott Morrison appears to have made a calculation: that he gains more than he loses from a close relationship with Donald Trump. But as Trump faces an impeachment inquiry, continues a trade war with China and ramps up military activity around Iran, is it wise to be seen to be so close to this president? Recently returned from her trip to the US, political editor Katharine Murphy speaks about what she saw, and what it means for Australia’s foreign policy. Introducing Guardian Australia’s Full Story podcast
27 Sept 2019
Multiculturalism and our changing identity – Australian politics live podcast
Labor MP Tim Watts and former Guardian Australia political correspondent Gabrielle Chan join Katharine Murphy to discuss identity and multiculturalism in Australia, from the White Australia policy to the recent debate around Gladys Liu. Particular focus is paid to the Asian-Australian community, with observations drawn from Watts’s new book, The Golden Country: Australia’s Changing Identity
20 Sept 2019
Will Labor keep its climate promises? – Australian politics live podcast
The shadow climate minister, Mark Butler, sits down with Katharine Murphy to discuss Labor’s ambitious climate policies. Did they lead to Labor’s election loss? And will Labor’s stance on climate change remain ‘unshakeable’?• Labor’s climate policies are ‘unshakeable’ despite election loss, Mark Butler says
13 Sept 2019
Liberal MPs discuss economic reform and Australia's future – Australian politics live podcast
Katharine Murphy talks with Liberal MPs Tim Wilson and Jason Falinski on the state of the economy. With the pressing sense that time and opportunity are being wasted, they try to dispel the notion the Morrison government doesn’t want new policy reform. Will they act on climate change and its impact? What’s their plan for overcoming disruption? What does the future of work in Australia look like?
5 Sept 2019
Is Australia really heading towards a recession? – Australian politics live podcast
The latest GDP figures showed the worst annual economic growth for 18 years. Guardian writer Greg Jericho and senior economics correspondent at Nine newspapers, Shane Wright, join Katharine Murphy to discuss why these figures are so bad. Why are living standards falling? Is low growth the new normal? And what’s the likelihood of a recession?
30 Aug 2019
Scott Morrison's first year and his plan to stay out of the headlines – Australian politics live podcast
It’s been 12 months since Scott Morrison took over from Malcolm Turnbull as prime minister. Guardian Australia’s political editor, Katharine Murphy, chief political correspondent, Sarah Martin, and reporter Paul Karp discuss his first year and answer your questions on politics
23 Aug 2019
Solving Australia's shocking suicide rates – Australian politics live podcast
Christine Morgan has been tasked with cutting suicide rates in Australia as Scott Morrison’s suicide prevention adviser. With suicide as the leading cause of death among young Australians, and at twice the rate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people compared to that of non-Indigenous Australians, Katharine Murphy talks to Morgan about the state of Australia’s mental health system. Does it, despite good intentions, perversely increase the risks of self-harm and suicide? Will these deficiencies warrant redesigning the system from scratch? Scott Morrison’s suicide prevention adviser says mental health system may increase risk of self-harm The crisis support service Lifeline is 13 11 14
16 Aug 2019
Can governments stop the collapse of faith in democracy? – Australian politics live podcast
Beth Noveck and Rod Glover are warning the Australian public service faces a ‘creeping crisis’ of effectiveness and legitimacy. Katharine Murphy talks to Noveck, former director of the open government initiative in the Obama White House, and Monash University’s Rod Glover – a former senior public servant and prime ministerial adviser – about addressing the current failings and frustrations of public servants, as well as the challenges in bringing bureaucracy to the 21st century Former Obama White House official says Australian public service facing ‘creeping crisis’
3 Aug 2019
Can the Liberals lead on Indigenous constitutional recognition? – Australian politics live podcast
Minister for Indigenous Australians Ken Wyatt wants a referendum on Indigenous constitutional recognition within three years, but can the Liberal party unite on this issue? Katharine Murphy is joined by Richie Ah Mat, the Cape York Land Council chairman, and Rachel Perkins, managing director of Blackfella Films and a director of non-profit group Uphold & Recognise. They discuss the recent speech by incoming senator Andrew Bragg, an address full of hope for an Indigenous voice to parliament• ‘Will you back us?’: Rachel Perkins on how Turnbull almost cut recognition ‘off at the knees’
31 Jul 2019
How can we regulate Facebook and Google? – Australian politics live podcast
Should Facebook stop fake news? Does Google store too much data from consumers? These are questions the ACCC has spent 18 months trying to answer in its digital platform inquiry report. Communications minister Paul Fletcher joins Katharine Murphy to discuss the dominance of these platforms, how they affect our lives and what kind of regulation the government should implement.
26 Jul 2019
Anthony Albanese on the reality of Labor's next three years – Australian politics live podcast
After a historic loss for the Labor party, new leader Anthony Albanese now finds himself recalibrating the party for the future. He joins Katharine Murphy to discuss how he wants the party to be seen for what they stand for rather than what they stand against. Anthony Albanese on the progressive backlash: ‘People are looking for easy answers’
11 Jul 2019
Is nuclear power around the corner? - Australian politics live podcast
Katharine Murphy talks with Keith Pitt, MP for Hinkler, on his recent win for the LNP in the federal election. A strong advocate of nuclear power, Pitt pushes the argument forward despite his doubts on a carbon price and the economic cost Keith Pitt on nuclear power and self-styled experts in Canberra
6 Jul 2019
'No one listened': Cory Bernardi on the demise of his party – Australian politics live podcast
After disbanding the Australian Conservatives, Cory Bernardi talks with Katharine Murphy about Scott Morrison’s overhaul of his would-be voters. How did the party gather so much support and so quickly lose it? They discuss his feelings about reactionary parties, as well as his plans as an independent.
2 Jul 2019
'They never liked him': Niki Savva on why Turnbull was knifed by his own side – Australian politics live podcast
During the dramatic August 2018 leadership spill that saw Malcolm Turnbull ousted as prime minister, journalist and former political staffer Niki Savva was investigating behind the scenes every step of the way. Her latest book, Plots and Prayers, reveals what caused the audacious play for power in the Liberals’ conservative faction. How did Scott Morrison rise to the top? And will Peter Dutton challenge the leadership again? Guardian Australia political editor Katharine Murphy talks to Savva about what really happened • Dutton’s Keystone Cops and Morrison’s prayer: five key moments from Niki Savva’s book
28 Jun 2019
How do you win the climate change war? – Australian politics live podcast
As parliament is about to resume for the first time since the federal election, Katharine Murphy talks to Helen Haines, the new independent MP for Indi. With climate change a top issue in her seat, how will she use her position on the crossbench to push for action? And what solutions does she have to break the policy deadlock? Katharine Murphy: New member for Indi is determined to shift the dial in Canberra
14 Jun 2019
Why New England keeps voting for Barnaby Joyce – Australian politics live podcast
At a time when it seemed Barnaby Joyce would lose support in his seat following widespread criticism of his conduct and track record, the MP for New England actually increased his vote. What is it about Joyce that his constituents are drawn to? Is it the work he has done for the electorate? Or has the right challenger not come along yet? ‘He’s a maverick’: why New England kept the faith with Barnaby Joyce
11 Jun 2019
Why are Australians avoiding the news? - Australian politics live podcast
Katharine Murphy talks to Caroline Fisher, project leader of the Digital News Report Australia 2019, a recent survey on Australia’s engagement with the media. Why do Australians avoid the news? Who is most vulnerable to fake news, and what do they think fake news is?
6 Jun 2019
Why did the polls fail and how can they change? – Australian politics live podcast
After a post-election break, Katharine Murphy is back with Peter Lewis to take a closer look at what went wrong with the opinion polls. After three years pointing to a Labor victory, how did the system apparently fail? Why are disengaged voters discounted in data? And with robopolls and technology advancing rapidly, what does the future of polling look like?
18 May 2019
Australian election: what happened, why did it happen, and what next?
How did it all unravel for Labor? Katharine Murphy is joined by Lenore Taylor, Amy Remeikis and Sarah Martin to examine a shock result and analyse what’s next for Australia
16 May 2019
Is Scott Morrison a political genius? – Australian politics live podcast
Scott Morrison likes to represent himself as a regular Australian bloke but if you look at his career you begin to see how he’s deftly manoeuvred himself to be prime minister over many years. Even if the Coalition lose the election this year, could he stick around for a long time to come?
13 May 2019
The fight for Gilmore: how will voters in Labor's must-win seat decide who to support? – Australian politics live podcast
On the NSW south coast sits the seat of Gilmore, considered a must-win for Labor to form government. It’s the most marginal seat in NSW and has become a four-cornered contest. Paul Karp finds a complicated mix of opinions and in this episode explores how voters pick up political messages and what it means for elections
10 May 2019
Will Tasmania confound election predictions again? - Australian politics live podcast
At the 2016 federal election, Tasmania’s surprising swing towards Labor heralded a better result for the ALP than many expected. But now the Coalition seems confident it can win back seats such as Braddon and Bass – the most volatile in the country – on 18 May. Adam Morton joins Mike Bowers on a trip through the two key marginals and speaks to Katharine Murphy about whether Labor’s concerns are justified.
1 May 2019
The story behind Herbert, the most marginal seat in the country – Australian politics live podcast
Amy Remeikis takes you to Townsville to explain how Queensland electorates differ vastly from those in other states. Herbert is Australia’s most marginal seat – and it appears that three years of campaigning haven’t shifted the balance At the mercy of minors: Labor and LNP wrestle for hyper-marginal Herbert
26 Apr 2019
Watergate explained: how the government paid $80m to a Cayman Islands company – Australian politics live podcast
Anne Davies tells the story of the Murray-Darling basin and water buybacks, explaining how they work, why rural communities are angry and what it all has to do with Barnaby Joyce
19 Apr 2019
How country NSW lost faith in the major parties - Australian politics live podcast
Traveling through south-western NSW in the federal seat of Farrer, Gabrielle Chan seeks to understand the voters’ fury towards the major parties. The towns of Albury and Blighty have voted in Coalition members for decades, but could that change this election? Chan finds person after person exasperated at the state of water management in the area and ready to send a message to the government
12 Apr 2019
From powerbroker to leader: can Bill Shorten win the election? – Australian Politics live podcast
What kind of leader is Bill Shorten and will his instincts lead the Labor party to victory in the election? Political editor Katharine Murphy takes you back to when Shorten first came to national prominence, his early days as a minister in Canberra and why she was surprised by his leadership style when he became leader of the Labor party
5 Apr 2019
Will Labor's climate change policy work? – Australian politics live podcast
With Labor’s climate change policy now released and an election inching ever closer, Katharine Murphy talks with the shadow minister for climate change and energy, Mark Butler, about the policy and its role in the campaign. Butler discusses how the policy will work if Labor wins, as well as the party’s position on the Adani coal mine and what lies ahead for a future Shorten government. Mark Butler: parliament must back Labor’s climate policy if party wins power
2 Apr 2019
What was the point of this year's federal budget? – Australian politics live podcast
Enter the budget lockup with the Guardian Australia crew and learn the ins and outs of how this budget affects you. Political editor Katharine Murphy is joined by Lenore Taylor, Greg Jericho, Gabrielle Chan, Amy Remeikis, Paul Karp, Helen Davidson and Martin Farrer
28 Mar 2019
'Storm's coming': weak economy hangs over budget – Australian politics live podcast
As Australians feel a slowdown in the housing market and stagnant wages, what will Tuesday’s 2019 budget do to address the issues? Greg Jericho, Guardian Australia’s economics writer, and Shane Wright, senior economics correspondent for Nine Newspapers, join Katharine Murphy to discuss the task facing Josh Frydenberg and what it means for the federal election
22 Mar 2019
Is racism eroding our democracy? - Australian politics live podcast
After the Christchurch shooting there has been a lot of reflection on the language used in politics and the media when talking about different cultures. The former race discrimination commissioner Tim Soutphommasane joins Guardian Australia’s political editor, Katharine Murphy, to discuss the threat racism poses to liberal democracy Tim Soutphommasane: Australians must be vigilant against divisive race politics
8 Mar 2019
Why neoliberalism is its own worst enemy – Australian politics live podcast
Are the banking royal commission and slow wage growth signs of a backlash against the economic philosophy of neoliberalism? Bernard Keane, political editor at Crikey, joins Katharine Murphy to dissect how the cyclical nature of neoliberal economics has led to its failures
28 Feb 2019
Why are rural voters deserting the Coalition? – Australian politics live podcast
With pressing issues such as climate change, drought and agricultural turmoil being ignored by the Coalition, will rural voters turn to independents for solutions? Katharine Murphy talks to Guardian political writer Gabrielle Chan about the fatigue and anger of rural voters, discussing the prospects of candidates in New England, Hume and Farrer as they take on established incumbents such as Barnaby Joyce. • How the rise of the bush independents threatens Coalition’s big names
13 Feb 2019
Nauru, Manus and why we need the medevac bill – Australian politics live podcast
As the government continues to frame the passing of the medical evacuation bill as a national security issue, we look at why this legislation is needed to save lives on Nauru and Manus Island. Kon Karapanagiotidis, chief executive of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, and Kerryn Phelps, MP for Wentworth, join us to talk about the desperate situation in offshore immigration detention and the details of the legislation Coalition launches sonic boom on border protection Nine facts about the medical evacuation bill
5 Feb 2019
Zali Steggall on challenging Tony Abbott – Australian politics live podcast
Katharine Murphy talks with the Manly-raised Olympic skier and lawyer about her independent candidacy for the Sydney seat of Warringah. Steggall critiques the former PM’s conservative legacy and shares her concerns about climate change and the Adani coalmine. Can her progressive agenda pull off a Wentworth-style defeat in another traditionally Liberal electorate? Zali Steggall says Labor needs to commit to stopping Adani coalmine
20 Dec 2018
How are markets and the digital economy transforming the political process? – Australian politics live podcast
It’s meant to make everything easier – but is technology overcomplicating our lives? In the final episode of 2018, Katharine Murphy brings together Liberal MP Jason Falinski and Labor MP Matt Keogh from the economics committee. They delve into the nature of markets and how they have evolved in a digital economy, the complications of regulating them and how they can improve consumers lives in a oversaturated world of information.
15 Dec 2018
A new age of diplomacy – Australian politics live podcast
This week Katharine Murphy talks to Menna Rawlings, the outgoing British high commissioner to Australia, who manages the close relationship between the two countries. They delve into the highs and lows of her time in Australia, including the challenges of navigating diplomacy in the age of WikiLeaks, our complicated relationship with climate change and the positive impact of migration
4 Dec 2018
Anthony Albanese on the dangers of tribalism – Australian politics live podcast
‘People have their own offices, their own bathrooms, their own fridge, their own kitchen. They don’t need to leave their offices,’ the Labor frontbencher says. He says the culture of federal parliament is geared to keeping MPs isolated. But ignoring people with different views is a critical mistake that is eroding our ability to find bipartisan solutions to political problems
1 Dec 2018
Sarah Hanson-Young on sexism in politics – Australian politics live podcast
‘They used to be things that people would whisper to me in the chamber, designed to shut down my confidence ... they’re now just shouted across the chamber.’ Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young speaks to political editor Katharine Murphy about being a woman in politics. She says sexist attacks in parliament are getting worse and only a code of conduct with consequences will change the situation • Hanson-Young says parliament needs women’s caucus that cuts across party lines
22 Nov 2018
Kate Jenkins on how company culture is holding back progress on sexual harassment – Australian politics live podcast
Katharine Murphy examines the ongoing National inquiry into sexual harassment in a discussion with the Sex Discrimination Commissioner. Are a lack of public records and anonymous settlements deterring progress?
16 Nov 2018
Concetta Fierravanti-Wells on the cultural climate and immigration - Australian politics live podcast
Katharine Murphy talks to Liberal senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells about the current cultural climate within Australia and abroad, including in the Pacific and Israel. In the wake of the Bourke Street attack, the senator explains her views on why this is a crossroads moment for Muslims in Australia. • Concetta Fierravanti-Wells questions Morrison’s approach in Pacific
8 Nov 2018
Can a political leader survive in this climate? – Australian politics live podcast
Katharine Murphy talks to David Speers, the political editor at Sky News, about his new book, On Mutiny, which delves into the Liberal party’s leadership turmoil. What long-held grudges caused the spill? How did Scott Morrison’s approach overthrow Peter Dutton? Will shortsightedness and cynicism cause it to happen again? Together they discuss the challenges of live reporting on unfolding political chaos and the dire need for quality journalism in a disrupted landscape
1 Nov 2018
How the next election determines our climate future – Australian politics live podcast
Katharine Murphy talks to Kelly O’Shanassy, chief executive of the Australian Conservation Foundation, about why the next federal election will be a poll on climate change. Is the current environment ripe for winning hearts and minds on climate change? How can we transition Australia’s coal communities into a renewable future? And can we get it done before it’s too late?
25 Oct 2018
Inside the madness and power of the Canberra bubble – Australian politics live podcast
Liberal MP Craig Laundy opens up to Katharine Murphy about his journey from the private sector into politics and the recent chaos unfolding within the party. Taking shots at how the TV commentariat can whip politicians into a frenzy out of proportion with the reality outside Canberra, Laundy speaks about Malcolm Turnbull’s reaction to the spill, the disconnect between representatives and their electorates, and the unique challenges of his political career • Craig Laundy: I saw the worst of politics. I had a ringside seat
17 Oct 2018
‘People are learning there’s terrible stuff going on in Nauru and it’s our fault’ – Australian politics live podcast
Katharine Murphy talks to the Australian Medical Association’s paediatric representative, Dr Paul Bauert, who has treated children on Nauru. Bauert says the situation on Nauru has escalated over last few months. He’s been asked to review 14 cases and says the worst are children around the ages of 10. He doesn’t understand how politicians can let this go on as the situation becomes more desperate
4 Oct 2018
Why nothing will change after the banking royal commission – Australian politics live podcast
The preliminary report released by the banking royal commission found banks have been putting ‘the pursuit of short-term profit at the expense of basic standards of honesty’. But are we hearing the same apologies and excuses as before? That’s the question political editor Katharine Murphy asks economics correspondent Gareth Hutchens and Grogonomics columnist Greg Jericho
25 Sept 2018
Can Kerryn Phelps take Wentworth? – Australian politics live podcast
Katharine Murphy talks to Dr Kerryn Phelps, a former Australian Medical Association president and prominent same-sex marriage campaigner, about her independent candidacy in the Wentworth byelection. Phelps talks about the sentiment in the electorate for strong action on climate and energy, as well as the need to help asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus Island. But will her surprise decision to direct preferences to the Liberal party alienate progressive voters? Wentworth byelection: Dave Sharma and his battle to make voters forget Turnbull Kerryn Phelps urges PM to release Ruddock religious freedom review before byelection
19 Sept 2018
Why does transparency in lobbying matter? - Australian politics live podcast
How many policy decisions do lobbyists affect? After launching an investigation into lobbying activities in Australia, government accountability reporter Christopher Knaus joins political editor Katharine Murphy to talk about why it’s alarming that we know so little about lobbyists activity in Australia. Why doesn’t the lobbyists register capture everyone seeking to shape political decisions? Is the code of conduct lobbyists are meant to follow ineffective? • The Transparency Project is supported by the Susan McKinnon Foundation through the Guardian Civic Journalism Trust
12 Sept 2018
Do gender quotas work? And how do we prevent sexual harassment? – Australian politics live podcast
As debate on how to achieve gender parity in the Liberal party continues, Guardian Australia political editor Katharine Murphy talks to the sex discrimination commissioner, Kate Jenkins. The commissioner says targets are not the only solution but “a mechanism to get people to unpick what the systemic barriers are”. They also look at the details of new research by the Australian Human Rights Commission that found one in three Australians said they had been sexually harassed at work but only one in five formally reported the incidents
6 Sept 2018
Why are country voters deserting major parties? - Australian politics live
Katharine Murphy talks to Gabrielle Chan about her new book Rusted Off . Chan explores the big issues driving rural voters to turn away from major parties. Why is country Australia fed up with politics? What are the long-term consequences of polarising politicians on communities? With disruption and division becoming widespread, how can grassroots movements make effective changes?
24 Aug 2018
After a week of chaos, what's next? – Australian politics live podcast
A week of civil unrest for the Liberal party has brought Australia a new prime minister: Scott Morrison. Guardian Australia political editor Katharine Murphy talks to producer Miles Martignoni about the questions we all have: what was it all for? Will this leadership team change things drastically? And how will Bill Shorten fare when campaigning against Morrison?
16 Aug 2018
Will Labor support the Neg ... or let it fail? – Australian politics live podcast
With the Neg negotiations in full swing, Katharine Murphy talks to Mark Butler, shadow energy minister, about the road ahead. How have countries such as the UK been successful in reducing emissions without political rancour? Will Labor push for its ambitious targets or concede? An international obligation to cut emissions, and increasingly cheap renewable power have put pressure on Australia, but is it enough to accept a clean energy future?
9 Aug 2018
Will the national energy guarantee stall or speed up progress? – Australian politics live podcast
With a make-or-break set of meetings on the Turnbull government’s national energy guarantee kicking off, Katharine Murphy talks to Ken Baldwin, the director of the energy change institute at the Australian National University. Will the Neg halt a transformation into renewables that is already being driven by the global energy market? Or will it set the future foundations for climate and energy policy across Australia?
1 Aug 2018
How will Labor win the next election? – Australian politics live podcast
After the recent by-elections we’ve learnt a lot of details about the election strategies of Labor, One Nation and the Coalition. What can we expect to see as we gear up for an election? Katharine Murphy, Amy Remeikis and Shane Wright from the West Australian remind us that most of the analysis has been of the Queensland results but there are many lessons to learn from the elections in Fremantle and Perth
20 Jul 2018
Labor politics with Jenny Macklin - Australian politics live
As Jenny Macklin, Labor minister for families and social services, announces her retirement, Katharine Murphy discusses her 23 year-long career in politics. Macklin is the longest-serving woman in the House of Representatives and leaves a strong policy legacy, including paid parental leave and the national disability scheme. How has she managed to achieve change? How did she maintain portfolios during the tumultuous Gillard-Rudd years? What does she think of the state of contemporary politics? • Calling time: Jenny Macklin on Labor, leaders and dedication to policy
17 Jul 2018
On Disruption: Katharine Murphy tackles the modern media – Australian politics live podcast
In a conversation at the Australian National University, Michelle Grattan, chief political correspondent at the Conversation, talks with Guardian Australia’s political editor, Katharine Murphy, about her new book, On Disruption . Murphy expands on the timeliness of her book with the current climate in Australian politics, the #MeToo movement and the overall mass digital disruption of society itself. Grattan and Murphy are introduced by Helen Sullivan, the director of ANU’s Crawford school of public policy
29 Jun 2018
Why farmers are getting behind the science on climate change – Australian politics live
Katharine Murphy talks to Fiona Simson, president of the National Farmers’ Federation, about how farmers attitudes towards climate change are evolving. Simson says dissenters need to ‘get out of the way’ of creating an energy policy framework for the future and calls on politicians to ‘stop picking winners’ and put their trust in the market. Plus, what’s the future for live exports and why more women are needed in politics ‘We’ve turned a corner’: farmers shift on climate change and want a say on energy
8 Jun 2018
Why is the super system broken? – Australian politics live
With nearly a third of super accounts inactive and still being charged fees, are Australians losing money that could be going towards their retirement? The Productivity Commission has recommended a fix, but is there the political and commercial will to make these changes? Katharine Murphy speaks to Greg Jericho, of Grogonomics, and Shane Wright, the economic editor at the West Australian, about the latest growth figures and the proposed changes to make super fairer.
1 Jun 2018
Can the Coalition and Labor do a deal on energy policy? – Australian politics live podcast
With the Coalition party room in another spat about the national energy guarantee, does the policy have any chance of passing? Or will it be cut down by the government’s own members? Katharine Murphy first talks to the chief executive of industry group the Clean Energy Council, Kane Thornton, who says it’s the right economic decision for Australia to move further into using renewable energy. But Coalition MP Craig Kelly tells Murphy that the country isn’t ready for this change, and that waiting longer for technology always makes it more affordable
25 May 2018
Sussan Ley on why we need to scrap the live sheep trade – Australian politics live podcast
Katharine Murphy talks to the Liberal MP breaking ranks and putting forward a private member’s bill to phase out the live export trade in five years. The former health minister believes parliament is better when MPs speak out and explains why her bill is the best solution to the problem dogging the government • Sussan Ley stands firm against live sheep trade despite Turnbull rebuke
19 May 2018
What is the future of pill testing in Australia? – Australian politics live podcast
Australia’s first pill-testing trial in the ACT was hailed a success. Guardian Australia’s Katharine Murphy talks to leader of the ACT Greens, Shane Rattenbury, on how the trial worked, the resistance among many groups and the future of testing
11 May 2018
What is Labor's economic strategy in response to this week's budget? – Australian politics live podcast
Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen joins Guardian Australia political editor Katharine Murphy to discuss Labor’s take on the budget, economic growth, the siege mentality developing in the business community, and whether he has aspirations for party leadership • Interview: ‘Unfinished business’: Chris Bowen on why his current goal stops at treasurer
8 May 2018
Will the 2018 budget save the Turnbull government? – Australian politics live podcast
Was this a good budget? Guardian Australia’s Katharine Murphy, Lenore Taylor and Greg Jericho join Shane Wright from the West Australian to examine the details. Has the government got it right with superannuation? Will the savings measures work? And will its plan to reshape the tax system in 2024 backfire and hand Labor an election victory? • Budget 2018: news, analysis and reaction to the Australian federal budget – follow it live
30 Apr 2018
Are bank scandals and irresponsible spending the Coalition's legacy? – Australian politics live podcast
Guardian Australia’s Katharine Murphy, Gareth Hutchens and Greg Jericho join Shane Wright from the West Australian to break down why the government is playing catch-up on the scandals exposed in the banking royal commission. They also look at how the budget is shaping up to be all spending and no saving while Australia slides further into deficit
1 Mar 2018
When was the last time you had a pay rise? – Australian politics live podcast
Why aren’t wages growing in Australia? For Guardian Australia’s series The pay paradox Gareth Hutchens and Greg Jericho examine the long-term and short-term reasons for the trend, including high unemployment and weaker employee bargaining power, with experts John Buchanan, from Sydney University, and Saul Eslake, former chief economist at ANZ. ‘Employers have changed the whole nature of work,’ says Buchanan • Whatever happened to wage rises in Australia?
30 Nov 2017
What led to the success of the marriage equality campaign? - Australian politics live podcast
Katharine Murphy and Paul Karp talk to two key marriage equality campaigners about how they campaigned for a successful outcome to the postal survey: Sydney MP and co-chair of Australian Marriage Equality Alex Greenwich and Anna Brown, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre.
23 Nov 2017
How will new Senate president Scott Ryan command the chair?
Guardian Australia’s political editor, Katharine Murphy, talks to Senator Scott Ryan, the newly elected Senate president, about succeeding Stephen Parry and the importance of both his role and institution of the Senate in Australia’s current political climate. Ryan is asked about concerns the Senate is more about political point-scoring than reaching consensus and explains why he has never seen the upper house as the defender of state’s rights • Scott Ryan on trust, partisanship and why he wasn’t deserting Turnbull’s sinking ship
17 Nov 2017
Same-sex marriage: turning the vote of the Australian people into law
Guardian Australia’s political editor, Katharine Murphy, discusses the profound result of the postal survey with Labor senator Penny Wong and Liberal senators Dean Smith and James Paterson – three parliamentary players set to shape the law that will bring about marriage equality
26 Oct 2017
Frydenberg on why energy policy is no sop to Abbott – Australian politics live podcast
Guardian Australia’s political editor, Katharine Murphy, talks to the energy minister about the new national energy guarantee. Will it meet Australia’s commitments to the Paris agreement? How can it do that and reduce power prices? And how did he get something that looks a lot like a carbon price past the former prime minister? • Frydenberg says government will further reduce emissions to meet Paris target
19 Oct 2017
'Malcolm Turnbull intends to kill renewables' – Australian politics live podcast
Mark Butler, the shadow minister for climate change and energy, speaks to Katharine Murphy about the government’s new national energy guarantee (Neg) and says it is lacking in detail. ‘This is the problem with what Malcolm Turnbull has done, he’s presented a letter from the energy security board to his minister as a policy. It’s not a policy, it hasn’t gone through proper cabinet processes, it hasn’t been modeled and it has been lumped on the states and territories that are the bodies that actually have to implement this sort of model.’
12 Oct 2017
Is the Australian economy really growing? – Australian politics live podcast
Katharine Murphy examines our economy with Greg Jericho and Shane Wright from the West Australian. They decode Scott Morrison’s latest economic update, are we seeing new signs of growth or will wage growth continue to stall the economy? And can the treasurer convince the every state except Western Australia to take a revenue cut?
21 Sept 2017
What's driving up power prices? – Australian politics live podcast
With energy affordability a growing concern for Australians, Guardian Australia political editor Katharine Murphy talks to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chairman Rod Sims about what has gone wrong with the energy market and what is behind the rise in Australian power prices. They also discuss what, if anything, can be done to stop Google and Facebook making off with the advertising revenue that once bankrolled quality journalism
14 Sept 2017
'It stinks': Can voter confidence be restored in the electoral system? | Australian Politics Live podcast
Liberal senator Linda Reynolds says the average Australian voter would say the political system ‘stinks’. Reynolds and Labor lower house member Andrew Giles, both members of the joint standing committee on electoral matters, join Katharine Murphy to discuss their hopes of correcting disclosure rules for political donations and the level of voter fatigue with the electoral system
30 Aug 2017
Why Turnbull cannot count on high court to save his government – Australian politics live podcast
With the high court to decide on the legality of the same-sex marriage postal survey and the dual-citizenship cloud hanging over an increasing number of MPs, Katharine Murphy talks to constitutional law expert George Williams from the University of New South Wales. He says that traditionally the high court has been very clear about these issues and will likely declare ministers ineligible to stand. What can we learn from the precedents in the high court and how are its members likely to view these cases?
21 Aug 2017
'They're insatiable': Jay Weatherill on his clash with the Coalition on energy – Australian politics live podcast
The South Australian premier, Jay Weatherill, joins Katharine Murphy to discuss his plans to tackle the energy market and his arguments with the federal government. Weatherill believes Malcolm Turnbull ‘knows what the right thing to do is’ on supporting renewable energy, but says he is hobbled by Coalition rightwingers. ‘You can’t do business with these people … They’re insatiable. There is no benefit in the prime minister in trying to placate his right wing because they are incapable of being placated’. Weatherill also says that next year’s SA election will be ‘seen as a referendum on renewable energy’ and offers that prominent senator Nick Xenophon, while still an ‘extraordinary influence’ in the state, has ‘come off the boil a bit’ • Weatherill: Labor states could go it alone on energy policy
16 Aug 2017
Is neoliberalism dead? Ed Balls and Wayne Swan respond – Australian politics live podcast
‘I think it’s dead but I don’t think everyone has quite worked that out yet,’ Ed Balls, the former UK chancellor, says. He joins former Australian treasurer Wayne Swan to talk about the future of the global economy: if neoliberal ideals are not the solution to our problems, what is? How do we find a balance between the free market economy and the government taking a stronger role in regulating business?
10 Aug 2017
The marriage equality 'postal plebiscite': what will happen and should you vote? – Australian politics live podcast
‘If it comes up we’re going to have to try and win it,’ says Ivan Hinton-Teoh from lobby group just.equal. In an interview with Katharine Murphy and Gabrielle Chan, Hinton-Teoh says the Coalition’s plan for a postal vote on marriage equality has signalled to the LGBTI community: ‘We will only legislate for people other than you.’ With some people calling for a boycott of the vote, he says people should ‘look into their hearts’ and decide whether to take part – but that if it goes ahead he will campaign to win. Hinton-Teoh describes the postal vote plan as ‘an atrocious mechanism’ and that if it happens ‘the Liberal party will own this monstrosity for the rest of the lives’
3 Aug 2017
Katharine Murphy, Gabrielle Chan: the chaos of the winter break – Australian politics live podcast
With parliament resuming next week, Katharine Murphy and Gabrielle Chan discuss the difficulties the Coalition found itself in during the midwinter break, what it means for the rest of the year, how Bill Shorten’s media strategy has changed and why Scott Morrison tries to convince Australians that inequality isn’t a problem
17 Jul 2017
Politicians on social media: just preaching to the converted? – Australian politics live podcast
Katharine Murphy is joined by Caroline Fisher, assistant professor of journalism at the University of Canberra, to talk about the implications of a recent study on social media habits. Are politicians successfully bypassing the mainstream media? Which demographics are engaging, and what are they looking for? And how deep are we all stuck in our ideological bubble?
30 Jun 2017
Infighting and egos: why do we assume politicians are rational? – Australian politics live podcast
Katharine Murphy and Gabrielle Chan discuss what we’ve learned a year on from the federal election that left the government with a majority of one. What are Turnbull’s chances of lasting another year? Will Abbott be back? Why is right wing niche media more dangerous to the Liberal party than Labour? And does anybody care about any of this?
21 Jun 2017
We need to talk about Finkel (and Adani) – Australian politics live podcast
“I don’t think anyone seriously thinks there is going to be investment in new coal-fired generation in Australia,” Mark Butler, the federal shadow minister for climate change tells Katharine Murphy. In a detailed discussion on the recommendations from the Finkel review, they talk about the reasons no private investor wants to build a coal-fired power station and why the Adani mine is a bad idea for Australia
7 Jun 2017
The economy: is it prospering or slowly dying? – Australian politics live podcast
This episode we bring our finest economic minds together to make sense of the latest round of economic posturing from the government. Greg Jericho, Gareth Hutchens and Shane Wright from the West Australian join Katharine Murphy discussing the figures Scott Morrison doesn’t want to talk about
1 Jun 2017
Katharine Murphy and Gabrielle Chan: can Turnbull redefine the Coalition? – Australian politics live podcast
Since the budget the rules of engagement have shifted and Labor and the Coalition are still looking for successful strategies to one up each other. Can the Coalition use their education policy and the upcoming Finkel review to win policy arguments? Or will their own party bring them down with a protracted debate on climate change policies?
27 May 2017
Ending the legacy of the stolen generations – Australian politics live podcast
Richard Weston from the Healing Foundation joins Katharine Murphy to talk about a report into the legacy of the stolen generations and the social problems that still need to be solved. Supporting the Indigenous community will lead to benefits for the whole community, he says, but doing nothing will see the social cost continue to rise.
25 May 2017
How do we get fair education funding? – Simon Birmingham on Australian Politics Live podcast
The minister for education and training, Simon Birmingham, joins political editor Katharine Murphy to discuss the Coalition’s education policy, the campaign by Catholic schools to change that policy and resistance in the Senate to the idea pass it at all – and whether Tony Abbott should just stop offering his opinion. • Public schools face funding cuts if Gonski 2.0 is blocked, Birmingham warns
11 May 2017
Wayne Swan: 'We simply have to get rid of neoliberal economics' – Australian politics live podcast
The former Labor treasurer Wayne Swan talks to Katharine Murphy about the challenge for his party in an era when global politics has shifted to the right. Australia is at a ‘tipping point’, Swan argues. ‘What we’ve seen is the radicalisation of both the Liberal party and very significant sections of the business community aligned with very wealthy plutocrats who are driving far harder for a much stronger and bigger and more powerful trickle-down agenda,’ he says. ‘Trump is the logical conclusion of the Thatcher-Reaganite era.’ Swan calls for a ‘strongly progressive tax system’ in a raft of measures to tackle economic inequality head on and urges Labor to consider a ‘Buffett rule’ to tax the very wealthy and avoid ‘offering some sickening Davos “third way” approach’ • Wayne Swan urges Labor to avoid being ‘trickle down-lite’ on tax
9 May 2017
Coalition buries the legacy of Tony Abbott in 2017 budget – Australian politics live podcast
Lenore Taylor, Greg Jericho and Katharine Murphy examine the contradictions in the budget: creating a $6bn bank levy but continuing to cut company tax; raising the Medicare levy but letting the budget repair levy expire. Will the changes to the Medicare levy and Help debt repayment squeeze people too hard? Or are the other spending promises enough to bring voters back to the Coalition?
5 May 2017
What is the Coalition's narrative for this year's budget? – Australian politics live
Before a critical week for the government, Katharine Murphy and Gabrielle Chan step back from the announcements and fine details and look at the big picture facing the Coalition: can they finally move away from the perceptions set in the 2014 budget by Joe Hockey and Tony Abbott? • Scott Morrison: new budget test for ‘nowhere man’
4 May 2017
How to be a bipartisan parliamentary Speaker – Australian politics live
Tony Smith, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, joins Katharine Murphy for a rare interview. When he has to cast a deciding vote, what goes through his head? Would the Australian parliament benefit from a more independent speaker system? Tony Smith vows not to use casting vote if government has no working majority
28 Apr 2017
What can we learn from 100 days of Donald Trump? – Australian politics live
What do the first 100 days of the Trump administration tell us about what it will do in the future? Has the real Donald Trump revealed himself? Michael Wesley, Dean of the College of Asia and the Pacific at the Australian National University, tells Katharine Murphy that it seems the president doesn’t know where he stands on foreign policy issues until he ends up in the middle of a crisis. Will he show a stronger hand or commit to a foreign policy that amounts to ‘masterful inaction’?
27 Apr 2017
North Korea: will nuclear weapons be used in our region? – Australian politics live podcast
‘We’re probably about as close to nuclear weapons being used in anger as we’ve been since 1945,’ Prof John Blaxland, head of the ANU’s Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, tells Katharine Murphy about the complicated relationship between Australia, the US, China and North Korea. Is protecting North Korea still in China’s best interests? Is a preemptive strike by either North Korea or the US probable? And can Australia make any difference?
6 Apr 2017
What can be done to fix Australia's housing market? – Australian politics live podcast
Concerns about housing affordability have given way to warnings about a housing bubble, but Coalition ministers appear unable to tackle the problem. Katharine Murphy is joined by Greg Jericho from the Guardian and Shane Wright, economics editor at the West Australian, to discuss how Australian housing market got to this state, what could be done to fix it and why the Coalition is unwilling to take the right steps
3 Apr 2017
Can Labor win on progressive, leftwing policies? – Australian politics live podcast
Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen joins Guardian Australia political editor Katharine Murphy to talk about Paul Keating’s turn against neoliberalism, the values debate people are ‘craving’ and intergenerational inequality Labor won’t adopt ‘Buffett rule’, Chris Bowen says
30 Mar 2017
How can Australia improve the mental health of its veterans – Australian politics live
Dan Tehan, the minister for veteran affairs, tells Katharine Murphy that incidents of self-harm and suicide double when servicemen and women re-enter civilian life. What can the government do to tackle these problems? If any of the material in this podcast raises issues for you, you can contact Lifeline Australia on 131114, 24 hours, seven days a week.
27 Mar 2017
Why is Australia's gas market broken? – Australian politics live podcast
Australia is about to become the biggest exporter of liquified natural gas in the world, but domestically it is the only country where the price of gas is rising. Bruce Robertson from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis tells Guardian Australia’s Katharine Murphy and Gabrielle Chan the government is running out of time to fix this problem: the market has failed and more industries will leave Australia due to the high price of gas. The only solution, he says, is regulation to increase transparency and ensure domestic supply at a fair price • Guardian Essential poll finds most Australians support a gas reservation policy
23 Mar 2017
18C and the freedom to marry and smoke dope – Australian politics live podcast
Katharine Murphy and Gabrielle Chan look back on the issue of the week: 18C. It is unlikely the legislation will pass the Senate but if the government was serious about freedom of speech would it really be focussed on the Racial Discrimination Act?
15 Mar 2017
Richard Di Natale: 'Our politics has become very difficult' – Australian politics live podcast
The Greens leader joins Katharine Murphy and Gabrielle Chan to discuss how his party is shifting debate in Australia without getting credit for it. They also look at how hard it is to have work-life balance as a politician and why this may lead to fewer members who can understand everyday Australians ending up in parliament. • Richard Di Natale says corporate political donations are state-sanctioned bribery
10 Mar 2017
Will Donald Trump destroy world trade? – Australian politics live
Economist Michael Every joins Katharine Murphy and Gabrielle Chan to discuss his theory that Trump’s trade policy may dismantle the world economy in ways most nations are not prepared for. We’re seeing a cultural, economic and political backlash against certain key aspects of globalisation and Every believes this is the beginning of a trend rather than the end, and that Trump’s policies could see long-term problems spread across the world
2 Mar 2017
Can we have a bipartisan energy policy? – Australian politics live podcast
Katharine Murphy and Gabrielle Chan look at the week in politics and how Labour has dominated the conversation about penalty rates. They are joined by Labor’s Pat Conroy and the Nationals’ Andrew Broad, both members of a new inquiry into modernising Australia’s power grid. We take a close look at energy policy and how members of opposing parties can find common ground in one of the most bitterly partisan of all areas of political debate • Nationals MP calls for ‘real discussion’ on reserving gas for Australian use
28 Feb 2017
How a conservative turns into a climate change evangelist – Australian Politics Live podcast
Former US Republican congressman Bob Inglis joins Katharine Murphy for an in-depth interview about his journey from climate change sceptic to climate change campaigner. How can acting on climate change be seen as a core part of conservative ideology? Why has the debate become about right against left rather than economic or scientific facts? We also hear why he thinks Donald Trump will quit being president before his first four-year term is finished
16 Feb 2017
Barnaby Joyce says Nationals won't preference One Nation ahead of Liberals – Australian Politics Live podcast
Barnaby Joyce joins Katharine Murphy and Gabrielle Chan to discuss the National party’s Senate inquiry into decentralisation as well as why preferencing One Nation is a bad idea when the biggest buyers of Australia’s wheat and cattle are Islamic nations • Barnaby Joyce warns warns anti-Islamic statements could harm trade deals
7 Feb 2017
Cory Bernardi on why he's not Australia's Donald Trump – Australian Politics Live podcast
In this in-depth interview Guardian Australia political editor Katharine Murphy talks to Cory Bernardi about how he feels about being criticised by Liberal party colleagues he respects, who is going to finance his new political party and what could have made him ‘stay in the tent’
1 Feb 2017
How should Australia deal with Donald Trump? – Australian politics live podcast
The US election result is invading political space around the world and, in this episode, Katharine Murphy and Gabrielle Chan look at how Australia’s major parties are reacting. With Malcolm Turnbull facing a split party and Bill Shorten caught between the working class and inner-city progressives, how can they find the way forward?
7 Dec 2016
2016 in review: where did the jobs and growth go?
Greg Jericho, Katharine Murphy, Gareth Hutchens and the West Australian’s economics editor, Shane Wright, look back at the year in economics on this episode of Australian politics live. When the election promised jobs and growth, why do we now have less of both?
6 Dec 2016
2016 politics in review: how Malcolm Turnbull won the war but lost every battle
Katharine Murphy and Gabrielle Chan are joined by Crikey political editor Bernard Keane on the Australian politics live podcast to wrap up the year. They examine the winners of the year: Pauline Hanson, Nick Xenophon and Malcolm Turnbull before looking at the losers of the year: Malcolm Turnbull, George Brandis and Sam Dastyari. Which one has the “reverse midas touch”?
10 Nov 2016
Trump's victory and James Patterson on race and 18C – Australian politics live podcast
Liberal senator James Patterson joins Katharine Murphy and Gabrielle Chan to discuss the movement to change or remove section 18C from the Racial Discrimination Act. We also look at the possible effects of Trump victory to our region
14 Oct 2016
Marriage equality free vote not impossible – Australian politics live podcast
Katharine Murphy and Gabrielle Chan discuss what will be next for marriage equality now the Coalition’s plan for a plebiscite is dead. They also speak to education minister Simon Birmingham about why Julia Gillard should not have promised that no school would be worse off after funding changes and what will happen to the Vet Fee funding scheme
22 Sept 2016
Confronting the appeal of Pauline Hanson - Australian politics live podcast
Race discrimination commissioner Tim Soutphommasane joins Katharine Murphy and Gabrielle Chan to discuss the return of One Nation and the most effective way to counter her ideas. Soutphommasane recalls that Hanson’s maiden speech 20 years ago “made us feel unwelcome, it made us second-guess our position in society”. He argues that economic growth in itself is not enough to sway disaffected voters who have been left behind by globalisation and who turn to One Nation for solutions.
8 Sept 2016
The ambitions of Anthony Albanese – Australian politics live podcast
Karen Middleton speaks to Katharine Murphy and Gabrielle Chan about her biography of Labor’s Anthony Albanese, which told the story of how he discovered his father was alive and met him for the first time . Middleton talks about researching and writing the book over two years, including more than 40 interviews with the MP. She believes ‘he would be more than prepared’ to have another go at the party leadership but adds: ‘I don’t think he would do it while things are going well for Labor. Because he genuinely doesn’t want to be a wrecker.’ Murphy and Chan also discuss a tumultuous week dominated by Sam Dastyari and the controversy about political donations
24 Aug 2016
Stephen Conroy talks to Katharine Murphy about the 'humiliating' NBN documents – Australian politics live podcast
This episode Stephen Conroy explains the latest AFP raids on parliament over the National Broadband Network document leak and says he would die in a ditch for his sources. Katharine Murphy and Gabrielle Chan assess the fortunes of Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten, why haven’t we heard much from the government lately and why does the opposition leader remind them of a rooster?
12 Aug 2016
Is the way we talk about debt infantile? – Australian Politics Live podcast
We jump out of the political cycle and take a closer look at the economy, what do the numbers the major parties talk about mean and why don’t they match people’s everyday experiences? Greg Jericho and Gareth Hutchens join Katharine Murphy to unpack the fiscal environment. We also hear from shadow minister for finance, Jim Chalmers, on how the opposition and government will work together on economic policy
29 Jul 2016
Where to for the Coalition after the backlash? - Australian politics live podcast
Katharine Murphy and Gabrielle Chan talk to Angus Taylor, the assistant minister for cities and digital transformation, about the backlash the Coalition suffered at the election and what it is trying to achieve by targeting outer suburban and country areas. They also discuss the rise of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation and how Malcolm Turnbull has shown leadership this week
3 Jul 2016
Election showed voters want something authentic – Australian politics live podcast
Lenore Taylor, Katharine Murphy and Gabrielle Chan discuss how Australian voters rejected the Malcolm Turnbull they were offered and supported independents who meant what they said, ignoring warnings of chaos and instability. Also, the prospects for marriage equality, Turnbull’s proposed superannuation changes – and redundant campaign buses
30 Jun 2016
Closing thoughts on the campaign as election day looms – Australian politics live podcast
Most signs point to a Coalition win in Saturday’s federal election, but there are plenty of questions that will remain unanswered until the results are in. Photographer Mike Bowers joins Lenore Taylor and Katharine Murphy to discuss the performances of Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten on the campaign trail and their prospects for polling day
24 Jun 2016
Politics Live podcast: what's good for Australia's economy?
Recorded live in Melbourne this episode looks at the different ways the major parties see the economic debate this election. Social services minister Christian Porter, Labor disability spokeswoman Jenny Macklin and author George Megalogenis join the conversation with Lenore Taylor and Katharine Murphy
1 hr 2 mins
16 Jun 2016
Is Australia a fair country? Australian politics live in Sydney podcast
Lenore Taylor and Katharine Murphy examined fairness in Australian society at a live event in Sydney with Tanya Plibersek, deputy Labor leader, Trent Zimmerman, the Liberal MP for North Sydney and Cassandra Goldie, chief executive of Acoss. A lively Q&A featured a small business owner who doesn’t want a tax cut and a real estate agent who wants to abolish negative gearing. All that and a performance from the new Hansard Monologues play
10 Jun 2016
Times they are a-changing in the bush – Australian Politics Live podcast
Katharine Murphy talks to Gabrielle Chan about changing demographics in rural seats and what this means for the election. They are then joined by Mike Kelly who is trying to regain Eden-Monaro for Labor
3 Jun 2016
Lenore Taylor and Katharine Murphy discuss polling - Australian Politics Live podcast
Four weeks into the campaign, political editor Lenore Taylor and deputy political editor Katharine Murphy explore with Liberal party strategist Mark Textor what’s been happening and why we might just want to ignore all the current polls
27 May 2016
Chris Uhlmann and David Speers on leadership debates – Australian politics live podcast
The ABC’s Chris Uhlmann and David Speers from Sky News talk to Guardian Australia’s Lenore Taylor and Katharine Murphy about what makes a good leadership debate and how to prevent politicians interrupting them with tedious speeches
20 May 2016
Why are Labor and the Greens at war? - Australian politics live podcast with Lenore Taylor and Katharine Murphy
As the election campaign reaches the end of its second week, political editor Lenore Taylor and deputy political editor Katharine Murphy discuss the tension between the Greens and Labor with Ben Oquist from the Australia Institute and Michael Cooney from the Chifley Research Centre
13 May 2016
Australian politics live podcast, with Lenore Taylor and Katharine Murphy
Join our top team as they unpack the first week of this mega-long election campaign. With special guests Mathias Cormann and Penny Wong
1 May 2016
Preview: Australian politics live podcast
Lenore Taylor and Katharine Murphy examine what is happening in Australian politics and why it matters to you