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1 day ago
Finishing high school in a pandemic
The final year of high school is supposed to be challenging but also fun, full of things like your end of school formal, 18th birthday parties and at the end leaving school and becoming an adult. But this year has been different. Today we speak to a student about what the year’s felt like and what it means for their future
2 days ago
How the world is coping with coronavirus, six months on
From Portugal to Pakistan, the Guardian’s international correspondent Michael Safi looks at the different ways countries have been affected by the virus and the impact it is having on the lives of people
3 days ago
How Covid-19 laid bare the cracks in Australia’s aged care system
With over half of Covid-19 deaths in Victoria associated with aged care facilities, the Australian Medical Association has called for a royal commission into the situation. But experts say there were warnings about the sector’s vulnerability stretching back many years. So how did this happen?
4 days ago
Will a vaccine or recovery from the virus give us long-term immunity to Covid-19?
New evidence on how our bodies combat the virus has huge implications for the development of a coronavirus vaccine
5 days ago
Inside the bitter struggle for control of Queensland's Liberal National party
Queensland is often a conservative stronghold in federal elections, but in recent years the Liberal National party has struggled to gain and hold power at state level. Now, three months away from an election, tensions in the LNP are on the rise. Ben Smee explains why backroom powerbrokers could be holding the party back
30 Jul 2020
Is Donald Trump playing politics with the Portland protests?
The anti-racism protests in Portland appeared to be dwindling in size until Donald Trump sent in federal officers to confront them, reports the Guardian’s Chris McGreal
29 Jul 2020
Greg Jericho on what can you expect from the Covid-19 recession
Australia is experiencing its first recession in 30 years. It’s the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression and one like no other before it. Greg Jericho explains where the economy is at now, where we can expect it to take us and why this downturn is so different to others
28 Jul 2020
How Poland’s election puts at risk LGBT rights, the courts and the free press
A narrow win for the populist incumbent Andrzej Duda in Poland’s presidential election last week has cleared the path for the rightwing Law and Justice party to pursue anti-LGBT policies and further assault the courts and free press. The Guardian’s Christian Davies reports from Warsaw
27 Jul 2020
What do we know about the long-term effects of Covid-19?
There is growing evidence from around the world that some people continue to experience debilitating symptoms of Covid-19 months after contracting the virus. They have been dubbed the ‘long-haulers’. Melissa Davey explains what we know about how patients in Australia who were diagnosed in March and April are recovering more than three months later
26 Jul 2020
Will we ever find life on Mars?
Planetary scientist Sarah Stewart Johnson describes how the latest mission to Mars builds on centuries of discoveries about the red planet – Earth’s nearest neighbour
23 Jul 2020
'Look what he’s taken from me': one man's fight against child abuse in the church
On the island of Guam, the church is at the centre of everyday life, but the community is going through a reckoning, as person after person comes forward with stories of being sexually abused by priests. Today we speak to one alter boy, Walter Denton, about his search for justice and how he helped bring change to the island.
22 Jul 2020
Why the advice on wearing masks has changed
Wearing masks in Melbourne is now mandatory with $200 fines for those not wearing them outside the home. This is a first for Australia, but the enforced wearing of masks has been legislated in numerous countries around the world, particularly in the past few weeks. So why are the rules changing?
21 Jul 2020
Life inside Melbourne’s public housing towers
On 4 July, police surrounded nine public housing towers in Melbourne, locking around 3,000 residents inside due to fears of an uncontrolled spread of Covid-19. But the police presence triggered fear in the community because of a history of over-policing in this multicultural, tight-knit community. Nor Shanino and Ahmed Dini tell us about what it was like to grow up in the towers and the incredible resilience of their residents
20 Jul 2020
Who is Ghislaine Maxwell and does she hold the key to justice for Epstein’s victims?
Ghislaine Maxwell, a British socialite and daughter of the media baron Robert Maxwell, once attended parties with princes, presidents and celebrities. Now she faces up to 35 years in a US prison for her alleged involvement in Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking of underage girls
19 Jul 2020
Facebook, white nationalists and becoming the target of a hate campaign
In November, Julia Carrie Wong reported on the continued presence of white nationalist organisations on Facebook – and a weeks-long campaign of racist and sexist harassment followed. She discusses the impact it had on her and why she believes Facebook has played a role in creating the conditions that enable that kind of harassment
16 Jul 2020
What has Australia learned about how to contain Covid-19 outbreaks?
Victoria is in the midst of grappling with a surge in coronavirus infections that has now spread into NSW, forming a cluster of cases linked to one pub in Sydney. Melbourne bureau chief Melissa Davey and infectious diseases expert Professor Peter Collignon explain how the outbreaks may be stopped
15 Jul 2020
The fight over your superannuation increase
Next July, your employer is due to raise the amount it contributes to your super from 9.5% of your wage to 10%. With the economic fallout from the Covid-19 crisis, some business groups argue they can’t afford it. Others argue it will come from workers’ pay rises. Ben Butler breaks down the debate
14 Jul 2020
What would Israeli annexation of parts of the West Bank mean for Palestinians?
The Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has proposed permanently seizing Palestinian territory by annexing swathes of the West Bank – a violation of international law. Journalist Mariam Barghouti and Palestine Institute for Public Diplomacy executive director Salem Barahmeh describe how this would formalise a system that millions of Palestinians are already enduring, while Jerusalem correspondent Oliver Holmes examines what is driving Netanyahu’s latest plans
14 Jul 2020
What are the 'palace letters' and what do I need to know about them?
Since the dramatic dismissal of Gough Whitlam’s Labor government in November 1975, there has been speculation about the Queen’s role in the episode. Now secret correspondence between Buckingham Palace and the governor general of Australia have been revealed. Jenny Hocking, who took her legal case to the high court to have the letters released, unpicks the details
13 Jul 2020
Coming soon: the palace letters
Ever since the dramatic dismissal of Gough Whitlam’s Labor government in November 1975, there has been speculation about the Queen’s role in the episode. On the morning of Tuesday 14 July, 200 exchanges between the Queen, her private secretary and Australia’s then governor general will be released. We’re putting Full Story out later today so we can tell you what’s inside the letters and what it means for Australia.
12 Jul 2020
The scandal of millions of Americans deprived of running water
Guardian US environmental justice reporter Nina Lakhani reports on her landmark investigation into America’s water crisis, revealing that millions of Americans are facing unaffordable bills for running water and risk being disconnected or losing their homes
9 Jul 2020
Power, privilege and sexual harassment in the Australian legal profession
Last month, an independent investigation commissioned by the high court of Australia found former high court justice Dyson Heydon sexually harassed six junior court staff, allegations which Heydon categorically denies. But this case has prompted an outpouring of stories about a culture of harassment and gender bias in the legal industry
8 Jul 2020
Maria Ressa and the increasing attacks on the free press in the Philippines
One of the most prominent journalists in the Philippines has been convicted of ‘cyberlibel’ in a court process condemned by human rights groups. Journalist Carmela Fonbuena in Manila describes the chilling effect the verdict has had on free expression
7 Jul 2020
How Melbourne ended up under a second Covid-19 lockdown
For weeks now the Victorian government has been desperately trying to get the coronavirus outbreak under control. It locked down postcodes, public housing towers and finally Melbourne itself. In this episode of Full Story, reporter Melissa Davey explains how it all unfolded
6 Jul 2020
Inside the Covid-19 hard lockdown of Melbourne's public housing towers
On Saturday afternoon, 3,000 people living in nine public housing towers in the suburbs of Flemington of North Melbourne found themselves placed under a ‘hard lockdown’ to help stem the spread of Covid-19, thanks to a sudden announcement from the Victorian government. They cannot leave their units, except for emergencies, are subject to mandatory testing and are being monitored by 500 police officers. We spoke to Hiba Shanino, one of those confined in the towers
5 Jul 2020
Understanding white privilege, with Reni Eddo-Lodge
Reni Eddo-Lodge, author of the 2017 book Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race talks to the Observer’s Nosheen Iqbal about global discussions on racism following the death of George Floyd
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 seat from the opposition in a byelection and that will be bad news for Labor leader Anthony Albanese. Paul Karp takes a look at the contest and explains what the outcomes could mean
1 Jul 2020
The green recovery: what is it and will Australia miss a once in a lifetime opportunity?
As countries around the world begin restarting their economies after the coronavirus crisis, a growing chorus of prominent leaders have labelled this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to tackle climate change by targeting post-pandemic stimulus toward areas that promote renewable energy. Will Australia take heed or continue to rely on fossil fuels?
30 Jun 2020
How did Jordan end up with the highest smoking rate in the world?
When international correspondent Michael Safi began looking into why Jordan had become the country with the world’s highest smoking rates, he began to uncover what public health advocates have described as widespread interference in policymaking by multinational tobacco companies
29 Jun 2020
Covid-19 and the long history of ignoring women in medical research
Around the world men and women are responding differently to Covid-19 yet few countries are taking note of these differences. This isn’t unique to this pandemic but typical of how female biology has been largely ignored when it comes to medical research. Gabrielle Jackson examines the resulting knowledge gap and the repercussions for how women and gender diverse people are treated in our medical system
28 Jun 2020
How damaging is John Bolton's scathing account of Donald Trump's presidency?
The publication of former US national security adviser John Bolton’s White House memoir has caused a sensation. Jonathan Freedland assesses the lurid claims of cosying up to authoritarian leaders as well as descriptions of the ‘stunning’ ignorance of Donald Trump
25 Jun 2020
What can we learn about better policing from Newark?
The New Jersey city had one of the worst reputations for police violence in the US, but as the Guardian’s Ankita Rao discovers, it is leading the charge for reform under a new mayor
24 Jun 2020
What caused Victoria's Covid-19 spike and can it be contained?
Over the past week, the Australian state of Victoria has seen a surge in coronavirus cases, with a dozen or so new Covid-19 cases each day popping up in hotspots around Melbourne. Melissa Davey explains what’s causing this spike, and the attempts to contain the spread of the virus, before it turns into a second wave
23 Jun 2020
The destruction of a 46,000-year-old cave and the backlash for Australia’s mining industry
In Western Australia, on the lands of the Puutu Kunti Kurrama and Pinikura people, there was a 46,000-year-old cave, where thousands of artefacts were discovered, revealing incredible things about the history of this continent. In late May Rio Tinto – one of the world’s biggest mining companies – blew it up. Calla Wahlquist explores the archaic law that allowed this to happen, and the ensuing backlash that could change how the mining industry operates • Culture warriors obsessed with statues ignore Rio Tinto’s vandalism of Indigenous heritage
22 Jun 2020
Why was Donald Trump's 'comeback' rally in Tulsa, the site of a massacre?
The US president’s decision to hold his first rally since the coronavirus lockdown in Tulsa, Oklahoma, has ignited fresh controversy. The city was home to one of America’s worst ever acts of racial violence in 1921, a moment marked in recent Black Lives Matter protests, and Oklahoma is now seeing a new wave of coronavirus infections. So why did Trump chose Tulsa?
21 Jun 2020
Investigating a case of historical child sexual abuse in NSW schools
Throughout his three decades working in the public school system, Cletus O’Connor allegedly abused at least 14 boys, all of them Indigenous. Michael McGowan explains the methods O’Connor used to gain the trust of young boys and examines why it has taken so long for the NSW government to publicly acknowledge the abuse
18 Jun 2020
Facebook v Twitter: how to handle Donald Trump
As protests erupted throughout the US, Donald Trump posted incendiary comments to social media. While Twitter hid the president’s post, Facebook took no action. The Guardian’s technology editor, Alex Hern, looks at what happened next
17 Jun 2020
The questionable use of taxpayer-funded travel expenses by politicians
Since Brownyn Bishop’s infamous helicopter ride, have politicians stopped charging the taxpayer for things they shouldn’t be? Transparency reporter Christopher Knaus investigates the latest expense reports, including one involving the deputy prime minister, an RAAF chartered plane and the Melbourne cup.
16 Jun 2020
After 13 years has the disappearance of Madeleine McCann been solved?
The disappearance of a three -year-old British girl at a Portuguese holiday resort in 2007 quickly became a global news story as the hunt for her grew ever more extensive. Thirteen years later, with the mystery still unsolved, German police revealed they had a new prime suspect. Is there now a conclusion in sight?
15 Jun 2020
After the protests: solutions to end black deaths in custody
Protests around Australia have been calling for action to end black deaths in custody. Indigenous families, legal organisations and academics say that solutions to this problem have been put forward time and time again, only to be ignored. In this episode of Full Story, black deaths in custody advocate Latoya Rule, and academic Thalia Anthony explore some immediate solutions to end black deaths in custody.
14 Jun 2020
The death of David Dungay Jnr
One of the names chanted in the Australian protests sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis has been David Dungay. The eerie similarities between his case and the death of Floyd have brought his death in 2015 back into the spotlight. Both men were held down before they died, both cried ‘I can’t breathe’. Miles Herbert looks back at the death of David Dungay Jnr
11 Jun 2020
New data on the unfair policing of Indigenous people
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults make up 2% of the national population but at least 27% of the prison population. Michael McGowan looks at the data behind one offence that drives the disproportionate incarceration of First Nations people
10 Jun 2020
A journey into Antarctica: the unavoidable signs of global heating
The effects of global heating are in evidence everywhere across the islands of Antarctica – from penguin colonies to melting glaciers. The Guardian’s global environment editor Jonathan Watts witnessed how conditions are changing quickly
9 Jun 2020
Unreliable data: how a tiny US company influenced Covid-19 policy globally
In May a single study published in one of the world’s leading medical journals led to trials of a possible coronavirus treatment being halted around the world. Weeks later the study was retracted and the company behind the data used is facing serious scrutiny. Melissa Davey tells us how it all unravelled
8 Jun 2020
The protests shaking America after the death of George Floyd
Guardian US reporter Kenya Evelyn looks back at the 11 days of protest that started in Minneapolis over the killing of George Floyd but quickly spread across the rest of America and then the world.
7 Jun 2020
What will 21,000 job losses mean for Australia's universities?
One of the first sectors to feel the hit of the pandemic in Australia is our universities. With international students making up more than a quarter of all students and paying high fees that are essential to many university budgets, what does the future look like for universities? Today we examine the value of these jobs by talking to one of the people to lose university work
4 Jun 2020
Australia’s shameful record on black deaths in custody
In the wake of widespread protests in the United States after the killing of George Floyd by the police, people are now taking to the streets in Australia. Their goal is to show solidarity with black communities in America, and highlight Australia’s problems with police violence and institutional racism. In this episode Indigenous affairs editor Lorena Allam examines Australia’s record on Indigenous deaths in custody.
3 Jun 2020
The death of George Floyd: will anything change in the US?
Protests have exploded across the US after a video showed Derek Chauvin, a white Minneapolis police officer, kneeling on the neck of George Floyd, an African American man, despite his pleas that he could not breathe. Floyd lost consciousness and died. Paul Butler discusses the history of police killings of black Americans and whether Floyd’s death could be a turning point
2 Jun 2020
Is it too late to save the Great Barrier Reef?
This summer, the world’s largest coral reef system, the Great Barrier Reef, suffered the worst mass bleaching outbreak ever witnessed. Graham Readfearn looks at whether people are ready to accept the reality that at least 70% of the world’s coral reefs will soon be lost
1 Jun 2020
Hong Kong: the end of one country, two systems?
Protesters have take to the streets again, this time over a national security law that is set to be imposed by Beijing. Verna Yu and Lily Kuo look at how the standoff compares with those of Hong Kong’s recent history
31 May 2020
How a national security law is leading to secret trials in Australia
Last week, in a courthouse in Canberra, reporters were handed a statement by the defendant as they walked out the door. It simply read “I am unable to say much and you are unable to report much, this is the state of our now fragile democracy”. In this episode of Full Story, reporter Christopher Knaus explains how this trial came about, and the law that’s allowed this story to be shrouded in secrecy.
28 May 2020
The killing of Ahmaud Arbery
On 23 February Ahmaud Arbery, a young black man, was shot dead by two white men in Brunswick, Georgia. But it was only when a 36-second video of the killing was leaked on 5 May, generating nationwide outcry, that three men were charged with his murder. Why did it take so long?
27 May 2020
The rise and fall of Alan Jones, Australia's leading shock jock
This week one of the country’s most successful radio presenters will broadcast his final show. For some, Alan Jones was a frank and fearless voice, for others, a divisive and polarising force in the media landscape. Guardian Australia’s media reporter, Amanda Meade, explores his legacy
26 May 2020
Does the Covidsafe app work?
The Covidsafe app, rolled out in late April, was sold to the Australian public as a measure that would ‘save lives and protect lives’. On this episode of Full Story, reporter Josh Taylor explores a series of flaws in the app that are causing problems for users, and for at least one state health authority.
25 May 2020
The scientific race to understand Covid-19
In the five months since the world learned about Covid-19, it has killed hundreds of thousands of people. In that time, what have scientists found out – and what do they still not know?
24 May 2020
Australia’s muddled energy policy and the roadmap to nowhere
Political editor Katharine Murphy talks to environment editor Adam Morton about a huge week in energy policy and why Australia appears to be making an energy roadmap without a destination
21 May 2020
How the Mosquito Army saved one NSW town from the bushfires
Last Australian summer as the bushfires swept through the south coast of New South Wales, the small town of Mongarlowe found itself in the path of an enormous blaze, with very little resources to fight it. To save the town, the residents banded together and formed a very special firefighting crew – the Mosquito Army
20 May 2020
The push for prisoners in Australia to be released in case of second Covid-19 wave
As lockdowns ease around the country, Laura Murphy-Oates speaks to prison staff and prison reform advocates who are concerned about a potential second wave of Covid-19 that could quickly spread through prisons and put the Indigenous population, and other vulnerable people at risk
19 May 2020
How an audacious coup attempt in Venezuela backfired
An attempt earlier this month to remove Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro from power ended in farcical failure as a seaborne invading force was captured easily following a series of mishaps. World affairs editor Julian Borger tells the bizarre story
18 May 2020
How the Covid-19 pandemic could reshape restaurants
Cafes, restaurants and pubs are reopening to limited customers as states and territories ease social distancing rules. Alyx Gorman examines the challenges the hospitality industry faces as Australia begins to unlock and asks: What will it look like after the pandemic?
17 May 2020
Trump versus Biden 2020: the most unpredictable election in history
The US presidential campaign is usually in full swing by this stage of the political cycle, but the coronavirus pandemic has put a halt to rallies and fundraising events. David Smith in Washington looks at how the race between Donald Trump and Joe Biden is playing out
14 May 2020
The sports rorts questions that Scott Morrison still hasn't answered
Paul Karp reports on the increased scrutiny the prime minister has faced this week over his office’s involvement in the sports grants scandal
13 May 2020
Is India using coronavirus as a pretext to erode civil liberties?
South Asia correspondent Hannah Ellis-Petersen reports on the implications of people downloading an app designed to help control the spread of Covid-19 in a country with an increasingly authoritarian government
12 May 2020
How Bruce Pascoe rebounded from a summer of trauma
Last summer the celebrated author Bruce Pascoe found himself in the middle of two life-changing events – the East Gippsland bushfires and a very public controversy surrounding his bestselling book Dark Emu and his Indigenous identity. In this episode, Guardian Australia’s Indigenous affairs editor, Lorena Allam, speaks to Pascoe about how he has rebounded, pouring his efforts into a historic agricultural project in Mallacoota • ‘Time to embrace history of country’: Bruce Pascoe and the first dancing grass harvest in 200 years
11 May 2020
How the coronavirus is affecting women’s work in Australia
When it comes to unpaid housework and caring duties, Australian women are among the most overworked in the world. They’re also overrepresented in low-paid jobs on the frontline of Covid-19 – such as aged care, childcare and disability support work. In this episode of the Full Story podcast, producer Ellen Leabeater explores how the pandemic is making gender inequality more visible, and also, a lot worse
10 May 2020
Reopening America's poorest state
Despite rising coronavirus case numbers, the US state of Mississippi is moving out of lockdown and reopening parks, restaurants and other non-essential shops. Oliver Laughland went to the resort of Biloxi to see how residents were responding
8 May 2020
What George Pell knew
After a five-year inquiry, the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse handed down its final report in late 2017. But due to legal action, the findings about Cardinal George Pell were redacted. Now the whole report has been released, Melissa Davey explains what the inquiry found about Pell’s knowledge of child abuse in the church
7 May 2020
The two Angus Taylor scandals that won't go away
In the past year Australia’s energy minister has been swept up in two scandals. The past week has brought developments in both. Anne Davies explains what questions he has yet to answer
6 May 2020
The race for face masks happening around the world
When the coronavirus began spreading beyond China in January, the race to buy up any available protective face masks went global. In this episode we look at the frenzy of buying and how the race to obtain enough masks shows no sign of slowing down
5 May 2020
The people left behind in Australia's coronavirus response
Scott Morrison has said of the pandemic, ‘we’re all in this together’ but his government has excluded more than 1 million people from assistance. Laura Murphy-Oates talks to some of those people and Ben Doherty analyses the government’s response.
4 May 2020
Surviving the coronavirus: how one man's time in the ICU changed his life
‘The thing that surprised me was how quickly I went from being able to breathe to not being able to breathe.’ Sixty-year-old helicopter pilot Dave Lewins tells what it’s like to live through Covid-19
3 May 2020
Is remdesivir an effective treatment for Covid-19?
An experimental treatment for coronavirus called remdesivir, which will be trialled in Australia, was hailed as a breakthrough for Covid-19 treatment last week. But some experts urge caution and say serious questions remain to be answered
30 Apr 2020
How the coronavirus has changed Australia's healthcare system
Gabrielle Jackson talks to Dr Richard Nguyen and Dr Ranjana Srivastava about the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on healthcare in this country, and which changes are here to stay
29 Apr 2020
The Mudgee corner store and the jobkeeper program
Paul Karp explores the kinks in the government’s $130bn jobkeeper program, and Laura Murphy-Oates speaks to one small business owner whose life has been turned upside down by the coronavirus
28 Apr 2020
How coronavirus spread through South America
From his accommodation in Rio de Janeiro, the Guardian’s Latin America correspondent, Tom Phillips, can hear the nightly protests against Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, where cases are steadily rising. He discusses how Brazil and other South American countries are trying to deal with the pandemic
27 Apr 2020
The latest on the Covidsafe app
Josh Taylor examines the Covidsafe app released on Sunday and updates us on whether the government has addressed the community concern over privacy
26 Apr 2020
How has the coronavirus transformed Spain?
Luis Encinas is a nurse and Médecins Sans Frontières coordinator. He has treated patients in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan, in Sierra Leone as Ebola took hold, and now in Spain, battling Covid-19. He and the Guardian’s Madrid correspondent, Sam Jones, describe how the virus has transformed Spain
23 Apr 2020
Virgin Australia’s woes and the future of Australian air travel
Will Virgin Australia will survive? And what it means for the future of air travel if it doesn’t.
22 Apr 2020
Under attack: WHO and the coronavirus pandemic – Full Story podcast
The World Health Organization has been at the forefront of the global response to new diseases. It was hailed for the way it dealt with Sars but pilloried for its handling of Ebola. Now, just as we may need it the most, Donald Trump is threatening to withdraw US funding. So how effective has the WHO been during the coronavirus pandemic?
21 Apr 2020
How the coronavirus contact tracing app will work
The government has announced it will be rolling out a new app to help slow the spread of coronavirus. But how will this app track its users and will the data be secure? Josh Taylor examines what we know about the app so far
20 Apr 2020
The story behind Trump's 'miracle' drug hydroxychloroquine – Full Story podcast
For 65 years the drug hydroxychloroquine has been used to treat a number of diseases, including malaria. But after a French study claimed it was effective against coronavirus it has been hailed by the US president and other people around the world as a cure. But there is scant evidence it is effective – and it could actually be harmful when taken
19 Apr 2020
Justice for Tanya Day
Calla Wahlquist explores the coronial inquest into the death of Yorta Yorta woman, Tanya Day, and her family’s campaign for justice
16 Apr 2020
Dating during the coronavirus lockdown
In this episode of Full Story, producer Ellen Leabeater sets out to find how Australia’s singles are adapting to dating during the lockdown and discovers some creative measures being taken
15 Apr 2020
How does the coronavirus survive outside the human body?
This episode looks at two basic questions our listeners have about the coronavirus: how does the virus survive outside the human body and why is soap so effective at deactivating it? If you have a question about the Covid-19 outbreak you would like us to explore, fill in this form
14 Apr 2020
Australia's exit strategy for coronavirus
Ben Doherty talks to Laura Murphy-Oates about how and when Australia could start to loosen social restrictions imposed to halt the spread of Covid-19 and what Australia can learn from countries that are already taking action
13 Apr 2020
The hunt for a coronavirus vaccine
Scientists in more than 40 labs around the world are working around the clock to develop a Covid-19 vaccine. Despite early success in sequencing the virus’s genome, however, Samanth Subramanian tells Rachel Humphreys we are still some months away from knowing if one can be put into mass production
9 Apr 2020
Is hotel quarantine putting the health of vulnerable people at risk?
Thousands of travellers returning from overseas have been forced to quarantine in hotels to reduce the spread of coronavirus. Some say the conditions there are shocking, with reports that some people have been denied access to urgent medical care. In this episode of Full Story, Melissa Davey and Matilda Boseley explain how some people are falling through the cracks in this system
8 Apr 2020
Lessons from the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic
What can we learn from one of the worst virus outbreaks of modern times? Science writer and journalist Laura Spinney discusses the outbreak of Spanish flu, which is believed to have killed up to 100 million people. This episode first aired on Today in Focus, a daily news podcast made by the Guardian team in London
7 Apr 2020
Why George Pell walked free
In a historic decision, the high court has quashed the child sexual abuse convictions of Cardinal George Pell. The most senior Catholic in the world to have been found guilty of child sexual abuse, has walked free from prison. In this episode of Full Story David Marr and Melbourne bureau chief Melissa Davey analyse the high court decision
6 Apr 2020
The devastating impact of Covid-19 in New York
With more than 4,000 deaths and a staggering 122,000 cases across the state, New York has now overtaken Wuhan in terms of the sheer number of Covid-19 patients. In this episode of Full story Guardian US reporter Jessica Glenza tells Mythili Rao about the seismic impact the virus is having on medical facilities and its staff, some of whom have said their hospitals are like war zones.
5 Apr 2020
How we're all coping with being apart
At the moment, most of us are spending a lot more time apart. Whether we’re stuck in a quarantine hotel guarded by police, or stuck at home, we’re all dealing with our own forms of isolation.In this episode of Full Story, Guardian readers phone in and talk through how they’re coping with being apart.
2 Apr 2020
How coronavirus is transforming Australian politics
The coronavirus has provoked a radical shift in policy for the Morrison government, with historic stimulus packages, and a dramatic expansion our welfare system. In this episode of Full Story, political editor Katharine Murphy explores how Covid-19 has shifted Australian politics, and what the political landscape could look like after the crisis has passed
1 Apr 2020
Overseas, stranded and in lockdown: how Australians are struggling to get home
The coronavirus pandemic has left thousands of Australians stranded overseas. In countries like Peru, some are living under strict lockdown, facing months of uncertainty and fear. In this episode of Full Story, Ben Doherty explains why Australians are struggling to get home, and we hear from two people living in lockdown in Peru
31 Mar 2020
When is it legal to leave your home?
After Scott Morrison announced plans to limit gatherings to two people on Sunday, states and territories moved quickly to make that law. However some states have gone further than others. In this episode of Full Story, political reporter Paul Karp breaks down how states and territories are cracking down on people leaving their home
30 Mar 2020
What is a ventilator and why is it essential in the fight against coronavirus?
Australia is still in the early stages of the coronavirus outbreak but in places such as Italy, hospitals have been overwhelmed by seriously ill patients, and one machine has become critical to their survival. In this episode of Full Story, reporter Graham Readfearn and an anaesthetics professor explain why ventilators are so important in the battle against Covid-19 Full Story is Guardian Australia’s news podcast. Subscribe for free on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or any other podcasting app
29 Mar 2020
How the Ruby Princess cruise ship debacle spread coronavirus across Australia
On a warm autumn day in Sydney Harbour a cruise ship docked at Circular Quay to let its 2,700 passengers off. Soon this ship would become infamous, as passenger after passenger was confirmed to have contracted Covid-19. In this episode of Full Story we look at what happened on the ship and who was ultimately responsible for a breakdown in Australia’s biosecurity safeguards Full Story is Guardian Australia’s news podcast. Subscribe for free on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or any other podcasting app
26 Mar 2020
The latest Covid-19 updates and how to talk to your parents about coronavirus
In this episode of Full Story associate news editor Gabrielle Jackson breaks down the biggest coronavirus stories we’re covering right now, and what we’re expecting to cover in the coming days. Then we take a look at what to do if the person who raised you won’t stay at home.
25 Mar 2020
Why clear communication is essential in a pandemic
As the coronavirus continues to spread, Australians have voiced concern that the government is failing to clearly communicate what steps people should take to slow the rate of infection. In this episode of Full Story, Melissa Davey looks at what other countries have been doing and explains how the Morrison government can do better Full Story is Guardian Australia’s news podcast. Subscribe for free on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or any other podcasting app
24 Mar 2020
How coronavirus changed Australia’s welfare system overnight
Less than 24 hours after a new welfare payment was announced to help people struggling during the coronavirus pandemic, we saw the welfare system crippled by demand. Lines at service centres stretched along streets around the country, phone services left people on hold for hours and government websites crashed. In this episode of Full Story Luke Henriques-Gomes looks at what the new ‘coronavirus supplement’ payment is, who gets it and if Australia’s welfare system will be able to cope with the demand. Full Story is Guardian Australia’s news podcast. Subscribe for free on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or any other podcasting app
23 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Australia: what does the economic rescue package mean for you?
Over the weekend the government announced a historic $66bn stimulus package, meant as a safety net for Australia’s workers who lose their jobs or income due to the coronavirus health crisis. In this episode of Full Story, senior business reporter Ben Butler explains what this stimulus could mean for you
22 Mar 2020
Finding kindness in the time of coronavirus
As we face continuing restrictions in a bid to slow the spread of Covid-19 we’re finding our lives becoming increasingly different. In this episode of Full Story we look at how our lives are changing and search for stories of hope and community among the uncertainty the coronavirus has brought the world
19 Mar 2020
Coronavirus: how remote Indigenous communities are fighting to keep coronavirus out
Indigenous organisations are sounding the alarm about the serious threat Covid-19 poses to remote communities. Some land councils are restricting access to their land, and there are calls for the Northern Territory government to implement similar measures.In this episode, Indigenous affairs editor Lorena Allam explains why coronavirus poses such a threat to these communities and what’s being done to keep the virus out. Full Story is Guardian Australia’s news podcast. Subscribe for free on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or any other podcasting app
18 Mar 2020
Coronavirus: the science of how Covid-19 affects the human body
As the medical community races to understand how coronavirus spreads and what it does to the body some clear patterns are emerging. In this episode of Full Story reporter Graham Readfearn and specialist respiratory physician Tom Kotsimbos break down what it’s like to get covid-19, and what emerging research tells us about this virus. Full Story is Guardian Australia’s news podcast. Subscribe for free on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or any other podcasting app
17 Mar 2020
Coronavirus: why the pandemic has left Australia's arts industry in crisis
As shows around the country are cancelled in an attempt to stop the spread of coronavirus, there’s fear this pandemic could decimate the arts industry for good. In this episode of Full Story, culture editor Steph Harmon examines the complex web of jobs supported by the performing arts – and why it could all unravel without government support. Full Story is Guardian Australia’s news podcast. Subscribe for free on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or any other podcasting app
16 Mar 2020
Coronavirus: what is social distancing and how can it save lives?
Around the world countries are putting ‘social distancing’ measures in place to stop the spread of coronavirus: closing schools, universities, workplaces and cancelling mass events. But how does ‘social distancing’ work? And is Australia doing enough? Full Story is Guardian Australia’s news podcast. Subscribe for free on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or any other podcasting app
15 Mar 2020
Coronavirus: on the frontline of the outbreak in Australia
Do doctors have the equipment they need? Is the right information getting to the public quickly enough? Right now, there is some confusion playing out on the frontline of coronavirus response with sick people stuck on helplines that never pick up, a rapidly changing stream of health advice and reports that some medical clinics are running out of protective gear. In this episode of Full Story, we head to south Sydney, where a GP tells us what it’s like treating patients in the early stages of the pandemic
12 Mar 2020
The sports rorts questions Scott Morrison doesn't want to answer
After months of reporting on the sports rorts scandal it seems we’re no closer to learning the truth about what happened. Fresh evidence is raising serious questions about the involvement of the prime minister’s office in the scheme and whether changes made after the election was called were legal. But so far it’s been hard to get answers out of Scott Morrison. In this episode of Full Story Katharine Murphy joins us to talk about what the prime minister is avoiding • You can subscribe to Full Story for free on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or any other podcasting app
10 Mar 2020
Bird's eye view: inside Darwin's women's prison
For the past two years, women inside the Darwin correctional centre have been writing, recording and co-producing a podcast called ‘ Bird’s Eye View’ where they tell their stories in their words. In this episode of Full Story, we’re going inside sector four of the prison to hear from two of those women about why they went in and what it’s like now that they’re back outside
8 Mar 2020
Will the coronavirus trigger a recession?
Coronavirus is having devastating impacts on the global economy, stopping travel, slowing manufacturing in China and hitting the stock market hard. In this episode of Full Story senior business reporter Ben Butler explains just how bad the fallout could be for the Australian economy You can subscribe to Full Story for free on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or any other podcasting app
5 Mar 2020
Coronavirus explained: a health reporter on your biggest fears
With a rising death toll around the world and spread in the Australian community, fears around the coronavirus are increasing, with people stockpiling food, protective gear and other essential items. Health experts say, however, most of this panic is unfounded and are calling for people to listen to the facts. In this episode of Full Story, Guardian Australia’s Melbourne bureau chief and health reporter Melissa Davey tells you the information you really need to know You can subscribe to Full Story for free on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or any other podcasting app
3 Mar 2020
A deadly blow: the silence about concussion in sports
Contact sports are a big part of Australian life but in the past few decades we’ve learned a lot more about the toll these hits can take on the human body, especially when it comes to head injuries and concussions. But actually changing the way our sports are run has proven difficult. In this episode of Full Story author Stephanie Convery joins us to talk about the death of a boxer and how it set her on a journey to find out if the sporting world is really waking up to the dangers of concussion. You can subscribe to Full Story for free on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or any other podcasting app
1 Mar 2020
How the climate crisis is changing Australia's wine industry
One of Scott Morrison’s key messages is that radical action to reduce emissions could damage Australia’s economy. But what about the effects of inaction? The cost of the climate crisis is already becoming clear for the wine industry. In this episode of Full Story, Gabrielle Jackson talks to environment reporter Lisa Cox about how winemakers are racing to adapt to the climate crisis
27 Feb 2020
Queensland police's problem with domestic violence
Police comments last week that they were keeping an ‘open mind’ on the murder of Hannah Clarke and her three young children by her former partner were widely condemned. In this episode of Full Story, reporter Ben Smee looks at the track record of Queensland police on domestic violence, and we hear from one woman about her own shocking story
25 Feb 2020
Why is an Australian academic locked up in Iran’s most notorious prison?
After being charged with espionage in 2018 and undergoing a secretive trial, University of Melbourne lecturer Dr Kylie Moore-Gilbert is serving a 10-year jail sentence in Iran. She claims the conditions she’s being held in are tantamount to torture. In this episode of Full Story, reporter Ben Doherty explains how she got there, and the complex history of Iran’s political prisoners
23 Feb 2020
What happens when the oceans heat up?
As we continue to see impacts from global heating around the world, research in the places first affected becomes increasingly more important. Off the coast of Tasmania the oceans are heating and it’s one of a handful of places around the world that have seen an increase of 2C in a short time. In this episode of Full Story, we go to Tasmania to see how this has impacted on fishing industries and marine ecosystems
20 Feb 2020
Priced out of the pool: is this modern day segregation?
It has been 55 years this week since the Freedom Rides arrived in Moree and got the colour bar on the local pool lifted. In this episode of Full Story, we go to the Moree pool and find out why Aboriginal people still feel excluded
18 Feb 2020
What will happen to the Biloela family held on Christmas Island?
In 2018, a migrant family living in Biloela, Queensland were taken from their home at dawn and have been held in detention ever since. This Friday, the family’s last chance to stay in the country will be assessed by a court. In this episode of Full Story, we explore how the treatment of Nadesalingam and Priya, and their two Australian-born children Kopika and Tharunicaa, has exposed the unfairness in Australia’s immigration processes
16 Feb 2020
The unequal cost of the drought
2019 was the driest year in Australia’s recorded history. In places like Euchareena in the central west of NSW, water has become so scarce the only option has been to truck it in. But this comes with a serious cost that many can’t afford to pay. In this episode of Full Story we hear from one family about how the cost is not just financial, but cultural and spiritual too
13 Feb 2020
Coronavirus: the epidemic that gripped the world
As the new coronavirus, Covid-19, continues to spread within China and beyond, public health officials have struggled to answer major questions about the threat it poses to the wider world. In this episode of Full Story, Alison Rourke and Celina Ribeiro trace the virus’s spread and review how China and Australia have responded so far
11 Feb 2020
How do you make love last?
Morie and Liz met in London in 1980 but she was from Australia and he was from Iran. In this episode of Full Story, they tell how they overcame war, distance and disapproving parents to form a bond that has lasted 40 years
9 Feb 2020
Morrison’s strategy of confusion
After weeks of bad press over the sports grants scandal, the government is trying to move on. However the way Scott Morrison has reacted to this issue is triggering some alarm bells. In this episode of Full Story, political editor Katharine Murphy breaks down Scott Morrison’s strategy of confusion, and what it could mean for our trust in the political system
6 Feb 2020
Why do TV writers keep killing the people we love?
What do we learn from the death of fictional characters? Over the past few weeks, the Guardian has been collecting your unforgettable moments in Australian TV – and a lot of them revolve around death. In this episode of Full Story, we take a look at those moments: how they’re written, why they’re written, and why they affect us so much
4 Feb 2020
Is the Australian government really ‘meeting and beating’ its emissions reduction targets?
Scott Morrison regularly claims Australia is ‘meeting and beating’ its emissions reduction targets. But is that true? In this episode of Full Story, environment editor Adam Morton explains why we should focus less on targets and more on emissions.
2 Feb 2020
30 years of Australia's hollow promises on climate policy - with Lenore Taylor
This summer, Scott Morrison has faced international criticism over his climate change policies. But this government is just the latest in a long line that have either failed on meaningful climate policy at home, or blocked stronger climate action on the world stage. In this episode of Full Story, Guardian Australia editor Lenore Taylor explores Australia’s long track record of stalling on climate change action.
30 Jan 2020
The birth of Bougainville
Last year the small Pacific island of Bougainville, a self-governed part of Papua New Guinea, held a referendum on whether it should become an independent country. In this episode of Full Story, Leanne Jorari looks at the long and sometimes violent journey to this historic vote, and where to now for Bougainville
28 Jan 2020
The problem with Silicon Valley lifestyle hacks
These days Silicon Valley entrepreneurs don’t just make apps, they also spruik diets, expensive health treatments and other ‘biohacks’ such as dopamine fasting and cryotherapy. In this episode of Full Story, senior writer Brigid Delaney considers how much stock we should put in their advice
26 Jan 2020
Where are they now? The scandals, controversial laws and legal challenges that rocked 2019
This episode is an update on some of our biggest stories of last year, including Angus Taylor’s political scandals, the religious freedom bill and the legal battle over robodebt
23 Jan 2020
The sports grants scandal that could bring down a minister
Last week the auditor general delivered a scathing report on a government sports grants program. Since then there’s been allegations that millions of dollars were misused for political gain. Today on Full Story – where did the money go? And who will be held accountable for the scandal?
21 Jan 2020
Will Australia's wildlife recover from this bushfire season?
Images of burned koalas and native animals fleeing the fire front have been beamed around the world. There are estimates that 1 billion animals have been impacted and experts fear that some plants and animals have been pushed to extinction. So how bad is the damage? And will Australia’s wildlife bounce back?
19 Jan 2020
The extraordinary legal battle over 19 protesters
The Pacific island nation of Nauru is well-known for its role in Australia’s offshore detention regime. But what’s less well known is Nauru’s treatment of its own citizens. Today on Full Story, how the former president of Nauru and 18 other protesters became embroiled in a four-year legal battle for their freedom
16 Jan 2020
Can Scott Morrison redeem himself after his disastrous summer?
In the past few months, Scott Morrison’s popularity as prime minister has plummeted, with multiple polls painting a grim picture. After a holiday to Hawaii, forced handshakes, a cheesy ad and widespread criticism of how he handled the crisis, can he bounce back?
14 Jan 2020
Why do we need to fact-check claims made about Australia's bushfires?
Disinformation about the fire crisis is spreading around the world online, with some stories picked up and repeated by Australia’s biggest news organisations. From myths about hazard reduction and high-speed rail to incorrect statistics about arson, these claims are muddying the debate over what is to blame for the unprecedented blazes. So what are the facts? And how can you fight back against disinformation? • Explainer: what are the underlying causes of Australia’s shocking bushfire season?
12 Jan 2020
Fire and rescue: inside the Mallacoota evacuation
As a bushfire hit the tiny Victorian coastal town of Mallacoota on the last day of the year, thousands of people were trapped with nowhere to go. This is the story of what they did and how they became one the largest groups of civilians to be evacuated by the Australian navy
30 Dec 2019
Guardian Australia’s audio quiz of the year
There was an election, kids striking for climate action, the emergence of ‘egg boy’, and don’t forget Bird of the Year. In this special episode of Full Story, Guardian reporters and editors recap the year that was and go head to head in the quiz of the year
22 Dec 2019
Lizzo, Game of Thrones and the lighter side of 2019
It was the year that Game of Thrones went bad (or, depending on your perspective, worse), Lizzo stole all our hearts and the internet was flooded with Tik Toks. In this special episode of Full Story, lifestyle editor Alyx Gorman and opinion editor Bridie Jabour explore the best, and the worst, of pop culture and lifestyle this year
19 Dec 2019
Has Santamania gone too far?
Every year, shopping centres around Australia ramp up their Santa displays. There’s 24m-high trees bedecked in thousands of Swarovski crystals, virtual reality trains flying to the North Pole, and multimillion-dollar sets that snow on the hour. So, what is driving all this Santamania? In this episode of Full Story, Celina Ribeiro and Laura Murphy-Oates talk to parents, a Santa talent manager and the jolly bearded man himself to find out.
17 Dec 2019
Is central Australia becoming too hot for humans?
The hot climate in central Australia is getting hotter and experts are warning this could trigger a wave of internal migration. In this episode of Full Story, Laura Murphy-Oates speaks to traditional owners and Indigenous affairs editor Lorena Allam about how Indigenous communities are bearing the brunt of Australia’s heat crisis
15 Dec 2019
The unanswered questions behind New Zealand’s volcano tragedy
It’s the worst burns incident in New Zealand history, with more than a dozen fatalities and lives still hanging in the balance. Now questions are being asked about how and why it happened. Reporters Eleanor Ainge Roy and Stephen D’Antal discuss how the week unfolded, and the long road ahead to understanding this tragedy
12 Dec 2019
Bushfires: why Scott Morrison avoids talking about climate change
Only a few weeks into summer, a bushfire emergency has engulfed much of eastern Australia. But the prime minister has continued to downplay the links between worsening fire seasons and the climate crisis. Katharine Murphy explains to Laura Murphy-Oates why Morrison’s strategy is flawed
10 Dec 2019
Is Australia getting a toothless anti-corruption watchdog?
Under increasing pressure from the public and the opposition to create a federal anti-corruption body, the Coalition has put forward a proposal for a commonwealth integrity commission. However, critics, including one Coalition MP, say the proposed watchdog is weak, and gives undue protection to politicians. Lawyer and columnist Richard Ackland analyses the current proposal and the case for a strong federal integrity commission.
8 Dec 2019
Australia's massacres and the conspiracy of silence
Did you know that there were state-sanctioned massacres of Indigenous people as recently as 1928? These stories, and many more, have been hidden and denied for generations, but that’s beginning to change. In this episode we unpack how these massacres happened around the country and explore how one community is continuing to grapple with this violence.
5 Dec 2019
The hate factory: inside a far-right Facebook network
In an exclusive investigation the Guardian has uncovered a network that’s using rightwing Facebook pages in Australia and overseas to spread misinformation and hate around the world. This episode goes behind the investigation, looking at how this network formed, and who created this ‘hate factory’.
3 Dec 2019
The rise of the fatberg
They’re giant balls of filth that clog up our sewers, creating millions of dollars of damage. This episode of Full Story explores the fight against fatbergs playing out in Australia’s courts and sewerage systems. Plus, reporter Naaman Zhou goes hunting for a fatberg in the wild
1 Dec 2019
What is it like when someone you love dies in prison?
How difficult is it to get justice? This episode follows the family of David Dungay Jr, a 26-year-old Dunghutti man who died in Sydney’s Long Bay jail in late 2015, as they grapple with his death in custody
28 Nov 2019
Angus Taylor and the mystery of doctored document – Full Story podcast
New South Wales police are investigating the origins of an altered document used by Angus Taylor to attack the Sydney lord mayor that included grossly inflated travel figures for the council. How did the scandal unfold and is there a plausible explanation for this mystery document?
26 Nov 2019
How did Westpac wind up in a child exploitation scandal?
Last week, the financial intelligence agency revealed Westpac had committed 23m breaches of the law by failing to monitor and report suspicious transactions. Ben Butler joins the podcast to discuss how the scandal unfolded and whether it will finally force the big four banks to change
24 Nov 2019
Angus Taylor and a series of incredible coincidences
Earlier this year the energy minister, Angus Taylor, narrowly avoided an official inquiry into his dealings with Jam Land, a company currently under investigation for illegal land clearing. But this story doesn’t stop there. The Guardian has sifted through parliamentary records, statements and emails and unearthed a series of links between Angus Taylor, the treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, and the investigation into Jam Land. What are these links and do Angus Taylor’s explanations stack up?
21 Nov 2019
The problem with strip-searches – Full story podcast
This month Guardian Australia revealed that more than 100 underage girls have been strip-searched in New South Wales since 2016. There are concerns that many of these searches are being conducted illegally, with the deputy coroner calling for changes to the law. In this episode of Full Story, reporter Michael McGowan and host Laura Murphy-Oates discuss how strip-searches are being used in the state and analyse the case for changing this law
19 Nov 2019
Did the Coalition mismanage a $220m jobs fund? – Full Story podcast
A fish farm funded by ‘aqua tokens’ and a transport project under investigation by Asic are both businesses that were funded under the Coalition’s regional jobs scheme. It was meant to provide ‘jobs and growth’ to the nation, but now it’s under serious scrutiny, with allegations of political bias and a lack of diligence during the funding process. Sarah Martin joins Laura Murphy-Oates to discuss where the $220m allocated has really gone.
17 Nov 2019
Australia's broken recycling system – Full Story podcast
Rather than processing its own recycling, Australia has sent millions of tonnes to Asia each year. Now, many countries have said ‘no more’. Scott Morrison has pledged to stop sending our recycling overseas but will his plan work?
14 Nov 2019
Reflections on a catastrophic week of bushfires – Full Story podcast
It’s been a devastating start to the bushfire season. Lisa Cox explains how the fire season is changing, and we hear from people living on the frontline of the fires
12 Nov 2019
Scott Morrison's crackdown on environmental protests – Full Story podcast
Katharine Murphy and Ben Butler examine the prime minister’s threats to outlaw climate activists from influencing businesses
10 Nov 2019
Does Australia need a religious freedom bill? - with David Marr & Paul Karp
In the next few months the government will vote on a religious freedom bill. It’s been hugely controversial, and critics say instead of protecting vulnerable people, it could act as a licence for hate. David Marr and Paul Karp analyse how this bill could change Australia
7 Nov 2019
What's the big deal about bird of the year? | Full Story podcast
Sean Dooley and Laura Murphy-Oates examine Australians’ special relationships with birds, as listeners call in to tell their best avian anecdotes. But are we looking after our diverse birdlife well enough?
5 Nov 2019
The fight over medevac and the people caught in the middle
The coming weeks could spell the end of the medevac law. Helen Davidson and Saba Vasefi talk to Laura Murphy-Oates about why Peter Dutton is so intent on repealing this law and what will happen to sick asylum seekers if he is successful
3 Nov 2019
What's next for Uluru?
After the world was told that the Uluru climb would close, waves of tourists flocked to the rock as media commentators insisted the broader public was being robbed of their rights. In this episode Lorena Allam heads to Uluru to speak to the Anangu people about the complex relationship between their community, tourists and their sacred sites, plus their vision for the future of Uluru
31 Oct 2019
The naturopath who claimed to cure cancer and the murky world of wellness
Barbara O’Neill was banned from practising as a naturopath after claiming bicarbonate soda was a cure for cancer and advising pregnant women not to take antibiotics. Laura Murphy-Oates and reporter Melissa Davey explore this extraordinary case and discuss the dangerous lack of regulation around the booming wellness industry
29 Oct 2019
The spy scandal that laid bare Australia's record on whistleblowers
A former spy and his lawyer exposed an illegal bugging operation the Australian government conducted on Timor-Leste during negotiations over oil and gas field resources. Now they face jail time. Transparency reporter Christopher Knaus explains to Gabrielle Jackson how whistleblowers become targets under Australian law.
27 Oct 2019
How to talk to kids about the climate crisis
The climate crisis is a complex issue. So how do you explain it to kids? For children living on Tuvalu – who are already seeing the effects of climate change – it’s an unavoidable conversation. How do you create hope when your island will be unliveable in their lifetime? And here in Australia, how much should we be telling kids about the potential scale of the problem? Pacific editor Kate Lyons, with the help of Tuvaluan and Australian kids, sits down with Laura Murphy-Oates to discuss
24 Oct 2019
What did Barnaby Joyce achieve as drought envoy? – Full Story podcast
Australia is running in short supply when it comes to long-term strategies to tackle the drought. In 2018 Barnaby Joyce became drought envoy but what did he actually do for drought-stricken farmers? In the podcast, chief political correspondent Sarah Martin takes Laura Murphy-Oates through what we know about his movements and ask the question: did we get value from the taxpayer funds spent on the role? And what does this appointment tell us about the Coalition’s broader drought policy?
22 Oct 2019
What is it about ageing that is so confronting? – Full Story podcast
Charlotte Wood has been described as one of Australia’s most original and provocative writers. Her previous Stella-prize winning novel The Natural Way of Things was about young women who speak out about sexual mistreatment. In The Weekend, selected by Guardian Australia as one of the 12 Unmissable Australian books of the year, her attention has shifted to older women: how they grieve, their friendships and the unique challenges and joys that come with ageing. In this episode Charlotte Wood, Guardian Australia’s associate editor Lucy Clark and host Laura Murphy-Oates talk about flipping the script on ageing
20 Oct 2019
Is the Coalition profiting off Australia's most vulnerable people with its robodebt scheme?
Almost a million people have been targeted by the government’s welfare debt collection program. But critics have condemned the program and its treatment of welfare recipients. Can this system ever be fair? Reporter Luke Henriques-Gomes examines the issue through the case of a woman who fought a year-long battle to have her robodebt dropped
16 Oct 2019
The bitter fight over Australia's farmers clearing their land
The country is facing an escalating environmental disaster. In eastern Australia the destruction of trees and plants on farms, known as land clearing, has exploded. Our native vegetation is a key part of how we can stop the climate crisis, so why are we cutting down so many trees?
1 Oct 2019
Introducing the Full Story podcast
Full story is Guardian Australia’s new podcast where we tell you about the news that matters. Each episode host Laura Murphy-Oates speaks to a Guardian journalist and explores one story, so that you can find out where it really started, what happened and what it means for you.