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A daily news show from the publisher of The Monthly and The Saturday Paper. Hear from the country’s best reporters, covering the news as it affects Australia. This is news with narrative, every weekday.

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Protest in Hong Kong

June 25th, 2019


As millions protest on the streets of Hong Kong, the democratic freedoms promised in the handover to China are being tested. Louisa Lim on the character of the movement and the changes for which it is asking. 


Rosie Batty’s private grief

June 24th, 2019


When Rosie Batty’s son was murdered, she became a public figure. She felt a great urgency about the contribution she could make – but it took an …

The insecurity machine

June 23rd, 2019


This election was shaped by two men with very different characters. One of them was defined by certainty and the other by his insecurities. Erik Jensen on how leadership interacts with uncertainty, and what it means for …

Double bluffs and Cory Bernardi

June 20th, 2019


Despite a public commitment to passing their tax reforms as a single package, some in the Liberal Party see benefits in not getting the cuts through parliament. Conversely, some in Labor want to see the cuts pass and …

Gaming the gaming industry

June 19th, 2019


Australia records higher losses from gambling than any country in the world. Our politics encourages the industry for the sake of tax revenues. James …

Turnbull’s stray dog

June 18th, 2019


The election result – and the impact of the religious vote – has put faith back on the national agenda. But the issue is dogged by a review Malcolm …

Looking for Mike Cannon-Brookes

June 17th, 2019


Al Gore is looking for people like Mike Cannon-Brookes. He is Australia’s first tech billionaire, but he is also at the forefront of investment in climate mitigation. Mike Seccombe on how the entrepreneur became the …

A shooting in Darwin

June 16th, 2019


A fortnight after the worst non-domestic mass shooting in Australia since Port Arthur, Darwin is reckoning with a crime the rest of the country has already forgotten. Kylie Stevenson is a journalist and she lived next …

The Morrison vacuum

June 13th, 2019


The week in politics has been dominated by concerns over press freedom. The issue now threatens relations with the crossbench, as Scott Morrison …

Trade war now

June 12th, 2019


As the trade war escalates between China and the US, Australia is increasingly wedged. The country faces its biggest strategic challenge in modern history, while around it the global systems of trade are at threat of …

Breaking up big tech

June 11th, 2019


Where once it might have seemed radical, presidential hopefuls and tech entrepreneurs are now talking about breaking up the social media giants. …

Sacking Scott Morrison

June 10th, 2019


Before entering parliament, Scott Morrison ran Tourism Australia. He was sacked by the minister, but the details of what happened have never been made public. Karen Middleton on the clearest picture yet of his time in …

Rates, raids and meeting the Queen

June 6th, 2019


As Scott Morrison completes his first overseas trip since winning the election, there are worrying signs for the economy and for press freedom. Paul …

Charlie Teo, virtuosic rebel

June 5th, 2019


Charlie Teo is Australia’s best-known surgeon. He is also the country’s most controversial specialist. Martin McKenzie-Murray on what defines Teo and the balance he asks us to strike between hope and orthodoxy.


A mistake of fact

June 4th, 2019


A law that allows drunkenness as a defence against criminal behaviour is the subject of a campaign for reform. But government is not listening and the legal establishment is not interested in seeing it change. Bri Lee …

Morrison’s broad church

June 3rd, 2019


Scott Morrison’s cabinet is a careful balance between those who backed him during last year’s leadership spill, and those who backed Peter Dutton. …

Albanese speaking

June 2nd, 2019


Anthony Albanese has been elected unopposed to lead the Labor Party. He sat down with his biographer, Karen Middleton, to talk about what just …

What Morrison did next

May 30th, 2019


After the first sitting of Morrison’s joint party room, we have a clearer understanding of what the next parliament will be like. It’s one in which both the prime minister and the Opposition leader are already …

From the Heart

May 29th, 2019


After years of negotiation, the Uluru Statement from the Heart represents the clearest ever consensus for recognition of Indigenous Australians in …

Death of a president

May 28th, 2019


Sprent Dabwido is a former president of Nauru who signed the deal with Australia to establish a detention centre there. Days before he died, he told …

The Mothers’ Resistance

May 27th, 2019


The ParentsNext welfare program was designed to help disadvantaged parents back into work. In practice, it has been onerous and unforgiving for the mostly single women who have been forced onto it. Clementine Ford …

Surprise: the status quo election

May 26th, 2019


Scott Morrison’s surprise win last weekend was the status quo election no one saw coming. The vote was actually a repeat of 2010, and the country has been stuck on that divide ever since. George Megalogenis on how …

Trailer: A daily news show

April 30th, 2019


A daily news show from the publisher of The Monthly and The Saturday Paper. Hear from the country’s best reporters, covering the news as it affects Australia. This is news with narrative, every weekday.

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