Politics with Michelle Grattan

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Michelle Grattan, Chief Political Correspondent at The Conversation, talks politics with politicians and experts, from Capital Hill.

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On the ‘creeping crisis’ in the public service

August 13th, 2019

20:59

Scott Morrison has voiced his intention to shake up the federal public service - seeking to make it more efficient in implementing the government’s agenda. A review of the public service led by David Thodey is now …

Anthony Albanese on Labor's hard times

July 31st, 2019

30:37

Anthony Albanese has a blunt message for critics who are accusing Labor of attacking government measures but then voting for them. They should …

Paul Oosting responds to GetUp's critics

July 24th, 2019

21:11

After a bruising election outcome, GetUp is regrouping around a batch of issues - with press freedom the big ticket item. The activist group's …

Centre Alliance’s Stirling Griff on Newstart

July 23rd, 2019

19:09

The two Centre Alliance senators, Stirling Griff and Rex Patrick will often be pivotal to the fate of government legislation. The smaller non-Green Senate crossbench this term means that if the government can muster …

Megan Davis on a First Nations Voice in the Constitution

July 16th, 2019

22:53

Last week on this podcast we talked to Ken Wyatt about the government’s plan for a referendum – hopefully this parliamentary term – to recognise …

Minister Ken Wyatt on constitutional recognition for Indigenous Australians

July 11th, 2019

19:40

The first Indigenous minister for Indigenous Australians, Ken Wyatt, says on the government’s proposal to constitutionally recognise Indigenous Australians: “I’m optimistic about achieving the outcome because if the …

Frank Brennan on Israel Folau and religious freedom

July 3rd, 2019

28:04

Frank Brennan, Jesuit priest and member of the expert panel on Religious Freedom set up by Malcolm Turnbull says the Israel Folau matter is a "simple …

ACTU president Michele O'Neil on John Setka and the government’s anti-union legislation

July 1st, 2019

24:17

The ACTU leadership has pushed controversial construction boss John Setka to quit his union job but its president Michele O'Neil says the final …

Corrected version: Richard Eccleston on the electoral mood in Tasmania

May 9th, 2019

19:32

University of Tasmania political science professor, Richard Eccleston, says a lack of a coherent energy policy could count against the Coalition in …

Tim Colebatch on the battle in Victoria - and the Senate

May 6th, 2019

17:20

Inside Story’s Tim Colebatch says three Victorian seats are seen as “pretty certain” wins for Labor - Dunkley, Corangamite and Chisholm. A number of …

William Bowe on the state of election play in WA

May 1st, 2019

21:20

Western Australia-based William Bowe, who runs The Poll Bludger website, says “there is a feeling that there is a Labor resurgence in the state”.

Andrew Hughes on political advertising - and Clive Palmer

April 29th, 2019

20:47

ANU marketing lecturer Andrew Hughes says this is the first election where the advertising spend and activity has been more focussed on digital.

He …

Caroline Fisher on the spin machines of #AusVotes19

April 24th, 2019

16:50

While the major party leaders seem to have curated their images, University of Canberra assistant professor in communications and media Caroline …

Jim Chalmers on Labor’s budget reaction

April 3rd, 2019

12:14

Shadow Finance minister Jim Chalmers said Labor was looking for ways to make things fairer for low-income earners who were “largely left behind” in …

Peter Martin and Tim Colebatch on budget strategy and numbers

April 2nd, 2019

10:18

From inside the budget lockup, The Conversation’s Business and Economics editor Peter Martin and political and economic journalist Tim Colebatch from …

Jenny Macklin on inequality and Labor values

March 27th, 2019

26:19

After more than two decades, Jenny Macklin is in her final days as an MP. Her legacies from her time as a Labor minister include parental leave and the landmark National Disability Insurance Scheme.

In this podcast she …

Ian McAllister on voters and issues in the coming election

March 4th, 2019

21:59

The Australian Election Study, conducted by the Australian National University, has been running since 1987.

Its director Ian McAllister says one …

Tony Abbott and Zali Steggall on Warringah votes

March 1st, 2019

22:49

The Sydney electorate of Warringah will be one of the most fascinating battlegrounds in the May election, with a high profile independent Zali Stegall challenging former prime minister Tony Abbott.

Despite the seat …

Kerryn Phelps on medical transfer numbers

February 13th, 2019

10:54

Independent MP Kerryn Phelps, who set the ball rolling for the medical transfers legislation, says its passage is “a remarkable exercise in …

Michael McCormack on banks and the bush, and the election battle

February 5th, 2019

27:43

Deputy prime minister and Nationals leader Michael McCormack says the banking royal commission report contained a good outcome for farmers.

McCormack praised Nationals backbenchers Llew O’Brien, George Christensen and …

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