Politics with Michelle Grattan

20 EpisodesProduced by Michelle Grattan

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

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Corrected version: Richard Eccleston on the electoral mood in Tasmania

May 9th, 2019


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 …

Politics with Michelle Grattan: Tanya Plibersek on a united Labor

December 20th, 2018


The Labor party has emerged from its three day national conference in Adelaide looking united and projecting itself as “ready to govern”.

Labor …

Politics with Michelle Grattan: Anthony Albanese on Labor’s road ahead

December 12th, 2018


Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese, a senior minister in the last Labor government and briefly deputy prime minister, is preparing to “hit the ground running” if the ALP wins next year’s election.

But meanwhile the …

Politics with Michelle Grattan: Josh Frydenberg on Liberal troubles

November 29th, 2018


Josh Frydenberg, who became treasurer and deputy Liberal leader in the tumultuous events of August, said the party has “big challenges”.

While the …

Lowy Institute’s Jonathan Pryke on APEC 2018

November 19th, 2018


The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum (APEC) ended with no agreed communique and unresolved tensions between the United States and China on …

Andrew Giles on the growing issue of loneliness

November 7th, 2018


Ahead of the release of the most comprehensive data on loneliness in Australia - by the Australian Psychologists Society - Labor frontbencher Andrew …

Politics with Michelle Grattan: Anne Summers on #MeToo and women in politics

November 2nd, 2018


Anne Summers, who has worn many hats during her career - journalist, editor, activist, senior public servant, and prime ministerial advisor - is concerned about the slow progress in Australia in addressing sexual …

Satirist Jonathan Biggins on sending up the pollies

October 30th, 2018


Jonathan Biggins, who has been sending up politicians as part of The Wharf Revue for almost two decades, has some sharp words about social media - …

Barnaby Joyce on facing the drought and rural women

October 23rd, 2018


Some in the Nationals would like Barnaby Joyce back in the leadership before the election. Joyce speaking to The Conversation repeats that if the …

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