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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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Minister David Littleproud on bushfires, drought, and the Nationals

November 14th, 2019


Bushfires continue to burn across NSW and Queensland, the death toll has risen, and the damage to properties, wildlife and the environment is …

Ross Gittins on the government’s ‘surplus obsession’

October 29th, 2019


The Australian economy is growing slowly, with people not opening their purses and businesses uncertain about the future.

The Reserve Bank has cut interest rates three times this year - the official cash rate is …

On the trust divide in politics

October 28th, 2019


Democracy 2025 is an initiative by the Museum of Australian Democracy and the University of Canberra, which aims to stimulate a national conversation …

Deputy PM Michael McCormack on the drought and restive Nationals

October 23rd, 2019


While the drought continues to hit the Nationals’ constituents hard, the party faces a testing terrain on a political level.

In this episode of …

Tim Watts on Australia's changing identity

October 14th, 2019


Tim Watts is Labor member for the Victorian seat of Gellibrand, one of the most diverse electorates in Australia. His own family is a microcosm of diversity - Watts comes from a long line of Australians with ancestors …

Daughters of Robert Menzies and Arthur Calwell say parliament wasn’t always a “fort”

September 24th, 2019


Last week, a very special event took place in Parliament House. The daughters of Sir Robert Menzies and Arthur Calwell - Heather Henderson and Mary Elizabeth Calwell - came together to reflect on their fathers’ …

Arthur Sinodinos with some reflections and advice

September 18th, 2019


Arthur Sinodinos will soon leave the Senate, and early next year take up the position of Australian ambassador in Washington. A former staffer and one-time public servant as well as a former minister, in this podcast …

Jim Chalmers on the need to change economic course

September 16th, 2019


Shadow Treasurer Jim Chalmers says it's time to change Australia's economic course “in a responsible and affordable way which doesn't jeopardise the surplus”.

Chalmers predicts the budget outcome for last financial …

Independent MP Helen Haines on using 'soft power'

September 11th, 2019


Helen Haines, MP for the Victorian regional seat Indi, made history at the election as the first federal independent to succeed another independent.

She was backed by grassroots campaigners, Voices for Indi, who had …

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg on a slowing economy

September 5th, 2019


This week’s June quarter national accounts showed weakness in business investment and consumer spending, reflecting an all-round lack of confidence. Still, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg remains optimistic about the economy.

PM’s advisor Christine Morgan on tackling Australia’s rising suicide rates

August 26th, 2019


The number of suicides in Australia has been rising in the last decade, with more than 3,000 Australians taking their life in 2017, according to the …

On the ‘creeping crisis’ in the public service

August 13th, 2019


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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