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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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Treasurer Josh Frydenberg on saving Australia’s tourism and construction industries

May 29th, 2020


As Australia slowly emerges from isolation, the nation’s economy is reopening, and even looking rather better than expected. But Australia still …

Jim Chalmers on JobKeeper’s flaws and the Eden-Monaro byelection

May 20th, 2020


Labor will campaign on the flaws in the JobKeeper program in the Eden-Monaro byelection, shadow treasurer Jim Chalmers says.

“There will be so many …

Democracy 2025 - The role of the APS in a post COVID-19 world with Michelle Grattan, Mark Evans, Peter Shergold, and Renée Leon

May 19th, 2020


In the latest Democratic Fundamentals, Renée Leon, former Secretary of the Commonwealth Department of Human Services, and Peter Shergold, former …

Paul Kelly on the risk of a COVID-19 second-wave

May 12th, 2020


Speaking as an expert in epidemiology, Deputy Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly is candid about the prospects of a second-wave of coronavirus in a …

Politics with Michelle Grattan: Nev Power on the role of business in a post-coronavirus world

May 6th, 2020


Nev Power, former head of "Twiggy" Forrest's Fortescue Metals Group, is now the Chairman of the government's National COVID-19 Coordination Commission.

The commission, set up by Scott Morrison in March, is working on …

Katy Gallagher on the senate's coronavirus watchdog

April 29th, 2020


Labor's Katy Gallagher is chair of the Senate committee that will assess the government's handling of the coronavirus crisis, both its economic and health challenges. It is set for the deep dive, having a final …

Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on his autobiography, ‘A Bigger Picture

April 20th, 2020


In this episode of Politics with Michelle Grattan, former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull gives his frank assessment of Scott Morrison as a former …

MPs Tim Watts, Fiona Martin, Clare O'Neil and Helen Haines discuss serving their electorates during the coronavirus crisis

April 9th, 2020


Michelle Grattan talks with MPs Tim Watts (Gellibrand, Victoria), Fiona Martin (Reid, NSW), Clare O'Neil (Hotham, Victoria) and Helen Haines (Indi, Victoria) about how they do their job during the pandemic.

They discuss …

Democracy 2025 - How does Australia compare: what makes a leading democracy? With Michelle Grattan, Mark Evans and Ian Chubb

April 2nd, 2020


In this special hour long podcast presented by Mark Evans, professor of governance and director of Democracy 2025, the panel discusses Australian democracy with Emeritus Professor Ian Chubb and Michelle Grattan.

The …

Nobel Laureate Professor Peter Doherty on the coronavirus crisis and the timeline for a vaccine

March 26th, 2020


The coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which causes the disease COVID-19, has infected nearly half a million people and taken the lives of more than 21,200.

No person in Australia is more qualified to speak on the science of this …

Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy on COVID-19

March 10th, 2020


With 100 domestic cases as of March 10, federal and state governments and health authorities face daunting challenges posed by COVID-19 in coming weeks and months - securing a workforce of nurses and doctors to treat …

Keith Pitt on the Murray-Darling Basin, the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility, and Nuclear Power

March 5th, 2020


Appointed minister for resources, water, and northern Australia in the Nationals reshuffle, Keith Pitt was handed a diverse portfolio with some …

Mark Butler on Labor’s 2050 carbon neutral target

February 26th, 2020


Mark Butler, Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy, is optimistic that Labor is better placed to prosecute its climate policy at the next …

Phil Honeywood on the coronavirus challenge for universities

February 20th, 2020


The coronavirus is presenting a major threat to Australia’s education export industry, which is highly dependant upon the China market, and a huge challenge to the universities. Phillip Honeywood, CEO of the …

Adam Bandt on Greens' hopes for future power sharing

February 11th, 2020


Adam Bandt began his political journey in the Labor party, but the issue of climate change drew him to the Greens. Last week he became their leader, …

Michael McCormack moves on from his near-death experience

February 11th, 2020


Starting the year with a leadership spill will be seen by many, especially those hit by the bushfires, as the Nationals being particularly …

Mathias Cormann and Jim Chalmers on the mid-year budget update

December 16th, 2019


The mid-year budget update has seen the government downgrading its forecast for Australia’s economic growth in 2019-20 by 0.25%, and slashing the projected surplus by A$2.1 billion, to $5 billion. The forecast for wage …

Andrew Hastie on foreign influence, security and veteran mental health

December 11th, 2019


Chinese government influence and interference has been a contentious issue in Australia politics in the past year.

Weighing up concerns about foreign …

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 …

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