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Updated January 2020
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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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As fires continue on both sides of the continent, and the government succeeds in putting off commitments at the UN climate talks, Scott Morrison has gone on holidays. Paul Bongiorno on what the year looks like from this end of the calendar. Guest: Columnist for The Saturday Paper Paul Bongiorno. Background reading: PM travels as country burns in Th…
 
Anthony Albanese says ending Australian coal exports won’t halt climate change. He says we need to cut emissions, but Adani should get on with it and start digging in the Galilee Basin. Karen Middleton on how Labor is resetting its coal rhetoric. Guest: Chief political correspondent for The Saturday Paper Karen Middleton. Background reading: Labor …
 
Helen Garner has been keeping a diary for as long as she has been a writer. She published extracts from last year’s in the latest issue of The Monthly magazine. This is a selection from them. Guest: Author Helen Garner. Background reading: Diaries (2018-19) in The Monthly The Saturday Paper The Monthly For more information on today’s episode, visit…
 
As the Hillsong Church booms internationally, its local arm is still dealing with the fallout from the royal commission into child sexual abuse. Rick Morton on the man who fought the church – and its senior pastor’s father. Guest: Senior reporter for The Saturday Paper Rick Morton. Background reading: Sexual abuse survivor rebukes Hillsong head in …
 
Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, former members of the Stasi are still working to control the conversation about the regime they once served. Anna Funder on how understanding what happened in East Germany can help us comprehend the age of surveillance in which we now live. Guest: Author Anna Funder. Background reading: Stasiland now …
 
As fires burn across the east coast and Sydney suffers catastrophic air pollution, the Coalition government is arguing to do less on climate change. Scott Morrison all but avoids mentioning it. Paul Bongiorno on the reality that’s filling people’s lungs and making their eyes sting. Guest: Columnist for The Saturday Paper Paul Bongiorno. Background …
 
Seven years ago, David Savage was injured while working for the Australian government in Afghanistan. He has fought since to have his compensation settled and to have what actually happened to him acknowledged. Karen Middleton on one man’s long fight for the truth. Guest: Chief political correspondent for The Saturday Paper Karen Middleton. Backgro…
 
Following an inquiry into digital platforms, the government finds itself wedged between News Corp and the tech giants. Both sides are lobbying heavily. Rick Morton on the battle to regulate the internet — or not. Guest: Senior reporter for The Saturday Paper Rick Morton. Background reading: Australia and digital data in The Saturday Paper The Satur…
 
Description: Following his wrongful conviction for the murder of Canberra’s top police officer, David Eastman sought compensation. But there are bigger questions in this case, about how the legal system responds to mental health. Sam Vincent on how a troubled man tried, unsuccessfully, to represent himself. Guest: Writer and journalist Sam Vincent.…
 
In Canberra in the 1970s and ’80s, David Eastman was thought of as a serial pest. That was until he was convicted of murdering the assistant commissioner of the Australian Federal Police. The problem was, he didn’t do it. Sam Vincent on a case that sent the wrong man to prison for 19 years. This is part one of a two-part episode. Guest: Writer and …
 
As the parliamentary year ends, and politicians go home for summer, Scott Morrison is celebrating the repeal of medevac. The key vote came from Jacqui Lambie, who says she has a deal with the government. She won’t say what it is, and the government says it never happened. Paul Bongiorno on the end of another year in politics. Guest: Columnist for T…
 
Hydrogen will be a major renewable energy source, and can be produced by splitting water atoms. But the government is ignoring this low-carbon option to ensure Australia’s hydrogen industry is controlled by fossil fuels. Mike Seccombe on how Angus Taylor and Matt Canavan are turning a green energy source brown. Guest: National correspondent for The…
 
As the first two decades of the 21st century come to an end, Australia is going to be forced to confront its place as a middle power and embrace an electorate that is markedly different to the parliament. George Megalogenis on what’s likely to happen in the 2020s. Guest: Author and journalist George Megalogenis. Background reading: The middle of no…
 
Andrew Bolt has led a campaign against Bruce Pascoe and his book Dark Emu. But after reading the explorer journals on which the book is based, Rick Morton was unable to find any errors. This is the story of a culture war and a columnist who won’t say if he’s read the book he’s condemning. Guest: Senior reporter for The Saturday Paper Rick Morton. B…
 
As the fallout from the Westpac scandal continues, attempts are already underway to limit corporate responsibility. Michael West on why the story broke and what happens next. Guest: Founder of michaelwest.com.au and contributor to The Saturday Paper Michael West. Background reading: The Saturday Paper The Monthly For more information on today’s epi…
 
Scott Morrison has put himself in a difficult position, calling the NSW police commissioner to check on an investigation into his own minister. Paul Bongiorno on the questions that need to be answered. Guest: Columnist for The Saturday Paper Paul Bongiorno. Background reading: Taylor twist as Morrison phones a 'friend' in The Saturday Paper The Sat…
 
According to author Jeff Sparrow, a new fascism is emerging from the internet – one that is rooted in meme culture, but that harnesses mass shootings as a political tool. This is the story of how the Christchurch massacre came to represent a new frontier in the far right. Guest: Author of Fascists Among Us, Jeff Sparrow. Background reading: Under f…
 
As Julian Assange fights against extradition to the United States, an unlikely group of politicians is working to have him returned to Australia. Rick Morton on the question of law that underpins his case. Guest: Senior reporter for The Saturday Paper Rick Morton. Background reading: Saving Julian Assange in The Saturday Paper The Saturday Paper Th…
 
A speaking tour of Europe has revealed the strategy behind Peter Ridd’s rejection of reef science: he believes that if people doubt the reef is dying, they will doubt climate change more broadly. Max Opray on the Australian physicist whose sacking became a cause célèbre. Guest: Morning editor at Schwartz Media Max Opray. Background reading: Peter R…
 
Xi Jinping’s ambitions for China are paranoid and expansionist. His mindset mirrors that of the guerrilla fighters in the Chinese Civil War. Peter Hartcher on how understanding this history helps in understanding Australia’s relationship with China now. Guest: Author of Quarterly Essay 76: Red Flag Peter Hartcher. Background reading: Quarterly Essa…
 
The Morrison government has halted its robo-debt program, finally confronting issues with the troubled scheme. Separately, the government has affirmed its reliance on Chinese trade – irrespective of human rights concerns. Paul Bongiorno on the week in politics. Guest: Columnist for The Saturday Paper Paul Bongiorno. Background reading: Dogged by do…
 
As Scott Morrison’s co-design process gets underway, ruling out the key aspirations of the Uluru Statement from the Heart, there are signs that a new political fight is about to begin. Rick Morton on what’s next for the Voice to Parliament. Guest: Senior reporter for The Saturday Paper Rick Morton. For more information on today’s episode, visit 7am…
 
Since becoming prime minister, Scott Morrison has stamped himself on the cabinet process. There will be more PowerPoints, and less debate about issues he sees as being routine. Karen Middleton on the new processes and how they work. Guest: Chief political correspondent for The Saturday Paper Karen Middleton. Background reading: Scott Morrison impos…
 
A review of consent laws in New South Wales is recommending changes to how juries interpret sexual assaults and the onus that is placed on defendants. Bri Lee on the response from frontline organisations and the woman whose case triggered the inquiry. Guest: Author, advocate for consent reform and writer for The Saturday Paper Bri Lee. Background r…
 
Last week, a million hectares of eastern Australia was burnt in catastrophic bushfires. In the main, politicians refused to acknowledge the science that links these fires to climate change. Mike Seccombe on the political strategy behind these denials – and where it comes from. Guest: National correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe. Back…
 
As fires burn through NSW and Queensland, a fundamental shift can be detected in Canberra: the politics of climate change have altered. It is no longer viable to do nothing. Paul Bongiorno on how the Coalition is dealing with this new reality. Guest: Columnist for The Saturday Paper Paul Bongiorno. Background reading: The Saturday Paper The Monthly…
 
We don’t know what exactly happened or what ASIO was investigating; those details are secret. What we do know is that early last year the spy agency broke the law while conducting an operation. Karen Middleton on the complex legislation that guides ASIO officers, and the risks it poses for compliance. Guest: Chief political correspondent for The Sa…
 
New work from the Productivity Commission shows the federal government spends twice as much on income support for people affected by mental illness as it does on treatment. Rick Morton on the human realities of living in poverty while being mentally unwell. Guest: Senior reporter for The Saturday Paper Rick Morton. Background reading: Mental health…
 
Recently, Scott Morrison described his plans for a ban on environmental groups lobbying businesses. The speech he gave has been called a defining moment in his prime ministership. Mike Seccombe on why this is important and what it says about Morrison’s “ordinary bloke” mask. Guest: National correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe. Backgr…
 
Lech Blaine grew up in country Queensland. After the 2019 federal election, he spent several weeks driving around the state, trying to understand what makes it different. He found people with a strong desire to be treated with respect amid a picture more contradictory than it seems. Guest: Writer for The Monthly Lech Blaine. Background reading: “Ho…
 
As Labor responds to an internal review of its election defeat, some in the party feel they have already lost the next election. While the party struggles with uncertainty, the Coalition struggles with the task of governing. Paul Bongiorno on the difficulties of winning and losing. Guest: Columnist for The Saturday Paper Paul Bongiorno. Background …
 
There is a widening gap in Australia between the life expectancy of the rich and the poor. On some figures it is as much as 10 years. Mike Seccombe on the death toll of inequality. Guest: National correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe. Background reading: The fatal cost of Australia’s rising inequality in The Saturday Paper. The Saturd…
 
Ross Garnaut wrote the blueprint for Australia’s response to climate change. As the politics fell apart, he became interested in the economic opportunities of a zero-carbon future. He says Australia has more to gain than any other developed country. Guest: Economist and author of Superpower Ross Garnaut. Background reading: Superpower by Ross Garna…
 
Anthony Albanese was shaped by the circumstances of his childhood: a single mother, a council house, a love of the Labor Party. The question now is if his working-class background can help the ALP reconnect to its working-class base. James Button on making sense of the leader of the Opposition. Guest: Journalist and former speechwriter James Button…
 
The Morrison government is committed to a budget surplus above all else. But as Paul Keating points out, this commitment can be a kind of sickness. Paul Bongiorno on what happens when politics refuses to acknowledge circumstances. Guest: Columnist for The Saturday Paper Paul Bongiorno. Background reading: The Coalition's surplus focus in The Saturd…
 
After the Morrison government announced another inquiry into the family courts, to be co-chaired by Pauline Hanson, advocates in the sector expressed concern it was a distraction. One of them was Rosie Batty. Guest: Anti-domestic violence campaigner Rosie Batty. Background reading: Family law needs reform, not inquiry in The Saturday Paper. The Sat…
 
As the number of police strip-searches rises in New South Wales, a law enforcement commission considers whether many of them are actually legal. Fiona McGregor on police powers and the trauma of being searched. Guest: Author and performance artist Fiona McGregor. Background reading: The strip-search state in The Monthly. The Saturday Paper The Mont…
 
How the American anti-climate-science lobby hijacked local councils in Australia, changing sea-level benchmarks as it went. Guest: Writer for The Monthly and The Saturday Paper Bronwyn Adcock. Background reading: Rising tide in The Monthly. The Saturday Paper The Monthly For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.…
 
A decision to hand planning about sea-level rise to local council has opened up a war around science, property values and influence. Bronwyn Adcock on how the future of the Australian coastline will be shaped by disagreement over climate change. This is part one of a two-part episode. Guest: Writer for The Monthly and The Saturday Paper Bronwyn Adc…
 
As the Liberal Party celebrates its 75th anniversary, the Nationals are brawling with each other about drought. At the same time, concern grows over press freedom. Paul Bongiorno on the party to which you were never invited. Guest: Columnist for The Saturday Paper Paul Bongiorno. Background reading: The shadowy corridors of power in The Saturday Pa…
 
Australia is almost alone in the world in its willingness to lock up primary-school-age children for criminal offences. But the “tough on crime” rhetoric that pervades politics means there is little will to change this. Mike Seccombe on the push to lift the age of criminal responsibility. Guest: National correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Se…
 
As Labor waits for a review of its election loss, and another into the operations of its NSW branch, Anthony Albanese is wrestling with divisions inside the party. Karen Middleton on the crisis they face out of office. Guest: Chief political correspondent for The Saturday Paper Karen Middleton. Background reading: Albanese juggles Labor frictions i…
 
An error at the Department of Human Services caused the original robo-debt algorithm to restart, issuing thousands of unchecked debt notices. Royce Kurmelovs on how the program operates and why the government persists with it - in spite of its flaws. Guest: Freelance journalist and author Royce Kurmelovs. Background reading: Robo-debt restart affec…
 
The boom in international education has seen students become commodities. It has also changed the way universities operate - chasing rankings and casualising teaching staffs. Margaret Simons on what would happen if the bubble burst. Guest: Journalist and academic Margaret Simons. Background reading: China dependence by Australian Foreign Affairs Th…
 
As Scott Morrison attempts to control the message on how his government is handling the drought, there is bad news for his claims to strong economic management. Paul Bongiorno on slow growth and big dries. Guest: Columnist for The Saturday Paper Paul Bongiorno. Background reading: The Saturday Paper The Monthly For more information on today’s episo…
 
New legislation will restrict the way Australians use cash. But there are concerns the laws could jail people for using legal tender. Karen Middleton on the future of money. Guest: Chief political correspondent for The Saturday Paper Karen Middleton. Background reading: Crackdown on large cash transactions in The Saturday Paper The Saturday Paper T…
 
From anti-protest legislation to funding cuts, this government has waged war on dissent. In recent weeks, its rhetoric has intensified. Mike Seccombe on the erosion of democratic freedoms under the Coalition. Guest: National correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe. Background reading: The decline of political freedoms in Australia in The…
 
The NDIS was meant to provide better care to people living with disabilities. But a stalemate over funding responsibilities has forced 500 families to forfeit their children into state care. Rick Morton on the unintended consequences of a flawed system. Guest: Senior Reporter for The Saturday Paper Rick Morton. Background reading: Exclusive: 500 ch…
 
Australia’s relationship with international investment, especially from China, has been remade in the past six years. What was once a question of business has become one of national security. David Uren on how ASIO helped transform the Foreign Investment Review Board. Guest: Journalist and author David Uren. Background reading: Our Sphere of Influe…
 
The Liberal Party is sliding further on climate change, claiming it will meet targets but without policy to do so. At the same time, the Labor Party is fighting an internal push to abandon its climate platform. Paul Bongiorno on the politics of doing less. Guest: Columnist for The Saturday Paper Paul Bongiorno. Background reading: The Saturday Pape…
 
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