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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.
38 Episodes
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Guarding the henhouse

Guarding the henhouse

2019-07-1600:12:46

Almost two years since changes were implemented following a royal commission into youth detention, tear gas is again being used on children in the Northern Territory. Surprise laws have repealed recommendations on mechanical restraints and solitary confinement. Russell Marks on Don Dale, race and who’s writing the legislation that affects young people in custody.Background reading:Tear gas returns to Don Dale in The MonthlyThe Saturday PaperThe MonthlyGuest: Journalist, lawyer and writer for The Monthly Russell Marks. For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.
Scott Morrison’s signature achievement could be the tax cuts he legislated earlier this month - although not for the reasons he believes. Over time, the changes to revenue will likely transform the country. Mike Seccombe on the truth about small government.Background reading: The reality behind Morrison's tax cuts in The Saturday Paper The Saturday PaperThe MonthlyGuest: National correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe. For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.
The extinction rebellion

The extinction rebellion

2019-07-1400:17:32

Extinction Rebellion is a global, non-violent protest movement, aimed at addressing climate change. The difference is that it is not focusing on one project; it’s focusing on the system as a whole. Scott Ludlam on how change can come from just a small portion of society participating in sustained non-compliance.Background reading:The extinction rebels in The MonthlyThe Saturday PaperThe MonthlyGuest: Former Greens senator and contributor to The Monthly Scott Ludlam. For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.
A Voice and a prayer

A Voice and a prayer

2019-07-1100:15:32

Scott Morrison began the week praying in front of 21,000 people. He closed it promising a referendum on an Indigenous Voice to Parliament. Paul Bongiorno on what could be the making of a legacy moment. Guest: Columnist for The Saturday Paper Paul Bongiorno. For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.
In the 1960s, Anne Hamilton-Byrne set up Australia’s most notorious cult, The Family. Last month, she died. Martin McKenzie-Murray spoke to one of the survivors, Ben Shenton, about living outside the cult and reckoning with her death.Guest: Chief correspondent for The Saturday Paper, Martin McKenzie-Murray. For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.
Scott Morrison’s tax cuts are based on an American theory of economics trialled in the 1970s. But the evidence since suggests trickle-down economics does not work. Mike Seccombe on why the Coalition perseveres with its reforms.Background reading:Reagan "voodoo" at the budget's heart in The Saturday PaperThe Saturday PaperThe MonthlyGuest: National correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe. For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.
Cancelling citizens

Cancelling citizens

2019-07-0800:16:46

As the government produces new legislation to temporarily ban foreign fighters from returning to Australia, there is growing concern over whether existing citizenship legislation might be unconstitutional. Karen Middleton on why a High Court challenge is unlikely.Guest: Chief political correspondent for The Saturday Paper Karen Middleton.Background reading:The point of no returns in The Saturday PaperThe Saturday PaperThe MonthlyFor more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.
The broken pendulum

The broken pendulum

2019-07-0700:14:03

The pendulum that is used to predict outcomes in elections is broken. There is no longer a “national mood” or “national conversation”. Richard Denniss on what this means and how it might change the role of money in politics, too.Guest: Chief economist at The Australia Institute and writer for The Monthly and The Saturday Paper Richard Denniss.The Saturday PaperThe MonthlyFor more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.
Faith and taxes

Faith and taxes

2019-07-0400:12:031

As Scott Morrison’s tax cuts make their way through the parliament, there are fresh questions over religious freedoms. Paul Bongiorno on pragmatism and our Pentecostal prime minister.Guest: Columnist for The Saturday Paper Paul Bongiorno.Background reading:The Saturday PaperThe MonthlyFor more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.
Repealing medivac

Repealing medivac

2019-07-0300:13:37

As the government pushes to repeal the medivac legislation, lawyers and doctors contradict the arguments put against it. Martin McKenzie-Murray details the desperate situation of families the bill could have helped.Guest: Chief correspondent for The Saturday Paper Martin McKenzie-Murray. For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.
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Comments (2)

Craig Peters

Opening comment was completely wrong and misleading. Folau was not sanctioned for his religious beliefs. Very disappointing 7am.

Jun 26th
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Sarah Louise

Loving this podcast. Thanks!

Jun 24th
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