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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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Fixing a broken system

Fixing a broken system

2021-03-0818:12

Last week, the most significant report to examine aged care in Australia was released. The Saturday Paper’s senior reporter Rick Morton has been covering every step of the journey to get here. Today, he tells us why this could be the moment we change a broken system. Guest: Senior reporter for The Saturday Paper Rick Morton.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
For the past three years author and farmer Bruce Pascoe has been trying to establish a sustainable practice on his land. Informed by the Indigenous farming techniques he researched for his bestseller Dark Emu, he’s seeking to undo the damaging legacy inflicted through decades of post-colonial practices. Today, he speaks to Ruby Jones.   Guest: Author Bruce Pascoe.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The Attorney-General has so far refused to resign, denying the rape allegation levelled against him. He’s been supported by senior ministers and the Prime Minister. Today, Paul Bongiorno on how Scott Morrison fought alongside Christian Porter to keep him in his job, and what happens next.   Guest: Columnist for The Saturday Paper Paul Bongiorno.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The federal Attorney-General Christian Porter has identified himself as the cabinet minister accused of a sexual assault that allegedly took place in 1988. He strongly denied the allegations and refused to resign or step aside. Also on today’s show, Judith Brett on the crisis facing Australia’s university sector, and Australian of the Year Grace Tame’s powerful speech at the National Press Club.   Guest: Writer for The Monthly Judith Brett. Background reading: The bin fire of the humanities in The Monthly  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
A cabinet minister in the federal government has been accused of rape, but he hasn’t been publicly identified and the Prime Minister has so far refused to initiate an inquiry into the allegations. Today, Karen Middleton on the sexual assault crisis that has rocked the country.   Guest: Chief political correspondent for The Saturday Paper Karen Middleton.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Across Australia more than one hundred asylum seekers are being detained in hotel rooms. They have no access to fresh air and limited space to exercise. This is the story of two friends - one who the government released, and the other who is still arbitrarily detained. Guest: Features and field reporter Elle Marsh. Background reading: Fight to free refugees in hotel detention in The Saturday Paper  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Following a series of fatal car accidents, Queensland has announced a major crackdown on youth crime. According to youth advocate Siyavash Doostkhah, policy is being dictated by the police union, emboldened by the tabloid media and both sides of politics.    Guest: Youth Affairs Network of Queensland director Siyavash Doostkhah.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
This week, Craig Kelly quit the Liberal Party to sit on the crossbench. But the Morrison government is so mired in scandal, it went largely unnoticed. It’s a huge risk for the Coalition - and any action on climate change.  Guest: Columnist for The Saturday Paper Paul Bongiorno.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Description: For some people living with disabilities, the pandemic triggered feelings of being different and even dispensable. Micheline Lee on living through coronavirus, and what it revealed about Australia’s priorities.   Guest: Writer for The Monthly Micheline Lee. Background reading: Nightclubs, pandemics and our real selves in The Monthly.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Australian property prices have just hit a record high – despite predictions the market would crash during the pandemic. So what happened? What will it take for prices to go down?   Guest: National correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe. Background reading: Inequality and the housing bubble in The Saturday Paper.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Eighteen months ago, Dhanya Mani spoke to the press about being assaulted while working as a Liberal Party staffer. This week, she reflected on how little has changed - and how culpable the prime minister is for that.   Guest: Lawyer and founder of Changing Our Headline Dhanya Mani. Background reading: ‘I was a staffer, and so was my perpetrator’ in The Saturday Paper  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Two long-forgotten High Court cases warned the government that robo-debt might be illegal. But they persisted with the welfare scheme anyway. Rick Morton on what they knew - and when they knew it.   Guest: Senior reporter for The Saturday Paper Rick Morton. Background reading: Robo-debt shonky from the start in The Saturday Paper  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The Brittany Higgins case has dominated the week in Canberra. This is the story of how the prime minister has responded to her alleged assault, and how he has tried to manage the coverage that followed.   Guest: Columnist for The Saturday Paper Paul Bongiorno.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
As Labor prepares for a possible early election, Tanya Plibersek says the party is ready to confront the government over shortcomings in its handling of the pandemic. But some in the party believe it may be too late to turn around the polls.   Guest: Chief political correspondent for The Saturday Paper Karen Middleton. Background reading: Tanya Plibersek on post-Covid politics in The Saturday Paper.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
A damning report has found Crown Resorts unfit to hold a casino licence in NSW. But what does that mean for James Packer’s operations in other states? Rick Morton on Packer’s winning streak - and how it ended.   Guest: Senior reporter for The Saturday Paper Rick Morton. Background reading: Crown’s casinos and the Bergin report in The Saturday Paper  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The early era of space exploration was dominated by romantic ideas of universal connectedness. But the increasingly privatised nature of the space industry has obscured that vision. Today, Ceridwen Dovey on the new space industry entrepreneurs, and why we should be worried about what they’re planning.     Guest: Writer for The Monthly Ceridwen Dovey. Background reading: Pale blue dot in The Monthly  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Victoria has been plunged back into lockdown after a new strain of Covid-19 escaped from hotel quarantine into the community. In recent weeks leaks have occurred across the country, leading to lockdowns in Brisbane and Perth. Today, Rachel Withers on whether our key defence against the virus is working as well as it should.   Guest: Contributing editor for The Monthly Rachel Withers. Background reading: Covid-19 leaks from hotel quarantine in The Saturday Paper  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The Prime Minister is trying to calibrate his climate policy to better fit into a post-Trump world, but he faces a conservative revolt on his own backbench. On the other side, Australia faces trade sanctions if it doesn’t implement serious emissions reduction targets. Today, Paul Bongiorno on the Coalition’s climate standoff.    Guest: Columnist for The Saturday Paper Paul Bongiorno.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Eddie McGuire’s resignation as the President of Collingwood is the culmination of a decades-long story of racism at the club. But the story isn’t just about Collingwood, the AFL or even sport. Today, Daniel James on how racism in sport can’t be divorced from racism across our society.   Guest: Yorta Yorta writer and contributor to The Saturday Paper Daniel James. Background reading: Collingwood and racism in the AFL in The Saturday Paper  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The Coalition’s surprise win at the last federal election is largely attributed to a relentless campaign targeting Labor’s key economic policies, led by Liberal MP Tim Wilson. Now Wilson has launched a new campaign to reshape the four trillion dollar superannuation industry. Today, Rick Morton on the Liberal vision for our retirement savings, and how it would impact all of us. Guest: Senior reporter for The Saturday Paper Rick Morton. Background reading: Inside Tim Wilson’s campaign against super in The Saturday Paper  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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Comments (26)

Anthony Brown

You lost me at invasion day. Stick to the news.

Feb 28th
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james Fury

It Would be great if 7am didn't host advertisements from company's like McDonald's.

Feb 25th
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Alex K.

hey Ruby you forgot to ask Dr Hewson who he votes for these days. Coz is sure ain't his old mates!

Dec 14th
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nicola dugar

Saying this as a sad lefty: Jim Chalmers will be the next Labor PM.

Dec 3rd
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Alex K.

I know you recorded this in the 24 hours after the election and it's a bit easier now another 24 hours later, but it looks likely that Biden's win is going to be reasonably comfortable. probably more comfortable than Trump's win in 2016, and that Florida aside, the pollsters are quite accurate this time. Florida was also a outlier in the 2018 midterms where the Republicans did quite well but had a bad showing overall. the major reason for that is the huge pre-poll vote, mainly by Democrats who were concerned about attending in person on election day, I meant that the early boats ran towards republicans but as the mail in ballots were counted later, Biden caught up and won the key battleground states.

Nov 5th
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Pippa Buchanan

thank you so much for this reporting

Oct 21st
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Tina Vrontas

After a ten year legal battle to get the letters, I wonder why they bothered. The letters are being now being "interpreted". The slant depends upon the reader and their political views. They have not shed any new light on the subject. HILARIOUS!!!

Jul 22nd
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Tina Vrontas

Some of the opinions expressed about the Victorian Covid 19 debacle are quite lame. For what it's worth, my opinion is that arrogance sparked the 2nd outbreak. The Premier and his very poor decision making processes must shoulder all responsibility. Decisions taken on ideology rather than for the good of the whole community. The arrogance of the Victorian leadership - "jobs for mates" and the arrogance of some non english speaking communities where they pretend to not understand when it suits them. They have no problems accessing social welfare.... Information WAS provided in multiple languages. I watch quite a few on SBS.

Jul 21st
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Alex K.

On 23 June Gladys Berejilkian talked about washing hands well as basic pandemic management. I screamed at the TV "no, shutting the border is basic pandemic management". it took her 13 more days to get the same message and Patient Zero from Melbourne arrived in New South Wales on the 30th of June. NSW Govt is responsible for our outbreak.

Jul 15th
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Luke

So many ways to pick this story apart. Gangs almost always are racially oriented. When going after the Italian mafia, they focus in on Italians. When it's Asian gangs they target Asian suspects. Let's all act like something unique happened here and point the finger at islamaphobia. The cops played it pretty dirty, as usual. The man inside has repented his ways, as usual. Nothing special here.

Jul 15th
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Lawrence

The suggestion that Bilal Skaf was somehow the victim of racism is disgusting. There were victim statements which explicitly outlined the rapes including numerous racially charged taunts and threats. Read what actually happened to those poor girls (one of which was 14yo) and then tell me with a straight face that poor Bilal Skaf has been hard done by. What the NSW Police did to stop the violence was absolutely necessary. Quit apologizing for violent criminals.

Jul 15th
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Luke

This episode was so biased in favor of victimising a criminal. Part 2 better be good.

Jul 13th
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Alex K.

Comments from resident of tower are unreasonable. It's a public health measure, nothing more. Towers are infested with the virus, dozens of cases. The Premier is not targeting these towers out of spite or victimisation, I can assure you. Victoria Police uniform includes the police being armed, it's a violation of their procedure to remove them. Of course it's not pleasant for the residents, and things like medications should be prioritised. "No consideration for human life", she said, that's ridiculous.

Jul 7th
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Alex K.

the emaciation of the ABC and SBS is despicable

May 14th
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Hannah Derwent

this was excellent and your guest so incredibly articulate

Feb 26th
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Kirstie JM

Thanks for an informative year 7am, very sad to hear Elizabeth is moving on but wish her all the best!

Dec 23rd
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Petr Pavlík

I'm sorry to hear that Elizabeth is moving to a different role. Thanks for your fantastic work on the 7am.

Dec 19th
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Julian Sinnema

Big fan of 7am. I use it as my morning alarm, it's lovely to wake up to every weekday morning. It is a top notch source of news. 👌

Dec 5th
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Judd Millner

What's with the background music? It's distracting.

Dec 5th
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Tate Bourke

Hated your coverage of James Todd. Who cares about him? What your coverage did was attempt to humanise a person who is a complete s*** stain on humanity. His story does not deserve to be told. I think your story might better have focused on Euradice's story and either ignored James or highlight what a s*** stain he was. otherwise, love the podcast

Oct 3rd
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