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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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A very Morrison Christmas

A very Morrison Christmas

2019-12-1900:15:192

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:The Saturday PaperThe Monthly For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.
What is Labor doing on coal?

What is Labor doing on coal?

2019-12-1800:12:481

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 changes message on coal in The Saturday Paper The Saturday PaperThe Monthly For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.
Helen Garner’s diary

Helen Garner’s diary

2019-12-1700:11:482

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 MonthlyThe Saturday PaperThe Monthly For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.
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 The Saturday PaperThe Saturday PaperThe Monthly For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.
Return to Stasiland

Return to Stasiland

2019-12-1500:15:46

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 in The MonthlyThe Saturday PaperThe Monthly For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.
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 reading:PM's clouded judgement on climate in The Saturday PaperThe Saturday PaperThe Monthly For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.
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. Background reading: AusAID bomb victim’s treatment ‘a disgrace’ in The Saturday Paper The Saturday PaperThe Monthly  For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.
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 Saturday Paper The Monthly  For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.
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. Background reading:The retrial of David Eastman in The MonthlyCap in hand in The Monthly For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.
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 journalist Sam Vincent. Background reading:The retrial of David Eastman in The MonthlyCap in hand in The MonthlyThe Saturday PaperThe Monthly For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.
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 The Saturday Paper Paul Bongiorno. Background reading:Hydrogen strategy backs dirty coal in The Saturday PaperThe Saturday PaperThe Monthly For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.
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 Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe. Background reading:Hydrogen strategy backs dirty coal in The Saturday PaperThe Saturday PaperThe Monthly For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.
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 nowhere in The MonthlyThe Saturday PaperThe Monthly For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.
Andrew Bolt vs Dark Emu

Andrew Bolt vs Dark Emu

2019-12-0200:14:593

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. Background reading:Bolt, Pascoe and the culture war in The Saturday PaperThe Saturday PaperThe Monthly For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.
Inside the Westpac scandal

Inside the Westpac scandal

2019-12-0100:17:131

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 PaperThe Monthly For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.
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 PaperThe Saturday PaperThe Monthly For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.
Fascism and troll culture

Fascism and troll culture

2019-11-2700:17:08

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 fire from the new fascism in The Saturday PaperThe Saturday PaperThe Monthly
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 PaperThe Saturday PaperThe Monthly For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.
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 Ridd and the climate sceptics in The Saturday PaperThe Saturday PaperThe Monthly For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.
The red princeling

The red princeling

2019-11-2400:19:511

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 Essay: Red FlagThe Saturday PaperThe Monthly For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.
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Comments (8)

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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Chanae Matthews

My favourite news source while at work, thanks!

Aug 29th
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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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