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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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The burning truth

The burning truth

2019-11-1400:14:13

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 For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.
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 Saturday Paper Karen Middleton.Background reading: ASIO officers broke law on warrant in The Saturday Paper. The Saturday Paper The MonthlyFor more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.
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 cost of welfare in The Saturday Paper. The Saturday Paper The MonthlyFor more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.
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.Background reading:Activism and secondary boycotts in The Saturday Paper. The Saturday Paper The MonthlyFor more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.
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: “How Good is Queensland?” in The Monthly. The Saturday PaperThe MonthlyFor more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.
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 reading: Post-election blues all round in The Saturday Paper.The Saturday PaperThe MonthlyFor more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.
The death toll of inequality

The death toll of inequality

2019-11-0600:15:031

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 Saturday PaperThe MonthlyFor more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.
Green-energy superpower

Green-energy superpower

2019-11-0500:18:281

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 Garnaut, published by Black Inc.  The Saturday PaperThe MonthlyFor more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.
Looking for Albanese

Looking for Albanese

2019-11-0300:15:52

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. Background reading:Picking up the pieces in The Monthly. The Saturday PaperThe MonthlyFor more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.
The surplus disease

The surplus disease

2019-10-3100:13:331

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 Saturday Paper.The Saturday PaperThe MonthlyFor more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.
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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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