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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 prime minister is adamant that the government will not commit to further stimulus of the economy. But as a $60 billion hole shows up in the JobKeeper program, questions are being asked about whether enough is being spent.   Guest: Columnist for The Saturday Paper Paul Bongiorno. For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Scott Morrison’s appeal for a new compact between workers and business has reminded some of Bob Hawke’s 1980s Accord. But there are big differences - especially over what can be bargained for. Guest: National correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe. Background reading: Finding agreement on economic fix in The Saturday Paper The Saturday Paper The Monthly For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
A multimillion-dollar contract for an app that places aged-care workers in nursing homes has triggered concerns about quality and access. The government money favours one private company, which says it has “no duty of care” for the work it provides. Rick Morton on the limited tender that won big for an app called Mable.   Guest: Senior reporter for The Saturday Paper Rick Morton. Background reading: Exclusive: Gov’s $5.8 million aged-care app offers “no duty of care” in The Saturday Paper The Saturday Paper The Monthly  For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Almost overnight, Australian universities have lost the international student fees on which they depend. Some in the sector say universities were reckless to rely so heavily on this source of funds. Margaret Simons on what the future looks like for higher education.   Guest: Writer for The Saturday Paper Margaret Simons. Background reading: The end of the university boom in The Saturday Paper The Saturday Paper The Monthly For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
After five years on Manus Island, Imran Mohammad was resettled in Chicago. He says arriving in America was one of the happiest days in his life. But the coronavirus shutdown has brought back memories of detention and isolation.   Guest: Writer and Rohingya refugee Imran Mohammad. Background reading: Resettled refugees in Covid-19 lockdown in The Saturday Paper The Saturday Paper The Monthly For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The Morrison government is working hard to disguise the trade war opening up with China. But its excitement over an inquiry into the coronavirus outbreak cannot cover over the fact our largest trading partner is turning away goods. Paul Bongiorno on the prime minister’s unhappy predicament.   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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The Prime Minister has appointed a panel of business leaders to develop a blueprint for the country’s economic recovery, but there are serious questions over how this influential group was picked, and how it operates. Today, Mike Seccombe on the vested interests leading this panel and what they’re pushing for. Guest: National correspondent for The Saturday Paper, Mike Seccombe. Background reading: National Covid-19 Coordination Commission scrutinised in The Saturday Paper The Saturday Paper The Monthly For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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Pubs, restaurants and other businesses across the country are reopening and the government is predicting an economic comeback. But will life, and the economy, really return to normal? Today, what one territory’s reopening can tell us about Australia’s potential recovery.    Guest: Features and field producer for 7am, Elle Marsh. For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Conspiracy theorists have been energised by Covid-19, with misinformation on everything from 5G to vaccinations spreading online and featuring in real-world protests. Today, Rick Morton on where these theories really begin and the groups actively encouraging them.   Guest: Senior Reporter at The Saturday Paper Rick Morton. Background reading How Covid-19 energised conspiracy theorists in The Saturday Paper The Saturday Paper The Monthly For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has recently introduced legislation that would expand the surveillance powers available to Australia’s domestic spy agency. Lawyers and civil-rights groups are arguing the proposed laws are too broad, and could contravene a range of human rights. Today, Karen Middleton on the attempt to expand ASIO’s powers in the midst of a pandemic. Guest: Chief political correspondent for The Saturday Paper, Karen Middleton. Background reading: Dutton pushing for new ASIO powers in The Saturday Paper The Saturday Paper The Monthly For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
As the federal government struggles to rebuild Australia’s battered economy, the threat of a trade war with China risks hampering our recovery. Today, Paul Bongiorno on the twin challenges of rebuilding the economy, and managing our relationship with our largest trading partner.   Guest: Columnist for The Saturday Paper Paul Bongiorno. Background reading: Chokehold on the economy in The Saturday Paper The Saturday Paper The Monthly For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
ABC staff are revealing the pressure they are under as the public broadcaster absorbs budget cuts amounting to more than 100 million dollars a year. Today, Mike Seccombe on the role the ABC plays during a national crisis and the future of the national broadcaster. Guest: National Correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe. Background reading: Hundreds facing the sack with ABC cuts in The Saturday Paper The Saturday Paper The Monthly  For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The Ruby Princess is responsible for more than 10 per cent of Australia’s cases of Covid-19. The decision to allow the ship’s passengers to disembark is now being investigated by a number of state and federal inquiries. Today, Karen Middleton on what happened in the lead-up to Australia’s biggest coronavirus cluster.   Guest: Chief political correspondent for The Saturday Paper Karen Middleton. Background reading: What happened with the Ruby Princess in The Saturday Paper The Saturday Paper The Monthly For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Three months since becoming leader of the Greens, Adam Bandt has begun articulating a plan for the party that embraces “green” capitalism, and sees their future in partnership with Labor. Today, Margaret Simons on what we need to know about Adam Bandt.   Guest: Author and journalist Margaret Simons. Background reading: Adam Bandt, the personable hardliner in The Monthly The Saturday Paper The Monthly For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
An aged care facility in NSW is the site of one of Australia’s biggest clusters of Covid-19. Now, with 16 dead, the centre’s owners have been threatened with sanctions and the loss of their licence. Today, Rick Morton on what went wrong at Newmarch House.    Guest: Senior reporter for The Saturday Paper Rick Morton. Background reading: The Newmarch House Covid-19 cluster in The Saturday Paper For more information on today’s episode, visit https://7ampodcast.com.au/.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Infighting within the Coalition has been exposed as candidates emerge and then quit in the race for the seat of Eden-Monaro. The by-election is reopening divisions across the Liberal and National Parties. Today, columnist for The Saturday Paper Paul Bongiorno on the first real test for Scott Morrison’s popularity.   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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The Prime Minister has made reopening schools a priority of his response to coronavirus, and part of his argument is that school closures are leaving the most disadvantaged students behind. Today, Jane Caro on how the political debate over coronavirus is reframing the inequality in education funding.   Guest: Author and writer for The Saturday Paper Jane Caro. Background reading: How schools have become political pawns in The Saturday Paper The Saturday Paper The Monthly For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Thousands of Australians had their homes and lives destroyed by last summer’s bushfires, and now the pandemic is shattering their plans to rebuild. As the royal commission examining our Black Summer begins, experts say the climate crisis will leave even more people vulnerable. Today, Rick Morton on what happens when a pandemic follows a natural disaster. Guest: Senior reporter for The Saturday Paper Rick Morton. Background reading: Black Summer bushfire inquiries begin in The Saturday Paper The Saturday Paper The Monthly For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The government’s economic relief package was broken into three phases, but serious questions are being asked about whether the timing and order of each announcement may have actually led to job losses. Today, Mike Seccombe on the flaws in our rescue package.     Guest: National Correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe. Background reading: JobKeeper: The inner workings of the bailout in The Saturday Paper The Saturday Paper The Monthly For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The coronavirus pandemic has exposed many Australians to shortages of food and essential items for the first time. Empty shelves across the country have revealed deep vulnerabilities in our food supply system. Today, Margaret Simons on why our supermarkets weren’t prepared for this crisis.   Guest: Academic and journalist for The Saturday Paper Margaret Simons. Background reading: The real reason our shelves were empty in The Saturday Paper The Saturday Paper The Monthly  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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Comments (9)

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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Chanae Matthews

My favourite news source while at work, thanks!

Aug 29th
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Sarah Louise

Loving this podcast. Thanks!

Jun 24th
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