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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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Sandwiched between the climate deniers in his government and growing public pressure for real action on climate change, Scott Morrison has edged closer to unveiling a new climate policy. Could the technology investment target solve Morrison’s political problems, or will it leave both sides underwhelmed? Paul Bongiorno on the climate dilemma faced by the PM. 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.
Keith Pitt is a climate sceptic and coal evangelist. He is also the minister for Water and Resources. Mike Seccombe on how the parliament’s most strident nuclear advocate ended up with a portfolio that will help decide Australia’s stance on uranium. Guest: National correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe. Background reading:Canavan’s successor apt to fuel energy wars in The Saturday PaperThe Saturday PaperThe Monthly For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.
Suing over Howard’s camps

Suing over Howard’s camps

2020-02-1800:14:061

More than 60 former asylum seekers are seeking compensation for the psychological trauma they endured in Australia’s notorious Baxter detention centre. Now the lead case has stalled in the court system, delaying a decision. Rick Morton on the legacy of John Howard’s desert camps. Guest: Senior reporter for The Saturday Paper Rick Morton.  Background reading: Government stalling on Howard refugee compo in The Saturday Paper The Saturday Paper The Monthly  For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.
A humanitarian crisis is unfolding among thousands of asylum seekers living in Australia without work rights and in some cases without housing. The impact on mental health is enormous. One program in Melbourne is supporting asylum seekers by giving them the opportunity to grow their own community garden. Zoë Morrison on addressing trauma in unexpected ways. Guest: Author and writer for The Monthly Zoë Morrison. Background reading:Planting hope in The MonthlyThe Saturday PaperThe Monthly For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.
There is a successful model to de-politicise climate change. It works in Britain, and a private member’s bill says it could work here. Paddy Manning on independent MP Zali Steggall’s proposal to end the climate wars.  Guest: Paddy Manning, contributing editor (politics) at The Monthly. Background reading: Warringah warrior at The Monthly The Saturday Paper The Monthly  For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.
The upcoming Queensland state election is shaping Canberra politics and tearing the Nationals apart. Paul Bongiorno on what the elevation of Llew O’Brien to deputy speaker really means - and how it’s set the clock on nine months of dysfunction for the Coalition. 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.
The Morrison government has bought part of a farm in Kimba, South Australia, where it intends to build a nuclear waste dump. Millions have been spent trying to secure community support – but some see this as a bribe and say the risks to health and land are too great. Guest: Contributor to The Saturday Paper Royce Kurmelovs. Background reading:Nuclear waste site selected in South Australia in The Saturday PaperThe Saturday PaperThe Monthly For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.
Description: Scott Morrison’s re-election campaign received a huge boost from one of Sydney’s most reclusive families. So what prompted a 92-year-old man to donate $4.1 million to the Liberal Party? Rick Morton on the Wakil family and the biggest individual political donation in Australian history. Guest: Senior reporter for The Saturday Paper Rick Morton. Background reading:The biggest party donor you’ve never heard of in The Saturday PaperThe Saturday PaperThe Monthly For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.
Clive Palmer spent $84 million of his own money on the last federal election – and didn’t win a single seat. But his campaign still played a key role in helping elect Scott Morrison. In this episode, Mike Seccombe speaks to Palmer’s candidates and explains why our donations system needs reform. Guest: National correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe. Background reading:Inside Palmer’s campaign to thwart Labor in The Saturday PaperThe Saturday PaperThe Monthly For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.
Australian author Heather Morris has made millions selling books about the Holocaust. But the people she writes about are in many ways unrecognisable, to their families and the historical record. Investigative journalist Christine Kenneally on the dangers of falsifying history. Guest: Author and investigative journalist Christine Kenneally.  Background reading: The fabulist of Auschwitz in The Monthly The Saturday PaperThe Monthly  For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.
Barnaby Joyce lost his leadership tilt but has reopened a schism in the Coalition on climate policy. Paul Bongiorno on what Joyce promised - and the challenges he has created for Scott Morrison. 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.
The federal government is refusing to adopt stronger climate-change policies, but it turns out that might not matter. In this episode, Mike Seccombe reveals the de facto target set by all states and territories – to reach net zero emissions by 2050. Guest: National correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe. Background reading:States defy Commonwealth on emissions in The Saturday PaperThe Saturday PaperThe Monthly For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.
As coronavirus shuts borders and creates global panic, there is a risk it will reach a point where it cannot be contained. Rick Morton explains where the virus originated and looks at the scientific breakthroughs behind the attempt to combat it. Guest: Senior reporter for The Saturday Paper Rick Morton. Background reading: Anatomy of an epidemic in The Saturday PaperThe Saturday PaperThe Monthly For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.
Bettina Arndt has been appointed a Member of the Order of Australia, in recognition of her work for “gender equity”. Feminist academic Eva Cox considered giving back her AO in protest – and says it’s more evidence the system needs to change. Guest: Author and academic Eva Cox. Background reading: Bettina Arndt and the Australia Day honours in The Saturday PaperThe Saturday PaperThe Monthly For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.
Don Watson on why Scott Morrison is not really a politician, and how the collapse in difference between the major parties has created a vacuum of meaning. Guest: Author and speechwriter Don Watson. Background reading:Leaders and dung beetles in The MonthlyThe Saturday PaperThe Monthly For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.
 As Scott Morrison pivots to the coronavirus evacuation and deploys the military to the fire zone, questions are being asked about the management of both responses. In this episode, Paul Bongiorno assesses the prime minister’s attempt to reset his agenda.  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.
The Red Cross has collected more than $115 million since Australia’s bushfire crisis began. But where is that money going? The organisation has been criticised for not getting money to victims quickly enough. In this episode, Rick Morton explains why current and former Red Cross staff are speaking out.  Guest: Senior reporter for The Saturday Paper, Rick Morton. Background reading:Red Cross employees speak out in The Saturday PaperThe MonthlyThe Saturday Paper For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.
As the government deals with the Bridget McKenzie scandal, questions are being asked about other larger grant programs. In this episode, Karen Middleton explains the flaws in the system and explores other programs that haven’t gained real attention. Guest: Chief political correspondent for The Saturday Paper Karen Middleton. Background reading: Sports grants story exposes broken system in The Saturday Paper The Saturday Paper The Monthly For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.
As minister for defence, Brendan Nelson controversially spent $6.6 billion on Boeing fighter jets. Now he is running the company’s Australian division. In this episode, Mike Seccombe looks at the links between our government and the global weapons trade. Guest: National correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe. Background reading: Close ties between government and military industries in The Saturday Paper The Saturday PaperThe Monthly For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.
Fighting fire with... what?

Fighting fire with... what?

2020-01-2600:12:501

In a terrible summer, the bushfire season still has months to run. The volunteers fighting the fires are exhausted and under-resourced. Rick Morton on whether we can meet the next bushfire crisis without radical changes.  Guest: Senior reporter for The Saturday Paper Rick Morton.  Background reading: The long, hot summer in The Saturday Paper The Saturday PaperThe Monthly  For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.
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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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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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