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Please Explain Podcast

From the newsrooms of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, Please Explain cuts through the noise to give you insight into the stories that drive the nation.

Afghanistan withdrawal: What was accomplished and was it worth it?
It will be 20 years in September since then-Australian prime minister John Howard pledged open ended support for US military action in Afghanistan after the September 11 terror attacks. In that time, 41 Australian soldiers have died in the longest war Australia has ever fought. There are currently 80 Australian military personnel still there, but after US President Joe Biden announced he would withdraw American forces, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has followed suit. On this episode of Please Expla...

Countdown to Tokyo Olympics: how will COVID affect the Games?
We’re 100 days out from the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics and the list of things we still don’t know about what the games will look like is long. Japan’s vaccine rollout has been slower than games organisers would like, and there has been a recent surge in cases. Questions also hang over the possible vaccination of the Australian team. On this episode of Please Explain, Tory Maguire speaks with North Asia correspondent Eryk Bagshaw about the state of the Tokyo Olympics. Subscribe to The...

Christine Holgate stands up to PM over watches scandal
Former Australia Post Chief Executive Christine Holgate, who sensationally lost her job last November after it was revealed she had gifted four Cartier watches to some of her executives two years prior, yesterday grabbed her chance to speak out on the issue with both hands. In a Senate Estimates hearing Ms Holgate accused Prime Minister Scott Morrison of bullying her out of her job, said that during the scandal she had become suicidal, and that the chair of Australia Post should resign. Today on Pleas...


Why are there numerous inquiries into Ben Roberts-Smith?
Today on Please Explain, Tory Maguire is joined by deputy editor of The Age, Michael Bachelard, to discuss the investigations into Australia's most decorated soldier, Ben Roberts-Smith. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

Prince Philip’s death: UK in mourning amid pandemic lockdown
Prince Harry has arrived in the United Kingdom ahead of his grandfather Prince Philip’s imminent funeral. The news coverage since the 99-year-old’s death on Friday has been so intense the BBC had to remove its online complaints form after a deluge of feedback over its extensive programming. In contrast, just 30 royal family members will be allowed to attend the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral at the historic St George’s Chapel later in the week under COVID-19 rules. Today on Please Explain, national ed...

Our treatment of Indigenous people ‘speaks to the very heart of who we are as a country’
In April 1991 federal court judge James Henry Muirhead handed his final report from the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. The report made more than 300 recommendations to prevent the abnormally high number of deaths of Indigenous people during arrest, pursuit, remand or in prison. Since the royal commission another 470 Indigenous people have died in custody including five in March this year. Today on Please Explain Nathanael Cooper talks to Gamilaroi women Brooke Boney about the comp...


RBA under fire: is a review needed into the practices of Australia's central bank?
Despite its essential service to the country, the Reserve Bank of Australia is rarely acknowledged apart from when it changes official interest rates - largely thanks to three decades of economic growth before last year’s recession. But now the RBA has come under fire from leading economists and monetary policy experts who believe the bank held interest rates too high for too long ahead of the pandemic, contributing to the challenging economic circumstances the country now faces. On this episode of Pl...

Is Myanmar heading into another civil war?
After nearly a decade of democratic rule, a military coup in Myanmar on February 1 saw the government overthrown and a state of emergency imposed for one year. The military is now in charge of the country for the first time since 2011. The coup aligned with a general election, which the country’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s NLD party won by a landslide. The military seized power as a new session of parliament was set to open, claiming widespread voter fraud. Today on Please Explain Nathanael Co...

Carla Zampatti - the legacy of an iconic fashion designer
On Saturday, Australian fashion industry icon Carla Zampatti died after suffering a serious fall on March 26. Leaders of fashion, politics and the media have paid tribute to the trailblazing pioneer of Australian fashion who’s career spanned more than five decades. Her designs have been worn by the likes of Nicole Kidman and Cate Blanchett, former prime minister Julia Gillard and celebrated chef Nigella Lawson is a fan. Today on Please Explain, Nathanael Cooper and fashion editor Melissa Singer explor...


As COVID-19 leaks into the community again, what are the gaps in the system?
After a period of calm around the coronavirus pandemic in Australia, two states have been thrown into uncertainty after the virus leaked into the community again. The new outbreaks have been linked back to hospitals where COVID-19 patients are being treated and spread by un-vaccinated health care workers prompting criticism of Australia’s vaccine rollout which is already well behind schedule. Today on Please Explain, as Queensland and New South Wales grapple with the impacts of the latest coronavirus ...

What is the point of the government’s new ministerial taskforce for gender equality?
The government has launched a special ministerial taskforce to drive progress on equality, women’s safety, economic security and health and wellbeing. After this week’s cabinet reshuffle, The Prime Minister has 11 women on his 42-strong frontbench, including a record seven in cabinet. But, some of these women have mixed records on the issues the taskforce will focus on. In this episode, Tory Maguire is joined by deputy federal editor Stephanie Peatling to unpack the government’s special ministerial taskfo...

Is a nation state or disruptive criminals behind the Nine cyber attack?
Early on Sunday morning, a sweeping cyber attack hit Nine Entertainment Co’s corporate network, forcing Weekend Today off air, disrupting the network’s broadcast technology and measures taken by Nine’s tech team impacted some aspects of the Herald and The Age’s publishing systems. The attack, which experts have described as extremely sophisticated, bears all the hallmarks of a ransomware attack, however, no demands for money have been made. Today on Please Explain, business editor John McDuling tells ...


How will the end of JobKeeper affect the economy?
Nearly one million Australians lost access to JobKeeper wage subsidies from Sunday as the $90 billion scheme came to an end. Unemployment in Australia peaked at 7.5 per cent last year but has since fallen to 5.8 per cent, however significant job losses are expected in some sectors such as tourism and events. Business groups and unions are urging the federal government to consider extra support for struggling industries, arguing tens of thousands of people are at risk of losing their jobs. In this episode...

What does President Biden's press conference reveal about the state of the US?
US President Joe Biden has declared during his first presidential press conference he plans to run for a second term, while insisting China will not overtake the US as the world’s most powerful and prosperous nation. The President will be 81-years-old at the time of the next election and 86-years-old by the end of a possible second term. In the hour-long press conference he also announced a new goal to administer 200 million COVID-19 vaccine doses by the end of April, doubling his previous goal. In this ...

The controversy behind Dark Mofo’s ‘insensitive and ignorant’ First Nations’ blood artwork
This year, the always provocative Dark Mofo in Tasmania raised things several notches by commissioning a work from Spanish artist Santiago Sierra. The work, entitled Union Flag, received almost immediate backlash from First Nations communities in Australia. After initially doubling down on their decision to commission the work, Dark Mofo’s creative director later apologised and cancelled the work. Today on Please Explain, Nathanael Cooper and culture reporter Broede Carmody look at the controversy aro...


How can the government prevent the continued harassment of women in Parliament?
Prime Minister Scott Morrison broke down in a press conference yesterday in reaction to the treatment of women in parliament house. The Prime Minister spoke after Ten News reported a group of Coalition government staffers exchanged pictures and videos of sex acts performed in APH, including one that depicted a man performing a lewd act on the desk of a female MP. He acknowledged the Liberal Party’s refusal to adopt gender quotas was not working in its efforts to recruit more women into parliament and flag...

What weather event caused the NSW floods and how climate change affected it
Since last week, NSW has been in the grip of a severe weather event that has seen the state inundated with rain, thousands of people have been displaced from their homes due to evacuations and millions of dollars of damage has been caused leading the Insurance Council of Australia to declare an insurance catastrophe. Today on Please Explain, Nathanael Cooper is joined by environment editor Peter Hannam to look at the terrible weather much of the country is experiencing and what impact climate change has ...

A massive week in federal politics
This is the last sitting week of the Federal Parliament before the long break leading up to the May Federal Budget. The agenda is packed with the ongoing fallout from claims of rape and sexism in politics, to veterans suicide and the slower than promised rollout of the COVID-19 vaccination program.  On today's episode, Tory Maguire and chief political correspondent David Crowe talk through the many issues Prime Minister Scott Morrison is juggling this week. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subsc...


How will supply delays affect Australia's COVID-19 vaccine effort?
Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has said the number of vaccines given to states and territories is being ramped up as NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian warned the state would not complete the rollout in time without more doses. The country's top health officials have urged those with a history of anaphylaxis to still get vaccinated following six severe allergic reactions to the AstraZeneca vaccine across the country. And, Australia will send thousands of vaccines into Papua New Guinea within days as author...

Australian production of Hamilton sets box office record
Hamilton, which premiered on Broadway in 2015, tells the story of America’s once-forgotten founding father Alexander Hamilton who rose from poverty to become an indispensable aide to George Washington during the American Revolutionary War before becoming the first treasury secretary of the United States. Ticket sales for the Australian production, which officially opens on March 27, has broken box office records before a single audience member has seen the show.  Today on Please Explain, Nathanael Coo...

What is the OECD and why does Mathias Cormann's appointment matter?
Mathias Cormann has been elected the next secretary-general of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in a strategic coup for the Australian government. Cormann emerged victorious after a six month contest pitted him against nine other candidates, much to the surprise of numerous domestic critics. Today on Please Explain, Tory Maguire and Europe correspondent Bevan Shields discuss how Mathias Cormann pulled off his bid to become secretary general of the OECD and why it’s important for ...


The aftermath of March 4 Justice
Tens of thousands attended marches throughout Australia to rally against the sexual assault, discrimination and harassment of women. In every capital city and country towns, women gathered to have their voices and their stories heard and to call for action against the perpetrators of crimes against women. On this episode of Please Explain, Nathanael Cooper joins political reporter Katina Curtis to look at the aftermath of the March 4 Justice and how the government is handling the #MeToo moment that ha...

What is the Women’s March 4 Justice?
Tens of thousands of Australians are expected to hit the streets at 40 rallies today for the Women’s March 4 Justice. Organisers of the protest rally have rejected Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s invitation to meet privately in Parliament House on Monday after he declined to attend the Canberra rally in person. The marches follow historical rape allegations against Attorney-General Christian Porter, which he vehemently denies and claims from several women that they were sexually assaulted by a former Libe...

What's happening with Australia's COVID-19 vaccine rollout?
Some Australians may have to wait until early next year for their second shot of a COVID-19 vaccine due to supply problems, despite the government hoping to be finished by the end of October. Top government health officials have said it’s “impossible to predict” exactly when the first 4 million people would receive their first dose, a milestone initially expected by the end of the month. On this episode of Please Explain, Tory Maguire and national science reporter Liam Mannix look at how Australia’s vacci...


Queensland pushes for tourist dollars
On this episode of Please Explain, Nathanael Cooper is joined by Queensland State Political reporter Lydia Lynch to discuss the push to lure visitors back to the Sunshine State. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

How will the Juukan Gorge inquiry impact the mining sector?
On this episode of Please Explain, national editor Tory Maguire and climate and energy correspondent Mike Foley discuss the impact of the Juukan Gorge destruction and the future of Australia’s mining sector. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

Will the British monarchy survive Harry and Meghan's revelations?
On this episode of Please Explain, national editor Tory Maguire and Europe correspondent Bevan Shields discuss the explosive interview Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, gave with Oprah Winfrey and what it could mean for the future of the British monarchy. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....


The role of women in the media at this time of reckoning
To celebrate International Women's Day, Nathanael Cooper is joined by Lisa Davies, the editor of The Sydney Morning Herald, and Gay Alcorn, the editor of The Age, to discuss the role and representation of women in the media. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

Spears to Higgins: our problematic treatment of young women
On this episode of Please Explain, Tory Maguire is joined by lifestyle writer Samantha Selinger-Morris to discuss Britney, politics and misogyny. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

The Melissa Caddick mystery deepens with the discovery of remains
In this episode, Nathanael Cooper and senior investigative journalist Kate McClymont examine the case of Sydney woman Melissa Caddick, after police confirmed the missing businesswoman is presumed dead after her foot was found on the NSW south coast. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....


Will big businesses give back Job Keeper payments?
On this episode of Please Explain, national editor Tory Maguire is joined by business journalist Dominic Powell to discuss the economic implications of big businesses keeping Job Keeper. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

The reckoning on inappropriate behaviour in Canberra has begun
In this episode, Nathanael Cooper and senior writer Jacqueline Maley examine how Canberra is handling the escalating crisis of alleged sexual assault in its workplace. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....


What does the increase to Job Seeker mean for its recipients?
On this episode of Please Explain, Tory is joined by senior economics correspondent Shane Wright to discuss the fate of our welfare recipients and the state of the economy. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

When will Australians be able to travel overseas again?
Nathanael Cooper and business reporter Patrick hatch explore whether there is a light on the horizon for international travel. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

What does Craig Kelly's departure mean for the government?
On this episode of Please Explain, national editor Tory Maguire is joined by national affairs editor Rob Harris to discuss the implications of Mr Kelly’s departure from the Liberal party. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....


Melissa Caddick's disappearance three months on
In this episode, Nathanael Cooper and senior investigative journalist Kate McClymont examine the disappearance of Sydney woman Melissa Caddick after she allegedly conned people out of over $40 million. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

Will the vaccine rollout mean the beginning of the end for the pandemic?
In this episode of Please Explain Daily, national editor Tory Maguire and health reporter Rachel Clun talk us through the Covid-19 vaccine rollout that begins in earnest today. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

Facebook flexes its muscles but will Australia flinch?
Australia’s Facebook users woke yesterday to a very different newsfeed. In response to the Morrison government’s proposed media bargaining laws, Facebook banned all publishers and users in Australia from viewing or sharing any news articles on its platform. The bargaining code, which passed through the House of Reps on Wednesday evening, will require big digital platforms to pay media outlets to use their content. In this episode of Please Explain national editor Tory Maguire and media and telecommunicat...


Harry and Meghan and the dance between fame and anonymity
In this episode, Nathanael Cooper and deputy lifestyle editor Sophie Aubrey examine why there is a pregnancy announcement backlash after Harry and Meghan revealed they are expecting a second child. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

Brittany Higgins: rape allegations 'not a surprise'
In this episode of Please Explain Daily, national editor Tory Maguire and deputy federal editor Stephanie Peatling reflect on the terrible chain of events and the spotlight they’ve shone on the employment conditions for political staffers. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

Will parochialism power the division of the nation?
In this episode, Nathanael Cooper and national affairs editor Rob Harris explore the parochialism that has reared its head during the pandemic and what it means for us as a nation. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....


An insiders look at CSL and the making of a Covid vaccine
Today on Please Explain Daily, national editor Tory Maguire and science reporter Liam Mannix discuss the CSL facility in Victoria, where the company is about to start pumping out millions of doses of the Astra Zeneca COVID-19 vaccine. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

Trump impeachment: Is a compelling case enough?
In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire and North America correspondent Matthew Knott talk us through the second impeachment trial of former US President Donald Trump after the Democrats finished making their case. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

Graffiti and who gets to decide what is and isn't art
In this episode, Nathanael Cooper and Senior Writer Jacqueline Maley navigate the complexities surrounding the mural of former NSW Rural Fire Service commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons and how it impacts on the wider street art community.   Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....


What now for Crown after inquiry finds it unfit?
In today’s episode of Please Explain Daily, national editor Tory Maguire and business journalist Patrick Hatch discuss the future of Australia’s biggest casino giant after the findings of the Crown inquiry report. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

James Bond or domestic politics? Russia’s Navalny problem
In this episode, Nathanael Cooper and European correspondent Bevan Shields examine who is Alexei Navalny, the man Vladimir Putin seems determined to silence.  Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

Will it be Ash's year at a very different Australian Open?
In today’s episode of Please Explain Daily, national editor Tory Maguire and sport journalist Sam Phillips discuss what to expect from this years grand slam. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....


Will 2021 be an election year and what issues will take us there?
In today’s episode of Please Explain Daily, national editor Tory Maguire and national affairs editor Rob Harris discuss the topics that are likely to dominate federal politics this year. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

Is Collingwood's not so proud day part of a bigger malaise?
In this episode, Nathanael Cooper and Chief AFL writer Jake Niall look at the fallout from Magpies president Eddie McGuire's statement during a press conference where Collingwood Football Club was responding to a report that found evidence of 'systemic racism' at the club. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

News Media Bargaining Code: Will they pay or will they go?
In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire and Media and Telecommunications Reporter Zoe Samios examine the state of play between Australian news media and big tech. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....


How is the economy tracking as we farewell 2020?
In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire and senior economics correspondent Shane Wright discuss the state of the economy as we see out 2020. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....


How did the federal government perform in 2020?
In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire and deputy federal editor Stephanie Peatling re-cap the year that was in Canberra. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

Australian economy braces itself as China blocks coal indefinitely
In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire and North Asia correspondent Eyrk Bagshaw discuss the future of Sino-Australian relations after China blocks Australian coal exports. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....


What now after Australia's COVID-19 vaccine fails?
In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire and national affairs editor Rob Harris discuss Australia's vaccine strategy after the University of Queensland and CSL COVID vaccine was terminated due to giving false positives to HIV. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

How will Australia weather UN climate conference snub?
In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire and climate and environment editor Nick O’Malley talk about carryover credits, emissions targets and Australia's recent UN conference snub. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

Why has the government extended cashless welfare cards?
In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire and political reporter Katina Curtis delve into the cashless welfare card controversy and why the government has temporarily extended the scheme. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....


Explaining explainers
In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire and explainer editor Felicity Lewis give a sneak peak into what to expect from The Herald and The Age’s anthology of explainer articles named What’s it Like to be Chased by a Cassowary? Fascinating answers to perplexing questions. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

Changes for casuals coming in IR overhaul
In this episode, senior journalist Jacqueline Maley and industrial relations reporter Nick Bonyhady discuss the government's industrial relations overhaul and how it will effect workers. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

Can cancel culture and columnists co-exist?
In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire and Europe correspondent Bevan Shields discuss the case of Suzanne Moore who resigned from The Guardian last month after a column she authored in March exploring concerns about the transgender movement sparked an ugly newsroom revolt. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....


Can the Labor Party solve its identity politics
In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire and national affairs editor Rob Harris discuss the future of the Labor party in light of a new book of essays from 30 Labor Right frontbenchers. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

Are we really out of the coronavirus recession?
In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire and business journalist Stephen Bartholomeusz talk through the state of the markets and their effect on the Australian economy. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

What will the government achieve in the last week of parliament?
In this episode, deputy federal editor Stephanie Peatling and chief political correspondent David Crowe take us through what is happening in the final week of Parliamentary sittings of 2020.  Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....


Relations with China reach new low with war crimes tweet
In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire and North Asia correspondent Eryk Bagshaw discuss the state of the Sino-Australian relationship in wake of an inflammatory social media post from an official Chinese account highlighting Australia's war crimes in Afghanistan, and increased tariffs on Australian products.  Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

Alexander Downer savages Britain's policy on China
In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire and London based breaking news reporter Latika Bourke on how Britain is dealing with its own foreign policy issues with China. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

The transnational effort behind releasing Kylie Moore-Gilbert from Iran
In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire and national security and foreign affairs correspondent Anthony Galloway talk about Dr Moore-Gilbert's arrest, release and what it means for Australia's relationship with Iran. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....


Biden begins transition as US braces for Thanksgiving Covid surge
In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire and North America correspondent Matthew Knott discuss the commencemnt of Biden's administration and the danger Thanksgiving poses to the already devastating coronavirus surge in the US. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

Should the government prioritise home ownership over superannuation increases
In this episode, senior journalist Jacqueline Maley and senior economics correspondent Shane Wright talk through MP Tim Wilson's superannuation plan and the impact on first homeowners and seniors. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....


The future of hotel quarantine and where Australia sits in the vaccine pecking order
In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire is joined by national science reporter Liam Mannix to discuss the arguments for moving hotel quarantine out of the city and how far around the corner we are from vaccinating the nation. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

Will Mathais Cormann lead OECD and why does it matter?
In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire and Europe correspondent Bevan Shields discuss why the government is backing former finance minister Mathias Cormann's bid to become the security general of the OECD. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....


NSW pushes for national stamp duty reform
In this episode, Sunday Age editor David King and economics correspondent Jennifer Duke tell us why stamp duty is so important to state governments and what its potential reform means.  Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

The Crown: peak Princess propaganda or defamatory revisionism?
In this episode, deputy federal editor Stephanie Peatling and senior journalist Jacqueline Maley wind back the clock to indulge in some royal drama as they analyse Netflix's The Crown and its depictions of Charles, Diana and Margaret Thatcher. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

Brereton inquiry summary to expose "inhumane" Australian war crimes in Afghanistan
In this episode, group executive editor James Chessell and senior investigative journalist Nick McKenzie discuss what to expect from the summary of the Brereton inquiry and the contents of Dr Crompvoets' report. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....


Why is climate policy so divisive in Australia?
In this episode, climate and environment editor Nick O'Malley is joined by climate and energy correspondent Mike Foley to discuss why climate policy is so divisive in Australia. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

How do global ranking systems impact Australia's tertiary education?
In this episode, group executive editor James Chessell and the Herald's education editor Jordan Baker discuss the role of international ranking systems on our tertiary education sector. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

Power, privacy and misogyny in the Canberra bubble
In this episode, senior culture writer Nathanael Cooper and senior journalist Jacqueline Maley discuss the culture of Canberra after 4 Corners revealed serious allegations of sexism and inapropriate behaviour by multiple senior ministers. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....


Are we close to securing a COVID-19 vaccine?
In this episode, senior journalist Jacqueline Maley is joined by health reporter Emma Koehn to discuss Australia's investment in coronavirus vaccines and mRNA technology. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

President-elect Biden plans transition while Trump golfs in denial
In this episode, senior culture writer Nathanael Cooper is joined by North American correspondent Matthew Knott to discuss the mood on the ground as Joe Biden became the 46th president of the United States. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

Biden calls for patience while Trump declares electoral fraud
In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire and former North American correspondent Nick O'Malley try to make sense of what's going on with the US election. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....


Battleground states flip for Biden as Trump files lawsuits
In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire and North American correspondent Matthew Knott reflect on election night and discuss the accusations of "electoral fraud" as well as the role of mail-in votes in deciding this election. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

Can Reserve Bank's historic rate cuts reverse low employment?
In this episode, Sunday Age editor David King and senior economics correspondent Shane Wright look at how the RBA cuts will impact individuals and the broader economy. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

US election countdown: when will we know who won?
In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire is joined by senior journalist Farrah Tomazin to talk through the final hours of the two US election campaigns. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....


Australia's lobster industry in hot water with China
In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire and North Asia correspondent Eyrk Bagshaw discuss how the Australian lobster industry seems to have become the latest victim of the ongoing trade dispute between Australia and China. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

France reeling from terror attacks as COVID rages across Europe
In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire and Europe correspondent Bevan Shields discuss the COVID threat in Europe and the atrocities France has experienced overnight. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

Campaign crunch time: Presidential candidates contrasting strategies
In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire is joined by North America correspondent Matthew Knott to discuss the impact of these vastly different Presidential campaigns on the election. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....


Low and middle-income Australians lose in personal tax overhual
Millions of low and middle-income Australians face being $1080 worse off each year unless the government revisits its recent overhaul of the personal tax system. As it stands, the end of the low and middle-income tax offset for the 2021-2022 financial year means people earning between $48,000 and $90,000 will lose $20 per week from their take-home income. Although the government announced in the federal budget that tax cuts planned for mid-2022 would be brought forward as part of its coronavirus response,...

Is our national broadcaster for 'inner city left-wing elites'?
In this episode, senior journalist Jacqueline Maley is joined by deputy editor of the Sun Herald Michael Koziol to discuss whether the ABC caters to all Australians and the level of government influence in the national broadcaster's coverage. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

What now for Victoria after recording 0 new COVID cases?
In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire is joined by The Age's deputy editor Michael Bachelard to talk about the situation in Victoria as the state records 0 cases for the first time in months. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....


Why is the government investigating Australia Post?
In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire is joined by national affairs editor Rob Harris to discuss what's going on at our national postal service. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

Biden prepares while Trump rallies before final debate showdown
In this episode, climate and environment editor Nick O'Malley is joined by US correspondent Matthew Knott to discuss the dying days of the 2020 US election. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

Victorian Chief Health Officer in hotel quarantine inquiry spotlight
In this episode, Sunday Age editor David King is joined by The Age's investigative reporter Richard Baker to discuss Victoria's hotel quarantine inquiry. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....


Can Gladys Berejiklian survive ICAC revelations?
In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire is joined by The Herald's state political reporter Lucy Cormack to discuss the explosive ICAC investigation into disgraced former MP Daryl Maguire and the future of Premier Gladys Berejiklian. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

Victorians rejoice as some coronavirus restrictions ease
In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire is joined by The Age's state political reporter Summeyya Ilanbey to discuss the Victorian government's response to the coronavirus, and its critics, as the state flattens the curve. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

What will Virgin Australia look like under Hrdlicka and Bain Capital?
In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire is joined by business reporter Patrick Hatch to discuss Bain's 'hybrid' vision for Virgin and the appointment of Jayne Hrdlicka as CEO. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....


Parties fight for Florida as President Trump tests negative for COVID-19
In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire is joined by North America correspondent Matthew Knott to discuss President Trump's negative COVID-19 result, Amy Coney Barret, and how each party is polling in the critical state of Florida. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

The ARIAS and the future of live music
In this episode, senior culture writer Nathanael Cooper is joined by culture reporter Robert Moran to discuss this years ARIAS nominations and the future of live music in Australia. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

'I stuffed up': NSW Premier vows to stay after explosive ICAC hearing
In this episode, senior journalist Jacqueline Maley is joined by state political reporter Lucy Cormack to discuss what Gladys Berejiklian's ICAC revelations mean for the NSW state government. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....


Vaccine diplomacy & the post-COVID world order
We’re eight months into the coronavirus pandemic and of the 44 vaccines in human trials around the world, eleven of them are undergoing mass efficacy trials known as ‘stage three’. While wealthy nations like Australia have rushed to secure ‘me-first’ deals for the most promising vaccines, President Xi Jinping has promised Chinese vaccines will be declared a global public good and prioritise developing nations in their distribution. In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire is joined by South East Asia...

What does the Crown inquiry mean for James Packer and the Barangaroo casino?
Yesterday, Billionaire casino tycoon James Packer acknowledged he may have to sell down his major shareholding in Crown Resorts so it can keep the license for its new $2.2 billion casino at Barangaroo in Sydney. Crown has been in crisis since June last year when The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, and 60 Minutes revealed the casino was used to launder drug money and was connected to people linked to organised crime gangs in Asia. As a result of the investigation, the NSW Independent Liquor and Gaming Auth...

'Don't be afraid of COVID', Trump's return to the White House
US President Donald Trump has returned to the White House after leaving the Walter Reed hospital in Maryland where he spent three nights being treated for coronavirus. His return was dramatic, with the president landing in a navy helicopter, before taking off his mask and giving ‘thumbs up’ and salutes to the cameras. He has urged Americans not to be afraid of COVID-19 or let it dominate their lives. Trump’s diagnosis has put more pressure on today’s upcoming vice-presidential debate between democratic c...


Breaking down the federal budget
This year's federal budget was due to be announced on the 12th of May. Like most other aspects of life over the past six months, it was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic Last night, the government finally announced they will deliver tax cuts to 11.5 million workers in a $17.8 billion plan to jolt the economy out of recession using personal tax cuts, business investment incentives, and a new subsidy for companies that hire the unemployed. In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire is joined by c...

Is China at a geopolitical turning point?
A former Australian ambassador to Beijing believes China is presenting itself as a responsible major power by making fresh diplomatic overtures to Australia and resisting the temptation to take political advantage of Donald Trump’s COVID diagnosis. Is this a diplomatic shift? Earlier this year, China imposed multiple trade strikes after Australia led calls for an independent inquiry into the pandemic’s origins and raised concerns about China’s incursions in the South China Sea, the crackdown in Hong Kong ...

How will Donald Trump's illness affect his popularity?
This morning, Australia time, US President Donald Trump took a car ride to wave at well-wishers gathered outside Walter Reed military hospital where he is being treated for COVID-19. News of the President’s diagnosis has rocked the US election campaign, and inconsistent reports from his doctors over the weekend only added to the uncertainty. The latest from his medical team is that Trump is not out of the woods but they are cautiously optimistic. In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire is joi...


Why did 1/5 of aged care residents fail to secure home care packages?
The federal Health Department has released data revealing around 50,000 people are only in aged care because they cannot get support to stay at home, with aged care advocates pressuring the Morrison government to unveil more home care packages in Tuesday’s federal budget. As of Wednesday, only seven home care recipients had died from COVID-19 while more than 665 aged care residents have died from the virus in the same period. Official figures provided to a Senate estimates committee show almost 19,000 old...

First US presidential debate a 'chaotic mess'
The first presidential debate of the US election was hard to watch. Donald Trump constantly interrupted Joe Biden who retaliated by calling the President a ‘clown’ and told him to ‘shut up’. The Commission on Presidential Debates has committed to adjusting the format of the two remaining clashes but is yet to make a decision on whether to cut the candidate's microphones when interruptions arise. In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire is joined by North America correspondent Matthew Knott to try to ...

What have we learned from Victoria's hotel quarantine inquiry?
After 25 days of virtual public hearings, Victoria’s COVID-19 hotel quarantine inquiry finished on Monday. In his closing submissions, counsel assisting, Ben Ihle, said the failure to properly train security guards, lack of proper testing, and poor infection control, rendered the hotels a feeding ground for the spread of the virus,’ that ultimately caused 768 deaths and over 18,000 infections. In this episode, Sunday Age editor David King is joined by The Age's state political editor Noel Towell to discus...


QAnon: the far-right group that's infiltrated Australia's wellness community
Up until this year, far-right conspiracy movement QAnon largely existed on the internet’s fringes. Its origins can be traced to 2017 when an unidentified poster named ‘Q” began pushing coded theories on the dark web. The core belief is that there is a cabal of Satan-worshipping pedophiles made up of global political, business, and Hollywood elites who run the world. Together they operate a child sex trafficking ring and are fighting President Donald Trump from bringing them down. Today, against the backdr...

New Zealand's vote on marijuana may spark law reform debate in Australia
According to Harm Reduction Australia, New Zealand's upcoming referendum on legalising cannabis could significantly impact drug law reform in Australia and may even trigger marijuana tourism when borders between the two countries reopen. New Zealanders will vote in two referendums on October 17th, in addition to choosing whether to return Jacinda Ardern’s Labour government to power or vote for the National Party. The second referendum will ask if assisted dying should be legalised for the terminally ill. ...

Victoria 'winning the coronavirus battle' as some restrictions to ease
Spring may have finally sprung for Victoria with Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews declaring the state is ‘winning the battle’ against the coronavirus. Overnight, the state recorded just 14 new cases and eight more deaths. The 14-day average has dropped to an encouraging 25.1. The Premier is preparing to ease more lockdown restrictions from this weekend. At this stage, the second step of restrictions being eased are minor with more significant lockdown measures being eased in late October at the earliest a...


What does the death of RBG mean for the US Supreme court?
It’s all but a certainty that US President Donald Trump has the numbers to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and the odds are shortening he will do so before election day on November 3rd. With Trump due to announce his nominee on Sunday, Republican senators have signalled they’ll move quickly to advance his nominee's appointment to the nation’s most powerful court. Democrats have accused Republicans of hypocrisy given Barack Obama was blocked from attempting to fill a vacant ...

Israel rules alleged pedophile Malka Leifer can be extradited to Australia
On Monday, the Jerusalem district court handed down a judgment allowing the extradition to Australia of accused child sex abuser Malka Leifer. The former principal of Melbourne’s ultra-orthodox Adass Israel girls school faces 74 charges of rape and child sexual assault against three former students. Leifer fled Australia to Israel in 2008 after the allegations first emerged. The process to extradite her has stalled several times since it first began in 2014 and has so far involved more than 70 court appea...

Australia's baby deficit may create 'permanent hole' in budget bottom line
Australia is facing a shortage of 280,000 babies by 2024 due to the coronavirus recession and unrealistic pre-pandemic forecasts of a birth surge. The federal budget will be announced by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg on October 6th and is expected to show a deficit in excess of $200 billion. Since Australia’s last recession in the 1990’s, we have always relied on strong population growth to support the economy. With the nation predicted to welcome 56,000 fewer babies per year, a permanent hole in the budget i...


Inside Treasury secretary Kennedy's coronavirus response
In 2006, Australia’s now Treasury Secretary Steven Kennedy wrote a paper on pandemics. In a cabinet meeting in February this year, he was asked about whether the paper could guide Australia’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak that was spreading in China. He sincerely hoped not, he said at the time, like most of us unable to foresee what we were heading in to. Appointed to helm Treasury in September last year, Kennedy has played a central role in designing Australia’s fiscal response to the coronavirus rec...

Hope in the air as Victorian COVID-19 cases drop
Yesterday, Victoria recorded just 28 new coronavirus cases. This is the lowest daily total in three months. To ensure the numbers continue to decline, experts have warned suburban contact tracing hubs need to be established in Melbourne as soon as possible. National cabinet will meet today to discuss hotel quarantine and to agree on a definition of ‘hotspot’ after a tense fortnight between some states, fuelled by border issues. In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire is joined by acting edito...

President Trump labelled 'climate arsonist' as California burns
Fires are continuing to rage across the US West Coast. So far, at least 35 people have perished and large tracts of land have been destroyed. In an awkward exchange with California’s governor Gavin Newsom, President Donald Trump dismissed a link between global warming and the worsening fires. This prompted Democratic nominee Joe Biden to label Trump a ‘climate arsonist’. According to a new study by the Pew Research Centre, Australians’ perceptions of the United States have plummeted over the past year wit...


World's development of rare earths on shaky ground as China tension grows
Most of the world's phones, cameras, and electric cars are all dependent on minerals that are currently exclusively processed in China. As the geopolitical tension between China and the US, EU and, Australia grows, questions are emerging about the security of the world’s rare earth minerals supply.  At the end of 2019, China began to wind its exports back. As trade sanctions escalate, concern is brewing about Australia’s future access to these minerals. In this episode, senior journalist Jacqueline Maley...

Morrison announces 'gas-led' coronavirus recovery plan
Today, Scott Morrison has promised a ‘gas-led recovery’ from the coronavirus recession by ensuring Australian manufacturers can gain access to the energy they need to compete with overseas rivals. The mammoth new plan will canvas Commonwealth support for five new gas fields and pipelines to transport gas to Sydney, Melbourne and other areas that risk running low on gas in the coming winters. Although environmental groups have intensified their opposition to gas in recent years as renewable energy develops...

How koalas nearly broke the NSW Coalition
As the NSW Nationals prepare for a gruelling parliamentary sitting week, their leader, Deputy Premier John Barilaro has issued a blunt ultimatum to his Liberal colleagues, “put up or shut up”. The message is unlikely to deter senior Liberal ministers, who have warned they will not give the Nationals any concessions in cabinet over a divisive koala planning policy if Mr. Barilaro remains their leader. In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire is joined by The Herald's state political editor Alexandra S...


Has Queensland's border war gone too far?
The Prime Minister has asked leading health officials to prioritise agreeing on a national coronavirus hotpot definition so he can use the advice to pressure the state premiers to open their borders. Mr Morrison intervened on Thursday on behalf of a 26-year-old Canberra woman who flew to Queensland too late to say goodbye to her dying father and was then locked in hotel quarantine on the day of his funeral. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is facing increasing backlash over the incident in light of the arriv...

Is Trump’s election campaign in trouble?
This morning, we woke to the news that US President Donald Trump admitted to deliberately downplaying the severity of the coronavirus early in the pandemic in explosive interviews with journalist Bob Woodward. In a February conversation with Woodward, Trump described the virus as “deadly stuff” despite publicly predicting it would miraculously disappear and favourably comparing it to the seasonal flu. So far, more than 190 000 people have died from COVID-19 in the United States. In this episode, national...

Why did Rio Tinto destroy sacred Juukan Gorge caves?
The board of mining giant Rio Tinto will meet to decide whether to dismiss senior executives over the company’s decision to blast a 46,000-year-old Aboriginal rock shelter in Western Australia in order to expand an ore mine. In this episode, Sunday Age editor David King is joined by business reporter Nick Toscano to talk us through the parliamentary inquiry that's investigating what happened to the archaeologically significant Juukan Gorge site. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ ...


Will infrastructure investment bring us out of recession?
Australia may have to build its way out of our deepest recession since the 1930s through a $220 billion pipeline of infrastructure projects. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg is weighing up adding projects to the government's existing 10 year $100 billion infrastructure plan to transform the nation, deliver jobs, and increase long term productivity. In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire is joined by chief political correspondent David Crowe to discuss the likelihood of the government's investment in the p...

Melburnians brace for an extended lockdown
Yesterday, Premier Daniel Andrews announced the extension of Melbourne’s stage four restrictions until September 28th and revealed what he called a ‘slow, steady, and safe’ road map to guide the state out of the strict lockdown. In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire is joined by The Age's Digital editor Mathew Dunckley, to discuss how Melburnians are taking the COVID-19 restriction plan that won't see a return to normal life until at least November. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy inform...

What does the future look like for the class of 2020?
Universities have sent out a record number of early offers this year and applications for some admission schemes have tripled as year 12 students rush to secure their future amid the uncertainty caused by COVID-19. The institutions are struggling with the loss of international student revenue as the pandemic continues to prevent students from flying in from overseas. In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire is joined by the Herald's education editor Jordan Baker to discuss the fate of tertiary instit...


Coronavirus recession: the biggest economic contraction since Great Depression
Australia is officially in recession. Data from the ABS on Wednesday showed the economy contracted by 7% in the June quarter as households and businesses slashed spending. It was the second consecutively quarterly drop in GDP.  In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire is joined by senior economics correspondent Shane Wright to discuss the governments attempts to mitigate the financial impact of the coronavirus recession on Australians. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

Australia's relationship with China buckles as journalist arrested
On Monday night news broke that Australian/Chinese journalist Cheng Lei had been arrested in Beijing and could be held for up to six months without charge. Also this week Chinese authorities suspended imports from one of our largest grain producers, and launched an investigation in to drought subsidies for Australian wine makers. The Australian Strategic Policy Institute has called for a broad coalition of countries to be formed to call out the CCP’s increased use of coercive diplomacy. In this episode, ...

How has the pandemic shifted consumer behaviour?
In the early stages of the pandemic, weekly spending at cafes in NSW slumped to 40% lower than what was normal before the crisis. Now, demand has bounced back as people continue to work from home. AlphaBeta’s real-time ‘spending tracker’ shows cafe purchases across the state are now higher than before the coronavirus hit. In this episode, senior journalist Jacqueline Maley is joined by senior economics journalist Matt Wade discuss how the coronavirus pandemic is shifting consumer behaviour and how it imp...


Will COVID-19 jeopardise Sydney's Hamilton production?
Hamilton the Musical has won 11 Tony Awards, a Grammy, a Pulitzer Prize and has been seen by more than two million people on Broadway alone. From March next year, it’ll be our turn. Before the pandemic, NSW government modelling predicted Hamilton would bring more than 130,000 visitors to the state and generate over $84 million in visitor expenditure. Australian producer Michael Cassel has said the show cannot be staged unless able to play to a full house but ‘remains confident’ social distancing restricti...

'How not to respond': the lessons in AMP's sexual harassment response
In 2017, AMP Capital institutional director Julia Szlakowski made a formal sexual harassment complaint against senior London-based manager Boe Pahari. In 2018 AMP penalised him to the tune of $500,000, a quarter of his annual bonus, and Szlakowski left the company. Recently Pahari was promoted to AMP Capital chief executive, the second most powerful job at the venerable money manager. On Monday he was demoted again, and AMP Chairman David Murray and fellow board member John Fraser, resigned. In this epis...

Canberra to review states' overseas agreements
In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire is joined by national affairs editor Rob Harris to analyse why the federal government is pushing for new powers to cancel agreements that states, local governments, and universities arrange with overseas governments if they contradict Australia's national interest. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....


Pandemic pandemonium as London goes on holidays
In the past day, Australia recorded 151 new cases of coronavirus. Of that number, 149 were in Victoria where Premier Daniel Andrews is trying to extend the ‘state of emergency’ powers by 12 months. Over the same period, The United Kingdom reported 1184 new cases of COVID-19. And although new infections continue to climb, many of the UK’s restrictions are loosening with more European countries added to their ‘safe’ travel list each day. In this episode, Sunday Age editor David King is joined by Europe corr...

Pandemic pandemonium as London goes on holidays
In the past day, Australia recorded 151 new cases of coronavirus. Of that number, 149 were in Victoria where Premier Daniel Andrews is trying to extend the ‘state of emergency’ powers by 12 months. Over the same period, The United Kingdom reported 1184 new cases of COVID-19. And although new infections continue to climb, many of the UK’s restrictions are loosening with more European countries added to their ‘safe’ travel list each day. In this episode, Sunday Age editor David King is joined by Europe corr...

Republicans hope 'Trump show' will boost chances
In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire is joined by North American correspondent Matthew Knott to discuss President Trump's plan for the four-day national Republican convention that kicks off this evening. The President is hoping to use the prime-time spectacle to change the trajectory of the election campaign in which he currently trails Democratic nominee Joe Biden by an average of eight points in the polls. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....


Branch stacking in the Victorian Liberal Party exposed
The Victorian Liberal Party has launched an internal investigation after a joint report by The Age and 60 Minutes exposed extensive branch stacking implicating one of the Prime Minister’s own frontbenchers. The scheme was revealed in an array of secret recordings, colourful social media communications, and detailed documents that involve the Assistant Treasurer and Minister for Housing, Michael Sukkar as well as Kevin Andrews, the longest-serving member in the House of Representatives. In this episode, na...

The race we should never have won
With the coronavirus pandemic thwarting any chance of a 2020 Olympics, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age are celebrating the 20 year anniversary of the ‘best games ever’. For Australians, the 4x100 metres freestyle victory over the United States in the Sydney Olympics was one of the country's greatest sporting achievements in history.  In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire is joined by senior sports reporter Phil Lutton to wind black the clock to the 2000 Olympic games and the race we never sh...

Should we 'pin our hopes' on AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine?
In this episode, senior journalist Jacqueline Maley is joined by national science reporter Liam Mannix to unpack the Morrison government's decision to sign a letter of intent with British-Swedish big pharma company AstraZeneca to make 25 million doses of their coronavirus vaccine for Australia. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information....


Should we 'pin our hopes' on AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine?
In this episode, senior journalist Jacqueline Maley is joined by national science reporter Liam Mannix to unpack the Morrison government's decision to sign a letter of intent with British-Swedish big pharma company AstraZeneca to make 25 million doses of their coronavirus vaccine for Australia. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

Should the government delay next year's super increase?
In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire is joined by economics correspondent Jennifer Duke. They discuss why an increasing number of coalition backbenchers are urging the Morrison government to delay next year's 0.5% superannuation increase amid concerns it will impact wages and the national recovery from the coronavirus recession. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

Should the government delay next year's super increase?
In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire is joined by economics correspondent Jennifer Duke. They discuss why an increasing number of coalition backbenchers are urging the Morrison government to delay next year's 0.5% superannuation increase amid concerns it will impact wages and the national recovery from the coronavirus recession....


Border communities strain under COVID restrictions
In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire is joined by national affairs editor Rob Harris to discuss the impact of the coronavirus restrictions on border communities. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has directly asked the states to find solutions for the rural communities denied access to health, work, and school amid the growing cross-border problems. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

Border communities strain under COVID restrictions
In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire is joined by national affairs editor Rob Harris to discuss the impact of the coronavirus restrictions on border communities. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has directly asked the states to find solutions for the rural communities denied access to health, work, and school amid the growing cross-border problems....

University will never be the same again
In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire is joined by education and communications reporter Fergus Hunter to discuss the state of Australia's universities as they grapple with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....


University will never be the same again
In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire is joined by education and communications reporter Fergus Hunter to discuss the state of Australia's universities as they grapple with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic....

Can Australia recover from record unemployment?
In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire is joined by senior economics correspondent Shane Wright to discuss Australia's record unemployment and the impact Victoria's coronavirus resurgence will have on recovering. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

Will global giants squash Australia's streaming platforms?
In this episode, senior culture writer Nathanael Cooper is joined by media and telecommunications journalist Zoe Samios to discuss the future of local streaming services like Stan and Binge as global media giants begin to establish their own services. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....


How will Kamala Harris affect the US election?
This morning, Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden announced California Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate, ending weeks of increasingly frenzied speculation. If Biden defeats President Trump on November 3rd, Harris would become the first female vice-president in US history. In this episode, Sunday Age editor David King is joined by North America correspondent Matthew Knott to discuss what Kamala Harris's appointment means for the US election. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy informat...

Beijing clamps down: Hong Kong media tycoon arrested
Yesterday, Hong Kong police arrested billionaire media tycoon Jimmy Lai on national security charges and raided his Apple Daily newspaper headquarters. In this episode, climate and environment editor Nick O'Malley is joined by China correspondent Eyrk Bagshaw to discuss the power of China's new security laws. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

COVID-19 vaccine development 'ticking along'
In this episode, senior culture writer Nathanael Cooper is joined by national science reporter Liam Mannix to discuss the international communities' progress in creating a COVID-19 vaccine. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....


Victoria's COVID-19 deaths overtake Black Saturday
Today, the state of Victoria will pass 173 deaths from COVID-19, the same toll from the Black Saturday bushfires, Australia’s worst natural disaster. In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire is joined by The Age's chief reporter Chip Le Grand to discuss how Melbourne is faring as they grapple with the stage four coronavirus restrictions. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information....

Victoria's COVID-19 deaths overtake Black Saturday
Today, the state of Victoria will pass 173 deaths from COVID-19, the same toll from the Black Saturday bushfires, Australia’s worst natural disaster. In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire is joined by The Age's chief reporter Chip Le Grand to discuss how Melbourne is faring as they grapple with the stage four coronavirus restrictions. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

How did a 'floating bomb' cargo ship lead to the Beirut explosion?
Over 100 people were killed, including one Australian and 4000 wounded after a warehouse filled with Ammonium nitrate exploded in Beirut, Lebanon on Tuesday. In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire is joined by Europe correspondent Bevan Shields to discuss the aftermath of the horrific explosion, how it happened and why such volatile material was housed in the middle of a big city. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....


Closed for business: the cost of Victoria's lockdown
Non-essential retail stores in Melbourne will shut at midnight tonight as part of the city’s stage four COVID-19 lockdown. The move is expected to lead to 250,000 workers being stood down. The harsh measures have shattered hopes of a swift economic recovery, with independent modeling showing Victoria’s state government debt ballooning to $60 billion next year. In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire is joined by economics correspondent Jennifer Duke to discuss the ripple effect the Victorian lockdow...

'More chillies!' Why are Australians gambling more in lockdown?
Australia's obsession with gambling has propped up some of the world's biggest corporate bookmakers during the COVID-19 pandemic, sparking fresh calls for a federal government crackdown.  The superannuation sector has also reported savings taken out in the federal government’s early release program being splurged by punters on online gambling.  In this episode, senior journalist Jacqueline Maley is joined by climate and environment editor Nick O'Malley to discuss why Australia is so addicted to gambling. ...

State of disaster: stage four restrictions lock Melbourne down
Yesterday, Premier Daniel Andrews declared that Victoria is officially in a state of disaster.  For the next six weeks, Melbourne will be under an 8 pm curfew while regional Victoria has moved to stage three restrictions in an attempt to suppress the spread of the coronavirus. In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire is joined by acting editor of The Age Michelle Griffin to discuss how Melburnians are faring on day two of the stage four restrictions. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy informa...


Treasurer unveils code to rein in digital giants
Last year, Google and Facebook made almost $400 million more in Australian advertising revenue than five of our major media outlets combined. Today, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg unveiled a draft code aimed at reining in the dominance of the digital platforms and strengthening the media companies that have lost significant ad revenue to the international tech giants. In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire is joined by media and telecommunications journalist, Zoe Samios to discuss the implications of th...

Treasurer unveils code to rein in digital giants
Last year, Google and Facebook made almost $400 million more in Australian advertising revenue than five of our major media outlets combined. Today, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg unveiled a draft code aimed at reining in the dominance of the digital platforms and strengthening the media companies that have lost significant ad revenue to the international tech giants. In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire is joined by media and telecommunications journalist, Zoe Samios to discuss the implications of th...

Have German police made a breakthrough in the search for Madeleine McCann?
In June, German authorities identified a 43-year-old man as a suspect in the disappearance and likely murder of British girl Madeleine McCann in Portugal in 2007. This suspect was later identified to be Christian Bruekner. Now, police are digging up a plot of land near Bruekner's former home on the outskirts of Hanover in northern Germany. In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire is joined by Europe correspondent Bevan Shields from Hanover where he is covering the investigation into McCann's disappea...


Have German police made a breakthrough in the search for Madeleine McCann?
In June, German authorities identified a 43-year-old man as a suspect in the disappearance and likely murder of British girl Madeleine McCann in Portugal in 2007. This suspect was later identified to be Christian Bruekner. Now, police are digging up a plot of land near Bruekner's former home on the outskirts of Hanover in northern Germany. In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire is joined by Europe correspondent Bevan Shields from Hanover where he is covering the investigation into McCann's disappea...

Crown's gamble: casino probity inquiry resumes
On Monday, the NSW Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority resumed its public hearings into Crown Resorts after suspending the probity inquiry in April because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The inquiry will determine whether Crown should keep its license and was triggered by revelations by The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, and 60 Minutes last July that Crowns "junket" tour operators brought Chinese high-rollers to its Australian casinos had links to organised crime and money-laundering operations.  In this ...

Crown's gamble: casino probity inquiry resumes
On Monday, the NSW Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority resumed its public hearings into Crown Resorts after suspending the probity inquiry in April because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The inquiry will determine whether Crown should keep its license and was triggered by revelations by The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, and 60 Minutes last July that Crowns "junket" tour operators brought Chinese high-rollers to its Australian casinos had links to organised crime and money-laundering operations.  In this ...


Is it too late for paid pandemic leave?
Yesterday, the national industrial tribunal decided to give two weeks of paid pandemic leave to aged care staff, including casual employees to encourage workers to stay home if they have symptoms of the coronavirus. The decision came after Victoria recorded 532 new cases on Monday, a record for the state. In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire is joined by industrial relations reporter Nick Bonyhady to discuss what paid pandemic leave will mean for aged care workers and whether it's likely to be ex...

Is it too late for paid pandemic leave?
Yesterday, the national industrial tribunal decided to give two weeks of paid pandemic leave to aged care staff, including casual employees to encourage workers to stay home if they have symptoms of the coronavirus. The decision came after Victoria recorded 532 new cases on Monday, a record for the state. In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire is joined by industrial relations reporter Nick Bonyhady to discuss what paid pandemic leave will mean for aged care workers and whether it's likely to be ex...

The mismanagement of Australia's $60 billion workers' comp system
In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire is joined by investigative journalist Adele Ferguson to discuss the joint investigation by The Herald, The Age, and Four Corners into Australia's $60 billion workers’ compensation system.  The investigation uncovered mismanagement of the state government scheme in NSW and ‘unethical’ conduct in Victoria. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....


The mismanagement of Australia's $60 billion workers' comp system
In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire is joined by investigative journalist Adele Ferguson to discuss the joint investigation by The Herald, The Age, and Four Corners into Australia's $60 billion workers’ compensation system.  The investigation uncovered mismanagement of the state government scheme in NSW and ‘unethical’ conduct in Victoria....

Why can't Victoria control its COVID-19 resurgence?
Victoria's initial coronavirus wave peaked at 111 cases. Two weeks after the second lockdown, the state is at 484 and rising. Yesterday, 5 people, including a man in his 50’s, died. In this episode, group executive editor James Chessell is joined by The Age's chief reporter Chip Le Grand to analyse why it all went so wrong in Victoria. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

'A real shock': the worst deficit since WWII
This morning, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg announced Australia is officially in the worst deficit since World War II  In this episode, group executive editor James Chessell is joined by economics correspondent Jennifer Duke. They analyse Treasurer Josh Frydenberg's announcement, where we go from here and what we need to do to survive this recession. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....


Why is Australia's environment in an 'unsustainable state of decline'?
Since Europeans colonised Australia, about 100 of Australia’s unique flora and fauna species have become extinct. Unfortunately, the rate of loss has not slowed over the past 200 years. On Tuesday, a review of the Environment, Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act found the legislation ineffective in enabling the protection and conservation of the environment and found Australia’s biodiversity in an ‘unsustainable state of decline’ In this episode, climate and environment editor Nick O'Malley is jo...

How will the JobKeeper extension impact recipients?
From October, the current JobKeeper rate of $1500 a fortnight will be replaced by reduced entitlements for part and full-time workers. Eligible full-time workers will receive $1200 a fortnight while part-time workers will receive $750 over the same period. In this episode, senior journalist Jacqueline Maley is joined by economics correspondent Jennifer Duke to talk about how the JobKeeper extension will impact the economy. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

Virus politics: the mixed messaging of mask wearing
On Sunday, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced people of Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire would be required to wear a mask while outdoors and from this Thursday, those who fail to do so face fines of up to $200. This contradicted earlier messaging from the federal government who deemed the wearing of masks unnecessary. In this episode, climate and environment editor Nick O'Malley is joined by national health reporter Dana McCauley to decipher what to do in spite of the conflicting messaging around ...


Covid in America: a country divided
While Australian’s brace themselves for the impact of Victoria’s coronavirus resurgence, the United States is still grappling with how to establish a coherent national plan to begin to tackle the pandemic. In this episode, senior culture journalist Nathanael Cooper is joined by senior journalist Farrah Tomazin from Washington DC to analyse how the United States is dealing with the politics of the coronavirus. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

Will JobTrainer be enough to protect new workers from the recession?
The Morrison government has announced a stimulus package to ensure job seekers and school leavers will learn in-demand skills to help them survive the recession amid deepening unemployment.  In this episode, The Sydney Morning Herald’s editor Lisa Davies is joined by chief political correspondent David Crowe to analyse the federal government's $2 billion 'JobTrainer' plan to help school leavers and the unemployed upskill. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

Hunt for COVID-19 vaccine going 'surprisingly well'
In this episode, Sunday Age editor David King and national science reporter Liam Mannix give a COVID-19 vaccine update. They delve into why scientists are so optimistic about the current chances of vaccine development and also discuss why the process is so complicated. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....


'Priceless' palace letters unveiled
Political historian Professor Jenny Hocking has won a decade-long fight to access hundreds of letters between the Crown and former governor-general, Sir John Kerr, before the dismissal of the Whitlam government. This morning, the letters were revealed to the Australian public after the High court ruled they were public records.  In this episode, senior culture journalist Nathanael Cooper is joined by senior economics correspondent Shane Wright to discuss the revelations in the letters and why it's taken s...

Containment measures strain as COVID-19 clusters multiply
Victoria's Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton has warned that Victoria has not yet seen the peak of the second coronavirus surge. The state now has more cases of community transmission than the rest of the country put together. In New South Wales,14 new cases have been linked to the Crossroads Hotel cluster. NSW Police Minister David Elliott has warned the hospitality industry to abide by the public health restrictions, or risk being shut down.  In this episode, The Sydney Morning Herald's editor Lisa Davi...

Does ‘cancel culture’ have a place in our society?
Two days ago, Harper’s Magazine published a statement warning of the dangers of an “intolerance of opposing views”. The open letter, signed by 150 people including JK Rowling, Margaret Atwood and Noam Chomsky, has intensified the raging debate over the place of "cancel culture" in societal growth. In this episode, senior journalist Jacqueline Maley is joined by deputy Sun-Herald editor Michael Koziol to discuss this growing cultural phenomenon. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....


The cost of our coronavirus resurgence
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has estimated Melbourne's second lockdown will cost Victoria 1 billion dollars per week. On July 23rd, he will deliver the government's new income support strategy aimed at kickstarting recovery from the coronavirus recession.  In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire is joined by senior economics correspondent Shane Wright to discuss the recession and whether the Morrison government's plan will be enough to escape it. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

'Horror and resignation': how will Melbourne cope with a second lockdown?
The border between NSW and Victoria closed this morning with Greater Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire entering six weeks of stage three COVID-19 restrictions from midnight tonight. In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire is joined by The Age's city editor Bianca Hall to discuss how Victoria is coping with the impending lockdown and the impact on the rest of the country. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

Indonesia: the coronavirus hotspot next door
Indonesia is tipped to become Asia's third coronavirus epicentre with daily infection rates expected to rise to 4000 per day by October.  Yesterday, the 17,000 islands reported 1209 new cases and 70 deaths. In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire is joined by South-East Asia correspondent James Massola to discuss the challenges Indonesia faces in trying to contain the virus. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....


Take two: NSW-Victoria border to shut as cases rise
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has announced the border between Victoria and New South Wales will close at midnight on Tuesday after an alarming surge of coronavirus infections. Today, Victoria reported 127 new cases, this is the state's highest daily increase since the pandemic began. In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire is joined by The Age's news director Patrick Elligett to discuss the escalating coronavirus crisis in Victoria. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

Police state: the future of life in Hong Kong
Australia has joined the United Kingdom in offering Hong Kong residents refuge after the territory was engulfed by a fresh wave of protests and arrests over China’s new security laws.  In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire is joined by China correspondent Eryk Bagshaw to discuss the unrest in Hong Kong and how it may impact our diplomatic relations with China. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

Can the entertainment industry survive the coronavirus curtain call?
Australia's entertainment industry has been decimated by the coronavirus pandemic. Last week, KPMG released an audit report of the Sydney Theatre Company that cast 'significant doubt' over the company's chance of staying afloat. At the same time, international circus group Cirque due Soleil announced they were in almost $1 billion in debt and needed to cut at least 3,500 staff.  In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire is joined by senior culture writer Nathanael Cooper to discuss the future of the Sy...


Why is Australia investing in new weapons technology?
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has delivered a 10-year defence strategy which will open the door to investing in new weapons technology. The strategy includes purchasing long-range anti-ship missiles from the US to support its fleet of Super Hornets fighter aircraft. In this episode, Sunday Age editor David King is joined by foreign affairs and national security correspondent Anthony Galloway to discuss the strategy and how it will impact Australia geopolitically. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy ...

Is pandemic markets mayhem 'unknowable'?
Over the past week, there has been a small spate of encouraging signs pointing towards a rebound in the global economy but does the data actually indicate we're on the road to recovery?  In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire is joined by senior business columnist Stephen Bartholomeusz to discuss the state of the global financial markets. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

'Culture of poor leadership': War crimes in Afghanistan admitted
In a confidential briefing to troops at SAS headquarters, Major-General Adam Findlay admitted some elite Australian soldiers committed war crimes in Afganistan. He blamed the atrocities on "poor moral leadership" and also admitted some of the crimes had been deliberately covered up.   In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire is joined by investigative journalist Nick McKenzie to discuss the briefing and the long-awaited Bereton report into SAS misconduct that's due to be delivered in the coming weeks....


The turbulent future of Australia's aviation industry
The global aviation industry has been decimated by the coronavirus crisis and Australia’s flagship airline has not been spared the pain. In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire is joined by business reporter Patrick Hatch to discuss Qantas's three-year plan to save $15 billion in costs. The airline announced the plan yesterday, stating their international flights would not resume for at least the next year and they would have to lose 20% of their staff as a result. See omnystudio.com/listener for ...

Why is the ABC restructuring?
On Wednesday afternoon, The ABC announced a range of cost-saving moves under a new five-year strategy aimed at saving $40 million and attracting younger audiences. In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire is joined by media and telecommunications reporter Zoe Samios to discuss the measures which will include the loss of 250 jobs, reduced episodes of popular shows like Foreign Correspondent, and the axing of the 7:45 am radio news bulletin. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

Who is to blame for Victoria's COVID-19 surge?
Fears of a second COVID-19 wave in Victoria are growing. Last night, the state reported 20 new coronavirus cases. This is their seventh consecutive day of double-digit positive tests.  In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire is joined by The Age's health reporter Dana McCauley to discuss Victoria's COVID-19 response and what it means for the rest of Australia. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....


"Dirty Dyson", the retired high court judge accused of sexual harassment
In this episode, senior journalist Jacqueline Maley is joined by senior investigative journalist Kate McClymont to discuss their investigation into former High Court Justice Dyson Heydon. An independent inquiry found Mr. Heydon to have sexually harassed six young female associates.  Yesterday, the Sydney Morning Herald uncovered further allegations from senior legal figures including a judge who claims he indecently assaulted her.  These women claim Mr. Heydon's status as one of the most powerful men in ...

Calls for lockdowns as Labor quarrels in Victoria
In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire is joined by The Age's state political reporter Sumeyya Illanbey to discuss the new COVID-19 hotspots in Victoria and the pressure on Premier Daniel Andrews to squash factional squabbling in the Labor party after The Age and 60 Minutes exposed industrial branch-stacking. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

What does a higher minimum wage mean for the economy?
In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire is joined by industrial relations reporter Nick Bonyhady to discuss the Fair Work Commissions' decision to raise the minimum wage by 1.7%. Despite calls from the federal government and employer groups to freeze wages, workers on the minimum wage will now earn $19.34 an hour. This will amount to $735.80 a week for full-time workers. Supporters power our newsrooms and are critical for the sustainability of our coverage. Becoming a subscriber also gets you exclu...


The thing keeping the PM up at night
In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire is joined by national economics correspondent Jennifer Duke to discuss housing prices, migration levels, and the May jobs report released today that showed unemployment has reached 7.1%, a 19 year high. Supporters power our newsrooms and are critical for the sustainability of our coverage. Becoming a subscriber also gets you exclusive behind-the-scenes content and invitations to special events. Please take the time to rate & review us on Apple Podcasts or ...

The Victorian government’s 'grubby' branch-stacking scandal
In this episode, Sunday Age editor David King and investigative reporter Nick McKenzie delve into the joint investigation between The Age and 60 minutes which revealed industrial branch stacking in the Victorian Labor party. Supporters power our newsrooms and are critical for the sustainability of our coverage. Becoming a subscriber also gets you exclusive behind-the-scenes content and invitations to special events. Please take the time to rate & review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your po...

COVID-19: stage two report card
In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire is joined by The Herald’s health editor, Kate Aubusson to discuss the latest COVID-19 developments including three new community-acquired cases, funding to kickstart elective surgeries and the hunt for a vaccine. Supporters power our newsrooms and are critical for the sustainability of our coverage. Becoming a subscriber also gets you exclusive behind-the-scenes content and invitations to special events. Please take the time to rate & review us on Apple Po...


Life or death: Sino-Australian relationship strains
Australia’s banks have been warned by the chair of Parliament’s finance committee against backing new Chinese national security laws aimed at stamping out rebellion in Hong Kong. And last Wednesday, Australian Karm Gilespie was sentenced to death in the Guangzhou Intermediate People's Court for attempting to smuggle 7.5 kilograms of ice out of China in 2013. In this episode, China Correspondent Eryk Bagshaw and national editor Tory Maguire discuss what these developments mean for the Sino-Australian relat...

Cancel culture: cathartic or patronising?
In this episode, senior journalist Jacqueline Maley and national editor Tory Maguire discuss the nuances of cancel culture and the human right to be offended in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protest which saw streaming giants pull problematic programs, the toppling of once venerated historical figures and the New York Times' mea culpa after it published an offensive opinion piece. Supporters power our newsrooms and are critical for the sustainability of our coverage. Becoming a subscriber also gets ...

Toppled statues: Confronting the UK's dark past
In the wake of George Floyd's horrifying death and the Black Lives Matter protests, controversial statues are being vandalised and pulled down, but is this the right approach? Europe correspondent Bevan Shields speaks to national editor Tory Maguire about the impact across Britain, and how authorities are responding. Supporters power our newsrooms and are critical for the sustainability of our coverage. Becoming a subscriber also gets you exclusive behind-the-scenes content and invitations to special eve...


Inside the National Cabinet
In this episode, National affairs editor Rob Harris speaks to national editor Tory Maguire about Australia's response to the coronavirus pandemic over the past three months. They discuss what the National Cabinet did well as well as where they could have improved in their fight to flatten the coronavirus curve. Supporters power our newsrooms and are critical for the sustainability of our coverage. Becoming a subscriber also gets you exclusive behind-the-scenes content and invitations to special events. ...

The politics of the Queen's birthday honours
In this episode, senior journalist Jacqueline Maley and chief political correspondent David Crowe discuss the controversial Queen's birthday honours awarded over the weekend. Supporters power our newsrooms and are critical for the sustainability of our coverage. Becoming a subscriber also gets you exclusive behind-the-scenes content and invitations to special events. Please take the time to rate & review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. We love to hear your thoughts and it makes it ...

Black Lives Matter: listen, learn and act
Indigenous affairs reporter Ella Archibald-Binge joins national editor Tory Maguire to examine Australia’s history of Indigenous deaths in custody as well as how white Australia can “walk with” Aboriginal people to rectify police brutality and create a more equal society. Supporters power our newsrooms and are critical for the sustainability of our coverage. Becoming a subscriber also gets you exclusive behind-the-scenes content and invitations to special events. Please take the time to rate & review ...


The coronavirus recession
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says the economy has nosedived into a recession, but what does that mean for Australians? Senior economics reporter Shane Wright looks back to the economic woes of 1990, and the recessions we narrowly avoided with national editor Tory Maguire and discusses how the COVID-19 situation is different.  Supporters power our newsrooms and are critical for the sustainability of our coverage. Becoming a subscriber also gets you exclusive behind-the-scenes content and invitations to speci...

The 'law & order' President inflames protests
In this episode, North American correspondent Matthew Knott speaks with national editor Tory Maguire from Washington D.C. They discuss the national unrest in the United States over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody after being detained over allegedly using a counterfeit $20 note. Supporters power our newsrooms and are critical for the sustainability of our coverage. Becoming a subscriber also gets you exclusive behind-the-scenes content and invitations to special events. ...

Los Angeles: curfews and riots
In this episode, culture editor-at-large Michael Idato speaks with national editor Tory Maguire from California about the riots in Los Angeles over the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died in police custody after being suspected of committing a non-violent offense. They also speak about the newly imposed curfews which prevent residents of L.A from leaving their homes without due cause. Supporters power our newsrooms and are critical for the sustainability of our coverage. Becoming a subscriber als...


Winter is here, but bushfire season looms again
It turns out you like the shorter, daily, format so we’ve decided to continue Please Explain as a daily podcast, beyond the pandemic. Today Tory is joined by Climate and Environment editor Nick O’Malley. It may be the first day of winter, but the bushfire royal commission is in full swing, investigating the deadly fires at the start of 2020, but also racing to find better responses to the next fire season. Supporters power our newsrooms and are critical for the sustainability of our coverage. Becoming...

Coronavirus: Live sport kicks off
The Heralds chief sports writer Andrew Webster gives national editor Tory Maguire the breakdown on how the NRL was able to get live sport back to our screens again. Supporters power our newsrooms and are critical for the sustainability of our coverage. Becoming a subscriber also gets you exclusive behind-the-scenes content and invitations to special events. Please take the time to rate & review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. We love to hear your thoughts and it makes it easier for...

Coronavirus: The government and ACTU play nice
Unprecedented economic conditions have forced two traditional adversaries - the Liberal Party and the union movement - to work together. The stakes are high and expectations even higher. Industrial relations reporter Nick Bonyahady speaks with national editor Tory Maguire about the federal roundtable that may usher in a new era for Australian industrial relations, and how Prime Minister Scott Morrison will play an unlikely central role. Supporters power our newsrooms and are critical for the sustainab...


Coronavirus: counterfeit masks in our hospitals
Many believe masks are the key to keeping them safe from COVID-19, but with fake ones circulating, it may not be that simple. Health reporter Dana McCauley speaks to Tory Maguire about how a probe has been ordered into counterfeit masks being issued to health professionals, and when wearing a mask is not beneficial at all.  Supporters power our newsrooms and are critical for the sustainability of our coverage. Becoming a subscriber also gets you exclusive behind-the-scenes content and invitations to s...

Coronavirus: The theatre industry plans its big comeback
COVID has been a show-stopper in the live-theatre community. Senior culture writer Nathanael Cooper takes senior journalist and columnist Jacqueline Maley through how the theatre industry is planning their comeback. Supporters power our newsrooms and are critical for the sustainability of our coverage. Becoming a subscriber also gets you exclusive behind-the-scenes content and invitations to special events. Please take the time to rate & review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. We...

Coronavirus: behind the JobKeeper bungle
Senior economics correspondent Shane Wright breaks down how the government miscalculated JobKeeper spending by $60 billion to national editor Tory Maguire. Supporters power our newsrooms and are critical for the sustainability of our coverage. Becoming a subscriber also gets you exclusive behind-the-scenes content and invitations to special events. Please take the time to rate & review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. We love to hear your thoughts and it makes it easier for the rest...


Coronavirus: The border wars
Tense and frustrated words are being exchanged between states that share borders as Australia begins to open back up. SMH political editor Alex Smith joins national editor Tory Maguire to discuss the ongoing fracas between Queensland and NSW. Supporters power our newsrooms and are critical for the sustainability of our coverage. Becoming a subscriber also gets you exclusive behind-the-scenes content and invitations to special events. Please take the time to rate & review us on Apple Podcasts or wherev...

Coronavirus: will wages ever increase?
Economics correspondent Jennifer Duke and national editor Tory Maguire talk through the impact of COVID-19 on wage growth in Australia. Supporters power our newsrooms and are critical for the sustainability of our coverage. Becoming a subscriber also gets you exclusive behind-the-scenes content and invitations to special events. Please take the time to rate & review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. We love to hear your thoughts and it makes it easier for the rest of the podcast worl...

Coronavirus: the power of finding the vaccine
The politics of the COVID cure - where will it be made, how much will it cost and who will get it first? World news editor Chris Zappone talks to science reporter Liam Mannix about the latest news in the world's search for a vaccine to the coronavirus. Supporters power our newsrooms and are critical for the sustainability of our coverage. Becoming a subscriber also gets you exclusive behind-the-scenes content and invitations to special events. Please take the time to rate & review us on Apple Podcasts...


Coronavirus: Hartcher on our "chess game" with China
Political and international editor Peter Hartcher discusses with national editor Tory Maguire what the state of play is in Sino-Australian relations after China announced it would back a coronavirus investigation. Supporters power our newsrooms and are critical for the sustainability of our coverage. Becoming a subscriber also gets you exclusive behind-the-scenes content and invitations to special events. Please take the time to rate & review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. We love...

Coronavirus: school's back, baby
After an extended period of Australia's mums and dads trying their hand at assistant teaching, the kids are finally going back to school. But what will school look like, and how will it differ from what we're used to? Education editor Jordan Baker joins national editor Tory Maguire to figure out what schooling may look like on the other side, and how the kids are getting back to hitting the books. Supporters power our newsrooms and are critical for the sustainability of our coverage. Becoming a subscr...

Coronavirus: unemployment, the story of the pandemic
Senior economics writer Matthew Wade joins national editor Tory Maguire to break down what the recently announced unemployment figures mean for our economy. Supporters power our newsrooms and are critical for the sustainability of our coverage. Becoming a subscriber also gets you exclusive behind-the-scenes content and invitations to special events. Please take the time to rate & review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. We love to hear your thoughts and it makes it easier for the res...


Coronavirus: Trump just got more Trump
North American correspondent Matt Knott joins national editor Tory Maguire to talk about what is happening in the wild world of Donald Trump.  Supporters power our newsrooms and are critical for the sustainability of our coverage. Becoming a subscriber also gets you exclusive behind-the-scenes content and invitations to special events. Please take the time to rate & review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. We love to hear your thoughts and it makes it easier for the rest of the podca...

Coronavirus: media takes a hit
Australia’s economy has been put under significant pressure during the pandemic, and nowhere has that been felt more acutely than in the media industry. On today’s Please Explain media reporter Zoe Samios steps national editor Tory Maguire through the big changes that could see our landscape permanently shift going forward. Supporters power our newsrooms and are critical for the sustainability of our coverage. Becoming a subscriber also gets you exclusive behind-the-scenes content and invitations to s...

Coronavirus: Reviving a "decimated" entertainment industry
Senior culture writer Nathanael Cooper speaks to national editor Tory Maguire about how the entertainment industry is trying to get back on its feet in the era of social distancing. Supporters power our newsrooms and are critical for the sustainability of our coverage. Becoming a subscriber also gets you exclusive behind-the-scenes content and invitations to special events. Please take the time to rate & review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. We love to hear your thoughts and it ma...


Coronavirus: Pollies back to work
Parliament returns to sit once again. Chief political correspondent David Crowe joins national editor Tory Maguire to discuss what's on the agenda as parliament resumes for the first time during the COVID crisis. Supporters power our newsrooms and are critical for the sustainability of our coverage. Becoming a subscriber also gets you exclusive behind-the-scenes content and invitations to special events. Please take the time to rate & review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. We lo...

Coronavirus: the vaccine debates
Science reporter Liam Mannix joins national editor Tory Maguire to discuss if any progress is being made in creating a vaccine and treatment for COVID-19. Supporters power our newsrooms and are critical for the sustainability of our coverage. Becoming a subscriber also gets you exclusive behind-the-scenes content and invitations to special events. Please take the time to rate & review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. We love to hear your thoughts and it makes it easier for the rest ...

Coronavirus: UK's death toll surpasses Italy
Despite having a head start and world-class healthcare system, the UK now has the highest number of coronavirus deaths in Europe, according to the latest government figures. National editor Tory Maguire is joined by Europe correspondent Bevan Shields, who contracted and recovered from COVID-19 himself, to discuss how England's struggle with the virus became the worst in Europe. Supporters power our newsrooms and are critical for the sustainability of our coverage. Becoming a subscriber also gets you e...


Coronavirus: The Ruby Princess blame game
Will the Ruby Princess inquiry influence Friday’s national cabinet meeting where our leaders will discuss lifting restrictions? Become a subscriber: our supporters power our newsrooms and are critical for the sustainability of news coverage. Becoming a subscriber also gets you exclusive behind-the-scenes content and invitations to special events. Click on the links to subscribe https://subscribe.theage.com.au/ or https://subscribe.smh.com.au/  Please take the time to rate & review us on Apple Podcasts...

Coronavirus: Abolishing "our laziest tax"
With tax reform on the table due to the need to kick start the economy, national editor Tory Maguire and senior economics writer Jessica Irvine talk through the potential abolishing of stamp duty and its economic implications. Become a subscriber: our supporters power our newsrooms and are critical for the sustainability of news coverage. Becoming a subscriber also gets you exclusive behind-the-scenes content and invitations to special events. Click on the links to subscribe https://subscribe.theage.com....

Coronavirus: Global emissions and a crippled economy
The global economy has almost ground to a halt resulting in a sharp drop to our climate emissions, but is it enough to meet the Paris Agreement's targets? Today on Please ExplainNick O'Malley joins Tory Maguire to discuss COVID-19's impact on the global economy and our environment, and how there's more that can be done to tackle emissions. Please take the time to rate & review wherever you get your pods. We love to hear your thoughts and it makes it easier for the rest of the podcast world to find us. Su...


Coronavirus: Chinese Wolves & Australian Wolverines
Today on Please Explain  Eryk Bagshaw joins Tory Maguire to look back on a tumultuous week in Sino-Australian relations. From gate-crashed press conferences to 'Wolverine' diplomacy, there is clearly a great deal at stake when it comes to our largest trading partner. Please take the time to rate & review wherever you get your pods. We love to hear your thoughts and it makes it easier for the rest of the podcast world to find us. Subscriptions power our newsrooms and are critical for the sustainability of...

Coronavirus: America's unruly states
Albany in Southwest Georgia has been almost as badly hit as New York, yet the Georgian mayor has reopened all businesses.  Today on Please Explain US correspondent Matthew Knott joins National Editor Tory Maguire to discuss how Albany became one of the worst COVID-19 outbreak areas, but also, now, has the loosest rules. About 130 people have died in Georgia, more than the amount in Australia and New Zealand combined. Today, Please Explain delves into how the community is coping with this stark reality.  ...

Coronavirus: When will sport come back?
Media has been hit during the pandemic and sport is not immune. In an attempt to bring NRL, AFL and cricket back onto Aussie screens, sports bosses have been scrambling to sign new broadcast deals to save their bottom line. Today on Please Explain former media reporter and Executive Editor James Chessell joins National Editor Tory Maguire to analyse the media landscape to see how, and when, we might see the first bounce of a new Sherrin, the toss of a coin or the screech of a starting whistle. Plea...


Coronavirus: Are students safer at school?
The federal government last night released five different reports into why school students would be better off back at school rather than learning from home.  Chief political correspondent David Crowe joins national editor Tory Maguire to speak about the conflicting arguments when it comes to balancing students’ safety and their ability to learn effectively.   Please take the time to rate & review wherever you get your pods. We love to hear your thoughts and it makes it easier for the rest of the podcast ...

Coronavirus: what's next for Virgin?
After several attempts at pleading the federal government to step in and save them, Virgin Australia went into administration, collapsing under the weight of their own $7 billion debt. Business reporter Patrick Hatch joins national editor Tory Maguire to speak about the final moments of Virgin's corporate life in Australia, who it owes money to, and what the path forward is for the troubled airline. Please take the time to rate & review wherever you get your pods. We love to hear your thoughts and it ...

Coronavirus: We'll all be tested
As the curve continues to flatten in Australia, health reporter Rachel Clun joins Tory Maguire to talk about just how our recovery rate is measured. Please take the time to rate & review wherever you get your pods. We love to hear your thoughts and it makes it easier for the rest of the podcast world to find us. Subscriptions power our newsrooms and are critical for the sustainability of news our coverage. Becoming a subscriber also gets you exclusive behind-the-scenes content and invitations to sp...


Coronavirus: Business rushes to JobKeeper
In the first three days of the JobKeeper program a massive 27,500 companies registered. As the curve begins to flatten, the conversation has turned to how to bolster the economy ahead of a potential worldwide downturn. Chief political correspondent David Crowe joins national editor Tory Maguire to analyse how these systems will keep up with demand as Australian businesses begin to navigate an uncertain future. Please take the time to rate & review wherever you get your pods. We love to hear your thoug...

Coronavirus: when can the kids go back to school?
It's the question on every parent's lips: when are the kids going back? As parents around the country try their hand at homeschooling and remote learning, national editor Tory Maguire checks in with the Sydney Morning Herald's education editor Jordan Baker to discuss NSW's plan to send kids back for a day a week. Please take the time to rate & review wherever you get your pods. We love to hear your thoughts and it makes it easier for the rest of the podcast world to find us. Subscriptions power our...

Coronavirus: social distancing and the police
One thing that's noticeable about the pandemic is that people are off the street and the police are on the beat. And with new policing powers to enforce social distancing, some Australians have found themselves on the wrong side of the law - sometimes accidentally. Legal affairs reporter Michaela Whitbourn talks to national editor Tory Maguire about the restrictions, whether you can challenge a fine in court and how police are managing their new powers. Please take the time to rate & review wherever y...


Coronavirus: How Australia bypassed WHO's China problem
Australia has already shown a willingness to go above and beyond recommendations made by the World Health Organisation in dealing with coronavirus, as the reputation of the organisation is under fire. National editor Tory Maguire speaks with national security correspondent for Anthony Galloway about Australia's February decision to move ahead of WHO and never look back. Now it must help find a way to keep the world body out of Beijing's grip. Please take the time to rate & review wherever you get y...

Coronavirus: Is Australia close to eliminating COVID-19?
Some good news: federal government modelling indicates social distancing is holding new COVID-19 infection levels low enough to eliminate the virus from mainland Australia. But could this cause us problems down the road? National Editor Tory Maguire is joined by science reporter Liam Mannix to examine how Australia has become a world leader in decreasing the number of new cases and discuss estimates about when the virus could be defeated. Please take the time to rate & review wherever you get your pod...

Coronavirus: 'It was trying to kill me': our correspondent's battle with COVID-19
As British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was released from hospital following his life-threatening battle with coronavirus, Europe Correspondent Bevan Shields had a harrowing experience of his own. Despite reports about how mild symptoms can be, Bevan's case was severe. He joins National Editor Tory Maguire to recount his battle with the virus, and how Britain is coping under intense pressure the virus is exerting on their healthcare system. Please take the time to rate & review wherever you get yo...


Coronavirus: When our correspondent got COVID
As British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was released from hospital following his life-threatening battle with coronavirus, Europe Correspondent Bevan Shields had a harrowing experience of his own. Despite reports about how mild symptoms can be, Bevan's case was severe. He joins National Editor Tory Maguire to recount his battle with the virus, and how Britain is coping under intense pressure the virus is exerting on their healthcare system. Please take the time to rate & review wherever you get yo...

Coronavirus: Tracking your movement through your phone
Australians will soon be asked to sign up for a mobile app that can alert them to the risk of catching the coronavirus, using their movements to find out whether they have been close to someone already infected. Deputy Business Editor Supratim Adhikari sits down with National Editor Tory Maguire to explain how the voluntary measure is going to work, and any privacy concerns that are attached to a measure that could be considered invasive. Please take the time to rate & review wherever you get your pod...

Coronavirus: Welcome to the hotel COVID-19
Tested positive? The government might just pay for your hotel. Today on Please Explain federal health reporter Dana McCauley and national editor Tory Maguire take you to the 'Medi-hotels' that patients with COVID-19 could be quarantined in instead of at home in a bid to prevent family members and housemates from being infected.  By doing so, Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt thinks it might promote compliance with isolation requirements. Please take the time to rate & review wherever you get your p...


Coronavirus: Welcome to the hotel COVID-19
Tested positive? The government might just pay for your hotel. Today on Please Explain federal health reporter Dana McCauley and national editor Tory Maguire take you to the 'Medi-hotels' that patients with COVID-19 could be quarantined in instead of at home in a bid to prevent family members and housemates from being infected.  By doing so, Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt thinks it might promote compliance with isolation requirements. Please take the time to rate & review wherever you get your p...

Coronavirus: Debt for generations?
Today's episode of Please Explain features senior economics correspondent Shane Wright and national editor Tory Maguire. They discuss how the Australian public and the federal government will look to pay back the $196 billion that has been spent during the coronavirus crisis.  Please take the time to rate & review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. We love to hear your thoughts and it makes it easier for the rest of the podcast world to find us. Become a subscriber: our supporters pow...

Coronavirus: Debt for generations?
Today's episode of Please Explain features senior economics correspondent Shane Wright and national editor Tory Maguire. They discuss how the Australian public and the federal government will look to pay back the $196 billion that has been spent during the coronavirus crisis.  Please take the time to rate & review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. We love to hear your thoughts and it makes it easier for the rest of the podcast world to find us. Become a subscriber: our supporters pow...


Coronavirus: The new normal
Today's episode of Please Explain features Eryk Bagshaw who is leading our coverage out of Parliament House in Canberra and national editor Tory Maguire. They discuss the coronavirus modelling that shows Australia avoided a horrendous scenario because of social distancing restrictions and the prospect of restrictions being lifted.  Please take the time to rate & review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. We love to hear your thoughts and it makes it easier for the rest of the podcast worl...

Coronavirus: Your questions answered
The do's and the don'ts. The yeses, noes and the maybes. Today on Please Explain reporter Sherryn Groch and national editor Tory Maguire answer your burning questions amid the confusion of the coronavirus pandemic. As rules change constantly and different governments give different messages, The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald have you covered by updating key information to keep you in the know. Please take the time to rate & review wherever you get your pods. We love to hear your thoughts and it ma...

Coronavirus: Our toughest-talking leader
Today's episode of Please Explain features state political editor Noel Towell and national editor Tory Maguire. They discuss Victorian Premier Daniel Andrew's hard-line stance and his backflip on the confusing partner visiting ban.  Please take the time to rate & review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. We love to hear your thoughts and it makes it easier for the rest of the podcast world to find us. Become a subscriber: our supporters power our newsrooms and are critical for the sus...


Coronavirus: Our toughest-talking leader
Today's episode of Please Explain features state political editor Noel Towell and national editor Tory Maguire. They discuss Victorian Premier Daniel Andrew's hard-line stance and his backflip on the confusing partner visiting ban.  Please take the time to rate & review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. We love to hear your thoughts and it makes it easier for the rest of the podcast world to find us. Become a subscriber: our supporters power our newsrooms and are critical for the sus...

Coronavirus: The race for a vaccine
Today's episode of Please Explain features science reporter Liam Mannix and national editor Tory Maguire. They discuss where we are at with developing a COVID-19 vaccine and the long road to recovery.  Please take the time to rate & review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. We love to hear your thoughts and it makes it easier for the rest of the podcast world to find us. Become a subscriber: our supporters power our newsrooms and are critical for the sustainability of news coverage. B...

Coronavirus: Calm before the storm
Today's episode of Please Explain features health editor Kate Aubusson and national editor Tory Maguire. They discuss preparations being made at COVID-19 intensive care units, and how hospitals and ambulance services are equipped for a potential surge.  Please take the time to rate & review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. We love to hear your thoughts and it makes it easier for the rest of the podcast world to find us. Become a subscriber: our supporters power our newsrooms and are...


Coronavirus: Enforcing movement restrictions
Today's episode of Please Explain features crime reporter Sally Rawsthorne and national editor Tory Maguire. They discuss the confusing social distancing rules and how police have enforced the new restrictions.  Please take the time to rate & review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. We love to hear your thoughts and it makes it easier for the rest of the podcast world to find us. Become a subscriber: our supporters power our newsrooms and are critical for the sustainability of news c...

Coronavirus: $130 billion economic lifeline
Today's episode of Please Explain features chief political correspondent David Crowe and national editor Tory Maguire. They discuss the unprecedented $130 billion stimulus package JobKeeper, whether it will save jobs and last the intended six months.  Please take the time to rate & review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. We love to hear your thoughts and it makes it easier for the rest of the podcast world to find us. Become a subscriber: our supporters power our newsrooms and are c...

Coronavirus: Retail sector on the brink of collapse
Already under strain, the coronavirus pandemic has plunged Australia's delicate retail sector into crisis. Retail reporter Dominic Powell and national editor Tory Maguire discuss the challenges facing smaller retailers as supermarket giants boom. Please take the time to rate & review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. We love to hear your thoughts and it makes it easier for the rest of the podcast world to find us. Become a subscriber: our supporters power our newsrooms and are critic...


Coronavirus: U.S surpasses China
In today's episode of Please Explain American correspondent Matthew Knott and national editor Tory Maguire discuss how the coronavirus is impacting the United States of America and how Donald Trump's approval rating has never been higher. Please take the time to rate & review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. We love to hear your thoughts and it makes it easier for the rest of the podcast world to find us. Become a subscriber: our supporters power our newsrooms and are critical for t...

Coronavirus: U.S surpasses China
In today's episode of Please Explain American correspondent Matthew Knott and national editor Tory Maguire discuss how the coronavirus is impacting the United States of America and how Donald Trump's approval rating has never been higher. Please take the time to rate & review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. We love to hear your thoughts and it makes it easier for the rest of the podcast world to find us. Become a subscriber: our supporters power our newsrooms and are critical for t...

Coronavirus: Deep impact on the markets
Today's episode of Please Explain features senior business columnist Stephen Bartholomeusz  and national editor Tory Maguire.  They discuss how the coronavirus has impacted sharemarkets and superfunds as well as how the current stock market crash compares to the GFC and dot com crashes. Please take the time to rate & review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. We love to hear your thoughts and it makes it easier for the rest of the podcast world to find us. Become a subscriber: our supp...


Coronavirus: Kids ask the questions
For the duration of the COVID-19 crisis, Please Explain is coming to you five days a week. In today's episode, Archie Miles (9) asks Miki Perkins all the things that are on his mind about the virus. It's a great episode to play to your kids, to share with other parents, and to get some practical ideas on how to discuss the crisis with young people. Please take the time to rate & review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. We love to hear your thoughts and it makes it easier for the rest...

Coronavirus: The school or home dilemma
For the duration of the COVID-19 crisis, Please Explain is coming to you five days a week. In today's episode of Please Explain,Tory Maguire and Jordan Baker discuss the contention around the shut down of Australian schools. They delve into the confusion parents and teachers are experiencing after hearing different messages from the state premiers and the Prime Minister as well as what this means for childcare services. Please take the time to rate & review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get you...

Coronavirus: The school or home dilemma
For the duration of the COVID-19 crisis, Please Explain is coming to you five days a week. In today's episode of Please Explain, Tory Maguire and Jordan Baker discuss the contention around the shut down of Australian schools. They delve into the confusion parents and teachers are experiencing after hearing different messages from the state premiers and the Prime Minister as well as what this means for childcare services. Please take the time to rate & review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your...


Coronavirus: Cracks in the national cabinet
From today, Please Explain goes daily, Monday to Friday, bringing all the latest news on the coronavirus. In today's episode, Tory Maguire talks to Steph Peatling about the increasingly fractious relationship between the Prime Minister and the states over school closures, and what the latest stimulus package is intended to do. Please take the time to rate & review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. We love to hear your thoughts and it makes it easier for the rest of the podcast world to ...

Coronavirus: Cracks in the national cabinet
From today, Please Explain goes daily, Monday to Friday, bringing all the latest news on the coronavirus. In today's episode, Tory Maguire talks to Steph Peatling about the increasingly fractious relationship between the Prime Minister and the states over school closures, and what the latest stimulus package is intended to do. Please take the time to rate & review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. We love to hear your thoughts and it makes it easier for the rest of the podcast world to ...

Coronavirus: Are we flattening the curve in Australia?
Like so many other Australians, most of the team at The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age are now working from home - part of the effort to flatten the curve. The COVID-19 story is moving so fast it’s hard to pick which element to discuss on this week’s Please Explain podcast episode. In this week's episode of Please Explain, Tory Maguire will talk to Eryk Bagshaw who is one of the people leading our coverage out of Parliament House in Canberra about whether or not the Government has a plan for flattening t...

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White Island tragedy: the road to recovery
On December 9 2019, 47 tourists and guides were visiting the White Island volcano in New Zealand when it erupted.  20 people were killed, and 26 were injured, and many Australians were among those numbers.  Many of the injured suffered serious burns, and in the days after the eruption 13 Australians were flown to hospitals in Sydney and Melbourne for treatment.  Six patients ended up in the Burns Unit at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney, a statewide burns service that was also treating burns vi...

Will coronavirus trigger a recession?
In the past week, the sharemarket has suffered its biggest dive since the global financial crisis. On Monday, Wall Street plunged and the effects have been felt in markets across around the world. So is Coronavirus to blame or were we heading towards a recession anyway?  On this week's Please Explain podcast, Chris Zappone talks to senior economics writer for the Sydney Morning Herald, Matt Wade who will decode what has been happening with the markets and the Australian economy. Become a subscri...

Coronavirus panic: biosecurity up, toilet paper down
We’ve reached the point all the coronavirus experts told us was just a matter of time - local transmission of COVID-19. Prime Minister Scott Morrison this week called for calm asking people to stop clearing the supermarket shelves of toilet paper and that "Australians should continue to go about their lives in their normal way and just exercise common sense." While Attorney General Christian Porter spelled out existing, as yet unused, biosecurity laws introduced in 2015 which allow the detention of in...


How prepared is Australia for a Coronavirus outbreak?
The global COVID 19 virus, which has been simmering intensely since it first emerged in in early January, this week boiled over. The infection rate in other parts of the world has overtaken the growth inside China, where it started. Stock markets around the world have plunged. And Australian authorities are now talking worst-case scenarios. How worried should we be? And if there’s an outbreak in Australia how prepared are we? On this week's Please Explain episode, Tory Maguire is joined by Sydney Morning...

How prepared is Australia for a Coronavirus outbreak?
The global COVID 19 virus, which has been simmering intensely since it first emerged in in early January, this week boiled over. The infection rate in other parts of the world has overtaken the growth inside China, where it started. Stock markets around the world have plunged. And Australian authorities are now talking worst-case scenarios. How worried should we be? And if there’s an outbreak in Australia how prepared are we? On this week's Please Explain episode, Tory Maguire is joined by Sydney M...

The meaning of Aboriginal recognition: sovereignty after the High Court ruling
A decision by the High Court last week not to deport two men of aboriginal descent has set a precedent in recognising that the Indigenous connection to this land is bigger than citizenship. So what does this mean for future cases and will our constitution need to change? On this week’s episode of Please Explain, Sydney Morning Herald editor, Lisa Davies talks to Peter Hartcher about the legal implications of last week’s high court ruling. Also, journalist Stan Grant will share his feelings on this lan...


Federal politics 2020: It's been a long year and it's only February
It may be only the middle of February but it feels like a year’s worth of news has already occupied the halls of parliament house in Canberra. From the fires to the Coronavirus, sports rorts and Banaby Joyce’s thwarted comeback - there hasn’t been much space for long term agendas during the first parliamentary sitting period of 2020. On this week's episode of Please Explain, David Crowe and Stephanie Peatling join Tory Maguire to dissect the first six weeks of 2020 for the Government and what it means...

#ArsonEmergency: how 'fake news' created an info crisis about the bushfires
In the wake of the bushfire crisis, journalist from the Age, Rachael Dexter noticed a small 2018 story was being reshared across the globe... as part of a climate denial movement. In this feature episode of Please Explain, Chris Zappone examine the spread of misinformation and disinformation and its larger implications. Also joining Chris is Buzzfeed's Cameron Wilson who compiled a list of bushfire misinformation that was being spread on social media.   Become a subscriber Our supporters power o...

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American politics wrap
It’s been a massive week in American politics… From President Trump’s impeachment trial, to the Democratic primaries to Wednesday’s State of the Union address, a lot has happened in the space of just a few days. Welcome to season 3 of Please Explain. This week Tory Maguire talks to North American correspondent Matthew Knott to decode this past week in US Politics. Become a subscriber Our supporters power our newsrooms and are critical for the sustainability of news coverage. Becoming a subscr...


Coronavirus Explained
In this special episode of Please Explain, Sydney Morning Herald Health Reporter Rachel Clun sets out to seperate fact from fiction around the coronavirus based on what we know about this disease so far. Become a subscriber Our supporters power our newsrooms and are critical for the sustainability of news coverage. Becoming a subscriber also gets you exclusive behind-the-scenes content and invitations to special events. Click on the links to subscribe to The Age or The Sydney Morning Herald....

Climate Series 6: What we've learnt from these fires
This week on Please Explain Tory Maguire talks to Peter Hannam and Laura Chung from the Sydney Morning Herald about lessons learnt from the east coast bushfires. How could we have been better prepared for this bushfire season and what could have been done differently? This is the last episode of the Climate Series special with Peter Hannam. Become a subscriber Our supporters power our newsrooms and are critical for the sustainability of news coverage. Becoming a subscriber also gets you exclu...

Climate Series 5: ecological effects of bushfires
This week on Please Explain Chris Zappone talks to Peter Hannam and Laura Chung from the Sydney Morning Herald about how devastating these bushfires have been on Australia's flora and fauna. But from these images of destruction, the tide is turning and public opinion is changing. Just this week, an Ipsos poll found that the environment is the biggest issue confronting and worrying Australians. Become a subscriber Our supporters power our newsrooms and are critical for the sustainability of news cov...


Climate Series 4: The politics of fire
This week on Please Explain, Tory Maguire talks to chief political correspondent David Crowe and environment editor Peter Hannam about the politics around this current bushfire crisis.  While there is some reprieve from the fires, rising from the embers are questions for our politicians and there is no longer any willingness to accept the response "now is not the time." Become a subscriber Our supporters power our newsrooms and are critical for the sustainability of news coverage. Becoming a sub...

Climate Series 3: Bushfires from Moruya to Mallacoota
This week on Please Explain, part 3 of our summer series on climate change and weather with Sydney Morning Herald Environment Editor, Peter Hannam. Tory talks to Peter about what it was like to be on the New South Wales south coast where he witnessed first hand the anxiety and challenges of one of the biggest evacuation efforts we’ve ever seen. Plus, Justin McManus, a photographer from The Age tells Tory about his five days in Mallacoota where 4000 people were trapped by fire and then rescued by the navy...

Are millennials getting a raw deal?
The wealth gap between young people and their parents is widening, according to a new report. But why? Is it mismanagement of cash or a deeper economic issue? This week Jacqueline Maley speaks to our Canberra economics correspondents Shane Wright and Eryk Bagshaw to figure out if young Australians are getting a raw deal in the "generational bargain". Become a subscriber Our supporters power our newsrooms and are critical for the sustainability of news coverage. Becoming a subscriber also gets yo...


Australia's recycling crisis
Every few months, Australians are reminded of the recycling crisis gripping the country. Australia's spotless landscapes are giving way to urban mountains of shattered glass, toxic fires and recycled plastic in landfill. This week World News Editor Chris Zappone is joined by Sydney Morning Herald and The Age's South East Asian correspondent James Massola from Jakarta, Melbourne editor Jewel Topsfield. Please Explain is taking a short break over Christmas, so please enjoy one of our favourite episod...

Climate Series 2: Drought and the Murray Darling
This week on Please Explain, part 2 of our summer series on climate change and weather. Joining Tory Maguire is environment editor Peter Hannam and climate and energy correspondent Mike Foley who will attempt to untangle the complexities around water and the Murray Darling Basin plan. Become a subscriber Our supporters power our newsrooms and are critical for the sustainability of news coverage. Becoming a subscriber also gets you exclusive behind-the-scenes content and invitations to special event...

Climate Series 1: It's going to be a long summer
This week on Please Explain, we begin part 1 of our summer series on climate change and weather with environment editor Peter Hannam. How confident are scientists on blaming extreme weather events on global warming? And are we “doing our bit” on emissions reduction like the Prime Minister says we are?  Become a subscriber Our supporters power our newsrooms and are critical for the sustainability of news coverage. Becoming a subscriber also gets you exclusive behind-the-scenes content and invitation...


The Government's report card
This week on Please Explain, Peter Hartcher, Ross Gittins and David Crowe rate the Government's performance at this year's SMH Live: 2019 Year in Review Federal Politics panel. Become a subscriber Our supporters power our newsrooms and are critical for the sustainability of news coverage. Becoming a subscriber also gets you exclusive behind-the-scenes content and invitations to special events. Click on the links to subscribe to The Age or The Sydney Morning Herald....

Westpac goes south
This week on Please Explain Tory Maguire dissects Westpac's week from hell with Sydney Morning Herald Investigative Journalist and Columnist, Adele Ferguson and Business Reporter, Clancy Yeates. Become a subscriber Our supporters power our newsrooms and are critical for the sustainability of news coverage. Becoming a subscriber also gets you exclusive behind-the-scenes content and invitations to special events. Click on the links to subscribe to The Age or The Sydney Morning Herald....

Beijing, bombs and bribery
This week on the Please Explain podcast, we’ll take you to Hong Kong where our China Correspondent, Kirsty Needham is witnessing the chaos first-hand and Peter Hartcher and David Crowe discuss China’s influence in Hong Kong and Australia. Become a subscriber Our supporters power our newsrooms and are critical for the sustainability of news coverage. Becoming a subscriber also gets you exclusive behind-the-scenes content and invitations to special events. Click on the links to subscribe to The Age o...


East-coast bushfires: 'A mongrel of a thing'
In this week's episode of Please Explain, Tory Maguire talks to Sydney Morning Herald environment editor Peter Hannam about why these are the worst bushfires in living memory and she speaks to reporter Lucy Cormack who has been on the ground in the NSW Mid North Coast seeing the devastation of of these bushfires on communities and infrastructure. Become a subscriber Our supporters power our newsrooms and are critical for the sustainability of news coverage. Becoming a subscriber also gets you exclu...

East-coast bushfires: 'A mongrel of a thing'
In this week's episode of Please Explain, Tory Maguire talks to Sydney Morning Herald environment editor Peter Hannam about why these are the worst bushfires in living memory and she speaks to reporter Lucy Cormack who has been on the ground in the NSW Mid North Coast seeing the devastation of of these bushfires on communities and infrastructure. Become a subscriber Our supporters power our newsrooms and are critical for the sustainability of news coverage. Becoming a subscriber also gets you exclusive b...

Fact or fiction? Morrison's war on protesters
This week on Please Explain, Sydney Morning Herald senior journalists Jacqueline Maley and Nick O’Malley join host Chris Zappone to dissect Prime Minister Scott Morrison's pledge to outlaw protesters from boycotting companies. But who would benefit from these proposed changes? Is the freedom to protest under attack or is it the latest political football in the culture war unfolding online? Become a subscriber Our supporters power our newsrooms and are critical for the sustainability of news coverag...


ISIS tyrant may be dead but 'that ideology will survive'
This week on Please Explain, we're joined by The Age's investigations editor, Michael Bachelard, and Sydney Morning Herald photojournalist Kate Geraghty, who have just returned from Syria. We'll get a run-down on the Australians in the al-Hawl refugee camp and speak to Kamalle Dabboussy, whose daughter Mariam is one of the Australian women in the camp who want to come home. As the conflict simmers, we ask what's next for this embattled region? Become a subscriber Our supporters power our newsroo...

Are we failing our kids? Education overhaul
It used to be as easy as ABC; but somewhere along the way, did we forget what's important in educating our kids? This week on Please Explain, The Sydney Morning Herald’s education editor Jordan Baker and The Age’s education editor Adam Carey to dig into how Australia is doing when it comes to teaching our kids. We're also joined by education expert professor Geoff Masters, from the Australian Council for Education Research, who authored the most comprehensive review of the NSW schooling system in 30 y...

Are we failing our kids? Education overhaul
It used to be as easy as ABC; but somewhere along the way, did we forget what's important in educating our kids? This week on Please Explain, The Sydney Morning Herald’s education editor Jordan Baker and The Age’s education editor Adam Carey to dig into how Australia is doing when it comes to teaching our kids. We're also joined by education expert professor Geoff Masters, from the Australian Council for Education Research, who authored the most comprehensive review of the NSW schooling system in 30 years...


An unpopular cause: Australians in Syria
Investigations editor Michael Bachelard speaks to Australian women and children who are trapped in Al-Hawl camp in Syria about why they believe the Australian government should bring them back to Australia.  The Please Explain team greatly value your feedback - you can email us here. We'd love to hear from you. And if you value independent, quality journalism, please subscribe to The Age or The Sydney Morning Herald. Thanks for listening and don't forget to check out more great podcasts from The Ag...

An unpopular cause: Australians in Syria
Investigations editor Michael Bachelard speaks to Australian women and children who are trapped in Al-Hawl camp in Syria about why they believe the Australian government should bring them back to Australia.  The Please Explain team greatly value your feedback - you can email us here. We'd love to hear from you. And if you value independent, quality journalism, please subscribe to The Age or The Sydney Morning Herald. Thanks for listening and don't forget to check out more great podcasts from The Age ...

'Degrees of Oppression' : Syria, Turkey and the Kurds
The Kurdish people have an expression that rings true now more than ever. ‘We have no friends but the mountains’. With the US withdrawing troops and Turkey moving in, the Kurds have been forced to side with Assad. We’re joined by The Age’s former foreign editor Maher Mughrabi and independent journalist Anna Therese Day, who spent years reporting from Syria, to discuss the implications of these actions on the Kurds. Investigations editor Michael Bachelard also joins us from the border of Iraq and Sy...


'Degrees of Oppression' : Syria, Turkey and the Kurds
The Kurdish people have an expression that rings true now more than ever. ‘We have no friends but the mountains’. With the US withdrawing troops and Turkey moving in, the Kurds have been forced to side with Assad. We’re joined by The Age’s former foreign editor Maher Mugrabi and independent journalist Anna Therese Day, who spent years reporting from Syria, to discuss the implications of these actions on the Kurds. Investigations editor Michael Bachelard also joins us from the border of Iraq and Syria, wh...

From explorers to prospectors: Australia's role in the new space boom
In 1969, it was one small step for man. In 2019, it’s one giant gold rush for mankind. And Australia wants in. We're joined by PhD Candidate at The University of SydneyAnnie Handmer, Canberra-based space policy expert Brett Biddington and CEO at Cyborg Dynamics Engineering and Chair of National Space Committee Stephen Bornstein to learn about how technology, business and politics are combining to create a 21st Century space boom. Become a subscriber Our supporters power our newsrooms and are critic...

0.75% interest rate: will young Australians lose out again?
This week, a special episode of Please Explain: economics writer Jess Irvine is out of the studio and into the office of Westpac’s Sydney head office. Why? To speak to Bill Evans, the chief economist at Westpac, and one of the few people who has correctly predicted rate cuts over the past decade. Become a subscriber Our supporters power our newsrooms and are critical for the sustainability of news coverage. Becoming a subscriber also gets you exclusive behind-the-scenes content and invitations t...


0.75% interest rate: will young Australians lose out again?
This week, a special episode of Please Explain: economics writer Jess Irvine is out of the studio and into the office of Westpac’s Sydney head office. Why? To speak to Bill Evans, the chief economist at Westpac, and one of the few people who has correctly predicted rate cuts over the past decade. Become a subscriber Our supporters power our newsrooms and are critical for the sustainability of news coverage. Becoming a subscriber also gets you exclusive behind-the-scenes content and invitations to spec...

The final straw: Trump faces impeachment inquiry
Could it be the beginning of the end for the President, or just more partisan political warfare? This week on Please Explain, we’re joined by US correspondent Matthew Knott, senior fellow at the United States Studies Centre Bruce Wolpe and Washington Post White House correspondent Anne Gearan as we look into the impeachment process. Become a subscriber Our supporters power our newsrooms and are critical for the sustainability of news coverage. Becoming a subscriber also gets you exclusive behind...

China's web of interference in Australia is slowly being illuminated
Gladys Liu, a newly minted member of the government’s backbench, reignited debate about what should be considered a risk of interference after revelations of her connections to Chinese Communist Party associations. The elaborate web of Chinese interference in Australia is gradually being illuminated. This week on Please Explain Nine political editor Chris Uhlmann, chief political correspondent of the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age David Crowe and our deputy bureau chief Stephanie Peatling join me t...


China's web of interference in Australia is slowly being illuminated
Gladys Liu, a newly minted member of the government’s backbench, reignited debate about what should be considered a risk of interference after revelations of her connections to Chinese Communist Party associations. The elaborate web of Chinese interference in Australia is gradually being illuminated. This week on Please Explain Nine political editor Chris Uhlmann, chief political correspondent of the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age David Crowe and our deputy bureau chief Stephanie Peatling join me to di...

What a mess: Australia's recycling crisis
Every few months, Australians are reminded of the recycling crisis gripping the country. Australia's spotless landscapes are giving way to urban mountains of shattered glass, toxic fires and recycled plastic in landfill. This week World News Editor Chris Zappone is joined by Sydney Morning Herald and The Age's South East Asian correspondent James Massola from Jakarta, Melbourne editor Jewel Topsfield and Re-Group's Chief Development Officer and Waste Management Resource and Recovery Association Austra...

The first 100 days of the government many thought wouldn't exist
The first 100 days of a new government are crucial for any prime minister. It’s their first opportunity to put in to action a policy agenda promised to voters in an election, and the time when Australians are most open to big plans and big ideas. This week on Please Explain: a special episode, recorded in front of a live audience at the Sydney Opera House as part of the Antidote Festival. Special guests David Crowe, Shane Wright and Jacqueline Maley join National Editor Tory Maguire to dissect the fir...


The first 100 days of the government many thought wouldn't exist
The first 100 days of a new government are crucial for any prime minister. It’s their first opportunity to put in to action a policy agenda promised to voters in an election, and the time when Australians are most open to big plans and big ideas. This week on Please Explain: a special episode, recorded in front of a live audience at the Sydney Opera House as part of the Antidote Festival. Special guests David Crowe, Shane Wright and Jacqueline Maley join National Editor Tory Maguire to dissect the first 1...

Will Australia back the US or China in the trade war?
After discussions with the President on the sidelines of the G7 this weekend, Prime Minister Scott Morrison stepped a little closer to picking sides in the US-China trade war. But would a deal between the United States and China, which everyone is calling for, actually be that great for Australia? This week Tory Maguire is joined by Sydney Morning Herald senior writer Matt Wade, and Tim Harcourt, an economist from the University of New South Wales and host of The Airport Economist podcast. See us reco...

Why Millennials are getting a raw generational deal
The wealth gap between young people and their parents is widening, according to a new report. But why? Is it mismanagement of cash or a deeper economic issue? This week Jacqueline Maley speaks to our Canberra economics correspondents Shane Wright and Eryk Bagshaw to figure out if young Australians are getting a raw deal in the "generational bargain". See us record Please Explain live at the Opera House during Antidote At 4pm on Sunday September 1 we'll be doing a live recording at the Opera House a...


Extra: Pell goes back to prison
Tense scenes and high drama outside the Victorian Supreme Court in Melbourne as the Court of Appeal upheld former Cardinal George Pell's previous conviction and sends him back to jail. In this Please Explain Extra our producer David Estcourt talks to reporters Chip Le Grand and Tom Cowie as Australia's most notorious and controversial inmate made his bid for freedom. EDITOR'S NOTE: The High Court overturned Cardinal George Pell's conviction for historic child sex offences in a judgment handed down Apr...

Extra: Parliamentary vendettas, betrayals and the price of power
David Crowe talks to Tory Maguire about his new book, Venom, a fascinating inside line on the parliamentary spills and thrills from Abbott to Turnbull to Morrison, and all machinations in-between. The Please Explain team greatly value your feedback - you can email us here. We'd love to hear from you. And if you value independent, quality journalism, please subscribe to The Age or The Sydney Morning Herald. Thanks for listening and don't forget to check out more great podcasts from The Age & SMH....

Troops at the border: Hong Kong on edge
About two months ago, millions of Hong Kongers marched peacefully to protest an extradition deal with mainland China. It's a far cry from tear-gas filled streets and 'guerilla-like pop-up protests'.  This week we're joined by China correspondent Kirsty Needham, and Hong Kong-based lawyer and author Antony Dapiran about the unfolding crisis.  We also speak with journalist Nick Bonyhady about how the clashes have moved to university campuses in Australia. You can join Please Explain live at the Sydne...


Why is abortion back on the agenda?
A proposed bill to remove abortion from NSW’s 119-year-old Crimes Act and instead regulate it with a stand-alone health care act has ignited intense debate, both in public and parliament.  This week we're joined by our state political editor Alexandra Smith, and lawyer and co-founder of WomenVote Maria O’Brien to talk through the criminal and legal implications of the bill. Health editor Kate Aubusson will also discuss access and affordability. You can join Please Explain live at the Sydney Opera H...

Extra: How Adele Ferguson helped ignite a royal commission
Banking Bad: How Corporate Greed and Broken Governance Failed Australia Whistleblowers. Corporate cover-ups. One journalist's fight for the truth. Adele Ferguson's reporting on the banking sector played a key role in forcing the government to announce the Hayne Royal Commission. On the back of the release of her book, "Banking Bad" on August 5, Ferguson sits down with Business Editor Mathew Dunckley for fascinating a behind-the-scenes conversation on the state of the finance sector, whether the royal...

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Crown Unmasked: Inside the investigation
James Packer’s Crown Resorts is a behemoth. Its influence stretches across both major Australian political parties and into the pockets of some of the most powerful people in the world. This week we're joined by Nick McKenzie and Grace Tobin to discuss how Crown's involvement in money laundering, Chinese espionage and links to people traffickers was exposed. Since we recorded the podcast, Crown Resorts responded to the allegations which you can read here. The Please Explain team greatly value yo...


Extra: 'Still waiting': Adele Ferguson's new book Banking Bad
Senior business and investigative reporter Adele Ferguson talks to Business Editor Mathew Dunckley about her new book Banking Bad. Ferguson's book explores the lingering questions in the wake of the Banking Royal Commission: how the banks bullied their customers, where the regulators have failed, and why many of the victims are still waiting for justice. The Please Explain team greatly value your feedback - you can email us here. We'd love to hear from you. And if you value independent, quality journal...

Boris Johnson is prime minister. Now he has to deliver
Boris Johnson has finally taken up residence in No. 10 Downing Street. While detractors are doubting his ability to lead Britain out of the European union, he couldn't be more upbeat. Former Downing street insider Alastair Campbell and Europe Correspondent Nick Miller join Tory Maguire to discuss Johnson's Brexit conundrum. The Please Explain team greatly value your feedback - you can email us here. We'd love to hear from you. And if you value independent, quality journalism, please subscribe to Th...

Extra: Sit down with Jacinda Ardern
New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has captured the hearts of progressive voters worldwide. She speaks with chief political correspondent David Crowe about politics, refugees, motherhood and how she hopes to stop horrific attacks, like the recent Christchurch attack, from happening again.  The Please Explain team greatly value your feedback - you can email us here. We'd love to hear from you. And if you value independent, quality journalism, please subscribe to The Age or The Sydney Mornin...


"Cheap money gets you into trouble"
You’d be forgiven for being confused about the economy and markets at the moment. As our business writer Stephen Bartholomeusz says in this week’sPlease Explain - “the world is a very messy place”. This week I’m joined by Bartho and our Senior Economics Correspondent Shane Wright to untangle the mess. We also speak to China Correspondent Kirsty Needham to find out what 6.2 per cent growth looks like - and check in on the still very tense political situation in Hong Kong. The Please Explain team ...

Jeffrey Epstein: how the powerful are protected
Epstein once evaded serious punishment for his crimes. Not anymore. This week on Please Explain, host Nick O'Malley talks to former Washington DC Bureau researcher Tom Threlkeld and Cynthia Alksne, a former US federal prosecutor about how and why powerful men often avoid accountability. The Please Explain team greatly value your feedback - you can email us here. We'd love to hear from you. And if you value independent, quality journalism, please subscribe to The Age or The Sydney Morning Herald. ...

Will Australia repeat the mistakes of Iraq?
When the United States walked away from the Iran nuclear deal just over a year ago, the waiting game began. On Monday, Tehran announced it had amassed a stockpile of low-enriched uranium above the threshold allowed in the defunct deal - a move Donald Trump called "playing with fire". An escalating series of incidents - oil tankers holed with missiles; the shooting down of a US "spy" drone; an American cyber attack on an Iranian intelligence group - have watchers on high alert. This week, should we ...


The Setka saga: how will it impact the unions?
Nobody better embodies the troubles in the modern union movement than John Setka. Ever since Setka indicated a month ago he would plead guilty to criminal charges of harassing a woman and breaching court orders, the calls for him to step aside have grown louder. All of this, timed perfectly before the first sitting week of the newly-elected Morrison government - which wants to bring back legislation allowing the deregistration of what it calls “rogue” unions. The unions have a dilemma on their hand...

Is there a free speech crisis in Australia's universities?
A series of incidences have sparked an outcry in conservative media outlets about a lack of free speech at Australian universities. They exposed a split in the higher education community - traditionally a bastion of free speech and intellectual freedom - over how to manage views that might conflict with a scientific or moral consensus. But there's some debate as to whether there is a problem at all. This week, Please Explain asks is there a free speech crisis in Australia's universities? Host: ...

'Jesus, am I going to be next?': Press freedom under attack
For whistleblowers, journalists and democracy, it’s been a confronting few weeks. Last week many of us were disturbed to see the Australian Federal Police raiding two media outlets - News Corp journalist Annika Smethurst and the ABC - using the fig leaf of protecting our national security. This is week Investigations Editor Michael Bachelard speaks with two of the country’s most decorated investigative journalists - Adele Ferguson and Nick McKenzie - about the obstacles they face in breaking the stori...


Global leaders don't want order, they want a fight
It was once known as the global rules-based order - now it could be better called Fight Club. As the US throws punches wildly at smaller countries and China grabs the maritime territories of smaller neighbours to build military bases, the disregard for the traditional international order stunning. This week on Please Explain, as conflict becomes the norm, are we heading for a resounding clash? Host: Tory Maguire, National editor, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age Guests: Peter Hartcher...

Extra: Australia's lowest interest rate ever
The Reserve Bank of Australia has cut official cash rates to a new record low of 1.25 per cent, injecting stimulus into a slowing economy as it looks to turn around sluggish employment, wages and inflation. Senior economics writer Jess Irvine and the Sydney Morning Herald's Economics Editor Ross Gittins react to the first time the RBA has used its monetary policy lever in almost three years - the longest period of interest rate stability in Australian history. Host: Jess Irvine - Senior economics writ...

'Quietest Australians' case for a 2020 referendum
It’s been two years since the “Uluru Statement from the Heart” called for Indigenous recognition in Australia’s constitution. To celebrate National Reconciliation Week, this weeks’ episode delves into why progress has stalled. Hear Stan Grant's moving reading of the Uluru statement in full and learn why - ahead of next year’s 250th anniversary of Captain Cook arriving in Australia - indigenous Australians believe there is no better time for a referendum to give all Australians a say on official recognitio...


"Basic rules of combat": dissecting the election
No one saw it coming, or did they? It's the official election post-mortem episode - and boy, our guests don't hold back. Two former advisors let us in on the secrets of campaign battle rooms.  What's happened to major party bases in Australia? Can Labor recover and rebrand? What does the result say about the changing nature of Australia's demographics? Plus the director of IPSOS bravely joins us to answer the question: can we ever trust opinion polls again? Host:  Tory Maguire: National Editor...

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Extra: Election night's 'huge shock'
It’s an election night that no one expected. And it’s capped off the wild ride that was the five-week campaign. Tory Maguire speaks with federal editor Bevan Shields and chief political correspondent David Crowe as he reports from Labor leader Bill Shorten's campaign party about how the tide turned for the Scott Morrison-led Coalition....

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Extra: 'A towering figure': Bob Hawke remembered
During his time as prime minister, Bob Hawke floated the Australian dollar, launched Medicare and introduced the Sex Discrimination Act, but he was also known for his humour, his emotion and ability to skol a glass of beer. National editor Tory Maguire chats with associate editor and special writer Tony Wright about the Labor lion. Photo: Andrew Chapman Host:  Tory Maguire: National Editor (Sydney Morning Herald and The Age) Guest: Tony Wright: Associate Editor and Special Writer (Sydney Morni...

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The final dash: Who is promising what and why?
In the final days before a federal election, two things are certain. One: things get personal. And two: both sides get desperate to nab those last minute undecided votes. For nearly six weeks all parties have been pursuing your precious vote. This Saturday it all comes down to you. So, for the last time before d-day, let’s compare the pair: Who is promising what and why? Host:  Tory Maguire: National Editor (Sydney Morning Herald and The Age) Guests: Bevan Shields:  Canberra Bureau Chief, SMH...

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Will women decide this election?
It's the week where, somehow, the women of the campaign have stolen the spotlight. With a female-studded Labor launch, a high-profile defamation case over sex-related political comments and an unlikely discussion about Bill Shorten's mum all in one week - it's apt that this episode we ask: What do the women of Australia want? And do they have the power to sway this election? PLUS Hear from Nick Bonyhady, who is mid-way through an epic election odyssey from Hobart to Cairns writing a blog we’re call...

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Extra: Ipsos poll shows we're in for a seat-by-seat battle
This weekend Labor intensified its pitch to voters in a campaign launch that focussed on wages and jobs, and on Monday we published the latest Ipsos polling, which showed the election is still too close to call. We’re joined today by Chief Political Correspondent David Crowe, who was in Brisbane on Sunday for the Labor Party campaign launch. Our full weekly episode of Please Explain will drop, as usual, this Thursday afternoon. Become a subscriber Our supporters power our newsrooms and are criti...

Dollars and sense: Can Labor keep its cash splash promises?
It’s becoming clear that when you step into the polling booth in just over two weeks you'll have quite a choice to make. Do you buy Bill Shorten’s big taxing, big spending pledge to make Australia more fair, or Scott Morrison’s promise to get government out of the way of the economy so it can do its thing? Mr Shorten started this week at his Labor campaign launch announcing an extraordinary $10 billion package to directly boost the wages of childcare workers as well as access to early education servic...

Extra: Israel Folau sacked
April 4, 2018: Rugby star Israel Folau was asked by a user on Instagram what God's plan for homosexuals was. "HELL” he replied  “Unless they repent of their sins and turn to God." Folau wasn’t bigoted or homophobic, he said, he was guided by his Christian faith. On this Please Explain podcast extra, our chief rugby writer Georgina Robinson joins the Herald’s managing editor of sport, Ian Fuge and columnist, author and former Wallaby Peter Fitzsimons, to dissect a case that has opened up all kinds of i...


Voters wait in the bush with baseball bats
Regional Australia is angry - and the government knows it. This week we ask: what will happen to the Coalition if voters desert the Nationals at the May 18 election? Host:  Bevan Shields:  Canberra Bureau Chief SMH/ The Age Guests: Tony Wright: associate editor and special writer, SMH / The Age Eryk Bagshaw: economics correspondent, SMH / The Age David Crowe: Chief Political Correspondent, SMH/ The Age Jacqueline Maley: columnist SMH/ The Age Subscribe to The Age: https://subscribe.the...

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For once, this election might be about policy
We’re a week in to the federal campaign and I don’t want to alarm you, but this election might just turn out to be about policy. Is this how politics is supposed to work? Sure we’ve had campaign mascots gyrating on posters, and the odd candidate faux pas, but the early focus has stayed firmly on income tax, superannuation and climate policy. Maybe it’s a reflection of the candidates, or voters growing tired of pollies bickering about personality - but for the first time in a long time it’s ideas th...

Extra: Watching Notre Dame burn
As history went up in flames, the sound of song came from Paris' streetsOn what should have been a quiet Monday night in the French capital, thousands of people lined the streets to watch the most famous gothic church in the world burn. The Notre Dame has survived a revolution, two world wars, occupation and over 800 years standing in the centre of Paris. Reporter Megan Clement stood amongst the crowds in hushed awe as the fire was slowly subdued, and night fell. Host: Michael Bachelard: World E...

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What do we do with the Aussie kids of ISIS?
In a putrid, overcrowded camp in northern Syria there are small Australian children, born into the former so-called Islamic State, sleeping in a squalid tent. After the fall of the caliphate, countries around the world are facing a similar quandary: what to do with families who left their native countries for Syria years ago and are now desperate to return? While it seem there’s little political appetite to assist adults, the Australian children and teens are another story. What’s in store for the ...

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What you need to know: 2019 budget breakdown
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has handed down his first, and possibly last, federal budget.   It's the earliest budget on record, with Scott Morrison expected to kick off the election campaign as early as this weekend. On Please Explain this week -  Tory Maguire chats to senior economics reporters Jess Irvine, Shane Wright and chief political correspondent David Crowe about whether this budget is "just throwing large numbers around" with a "no voter left behind" ideology....

Extra: Aussie Islamic State recruit pleads for justice at home
A Please Explain extra - Michael Bachelard calls up defence and national security correspondent David Wroe in Syria. He and photographer Kate Geragthy have just interviewed Sydney man Mohammed Noor Masri, in Kurdish detention for joining Islamic State in Syria....


A triumphant Trump, a worried America
This week, Donald Trump had one of the best days of his presidency. US Attorney-General William Barr announced that Special Counsel Robert Mueller had finished his investigation and found there was no evidence of collusion between the US president’s campaign and Russian efforts to meddle in the 2016 US election. On Please Explain this week - Nick O’Malley dives into Meuller’s report. US correspondent Matthew Knott and Deputy World editor Chris Zappone grapple with the question of whether the report is...

After Christchurch: Lessons from an atrocity
A terror attack of unfathomable hatred was unleashed on people peacefully praying in a mosque in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand. Armed with six guns, a few petrol bombs and white supremacist ideals, Australian expat Brenton Tarrant allegedly drove calmly to Al Noor Mosque and murdered at least 50 people. Senior writers Nick O'Malley, Jacqueline Maley delve into gun control, the Overton Window and the role of social media in radicalising the far-right with host Michael Bachelard. Young muslim wo...

Is it the recession you have when you’re not having a recession?
With an election looming, treasurer Josh Frydenberg is just weeks away from delivering his first, and possibly last, Federal Budget. Last week, the OECD warned the Australian economy has fallen into a ''per-capita recession'' for the first time since 2006, with global and Australian growth predicted to slow even further. The announcement prompted skepticism from critics. Ross Gittins called it a scare tactic - that any recession qualified by an adjective is not the real deal. This week on Please Ex...


Extra: Pell taken away in handcuffs
George Pell stood with arms behind his back as Chief Justice Peter Kidd read out the sentence. He did not react. One of his supporters put a hand to her face and cried, while another woman consoled her. The court room was quiet during the hour Judge Kidd spent explaining his decision. In this Please Explain podcast extra, we speak with The Age's court reporter Adam Cooper about the sentencing of George Pell on Wednesday morning. EDITOR'S NOTE: The High Court overturned Cardinal George Pell's convictio...

The fury and fallout: George Pell convicted
Australia’s highest ranking catholic is in jail - George Pell’s conviction of five child sex offences sent shockwaves across the globe. This week on Please Explain - the fury and fallout of George Pell’s conviction. We speak with: Alex Lavelle, Editor, The Age John Sylvester, author, crime writer and columnist. Louise Milligan, ABC investigative journalist and author of Cardinal, the Rise and Fall of George Pell. Become a subscriber to The Age or The Sydney Morning Herald....

The fury and fallout: George Pell convicted
Australia’s highest ranking catholic is in jail - George Pell’s conviction of five child sex offences sent shockwaves across the globe. This week on Please Explain - the fury and fallout of George Pell’s conviction. We speak with: Alex Lavelle, Editor, The Age John Sylvester, author, crime writer and columnist. Louise Milligan, ABC investigative journalist and author of Cardinal, the Rise and Fall of George Pell. Become a subscriber to The Age or The Sydney Morning Herald. EDITOR'S NOTE: The Hig...


"It's politicians, acting like politicians"
Once upon a time, incidents like the ones we've seen in the past fortnight might have ended the careers of people involved. Did the standard we hold our politicians to change somehow? Did we miss something? Host: Jacquline Maley: National Editor (Sydney Morning Herald and The Age) Guests:  Tony Wright: associate editor and special writer for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald. Michaela Whitbourn: legal affairs and investigative reporter (SMH) Hon. Athony Whealy QC: QC and former senior jud...

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Please Explain extra: Pell convicted
The news we knew, but couldn’t report until now.  In this mini episode hear from Adam Cooper court reporter for The Age - who witnessed every moment of the Cardinal George Pell’s trials. What happened inside the court, what happens now - and what does it mean for the Catholic Church?   Host: Jacqueline Maley   Guest: Adam Cooper, court reporter (The Age) Producer: Rachael Dexter EDITOR'S NOTE: The High Court overturned Cardinal George Pell's conviction for historic child sex offences in a judg...

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Are our elections hack-proof?
It's been established that the 2016 US election was subject to attempts foreign interference. Now, after a serious hack of Australian political parties this week, can the public trust the up-coming Federal election? Plus, after another series of mishaps - can the Oscars rehabilitate its image? Host: Tory Maguire: National Editor (Sydney Morning Herald and The Age) Guests:  David Wroe: defence and national security correspondent (Sydney Morning Herald and The Age) Chris Uhlmann: political editor ...

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Boats and borders: The politics of immigration
On two sides of the world, the same politics are playing out. It's election season in the US and here at home, and immigration is front and centre - yet again. Host: Tory Maguire: National Editor (Sydney Morning Herald and The Age) Guests: David Crowe: Chief Political Correspondent (Sydney Morning Herald and The Age) Jacqueline Maley:senior journalist, columnist and former Canberra press gallery sketch writer for The Sydney Morning Herald Matthew Knott: US-based political reporter (Sydney Morning ...

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Royal reckoning: is it enough to make the banks change?
8 days of public hearings, 134 witnesses, more than 10,000 public submissions. Australia’s royal commission into misconduct in the banking and financial services sector is officially over. 24 referrals for criminal or civil action, and 76 policy change recommendations will give the industry a shake up not seen in a generation. But will it be the great reckoning the public hoped for? Host: Jessica Irvine: senior economics writer (Sydney Morning Herald and The Age) Guests: Shane Wright, senio...

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Morrison's campaign heats up, as drought hurts the Murray-Darling
It’s starting to feel a lot like an election season. In the last month, three senior government MPs have declared they will not contest the next election. There’s rumours of more to come. But as the prime minister flew through Queensland this week, he urged political watchers not to underestimate him. Scott Morrison is determined to fight this election on the economy, arguing a Bill Shorten government would drive Australia into recession. The bottom line will certainly be top of mind for most voters, ...


Are we ready to redefine Australia Day?
The cliches about our identity get rolled out every Australia Day. But in recent times, what, and more importantly, who counts as Australian has been co-opted by far-right fringe groups with a view to exclusion. Undeniably, Australian pride is not as simple as many would like to think. This week on Please Explain, national editor Tory Maguire examines Australian identity in 2019 and how Australians might redefine what it means to be proud of their country. Guests:  Lisa Davies - Editor of the Sydne...

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Brexit breakdown: where to now?
No deal, no confidence and no plan. On March 29, Britain is scheduled to depart the European Union officially after 46 years. After this week's failed vote, and the clock ticking down to d-day, our latest episode of Please Explain looks at the best - and worst -  case scenario for the Brits, and the EU. Guests: Nick Miller: Europe correspondent, Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. James Chessell: Executive Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age and former London Correspondent for the Austr...

2019: The year of the housing correction
Australian house prices have finally ceased their extraordinary run and started falling back down to earth. Meanwhile, having sat on its hands with interest rates at record lows for more than two years, the Reserve Bank is keeping watch for signs it can begin raising rates to normal levels. This week on Please Explain, guest host Jessica Irving assembles a crack team of economic experts to help you make sense of what’s to come for your wealth, your mortgage and your paypacket. Guests: Ross Gittins,  ...


The good, the bad and the ugly: three books that sum up 2018
It's summer - and that means some serious book time. It just so happens three of our best reporters wrote, or are writing, some great long form yarns. This episode you'll hear three interviews about three huge stories that captured the nation last year. South East Asia correspondent James Massolaand fixer Veena Thoopkrajaetake us behind the scenes of the incredible underground retrieval of 12 Thai boys and their coach, in the book The Great Cave Rescue.  Senior Sydney Morning Herald journalistHelen Pi...

"The defining yarn of our generation": our editors reflect on the year that was
What stories defined 2018? This week, Please Explain listeners get a peek into our exclusive subscriber-only events where journalists and editors are themselves in the hotseat in front of a live audience to field all manner of questions about the state of the world, and reflect honestly on their work. Please Explain - from The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, a weekly podcast that cuts through the noise to give you insight into the stories that drive the nation. Subscribe to The Age: https://subs...

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How a Facebook post could cost you your home: freedom of speech in the lucky country
Sued, gagged and broke: nobody does defamation quite like Australia. It has provided some of the best-read and most colourful cases in our legal history - but defamation law is so bedevilled with complexities and anachronisms that it leaves many lawyers and judges shaking their heads. In the latest episode of Please Explain, investigative journalist Kate McClymont, Larina Alick, editorial counsel for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age,  and group executive editor James Chessell delve into the risks...

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When you're the product: Google and Facebook in the hot seat
When it comes to Google and Facebook, you are the commodity.  That's what ACCC chair Rod Sims said of the Australian inquiry into the tech behemoths. "Their business is about gathering data about you and they do that in more ways than you think," he said.  In this episode of Please Explain our panellists national editor Tory Maguire, media and telecommunications reporter Jennifer Duke and technology reporter John McDuling discuss the broad and sweeping changes the Australian Competition and Consumer C...

(Un)stable ground: Can the Liberals avoid an epic defeat?
As the last sitting week ends, the Liberal Party is in a "pretty volatile state".   The minority government has become more minor, it has lost control of the floor and the leadership change has bewildered foreign leaders at the G20 in Buenos Aires. But how far does it need to go to recover, and can it?  In this week's episode of Please Explain, Sydney Morning Herald and The Age's chief political correspondent David Crowe, political and international editor Peter Hartcher and Nine's political editor...

"Self-destructing before your eyes": Liberals lost at sea
Whichever way you cut it, the Liberal Party is in serious trouble. With the Victorian Liberals banished to the political wilderness for the next four years, is the federal Liberal Party doomed to the same fate in the election next May? Is there a brand of conservatism that appeals to Victoria, NSW and Queensland all at the same time? How do they turn the ship around? Or, is it already too late? Joining host Jacqueline Maley this episode is former Liberal Party leader John Hewson, as well as our in...

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The Embassy: How Middle East politics came to Canberra
The Holy City of Jerusalem seems a world away from Canberra, but for weeks now our politicians have become obsessed with the location of Australia's Embassy in Israel. Will our government follow the US in reversing decades of foreign policy and move its diplomats from Tel Aviv? Why has this come to the surface now? What is it really about? This week on Please Explain, The Herald and The Age’s Chief political correspondent  David Crowe and Nick O’Malley, senior writer and former foreign correspondent, ...

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Power and Control: #Metoo hits Australia's power brokers
When alleged sexual harassment victims are used for "political point scoring", the motivations of our politicians becomes questionable. Corrections Minister David Elliott's decision to air allegations against former opposition leader Luke Foley under parliamentary privilege, without the victim's consent, has led to Mr Foley's resignation, a defamation threat and a public apology. This week on Please Explain, The Age's social affairs editor Miki Perkins, Women’s Agenda contributing editor Georgina Dent...