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 Sep 27, 2022
Terribly biased reporting. More interested in being WOKE than reporting facts. Very disappointing podcasts.

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 Feb 26, 2022
Top notch news and affairs analysis

 Dec 4, 2020
can you please not get people with a lisp to do the story, it makes it very hard to hear what theyre saying and its very distracting. if you cant talk properly then radio is NOT for you

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Great summary of current affairs and concerning issues. Especially good when you have no time to read everything about the topic of concern

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Great in depth stories in the tradition of The Daily by Nytimes. Really like this


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Mahsa Amini: how one woman’s death ignited protests in Iran
Mahsa Amini died in custody after being detained by Iran’s ‘morality police’. In the 13 days since her death, thousands have taken to the streets to protest against the country’s hijab laws
Oct 02, 2022
The road to an Australian republic – with Lenore Taylor
With the period of mourning for the Queen’s death officially over, there have been renewed calls for Australia to cut ties with the monarchy. But so far, polls don’t suggest any surge in public support for such a change. Meanwhile, the Labor government is pushing ahead with another constitutional reform – an Indigenous Voice to parliament. So what does all this mean, for republicans in Australia? In this episode of Full Story, Jo Tovey talks to Lenore Taylor and Mike Ticher about the path forward for an Australian republic.
Sep 29, 2022
Australia’s federal corruption watchdog unveiled
The government has introduced the National Anti-Corruption Commission bill to parliament, revealing that the watchdog will have broad powers, but that “most” of the commission’s hearings will be in private. The privacy of these hearings has reignited concerns from crossbench MPs that Labor has watered down the bill to win support from the Coalition. Political reporter Paul Karp speaks to Laura Murphy-Oates about what the watchdog will look like, and whether Labor has got the balance right when it comes to public hearings
Sep 28, 2022
Sophisticated attack or human error? How Optus lost control of your data
In the days since Optus first reported that potentially millions of its customers’ private information – from birth dates to Medicare numbers – had been breached, it has faced threats of blackmail, a potential class action and a public spat with the home affairs minister. Reporter Josh Taylor and Jane Lee discuss the fallout from the data breach and whether this was a ‘sophisticated attack’ on the telco, or a failure of the company’s own security systems Follow the day’s news, live
Sep 27, 2022
Can I tell you a Secret? Introducing our new series on a decade of cyberstalking
In the first part of a new series, Guardian journalist Sirin Kale tells a story of obsession, fear and ruined lives. She investigates what happened when a cyberstalker wreaked havoc online and ruined people’s lives for over a decade. And why did he do it?
Sep 26, 2022
Inside Australia’s secretive torture survival course for elite soldiers
An Australian soldier has alleged that a torture survival course, involving simulated child rape and sleep deprivation, has left him with PTSD. The program was the subject of a complaint to the Australian Human Rights Commission and may now be challenged in the federal court. Reporter Joey Watson speaks to soldiers, their family members and Senator Jacqui Lambie about this secretive training program and the alleged trauma it has left behind
Sep 25, 2022
Kumanjayi Walker inquest: ‘racist’ texts and big questions for Northern Territory police
Extraordinary allegations have been aired in the coronial inquest into the death of Warlpiri teenager Kumanjayi Walker at the hands of Northern Territory police officer Zachary Rolfe. The inquest has unearthed police texts described in court as ‘racist and disgusting’, and an allegation that police may have covered up the use of force during multiple arrests. Indigenous affairs editor Lorena Allam steps through what the inquest has uncovered so far, and how it’s raised wider issues for the NT and its police force
Sep 22, 2022
The Russian soldier exposing the horrors of life in Putin’s army
The Guardian’s Moscow correspondent, Andrew Roth, details his extraordinary meeting with ex-paratrooper Pavel Filatyev, the highest-ranking Russian officer to speak about fighting in Ukraine
Sep 20, 2022
The new reforms turning the tide for child abuse survivors
For years, many victims and survivors of child sexual abuse were given pitiful amounts of compensation from the institutions responsible, subject to gag orders and unable to take further legal action. But new laws across the country are removing these barriers to justice and allowing some to claim greater amounts of compensation, in what is being hailed as a “watershed moment”. Reporter Christopher Knaus tells Jane Lee how these new laws are levelling the playing field for survivors of child sexual abuse
Sep 19, 2022
Can Qantas return to its former glory?
Many Australians have lost faith in Qantas after months of lost luggage, cancelled flights and slashed operational costs. While the pandemic exacerbated most of these issues, some of the airline’s turbulence started much earlier. Reporter Ben Butler speaks to Laura Murphy-Oates about how the chaos at Qantas unfolded and whether Australia’s national carrier can return to its former glory
Sep 18, 2022
Is Russia on the retreat in Ukraine?
Ukrainian forces have launched a devastating counteroffensive in the past week, retaking Russian-held territory. Dan Sabbagh and Shaun Walker explain what it means for the war as the countries head into winter
Sep 15, 2022
What a third La Niña means for summer
The Bureau of Meteorology has declared a third La Niña is officially under way, enhancing the risk of above-average rainfall and floods in the months ahead. Environment reporter Graham Readfearn explains why we’re seeing this rare ‘triple dip’ La Niña, and what it means for weather patterns in Australia and across the world
Sep 14, 2022
Can King Charles reinvent himself and the monarchy?
King Charles III comes to the throne with a nation in political flux and economic turmoil. Robert Booth looks at the challenges the new monarch faces Get our free news app, morning email briefing or daily news podcast
Sep 13, 2022
Is Australia taking skilled migrants for granted?
Australia will accept 35,000 more permanent migrants a year to try to fill skills shortages in industries like engineering, health and agriculture. But are we doing enough to attract and retain the people we need in the global war for talent? Economist Gabriela D’Souza and skilled migrant Benine Muriithi speak with Jane Lee about how migrants view Australia
Sep 12, 2022
Photoshop and unfeasible prices: how real estate agents sell houses
Many potential homebuyers have told Guardian Australia that advertisements for their dream homes – from the photos to the price – have been inaccurate and real estate bodies are sounding the alarm about an industry they say is poorly regulated. Reporter Caitlin Cassidy speaks to Laura Murphy-Oates about the tactics real estate agents use to sell homes – tactics some have described as a ‘fraud on purchasers’
Sep 11, 2022
The life of Queen Elizabeth II
The Queen has died aged 96 at her Scottish home of Balmoral. She was not only the oldest sovereign in Britain’s history but also its longest-serving. In this special episode of Full Story, we look back at her life and how Australians are reacting to the news of her death
Sep 09, 2022
Interest rates keep rising, who is feeling the pinch?
The Reserve Bank has raised interest rates for five months in a row, in its most aggressive move since 1994. In the middle of a cost of living crisis, many Australians are struggling. Real wages have fallen, household savings are dwindling, and now home owners are feeling the crunch as their mortgage payments skyrocket. In this episode of Full Story, Gabrielle Jackson talks to Patrick Keneally and Bonnie Malkin about what central banks and governments can do to battle inflation, and ease cost of living pressures
Sep 08, 2022
The human cost of Pakistan’s devastating floods
More than 1,200 people have died in the floods in Pakistan. The disaster has left around a third of the country under water
Sep 07, 2022
Australia’s growing fentanyl overdose problem
A new report shows fentanyl overdose deaths are on the rise in Australia and experts are warning that the potent drug could rapidly emerge as a major killer like it is in the US. Medical editor Melissa Davey speaks to Laura Murphy-Oates about why deaths are rising and how to prevent an overdose crisis
Sep 06, 2022
How Labor plans to change Australia’s workforce
Stagnant wages, skills shortages and an ageing workforce are just some of the problems plaguing Australia’s economic future. Political reporter Paul Karp talks to Jane Lee about how Labor’s jobs and skills summit tried to tackle these issues in two days
Sep 05, 2022
Why scientists – and Chris Hemsworth – want to resurrect the Tasmanian tiger
The Tasmanian tiger was declared extinct in the 1980s, but now a team of scientists from the US and Australia want to bring it back to life – launching an ambitious multimillion-dollar project, with the backing of investors and celebrities like Chris Hemsworth. However, some in the scientific community question whether this project is worthwhile and scientifically possible. The Guardian Australia climate and environment editor Adam Morton speaks to Laura Murphy-Oates about the science behind bringing back the Tasmanian tiger and what this project could mean for the broader extinction crisis
Sep 04, 2022
The Teacher’s Pet and our obsession with true crime
On Tuesday, Christopher Dawson was found guilty of murdering his former wife Lynette, 40 years ago, in Sydney’s northern beaches. The hit podcast Teachers Pet, from the Australian and Hedley Thomas, explored the disappearance of Lynette and the relationship between Dawson and a 16 year old student who was the family’s babysitter. The podcast has been credited by some for Dawson being charged with murder. In this episode of Full Story, Gabrielle Jackson talks to Jo Tovey and Mike Ticher about The Teacher’s Pet and the ethics of true crime journalism
Sep 01, 2022
Why are jobseekers sent to body language courses as job agencies profit?
Jobseekers are being forced to travel hundreds of kilometres, miss work and complete training courses they don’t need to qualify for unemployment benefits. Luke Henriques-Gomes explains to Laura Murphy-Oates why some problems persist under the revamped Workforce Australia program
Aug 31, 2022
Why is Labor keeping tax cuts for the rich?
As the cost of living rises, the Albanese government is facing pressure to scrap $243bn worth of tax cuts legislated under the Morrison government that predominantly benefit the wealthiest Australians. Critics, including former Reserve Bank governor, Bernie Fraser, say these cuts are expensive and bad policy and the pandemic has made them even less affordable. Political reporter Amy Remeikis talks to Laura Murphy-Oates about whether Australia can afford tax cuts for the rich, and why Labor is standing by them
Aug 30, 2022
Can Australia contain the monkeypox outbreak?
As monkeypox cases rise around the country, Australia is rolling out a vaccine. However, supply is limited – with strict eligibility criteria applied to Australia’s 450,000 doses. Science reporter Donna Lu explains everything you need to know about monkeypox, the vaccine, and how we’re tackling this outbreak
Aug 29, 2022
Is Trump back in Murdoch’s good books?
At the end of July, it was reported that Fox News and other publications owned by Rupert Murdoch were starting to abandon their extensive coverage of Donald Trump. However, after the FBI launched an unprecedented raid on his Mar-a-Lago home as part of an investigation into Trump’s potentially unlawful removal of White House records when he left office, the former president was back to getting some favourable coverage, at least on Fox News. This week, Joan E Greve speaks to former Republican congressional communications director Tara Setmayer about how in the long term, this ongoing scandal could be beneficial to Trump
Aug 28, 2022
Are prime ministers allowed to party? From Sanna Marin to Albanese and Hawke – with Lenore Taylor
Finnish prime minister Sanna Marin made headlines around the world this week after a video of her singing and dancing at a party was leaked to the media. Critics said it showed a lack of responsibility and care for her job. But when Anthony Albanese showed up at a rock concert this week, it prompted cheers from the crowd. In this episode of Full Story, Gabrielle Jackson talks to Lenore Taylor and Mike Ticher about gendered double standards and what makes an ‘authentic’ leader
Aug 25, 2022
‘Living in threat’: six months of limbo in the flood zone
Last week the New South Wales government unveiled their long-awaited flood recovery response, promising to reform its disaster agencies and introduce land swaps and buybacks for flood-prone communities. With more than 5,000 homes left uninhabitable across the state and months of further La Niña-driven rain forecast ahead, residents say they need ‘more detail’ and ‘urgent action’. NSW state reporter Tamsin Rose speaks to flood-affected residents and details the NSW government’s flood response
Aug 24, 2022
Why are GP visits getting so expensive?
If you recently received an email or text from your GP clinic saying they can no longer bulk bill – you’re not alone. Increasingly, GPs in Australia say the amount they are reimbursed by the government isn’t enough to cover expenses, and they have no option but to pass costs on to patients. Medical editor Melissa Davey explores why GP appointment costs are rising and how the Labor government plans to overhaul this system
Aug 23, 2022
Why don’t women have as much super as men?
When women have children, separate from their partners or care for their loved ones later in life, their retirement savings take a hit. Reporter Stephanie Wood talks to Jane Lee about how compulsory superannuation is still failing women, 30 years after it was introduced in Australia
Aug 22, 2022
The Australian boy lost in a Syrian ‘black hole’ prison
There is a prison in Syria holding hundreds of children who have never been convicted of any crime. Michael Safi tells the story of one of them
Aug 21, 2022
The fallout from Scott Morrison’s secrecy – with Lenore Taylor
During his prime ministership, Scott Morrison secretly took on the health, finance, treasury, home affairs and resources portfolios. Facing the public in a press conference on Wednesday, Morrison insisted he did nothing wrong: it was an extraordinary time, which required extraordinary measures. In this episode of Full Story, Gabrielle Jackson talks to Lenore Taylor and Mike Ticher about why Morrison’s reasoning doesn’t stack up, and how we prevent such a break with Westminster conventions from happening again
Aug 18, 2022
The hidden reason it’s so hard to get an abortion in Australia
Unlike most other medical procedures, abortion services come with an unusual caveat: doctors can refuse to provide them on religious or moral grounds. According to reproductive healthcare advocates, this is compounding longstanding access issues, with at least five women in one metropolitan area of Queensland having to continue unwanted pregnancies in recent months.Reporter Sophie Black explores how a doctor’s right to refuse abortion on religious or moral grounds is weighed against a woman’s right to healthcare in Australia.
Aug 17, 2022
Scott Morrison’s secret portfolios
After revelations that former prime minister Scott Morrison was secretly appointed to five additional ministerial portfolios during his term, the prime minister, Anthony Albanese, is seeking legal advice and promising to hold Morrison to account. Guardian Australia’s chief political correspondent Sarah Martin talks to Laura Murphy-Oates about how and why Morrison was appointed to these portfolios, and what this tells us about accountability and secrecy at the highest levels of government
Aug 16, 2022
Tinder turns 10: what have we learned from a decade of dating apps?
Dating apps have opened up opportunities to meet more people, but what have they done to our psyche? Emily Witt looks at how they have shifted the way we understand modern love, sex and relationships
Aug 15, 2022
One man reflects on a year since fleeing Afghanistan
It’s been a year since Afghanistan fell to the Taliban, when millions of Afghans tried desperately to flee the country in fear. One man who made it out on the last flight shares his story of evacuation and what his life in Australia has been like since then
Aug 14, 2022
Serena Williams’s familiar and unfair choice – with Lenore Taylor
Serena Williams – one of the greatest athletes of all time – announced her retirement from tennis this week. Her choice between her career, and the physical labour of having a family, is not unfamiliar to many women around the world. Australia has one of the least generous parental leave programs in the developed world, forcing women to bear the brunt of caregiving responsibilities, and further entrenching an already stark gender pay gap. In this episode of Full Story, Gabrielle Jackson talks to Lenore Taylor and Jo Tovey about rethinking work, family, and what success looks like
Aug 11, 2022
Why was an Australian security firm collecting intelligence on asylum seekers?
Guardian Australia has revealed that the Australian government used a private security firm to collect intelligence on asylum seekers being held on Nauru, in 2016. Leaked documents show that asylum seekers who had contact with Australian journalists, lawyers and advocates were closely watched by intelligence officers. Reporter Christopher Knaus explains how this came about and talks to the people who were the subject of ‘intelligence reports’
Aug 10, 2022
As more space junk falls to Earth, should we be worried?
Last week, debris from a suspected Chinese booster rocket made an uncontrolled return to Earth, reportedly falling just metres from villages in Malaysia and Indonesia, and triggering a rebuke from Nasa. This follows the recent discovery of SpaceX debris on a sheep farm in regional NSW. Jane Lee speaks to ANU astrophysicist Dr Brad Tucker and reporter Natasha May about why more space junk is falling to Earth, what risks it poses to our safety
Aug 09, 2022
The rehabilitation of Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman
Middle East correspondent Martin Chulov discusses how the crown prince of Saudi Arabia has been re-embraced on the world stage, four years after the killing of Jamal Khashoggi
Aug 08, 2022
Labor’s climate bill and the power of the Australian Greens
Labor’s climate bill, enshrining their emissions reduction targets into law, is set to pass both Houses of Parliament. The support of the Greens party - which now holds considerable power in the Senate - was hard won but Greens leader Adam Bandt warns “the fight to stop Labor opening new coal and gas mines continues”. Environment editor Adam Morton explores what this moment means for climate action in Australia and how the Greens party could shape climate politics in the 47th parliament
Aug 07, 2022
Is an Indigenous voice to parliament achievable?
Last week, during a historic speech at the Garma festival, Anthony Albanese made a promise to push forward with a referendum, asking Australians a simple question: Do you support a constitutionally enshrined Indigenous voice to parliament? In this episode of Full Story, Gabrielle Jackson talks to Lenore Taylor and Lorena Allam about the long road to recognition
Aug 04, 2022
Can Labor fix Australia’s economy?
With another official interest rate rise announced this week - marking the biggest increase since 1994 - the government and the reserve bank are issuing a warning: Australia’s economic woes are far from over. Economics correspondent Peter Hannam explores how long these tough conditions are expected to last, and whether Labor has a plan to ease the pressure on households
Aug 03, 2022
Royals, records and a pop star at the Commonwealth Games
Australia is leading the medal tally at the 22nd Commonwealth Games, with swimmer Emma McKeon becoming the most successful athlete in the Games’ history. All while the swimming team is at the centre of a media frenzy involving the personal life of pop star turned professional swimmer, Cody Simpson. Guardian Australia’s deputy sport editor Emma Kemp explores the highs and lows of the event so far, and whether the Games paper over Britain’s colonial history
Aug 02, 2022
Is Australia’s health system racist?
Reporter Joe Hinchliffe and Jane Lee unpack questions about race and cultural bias in the deaths of three children under hospital supervision, and haematologist Associate Prof Nada Hamad explains how racism impacts healthcare in Australia
Aug 01, 2022
Do the Democrats have a Biden problem?
The approval ratings of the US president are at a record low. Washington DC bureau chief David Smith considers whether Joe Biden will stand for re-election in 2024
Jul 31, 2022
Why is Jacinda Ardern more popular overseas than in New Zealand?
In 2017, Jacindamania swept the world. A young, charismatic New Zealander led the Labour party to victory. But lately, Ardern and the New Zealand Labour government have slumped in the polls. In this episode of Full Story, Gabrielle Jackson talks to Mike Ticher and Bonnie Malkin about the challenges facing New Zealand’s government and Ardern’s enduring appeal abroad
Jul 28, 2022
How good neighbours became good friends
After 37 years, Australia’s longest running drama, Neighbours, has come to an end. Along the way, the TV soap launched the careers of the likes of Kylie Minogue, Margot Robbie and Guy Pearce and has taken many zany plot twists – including numerous untimely deaths, one disappearance at sea and a few secret families. But for much of its history, the show didn’t reflect the diverse population of Australia, and has also recently faced allegations of racism on set. Writer Anna Spargo-Ryan explores why audiences kept coming back for more, and the complex legacy of Neighbours
Jul 27, 2022
The Covid fines that should never have been issued
Thousands of fines for breaching Covid rules have been issued to children in NSW, with some placed in an unpaid work program to pay off their debt. Legal organisations say these fines should be scrapped, and a separate NSW supreme court case could also see many more ruled invalid.Reporter Christopher Knaus explores the controversial enforcement of Covid fines for vulnerable groups, and the fight to have these fines erased
Jul 26, 2022
Queensland police whistleblowers speak out about domestic violence
A police whistleblower has testified at an independent inquiry into the Queensland Police Service’s handling of domestic and family violence matters, alleging that racism is pervasive inside the force, and some domestic violence victims have been mocked by officers and sent away without help. Queensland state reporter Eden Gillespie details the key moments of the inquiry so far, and the push to reform the Queensland police
Jul 25, 2022
The race to become next UK prime minister
The race to become the next UK prime minister has come down to an increasingly bitter battle between Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak. Both were major figures in Boris Johnson’s cabinet but now are distancing themselves from the former PM as they set out their policy platforms. The Guardian’s political editor Heather Stewart weighs up the decision being faced by Tory members, but denied to any other voters
Jul 24, 2022
Why are we switching off the news and what we can do about it? – with Lenore Taylor
Covid-19 continues to spread and hospital numbers soar under the strain of yet another new variant. The climate crisis confronts us daily with crippling floods in Australia as well as heatwaves across the planet. As communities around the world come to grips with disaster, people have started to turn away from the news. In this episode of Full Story, Gabrielle Jackson talks to Lenore Taylor and Mike Ticher about why Australians are switching off the news – and what we can do about it
Jul 21, 2022
Australia’s ecosystems are on the verge of collapsing. Can the government change this?
A new scientific report says Australia’s environment has deteriorated at an alarming rate over the last five years, with more than a dozen ecosystems showing signs of collapse, and hundreds of threatened species in dramatic decline. Environment editor Adam Morton explains to Jane Lee how the report’s findings present Labor with a real opportunity to end Australian politics’ longstanding indifference to the decline of our land and wildlife
Jul 20, 2022
What can we expect from the 47th parliament?
When Australia’s new parliament sits next week, the Albanese government will pursue an ambitious agenda, aiming to pass legislation on climate targets and a federal integrity commission by the end of the year. Laura Murphy-Oates speaks to political editor Katharine Murphy about the makeup of the parliament and how Labor might navigate this new political landscape to fulfil key election promises
Jul 19, 2022
How are we caring for older Australians in the winter Covid wave?
Almost 100 Australian aged care residents are dying every week in the winter wave of Covid, as public health measures remain limited around the country. Meanwhile, tens of thousands of carers are leaving the underpaid and overstretched aged care workforce. Reporter Christopher Knaus explains to Jane Lee why aged care homes are still struggling in the third year of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Jul 18, 2022
Understanding the cryptocurrency crash
This year has been a disaster for many investors in cryptocurrencies. Alex Hern, Guardian UK technology editor, draws the parallels of the spreading panic in the new digital economy with the 2008 financial crisis
Jul 17, 2022
Has Covid ended Labor’s honeymoon? – with Lenore Taylor
According to the health minister, Mark Butler, we have yet to reach the peak of a new Covid wave. But as case numbers and deaths steadily climb, Labor has begun to pull back pandemic support. In this episode of Full Story, Gabrielle Jackson talks to Lenore Taylor and Mike Ticher about Labor’s public health response to the new Covid wave
Jul 14, 2022
Foot-and-mouth: the livestock virus brewing at Australia’s borders
The lethal livestock virus foot-and-mouth disease has resurfaced in Indonesia for the first time in over 30 years, dramatically raising Australia’s threat level. Guardian Australia’s rural and regional editor Gabrielle Chan explains to Jane Lee what could happen if the disease enters Australia and what governments and farmers are doing to try to prevent a domestic outbreak
Jul 13, 2022
Fighting Australia’s winter wave of Covid
With Omicron infections on the rise and Australia now averaging about 30,000 new Covid cases a day, health authorities have expanded access to oral antivirals and made the fourth dose of the Covid vaccine accessible to an additional 7.4 million people. Medical editor Melissa Davey talks to Jane Lee about the latest Covid announcements and whether these measures are enough to combat this new wave
Jul 12, 2022
What do the Uber files tell us about the company’s expansion tactics?
A leak of internal documents reveal evidence that the company broke laws, duped police, exploited violence against drivers and secretly lobbied prime ministers and presidents in an effort to break into markets long held by taxi companies
Jul 11, 2022
How long will chaos at Australian airports last?
As airlines and airports struggle with staff shortages, travellers are increasingly experiencing severe delays, lost luggage and cancelled flights. For already vulnerable travellers in particular, these chaotic scenes have led to a shortage of basic services – including wheelchairs
Jul 10, 2022
Americans lose faith in the US supreme court
The US supreme court has struck down the constitutional right to an abortion, one of several landmark decisions that will affect the lives of millions of Americans for decades to come. Jonathan Freedland and Jill Filipovic discuss whether it’s still possible for a deeply divided court of nine judges, a group that now has a 6-3 conservative majority, to keep the promise to the American people of ‘equal protection’, and what happens if it can’t
Jul 07, 2022
What’s behind Sydney’s latest floods?
As we wait to see how fast flood waters recede in Sydney and what the damage will be further north in the coming days, many are already asking: are we doing all we can to prepare for these disasters? Gabrielle Jackson speaks to Peta Levy, whose house has been flooded three times in the past 18 months, and environment reporter Graham Readfearn about what role the climate crisis is playing in recent natural disasters
Jul 06, 2022
Why did four ministers leave the Victorian government?
Five months before a state election, Daniel Andrews’ Labor government has faced an exodus of some of its most senior cabinet ministers – taking with them a combined 71 years of political experience. To add to the turmoil, the premier is facing tough questions after multiple secret interviews with the state’s integrity commission. Gabrielle Jackson speaks to Victorian state correspondent Benita Kolovos about how the loss of four senior cabinet ministers will impact the chances of Labor in the state election later this year
Jul 05, 2022
The grim road to 10,000 Covid deaths in Australia
On Sunday Australia recorded its 10,000 Covid death since the virus emerged. In 2022 alone, there have been more than four times as many deaths as the previous two years combined. Jane Lee speaks to medical editor Melissa Davey about how Australia got to this point and what the numbers tell us, and Liz Beardon, who lost both her parents to Covid
Jul 04, 2022
The case against Donald Trump
The US congressional hearings on the Capitol Hill attack have been primetime viewing. And the case against Donald Trump has been building for all to see, says Lawrence Douglas
Jul 03, 2022
A critical moment in the housing crisis – with Lenore Taylor
As house and rental prices skyrocket, Australians are struggling to keep a roof over their heads. Families across Australia are moving into caravan parks and campgrounds, while little is being done to meet their housing needs. In this episode of Full Story, Gabrielle Jackson talks to Lenore Taylor and Patrick Keneally about a critical moment in the housing crisis
Jun 30, 2022
Can the Australian Border Force search your phone at the airport?
Australian Border Force officials searched more than 40,000 mobile phones, laptops and other devices at the border between 2017 and the end of 2021. ABF has broad powers to search travellers and ask for their passcodes. Reporter Josh Taylor talks to Jane Lee about what these powers are for and the difficulties in refusing these requests
Jun 29, 2022
How did ex-NSW deputy premier John Barilaro get his $500,000 trade job?
Months after former NSW deputy premier John Barilaro quit politics, he was appointed NSW’s trade commissioner to New York City – a role he created while he was in office. As the first of two inquiries into Barilaro’s appointment begins today, Guardian Australia’s NSW state correspondent Michael McGowan explains to Jane Lee what we know so far about how he was selected for the job
Jun 28, 2022
The ugly truth about beauty filters
So-called ‘beauty filters’ have become commonplace for selfies on social media. They offer users an instantly made-up, blemish-free version of themselves to share with the world online. But filters can insidiously reinforce western beauty standards, and encourage some to resort to drastic measures in order to conform with them in real life.Full Story producer Karishma Luthria speaks with social media reporter Matilda Boseley about cosmetic filters’ harms and what can be done to prevent them.
Jun 27, 2022
What’s at stake in the extradition of Julian Assange?
After the UK home secretary decided to extradite Julian Assange to face trial and a possible life sentence in the US, Ben Quinn reports on what the ruling means for the WikiLeaks founder – and for press freedom
Jun 26, 2022
Labor wants the climate wars to be over, but are they? – with Lenore Taylor
On the night Anthony Albanese was elected, he promised an end to the so-called climate wars. But a looming energy crisis has immediately hit the new Labor government. As a cold winter and the war in Ukraine put strain on the energy grid, we look at the pressures and opportunities facing the new government. In this episode of Full Story, Gabrielle Jackson talks to Lenore Taylor and Mike Ticher about Labor’s response to the energy crisis, and the opportunity to have a more intelligent debate about climate action
Jun 23, 2022
After the freeze: can Australia and China rekindle relations?
Australia and China’s defence ministers have met in person for the first time since China froze its communications with high-level Australian politicians in early 2020. Foreign affairs and defence correspondent Daniel Hurst speaks with Jane Lee about the key tensions that remain unresolved between the two countries now that the freeze is over.
Jun 22, 2022
The legal battle to prevent Aboriginal people from being deported
The Albanese government is under pressure to end a legal fight over whether the Australian government should have the power to deport Aboriginal non-citizens. The high court appeal - launched by the Morrison government - could see at least a dozen Aboriginal people face detention or deportation, if they are not granted a visa. Laura Murphy-Oates speaks to political reporter Paul Karp about the Aboriginal people caught in our immigration system, and why this is the high court’s most significant constitutional decision in recent years
Jun 21, 2022
Why Australia is running out of teachers
Australia is facing a national teacher shortage, with federal government modelling predicting a shortfall of more than 4,000 teachers over the next four years. Victorian state reporter Adeshola Ore tells Jane Lee what’s causing this crisis and what can be done about it
Jun 20, 2022
The disappearance of Dom Phillips and Bruno Pereira
Brazilian police have arrested two men in connection with the alleged murder of British journalist Dom Phillips and Indigenous expert Bruno Pereira. The pair went missing on an expedition in the Javari region
Jun 19, 2022
Will your wages rise under Labor?
The Fair Work Commission has handed down its decision in the annual wage review, granting a 5.2% increase to the national minimum wage and 4.6% for award minimums. Laura Murphy-Oates speaks to political reporter Paul Karp about what this means for workers and employers, and Labor’s broader plan for wages
Jun 16, 2022
The funeral fund accused of targeting vulnerable Aboriginal communities
For 30 years a company called Youpla sold low-value funeral insurance in Aboriginal communities, until it collapsed earlier this year – leaving thousands of people on low incomes unable to pay for funerals. The Australian corporate regulator is now suing the company for misleading conduct, and according to a report to creditors, the company’s liquidator is investigating whether some of its directors may have committed offences under the Corporations Act. Indigenous affairs editor, Lorena Allam, and senior business reporter, Ben Butler, detail how this company operated, and whether Aboriginal families can recover the millions of dollars they paid into this fund
Jun 15, 2022
Home to Biloela
On Friday, the Nadesalingam family returned to their home town of Biloela in central Queensland, after more than four years in immigration detention. During that time the Tamil family became the face of Australia’s strict asylum seeker policies. Queensland reporter Eden Gillespie documents the family’s return home, and Priya Nadesalingam discusses life after detention
Jun 14, 2022
Life in the firing zone: the occupation of Masafer Yatta
After decades trying to resist eviction, the Palestinians living in Masafer Yatta have lost their case in the Israeli supreme court. Bethan McKernan on the controversial decision and the people determined to stay in their homes
Jun 13, 2022
Why is lettuce so expensive?
A viral photo of an $11.99 iceberg lettuce has become a symbol for rising cost of living pressures in Australia. Reporter Cait Kelly explains to Laura Murphy-Oates why vegetable prices are soaring and what experts – and Guardian readers – say could save you money on groceries
Jun 12, 2022
What’s with Australia’s foreign affairs offensive in the Indo-Pacific? – with Lenore Taylor
It has been a busy first few weeks for the new government. After the prime minster, Anthony Albanese, and foreign affairs minister, Penny Wong, took off for Tokyo to meet with the Quad shortly after being signed in, Wong then went on two further trips to the Pacific and, this week, they went to Indonesia. In this episode of Full Story, Gabrielle Jackson talks to Lenore Taylor and Mike Ticher about what message Labor is trying to send with its focus on foreign affairs
Jun 09, 2022
The ‘energy crisis’ that’s pushing up Australia’s power bills
Energy and climate change minister, Chris Bowen, has held an emergency meeting with state and territory ministers about the impending energy crisis, with electricity prices soaring up to 18% as supply issues plague much of the country. Laura Murphy-Oates speaks with economics correspondent, ​​Peter Hannam, about what’s really behind this crisis and how we could prevent another one
Jun 08, 2022
100 days of war in Ukraine
On 24 February Russia began its assault on Ukraine. The explosions that day marked the end of an era in Europe and changed the lives of millions. Michael Safi talks to Vlodomor Ksienich and Kyrylo Demchenko, two of thousands of young Ukrainians who answered a call to protect their country, as well as hearing from Guardian correspondents Emma Graham-Harrison and Shaun Walker, who have been reporting on the ground
Jun 07, 2022
Linda Burney on the Uluru statement, and Labor’s Indigenous affairs agenda
Alongside reforms in Indigenous health, housing, welfare and the justice system, Labor is committing to a referendum on the voice to parliament in their first term of government, all spearheaded by the first Aboriginal woman in cabinet – the new Minister for Indigenous Australians, Linda Burney.Guardian Australia’s Indigenous affairs editor, Lorena Allam, speaks to Linda Burney about how Labor intends to keep these promises
Jun 06, 2022
‘You can’t be what you can’t see’: who gets to enter Australian politics?
The 47th parliament of Australia has been hailed as the most diverse parliament yet, but diversity advocates say there is still a long way to go before parliament reflects Australian society. So why has it taken so long for Australia’s parliament to look more like its people? Laura Murphy-Oates speaks to diversity advocates Kat Henaway and Tharini Rouwette, and former hopeful Labor candidate Tu Le, about how to improve First Nations and multicultural representation in parliament
Jun 05, 2022
The need for vigilance on Australia’s gun laws – with Lenore Taylor
In the wake of another mass shooting in the United States, a debate about gun control has once again kicked off. Every time these tragedies occur, Australia’s gun laws are held up as a universal example of firearm legislation that actually works. But the truth is, not all aspects of the landmark national firearm agreement have been fully implemented. In this episode of Full Story, Gabrielle Jackson talks to Lenore Taylor and Mike Ticher about the need to stay vigilant on gun laws in Australia, and whether or not we are as immune to the influence of the gun lobby as most of us believe
Jun 02, 2022
How will Peter Dutton and David Littleproud reshape the Coalition?
This week, Liberal MP Peter Dutton was nominated opposition leader, with Nationals MP David Littleproud replacing Barnaby Joyce as deputy. In their first few days of leadership, Dutton and Littleproud have begun to lay out a roadmap for the future of their parties, and what they will stand for as leaders. Rural and regional editor Gabrielle Chan plus political editor Katharine Murphy discuss the political careers of the new leaders, and how their decisions will shape the next parliament
Jun 01, 2022
The teal playbook: how independents pushed out Liberals
A new wave of teal independents are set to enter parliament, claiming six seats from the Liberals. How did they mobilise so much support in Liberal heartland? Laura Murphy-Oates speaks to investigations editor Anne Davies about the strategy behind the independent campaigns and what the teal wave means for the future of the Liberal party
May 31, 2022
Inside the US gun industry
There are more guns than people in the US, and the industry is still able to sell almost 2m a month. Ryan Busse, a former gun company executive, explains how we got here
May 30, 2022
Fundraising for housing: the rental crisis pushing some to the brink
Soaring rents across Australia are hitting renters hard, with widespread competition for a dwindling amount of safe and affordable homes. This tight rental market is pushing some lower-income people into precarious housing or homelessness. Inequality reporter Stephanie Convery explores the power imbalance in the rental market, and what the Labor government could do to improve affordability and renters’ rights
May 29, 2022
The end of political coverage as usual – with Lenore Taylor
The dust is beginning to settle on an election where Australians overwhelmingly voted for the end of politics as usual. But during the election campaign, voters were continually bombarded with gaffes, gotcha questions and empty political theatre. In this episode of Full Story, Gabrielle Jackson talks to Lenore Taylor and Mike Ticher about the disconnect between the media, the major parties and voters who are clamouring for a more productive and representative political debate
May 26, 2022
The race to protect the deep sea
The world may be on the verge of a ‘deep sea gold rush’ with mining companies and countries – including the tiny Pacific nation of Nauru – vying for the rich minerals found on the deep seafloor. Environmentalists and other Pacific nations are calling for a moratorium on this mining, until more can be learned about its impact. Kalolaine Fainu reports from Papua New Guinea on how deep-sea mining could threaten daily life in coastal communities, and Pacific editor Kate Lyons explores the race to protect the deep sea Do you have 5min to take our listener survey?
May 25, 2022
How the Greens won Queensland
The Greens are set to gain several seats in the Senate and will likely win three lower house seats in Brisbane – the best election result for the party in Australian political history. Guardian Australia’s Queensland correspondent Ben Smee explains how a years-long political experiment by the Greens helped deliver this stunning election result Do you have 5min to take our listener survey?
May 24, 2022
How Vladimir Putin rejuvenated Nato
Finland and Sweden this week formally applied to join Nato after years of non-alignment. Jon Henley reports on how the Ukraine war has given the alliance a new lease of life
May 23, 2022
A wake-up call for the major parties
The Coalition is in disarray after a Labor election victory but both of the major parties recorded their lowest primary votes in the modern era. What will this mean for the future of the Liberal party and, with an expanded climate-focused crossbench, what can we expect from the new Labor government? Guardian Australia’s chief political correspondent, Sarah Martin, joins Laura Murphy-Oates to discuss what’s next for the major parties
May 22, 2022
After a wild ride, Labor wins historic 2022 federal election
Anthony Albanese will be the prime minister of Australia, perhaps in minority government with independents who campaigned on climate change, integrity and respect for women, doubling the cross-bench in the lower house. Editor-in-chief Lenore Taylor and political editor Katharine Murphy join Jane Lee to discuss how we got here Do you have 5min to take our listener survey?
May 21, 2022
Campaign catchup: the seats that will decide the 2022 federal election
Political editor Katharine Murphy joins Jane Lee to discuss the possible paths to victory for the election on Saturday. Labor needs to gain seven seats to form majority government while the Coalition must offset any losses with gains elsewhere
May 20, 2022
Has Scott Morrison forfeited the right to another term? – with Lenore Taylor
This weekend, Australians head to the polls. After a long and at times hollow campaign, devoid of big picture and big policy, have the major parties earned your vote? Or have the minor parties and so-called ‘teal’ independents influenced the campaign for the better? In this episode of Full Story, Gabrielle Jackson talks to Lenore Taylor and Mike Ticher about the Guardian view on the election, and the challenges ahead
May 19, 2022
Campaign catchup: how will voters judge Labor’s $7.4bn of extra spending?
Labor has released its policy costings, revealing a $7.4bn increase in the deficit if elected. Political editor Katharine Murphy joins Jane Lee to discuss the political risks and consequences involved
May 19, 2022
Competing plans and broken promises for a federal integrity commission | Full Story podcast
After promising and failing to set up a federal anti-corruption commission during the last term of parliament, Scott Morrison has faced a barrage of questions during the campaign over the future of a federal version of Icac. Meanwhile, if Labor wins the election, Anthony Albanese is promising to legislate a national anti-corruption commission by the end of 2022. Chief political correspondent Sarah Martin speaks to Laura Murphy-Oates about the major parties’ competing plans for an anti-corruption commission, and why this body is needed
May 18, 2022
Campaign catchup: why are polls narrowing Labor’s lead?
Political editor Katharine Murphy joins Jane Lee to discuss the final Guardian Essential poll results before the election and why every vote will be critical this weekend
May 18, 2022
Western Sydney: major parties vie for the ‘golden goose’ of the election
Home to some of the most culturally diverse communities in Australia, the seats of Reid, Parramatta and Lindsay in western Sydney are a tantalising prospect for the major parties. Traditionally Labor heartland, the demographic changes have resulted in marginal seats that can be flipped by the right candidate. So will the pitch of either of the major parties be effective this election?Guardian Australia reporters Michael McGowan and Mostafa Rachwani talk to voters in the marginal seats about issues they care about and explain to Laura Murphy-Oates why western Sydney is the ‘golden goose’ of the election
May 17, 2022
Campaign catchup: Morrison has one last week to convince you to vote for him
Political reporter Paul Karp talks to Jane Lee from the Coalition’s campaign bus about how the prime minister is managing the media and his priorities in the last days before the federal election
May 17, 2022
Is Australia listening to first-time voters?
This week more than 1.2 million people are voting for the first time – a cohort made up of young people and new citizens. But a Plan International report has found three quarters of young women voting for the first time don’t feel politics is an equal space for women and people of colour. Laura Murphy-Oates speaks to two women voting for the first time about the significance of casting their vote, and reporter Matilda Boseley breaks down what first-time voters need to know
May 16, 2022
Campaign catchup: could the Coalition’s housing policy win votes?
Over the past few days the prime minister, Scott Morrison, has promised to change how he behaves and has introduced a new flagship policy to help first-home buyers into the market by taking money from their super. Chief political correspondent, Sarah Martin, joins Jane Lee to discuss how the Coalition is trying to sway undecided voters in the final week of the election
May 16, 2022
What are Australia’s major parties promising for the future of the NDIS?
People with disability say their NDIS support is being cut and the process to appeal the decision is weighted against them. The Coalition has previously claimed the cost of the scheme is blowing out, but is promising to ‘fully fund’ it going forward, while Labor is proposing a major overhaul to the NDIS if it wins government. Laura Murphy-Oates speaks to Guardian Australia’s social affairs and inequality editor, Luke Henriques-Gomes, about reports that crucial disability supports are being cut and what the major parties are planning for the future of the NDIS
May 15, 2022
Campaign catchup: do political attack ads work?
Political advertisements are becoming more targeted in the online age, but their ability to persuade voters can still vary. Senior reporter Tory Shepherd joins Jane Lee to discuss the various political ads of the 2022 federal election campaign
May 13, 2022
Tax cuts v wage rises, pork barrelling and leaked polling: your campaign questions answered
In a special episode the Guardian Australia politics team answers listeners’ questions on the election campaign, including minor party preferences and how they will effect the outcome, why wages rises are controversial but tax cuts are not, and the blurring of lines between government grants and election promises
May 12, 2022
Campaign catchup: how do you measure progress during a pandemic?
After the final leaders’ debate, Katharine Murphy joins Jane Lee to reflect on the unique challenges of campaigning to a disillusioned and weary electorate in the middle of a pandemic
May 12, 2022
Putin’s dilemma: what is his next move in Ukraine?
Vladimir Putin’s Victory Day speech revealed a man facing one of the biggest decisions of his presidency: to escalate or de-escalate the war in Ukraine. Andrew Roth reports
May 11, 2022
Campaign catchup: will increasing the minimum wage lead to higher inflation?
The PM calls the opposition leader a ‘loose unit’ for supporting a rise in the minimum wage. Anthony Albanese responds that Scott Morrison is ‘loose with the truth’. Paul Karp talks to Jane Lee about what this all means for wages and the campaign
May 11, 2022
How an unpredictable climate of change in Queensland could affect the election
In Queensland, a big swing away from the Labor party in 2019 was a decisive factor in their defeat. However the political landscape in some seats has shifted, largely due to the rise of minor parties, a series of climate disasters, and an evolving view on the future of coal in key rural seats.Guardian Australia’s Queensland correspondent Ben Smee talks to voters in metropolitan and regional areas about what will decide their vote, and speaks to Laura Murphy-Oates about how an unpredictable climate of change in the state could affect the election
May 10, 2022
Campaign catchup: why the secrecy over Australian Defence Force cultural reforms?
Today the leaders promised to spend big on Melbourne and Sydney transport, while Alan Tudge answered tough questions on the federal election campaign trail. And Daniel Hurst talks to Jane Lee about why the government has gone quiet on Australian Defence Force reforms designed to prevent unlawful killings
May 10, 2022
Does anyone have a plan to fix Australia’s housing affordability crisis?
With house prices and rents continuing to soar across Australia, the major parties are talking up their respective homebuying policies on the campaign trail, but will these policies actually fix Australia’s housing affordability crisis? Laura Murphy-Oates speaks to economics reporter Peter Hannam and Prof Hal Pawson about the housing policies of Labor, the Coalition and the Greens, and what impact they would have on housing affordability
May 09, 2022
Campaign catchup: what can we learn beyond the noise of the second leaders’ debate?
The fifth week of the campaign kicked off with the second debate between Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese. Katharine Murphy tells Jane Lee that beyond the noisy clashes, there were strategies designed to capture as many prepoll voters as possible
May 09, 2022
The US supreme court is ready to overturn the right to an abortion. What happens next?
A leaked draft opinion lays out the supreme court’s plans to overturn Roe v Wade. It is something abortion activists have long feared – and will have lasting repercussions for all Americans, reports Jessica Glenza
May 08, 2022
Campaign catchup: Anthony Albanese vs the media
Journalists are testing Labor leader Anthony Albanese on his ability to recall policy details and to stand up to the press pack, but are these the right questions to ask to assess whether he’s fit to be prime minister? Political editor Katharine Murphy and Jane Lee discuss how much the political theatre of the election campaign matters for your vote
May 06, 2022
What happens if voters desert both of Australia’s main parties? – with Lenore Taylor
Labor and the Coalition are on track for their lowest ever primary vote. As minor parties and ‘teal independents’ make their pitch to voters in hopes of winning the balance of power, the Coalition has issued dramatic warnings about the consequences of a minority government. In this episode of Full Story, Gabrielle Jackson talks to Lenore Taylor and Mike Ticher about why voters are turning away from the two-party system and whether a hung parliament would really be chaos
May 05, 2022
Campaign catchup: which party do you trust most to defend Australia?
Australia’s slanging match with Solomon Islands and the threat of China in the Pacific region continue to put pressure on the Coalition’s campaign. Defence and foreign affairs correspondent Daniel Hurst talks to Jane Lee about how the major parties plan to tackle defence challenges if they win the election
May 05, 2022
The lifesaving Covid-19 treatments offering hope amid Australia’s high case numbers
With Australia’s Covid cases per capita among the highest in the world, new antivirals such as Paxlovid and Lagevrio as well as intravenous treatments like sotrovimab are offering some hope for the severely ill, elderly and immunocompromised. However Australia’s peak body for GPs says some people at greatest risk of dying from Covid are being prevented from accessing these treatments. Medical editor Melissa Davey breaks down what Australia’s high case numbers and deaths mean, how these new treatments work, and the barriers to accessing them.
May 04, 2022
Campaign catchup: Will Josh Frydenberg lose his seat to a teal independent?
There is a battle on in the Victorian seat of Kooyong, where Josh Frydenberg says he is in the ‘fight of his life’ against independent Monique Ryan. Chief political correspondent Sarah Martin joins Jane Lee to discuss why Australia’s treasurer is in danger of losing his formerly safe Liberal seat
May 04, 2022
Is the safe Nationals seat of Nicholls up for grabs? – Full Story podcast
With the MP for Nicholls, Damian Drum, retiring the very safe Nationals seat where conservative meets rural is now set for a showdown. It could swing to the Liberal party or to the prominent independent Rob Priestly, who claims the Nationals are no longer delivering on the interests of Nicholls. Guardian Australia’s rural and regional editor, Gabrielle Chan, speaks to residents and candidates in the seat about irrigation issues, jobs, healthcare and what voters want from their elected representatives
May 03, 2022
Campaign catchup: how will an interest rate rise affect the election?
Chief political correspondent Sarah Martin joins Jane Lee to discuss what the Reserve Bank’s decision to lift the cash rate means and how it will affect the economic narrative the Coalition is relying on in their election campaign pitch
May 03, 2022
Survivors of Australia’s bushfires still waiting for homes
For many survivors of the 2019-2020 Black Summer bushfires, the upcoming winter will be their third in temporary accommodation, and some feel like they’ve been left to fend for themselves throughout the recovery. Rural Network reporter Natasha May explores what the past two years have been like for survivors in NSW and Victoria, and how red tape, the pandemic and a lack of government assistance has left some people out in the cold
May 02, 2022
Campaign catchup: has Labor’s campaign launch set them up for victory?
As we reach the halfway point of the election campaign, political editor Katharine Murphy has been following the opposition leader, Anthony Albanese, around the country. She speaks to Jane Lee from Brisbane about who Albanese is trying to convince to vote for his party and where Labor needs to win to form government
May 02, 2022
Will Elon Musk regret buying Twitter?
It’s not rocket science – but it might be even harder. Alex Hern explains why Elon Musk may find that running Twitter and making a profit is a greater challenge than he bargained for
May 01, 2022
How political parties use memes to sway young voters
On a very special, election-themed episode of Guardian Australia’s online culture podcast, Saved For Later, Michael Sun is joined by reporter and resident TikToker Matilda Boseley to explain the best and worst of #auspol election memes, and how political parties try and use memes to sway young voters
Apr 29, 2022
Campaign catchup: Would Labor’s wages policies increase your pay?
Cost of living is a key issue this election and Labor has been claiming its policies will lead to higher wage growth in Australia. Political reporter Paul Karp joins Jane Lee to discuss the details of the policies and whether they would make a bigger difference to wages than the Coalition’s plans
Apr 29, 2022
How will the cost of living crisis influence the election campaign? – with Lenore Taylor
New inflation figures show the largest annual rises since the introduction of the GST. The consumer price index hit 5.1% annually. The numbers tell a clear story: Australians are struggling. Struggling to afford groceries, petrol and to keep a roof over their heads. In this episode of Full Story, Gabrielle Jackson talks to Lenore Taylor and Mike Ticher about why we aren’t hearing from the people most affected by massive price hikes and low wage rises and whether it will influence the election campaign
Apr 28, 2022
Campaign catchup: Why haven’t we heard any promises for schools?
Public schools are falling $6.5bn short of the funding they need every year, while many private schools are over-funded. Political reporter Paul Karp explains to Jane Lee why this hasn’t been a focus in this election campaign, and what this will mean for education spending after the election
Apr 28, 2022
The Indonesian children Australia wrongly imprisoned in adult jails
In 2009, during the highly charged political climate around border protection, Indonesian children were wrongly jailed in Australia as adult people smugglers. This week the Western Australia court of appeal overturned their convictions and found ‘a substantial miscarriage of justice has occurred’. Reporter Christopher Knaus breaks down the now-discredited medical technique used by the Australian Federal Police to prosecute these children, and why it’s taken 12 years to have their appeal heard
Apr 27, 2022
Campaign catchup: why is the Coalition risking a new ‘carbon tax’ scare campaign?
Political editor Katharine Murphy, who has seen the climate wars up close over many years, talks to Jane Lee about why they are being revived and why it’s such a risky strategy in this election campaign
Apr 27, 2022
The rise of the teal independents and the battle for Wentworth
This election, teal independent candidates are facing off against Liberal MPs in some of Australia’s wealthiest electorates – focusing on issues such as the climate crisis and the need for a federal corruption body. One of the tightest contests is in the Sydney seat of Wentworth, where independent Allegra Spender – backed by fundraising vehicle Climate 200 – is up against the moderate Liberal MP Dave Sharma. Political reporter Josh Butler breaks down the role of the teal independents in this election, and speaks to Allegra Spender plus voters in Wentworth about the key issues
Apr 26, 2022
Campaign catchup: how does Labor’s plan for the Pacific stack up?
The complex issue of China’s growing influence in the Pacific is becoming a political football in this election. Foreign affairs and defence correspondent Daniel Hurst speaks with Jane Lee about the advantages and limits of Labor’s plan to contain China’s power in the region
Apr 26, 2022
The Labor and Coalition plans for Australia’s energy future – Full Story podcast
Energy policy is taking centre stage in the election campaign, with the Coalition warning, without evidence, that Labor will drive up energy bills, and making a slew of new funding announcements for fossil fuels. But as the world shifts away from fossil fuels, is either party preparing for the transformational change ahead? Guardian Australia’s climate and environment editor Adam Morton breaks down the major differences between the main parties’ energy policies and what that means for the future
Apr 25, 2022
Campaign catchup: are the Nationals backing away from net zero by 2050?
Conflicting messages on Australia’s net zero by 2050 emissions target are being delivered to voters on the campaign trail by government MPs. Political editor Katharine Murphy talks to Jane Lee about what this says about the Coalition’s climate change strategy in this election
Apr 25, 2022
Can Russia succeed as a new chapter of war begins in Ukraine?
Ukraine’s army held off Putin’s forces and stopped a Russian takeover of Kyiv in the first phase of the war. But, as Luke Harding reports, Russia’s approach in this next stage looks very different
Apr 24, 2022
Campaign catchup: How will parties use Albanese’s absence to their advantage?
Two weeks into a six-week campaign, opposition leader Anthony Albanese has tested positive for Covid-19 and has to isolate for seven days. On his first day of isolation, Jason Clare stood in at the daily press conference and took aim at Scott Morrison’s performance. Jane Lee talks to political editor Katharine Murphy about how the Coalition and Labor could each use Albanese’s absence to their advantage
Apr 22, 2022
What happens when baseless claims are injected into an election campaign? – with Lenore Taylor
The Coalition kicked off another climate scare campaign this week. Emissions reductions minister Angus Taylor reignited the climate wars by announcing electricity prices would rise by $560 under a Labor government, claims he was unable to back up. In this episode of Full Story, Gabrielle Jackson speaks to Lenore Taylor and Mike Ticher about what happens when nuanced policy debates get lost in the news cycle
Apr 21, 2022
Campaign catchup: Morrison chased over ‘blessed’ comment
Prime minister Scott Morrison has apologised for saying he was ‘blessed’ not to have children with disabilities after losing the first leaders’ debate to Labor leader Anthony Albanese. Political editor Katharine Murphy speaks to Jane Lee about the future of the national disability insurance scheme under both major parties
Apr 21, 2022
Election 2022: the view from Tasmania
In Tasmania two marginal seats – Bass and Braddon – may swing again this election. While some voters in these seats feel ambivalent about the major parties, everyone knows the independent senator Jacqui Lambie and her party, the Jacqui Lambie Network, whose preferences could shape the election result in the state. Guardian Australia’s political editor Katharine Murphy speaks to voters in Tasmania about salmon farming, housing, Scott Morrison and the power of the ‘Jacqui Lambie effect’
Apr 20, 2022
Campaign catchup: has the Coalition stumbled on national security?
Solomon Islands’ new security pact with China is shifting the mood on the campaign trail ahead of the leaders’ first debate. Scott Morrison found himself under fire from Labor on Wednesday for poorly managing Australia’s relationship with Pacific leaders. Chief political correspondent Sarah Martin and Jane Lee discuss whether there’s any substance to these attacks and how they will shape the election contest
Apr 20, 2022
The rise of scaremongering and online misinformation during Australian elections
The Australian Electoral Commission has voiced alarm at scaremongering about potential election fraud spreading via social media. While it hasn’t specified which posts triggered these concerns, Guardian Australia has reported that candidates from minor parties, such as One Nation and the United Australia party, have posted material sowing seeds about ballots potentially being erased, amended or hidden during the election.With some candidates saying they’re simply giving voice to voters’ concerns, political reporter Josh Butler examines what’s behind these posts and what the AEC can do in response
Apr 19, 2022
Campaign catchup: Why are the major parties strategically stoking fear?
In the second week of the campaign, political scare campaigns are intensifying on energy, asylum seekers and welfare. Jane Lee talks to political reporter Paul Karp about why they seem to work and how they could affect voters
Apr 19, 2022
What can we do about the cost of living crisis?
The cost of living in Australia is on the rise, with everyday things like petrol, groceries and rent pushing many – including those in full-time employment – into financial stress. However, experts claim that the government’s cost of living measures, unveiled in the budget, will disproportionately benefit higher-income earners. Laura Murphy-Oates speaks to inequality reporter Stephanie Convery about the impact of the cost of living on lower income households, and how the government and the opposition plan to tackle this issue
Apr 18, 2022
Campaign catchup: Are we in for a repeat of Mediscare?
Labor has capitalised on Anne Ruston’s appointment as health minister if the Coalition wins the election by reminding voters of her comments from 2014 that Medicare is unsustainable in its current form. Chief political correspondent Sarah Martin talks to Jane Lee about the lack of focus on health care policy in Australia’s first pandemic federal election
Apr 18, 2022
The underwater punk straight out of the realm of science fiction
In this episode – from the podcast Look at Me – we dive into the oceans to discover a dazzling group of sea slugs that adapts to its environment using colourful headdresses, stinging cells and lungs that can exist outside the body
Apr 17, 2022
Campaign catchup: how anti-trans rhetoric has derailed the Coalition’s campaign in Warringah
Controversy over the prime minister’s captain’s pick for the seat of Warringah may have jeopardised any chance the Coalition had to win the seat back this election. Jane Lee talks to political reporter Paul Karp about why Scott Morrison decided to weigh in on anti-trans activism and how it could affect the Coalition’s election campaign
Apr 14, 2022
Election 2022: the view from Western Australia
With the election underway, the Guardian’s political reporters have been travelling across the country talking to voters and candidates. In Western Australia, the 2021 state election – returning just two Liberals to the WA lower house – sent shockwaves through the Liberal party, and put WA on the map as a state that could deliver a rich return for federal Labor. Political reporter Paul Karp speaks to voters in three key WA seats about the issues that will decide their vote. He also speaks to candidates in the seat of Hasluck, where a moderate swing to Labor could knock out a current cabinet minister
Apr 13, 2022
Campaign catchup: covering elections is about accountability not ‘gotcha’ questions
How do journalists go about covering election campaigns? In this episode of Full Story’s campaign catchup, Jane Lee talks to political editor Katharine Murphy, who says journalists take the campaign trail to hold governments to account, not merely to amplify their daily messages
Apr 13, 2022
The new wave of climate activists and the laws designed to stop them
New activist groups such as Blockade Australia and Fireproof Australia are on the rise, with a series of recent climate protests blocking major roads, bridges and coal ports. In response, the NSW government has passed new laws that could see such protesters spend up to two years in jail. Sam Noonan and Violet Coco, members of Fireproof Australia, speak about why they joined the radical group, and journalist Royce Kurmelovs explores the rise in anti-protest laws, which are contributing to what human rights organisations call a ‘climate of repression’
Apr 12, 2022
Campaign catchup: Alan Tudge and the $500,000 payout
In our new election campaign podcast, political editor Katharine Murphy explains why Scott Morrison and the Department of Finance continue to dodge questions about a $500,000 payout made to former Liberal party staffer Rachelle Miller. Plus, other headlines of the day including a second port for Darwin
Apr 12, 2022
How boycotts against Russia work – and how they don’t
From the cancellation of performances of Tchaikovsky to the exit of Ikea and McDonald’s from Moscow, there has been a rush to boycott all things Russian. But what impact do these official and unofficial economic protests have?
Apr 11, 2022
Campaign catchup: two pitches for the future of Australia
Political editor Katharine Murphy breaks down the opening salvos from the major parties this election and argues that, ultimately, either side could find themselves needing independents or micro parties to form government
Apr 11, 2022
Feel sick but Covid negative? Here’s why – Full Story podcast
Why is it, in some cases, one member of a household tests positive to Covid-19 while those living with them may develop symptoms yet return negative tests? Medical editor Melissa Davey talks to Jane Lee about why test results can be hit and miss and how the onset of cooler weather has people wondering: is it Covid, or a cold?
Apr 10, 2022
Book it in: Chelsea Watego on sovereignty, survival and self-determination in the colony
In this episode of the Book It In podcast, Paul Daley speaks to Chelsea Watego about why she says ‘fuck hope’ and why she wants to take her book, Another Day in the Colony, to Aboriginal readers in prisons
Apr 08, 2022
A political campaign fit for the times, or politics as usual? – with Lenore Taylor
Labor is making itself a small target while the government fights internal battles in public. At a time of multiple crises – the Covid pandemic, the climate crisis, war in Ukraine – will either party pitch a vision to win the hearts and minds of Australian voters this election? In this episode of Full Story, Gabrielle Jackson speaks to Lenore Taylor and Mike Ticher about whether politics as usual is really fit for the times we are living in
Apr 07, 2022
A pre-election revolt against Scott Morrison
With the election due to be called at any moment, the prime minister, Scott Morrison, has denied allegations from Liberal MPs that he is a bully, and that he previously made “racial comments” about a Liberal candidate. Guardian Australia’s political editor, Katharine Murphy, speaks to Laura Murphy-Oates about what’s behind this revolt, and what it could mean for the upcoming election
Apr 06, 2022
Why China’s security deal with Solomon Islands has Australia worried
China and Solomon Islands are preparing to sign a historic security agreement that could be a stepping stone to a future Chinese naval base, less than 2,000km from Australia’s east coast. Laura Murphy-Oates speaks to defence correspondent Daniel Hurst about China’s growing influence with Pacific island countries, and why Australian politicians and security experts are concerned about this deal
Apr 05, 2022
Why are Republican Senators flirting with QAnon conspiracies?
Joan E Greve and Alex Kaplan from Media Matters for America look at why some in the GOP are turning to a far-right extremist group for attack lines
Apr 04, 2022
The whistleblower calling Australia’s carbon credits system a ‘sham’
Prof Andrew Macintosh spent years working on the integrity of the Australian government’s carbon credit system which gives credits for projects such as regrowing native forests after clearing. Now, he’s turned whistleblower, claiming this system is ‘a fraud’ on the environment, taxpayers and consumers – a claim that energy and emissions reduction minister Angus Taylor has described as ‘completely unfounded’. Climate and environment editor Adam Morton explains how Australia’s carbon credits system works and speaks to Macintosh about why he thinks this system is broken
Apr 03, 2022
Following the dollars in a pre-election budget – with Lenore Taylor
With an election looming, the Coalition government delivered a budget with one thing in mind: re-election. With money and big infrastructure projects pushed into key battleground seats, how do we keep track of what is being spent, and where? In this episode of Full Story, Gabrielle Jackson speaks to Lenore Taylor and Mike Ticher about following the dollars during an election
Mar 31, 2022
What if you could never forget? | Full Story podcast
Krystyna Glowacki can name the hottest and coldest temperatures recorded in every country in the world, along with the location and date they were set. A memory like hers is highly prized, and rare – with some people training their brains to develop these skills – but for her, it comes naturally. Reporter Gary Nunn speaks to Laura Murphy-Oates about what it means to have a truly ‘photographic memory’, and the benefits and drawbacks of never forgetting
Mar 30, 2022
Australian budget 2022: will voters be satisfied with a short-term cash splash? | Full Story podcast
It’s the budget that is meant to set up the Coalition to win the upcoming federal election. But will a short-sighted budget without a vision for the future in such uncertain times be enough to keep Scott Morrison prime minister? Laura Murphy-Oates discusses the details of the budget with editor Lenore Taylor, political editor Katharine Murphy, political reporter Paul Karp, columnist Greg Jericho and economics correspondent Peter Hannam
Mar 29, 2022
Why it took Australia nine years to accept New Zealand’s refugee deal – Full Story podcast
Nine years after it was offered, Australia has accepted New Zealand’s offer to resettle 450 refugees. While human rights advocates and the federal opposition have welcomed this announcement, they’ve also questioned the motivation and the timing – so close to the federal election. Guardian reporter Ben Doherty speaks to Laura Murphy-Oates about why the government took so long to accept the offer, and Behrouz Boochani – a journalist and refugee who was detained on Manus Island – discusses what refugees can expect from a life in New Zealand
Mar 28, 2022
A new milestone of coral bleaching for the Great Barrier Reef | Full Story podcast
The Great Barrier Reef has been hit with another mass coral bleaching event, with aerial surveys showing almost no reefs across a 1,200km stretch escaping the heat. This is the sixth mass bleaching event for the reef and the first to ever happen during La Niña. Guardian Australia environment reporter Graham Readfearn breaks down what you need to know, and explains what it means for the push to list the reef as ‘in danger’
Mar 27, 2022
Heidi Everett on the language of our mental health system – Book It In podcast
In this episode of the Book It In podcast, Guardian Australia features editor Lucy Clark talks to Heidi Everett, the author of My Friend Fox, about how she uses the lyricism of music to describe her lived experience in the public mental health system
Mar 25, 2022
Independents are challenging Liberal seats but can they win? – with Lenore Taylor
As the next federal election approaches, many Coalition seats face well-organised challenges from local independent candidates. Who are they, what do they stand for and can they sway the balance of power? In this episode of Full Story, Gabrielle Jackson speaks to Lenore Taylor and Mike Ticher about the climate-based challenges to Liberal seats
Mar 24, 2022
Can China broker an end to Russia’s war in Ukraine?
They’re long-time strategic partners, but Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is testing the strength of Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping’s relationship, Guardian leader writer Tania Branigan explains
Mar 23, 2022
Uncovering Australia’s shameful history of frontier massacres
The final findings of the first national project to record mass killings on the Australian frontier have been released. This research shows that conflict was widespread and often involved police and government forces in a deliberate attempt to eradicate Aboriginal people and Aboriginal resistance to the country’s colonisation. Guardian Australia’s Indigenous affairs editor Lorena Allam talks to Laura Murphy-Oates about the key things this project has uncovered and the need for justice in the wake of these discoveries
Mar 22, 2022
Japanese encephalitis: everything you need to know
At least three people have died from a mosquito-borne virus – Japanese encephalitis – which is spreading across the south of Australia for the first time. Experts have linked the outbreak to climate change, with extreme rainfall across parts of Australia creating ideal conditions for mosquitoes to thrive. Guardian Australia’s medical editor, Melissa Davey, explains what you need to know about Japanese encephalitis virus and what this outbreak tells us about the future of disease in Australia
Mar 21, 2022
The Wagner Group’s shadow mission in Ukraine
Officially, it does not exist. But reporter Pjotr Sauer has traced the notorious Russian mercenary group’s activities in Syria and Africa – and recently spoke to one of its members
Mar 20, 2022
Is the government ignoring a cost of living crisis?
The country is heading towards a cost of living crisis. As prices rise, wages are staying the same – or even going backwards for some. And with an election approaching, the incomes of those who can least afford it will be hit hardest. Gabrielle Jackson speaks to head of news Mike Ticher and live news editor Patrick Keneally about rising costs and falling wages
Mar 17, 2022
How NT police officer Zachary Rolfe was found not guilty of murder
After a five week trial and years of delays, Northern Territory police officer Zachary Rolfe has been found not guilty of murder in relation to the shooting death of Warlpiri teenager Kumanjayi Walker.Guardian Australia’s Nino Bucci steps through what happened during this historic trial and how this verdict has been received by the NT police, Rolfe’s supporters and Kumanjayi’s family
Mar 16, 2022
The Greens’ next power play
As climate change, natural disasters and other environmental concerns loom large over the next federal election, the Greens are hoping to move further from its status as a party of protest to become a third major political party. Guardian Australia’s Jane Lee speaks to political reporter Josh Butler about how they plan to gain seats, and what would they do with the balance of power.
Mar 15, 2022
What’s driving Vladimir Putin and his assault on Ukraine?
The president’s attitude to power – in Russia and beyond – has changed steadily since 1999, says Sam Greene, co-author of Putin v the People: The Perilous Politics of a Divided Russia
Mar 14, 2022
Are flood affected communities getting the help they need?
Communities in Queensland and northern NSW are facing the daunting task of cleaning up the damage caused by historic floods earlier this month. Some are angry, others devastated and most are wondering whether government support will be enough to rebuild and recover. Guardian Australia’s Jane Lee speaks to reporter Christopher Knaus on the daily challenges being faced by residents as they rebuild
Mar 13, 2022
Introducing our new podcast on intriguing Australian animals
Our new season of Look at Me has host Rae Johnston uncover weird and wonderful tales of Australian wildlife. This first episode showcases a butterfly that tricks ants into feeding its caterpillars and the people who wrote a song to save it from extinction
Mar 11, 2022
State v federal: the challenges of reporting on state news
Recent crises in Australia have underlined the power of state governments and their roles in our lives. State premiers stepped up during the Covid pandemic, while the prime minister went missing. Communities hit by floods and bushfires have been left to fend for themselves as they wait for state and federal governments to act. In this episode of Full Story, Gabrielle Jackson speaks to Lenore Taylor, Mike Ticher and Conal Hanna about how to approach state news in a federalist system
Mar 10, 2022
From north to south: how Putin united Ukrainians against Russia
The Guardian’s central and eastern Europe correspondent Shaun Walker reports from Ukraine on how Putin’s invasion has brought the divided country together
Mar 09, 2022
The Liberal party’s toxic internal dispute threatening key NSW seats
With the federal election due to be called in a few weeks, it’s still unclear who will be running for the Liberal party in some pivotal New South Wales seats. The stalemate stems from a factional brawl within the NSW division of the Liberals, and it has led to interventions from the prime minister and the supreme court. Laura Murphy-Oates speaks to the Guardian’s investigations editor Anne Davies about how the NSW Liberal’s ongoing battle over seats could threaten the Coalition’s chances in the upcoming election
Mar 08, 2022
The science behind Australia’s east coast floods
As the clean up continues in flood-affected communities across the east coast we examine what scientific research can tell us about this rain event and if it’s likely to happen again. Guardian Australia’s Graham Readfearn and PhD researcher Kimberley Reid speak to Laura Murphy-Oates about the weather systems that caused the record-breaking event, and how to prepare for the future of natural disasters, in the face of the climate crisis.
Mar 07, 2022
What Russians are being told about the war in Ukraine
The world has reacted with revulsion to stark images of Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine. But televisions in Moscow show a different story entirely, says Guardian’s Moscow correspondent Andrew Roth
Mar 06, 2022
Returning to your homeland to fight in a war: ‘Life will never be the same’
Volodymyr Ksienich, 22, has returned to Ukraine to join the defence of Kyiv. He tells Michael Safi how his life changed forever after last week’s Russian invasion
Mar 04, 2022
The lasting impact of climate disasters – with Lenore Taylor
Catastrophic flooding has left at least 14 dead and thousands of homes destroyed in Queensland and NSW. In the middle of this crisis the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report was released, outlining how human actions are closing an ever-narrowing window to a liveable future. Gabrielle Jackson speaks to editor Lenore Taylor and Queensland correspondent Ben Smee about how we report on severe weather events in a climate emergency
Mar 03, 2022
How Australian data on Covid deaths was misinterpreted by rightwing media
The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released data on Covid deaths. For many, the information highlights the unequal way this pandemic has affected some communities. For some radio hosts and columnists, however, it represents something different – proof lockdowns and other interventions were an “overreaction” or the result of a “scare campaign”. Guardian Australia’s data and interactive editor Nick Evershed breaks down what the data shows, how it has been misinterpreted by rightwing media, and how this has helped feed conspiracy theories
Mar 02, 2022
The ‘rain bomb’ wreaking havoc on Australia’s east coast
Record-breaking floods across Queensland and New South Wales have seen communities cut off, homes and businesses inundated and lives lost. Guardian Australia’s Queensland correspondent Ben Smee and reporter Christine Tondorf explain how the flooding has played out on each side of the border – including a series of heroic rescues and sudden escapes
Mar 01, 2022
Volodymyr Zelenskiy: from comedian to Ukraine’s president and warrior
When comic and actor Volodymyr Zelenskiy ran for the Ukrainian presidency in 2019 he was treated as a joke. Now, as Luke Harding reports from Lviv, he personifies the defiance and dignity of Ukraine’s embattled population
Mar 01, 2022
A family flees Kyiv
Thousands of Ukrainians are streaming out of the capital. As the Russian attack continues, the residents who remain are taking cover and taking up arms, Emma Graham-Harrison reports
Feb 28, 2022
The dangers of big money and political campaigns
The chairman of the United Australia party, Clive Palmer, says he’ll spend more than $80m on his party’s campaign in the upcoming election, making it the most expensive campaign in Australian history. This has reignited calls to reform the huge amounts of money poured into political campaigns and advertising.Reporter Christopher Knaus talks to Laura Murphy-Oates about the influence of money in federal politics and how calls for reform continue to go ignored
Feb 27, 2022
Saved For Later: Tom Cardy on being TikTok famous. Plus: will we survive the vibe shift?
Michael Sun is flying solo this week on Guardian Australia’s online culture podcast but he has two special guests. Matilda Boseley joins to mourn our fading relevance as we become victims of the vibe shift and ‘terminal trend velocity’. Then TikTok star Tom Cardy tells us about his overnight success and the struggles of making money on the platform – even with 1m followers
Feb 25, 2022
The day Putin invaded Ukraine
Russia has launched an invasion of Ukraine on several fronts, raising fears it could escalate into the most serious conflict Europe has seen since the second world war
Feb 25, 2022
The risks of divisive politics with Lenore Taylor
A political wedge is a tactic usually used to stir up controversy and debate with an opposing party. Over the last few weeks, the Coalition has attempted to ‘wedge’ Labor on various policies. So why have we seen so much of it lately, and what are the risks involved in playing into this kind of cynical politics? Gabrielle Jackson speaks to editor in chief Lenore Taylor and deputy news editor Jo Tovey about how the media covers wedge politics.
Feb 24, 2022
The power struggle over Australia’s dirtiest energy company
Australian tech billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes has made a multibillion-dollar bid to buy energy company AGL – Australia’s biggest greenhouse gas emitter – and speed up its exit from coal. In response, prime minister Scott Morrison and AGL executives have warned this plan could raise electricity prices and cost jobs. Laura Murphy-Oates speaks to Guardian Australia’s climate and environment editor Adam Morton about this historic bid and what it says about Australia’s lack of planning for a cleaner future
Feb 23, 2022
Can anything stop Putin’s advance intoUkraine?
After weeks of threats, Putin has ordered troops into eastern Ukraine. Shaun Walker and Patrick Wintour explain what the new stage of the crisis means for the country and its allies.
Feb 23, 2022
Australia’s first transgender priest on breaking ground and a bruising month in politics
As debate over the religious discrimination bill – and the right for religious schools to expel transgender kids – reaches fever pitch, the Rev Josephine Inkpin carries on with the business of providing solace to those in need. Laura Murphy-Oates speaks to the first transgender minister appointed in a mainstream church about breaking ground, hope and why the battle for inclusion isn’t over
Feb 22, 2022
Scott Morrison’s national security showdown
The Morrison government has been accused of weaponising national security in an attempt to sway the polls ahead of the election. The head of Australia’s spy agency Asio has also warned against stoking “community division”, saying it could have serious implications for Australia’s democracy. Laura Murphy-Oates speaks to Guardian Australia’s foreign affairs and defence correspondent, Daniel Hurst, about this strategy and how it will impact Labor, the Coalition and Australia’s democracy
Feb 21, 2022
The fall of Prince Andrew
The Duke of York faces a bill of millions of pounds after settling a sexual assault case with his accuser, Virginia Giuffre. This, in effect, ends his career in public life, says royal reporter Caroline Davies
Feb 20, 2022
Threats to the foundations of Australian democracy – with Lenore Taylor
For years now there’s been a global discussion about falling trust in the media, governments and the democratic process. Australia has often been thought of as isolated from these problems but as we head into the upcoming federal election we are seeing increasing evidence a lack of trust is permeating society. Lucy Clark talks to Lenore Taylor and Gabrielle Chan about how we can repel these threats to Australia’s democracy
Feb 17, 2022
Can Australia save the koala?
The koala has been listed as endangered in NSW, Queensland and the ACT. The federal government has pledged a further $50m in funding and adopted a long- awaited national plan to recover koala populations – but is this too little, too late? Environment reporter, Lisa Cox, talks to Laura Murphy-Oates about how Australia’s beloved marsupial became endangered, and what we can do to prevent its extinction
Feb 16, 2022
The Ukraine crisis from the streets of Kyiv
As US intelligence sources warn of an imminent Russian invasion, residents of the Ukrainian capital are refusing to be cowed, reports Shaun Walker
Feb 15, 2022
Inside aged care’s deadliest Covid-19 wave
As Omicron continues to spread in aged care homes, mounting deaths and severe staff shortages have placed pressure on the federal Government to act urgently – but are they doing too little, too late? Guardian Australia medical editor Melissa Davey speaks to Laura Murphy-Oates on the stark realities being faced by frontline workers battling Covid-19.
Feb 14, 2022
Amy Remeikis: Morrison government and a year of reckoning for women
It’s been one year since Brittany Higgins came forward with sexual assault allegations that shook the government. Last week she spoke at the National Press Club, alongside former Australian of the Year Grace Tame, about Scott Morrison’s failure to lead on this issue. Laura Murphy-Oates speaks to political reporter Amy Remeikis about how this tumultuous year inspired her book On Reckoning and the government’s response to a national reckoning
Feb 13, 2022
Saved For Later: Why do so many celebs have Bored Ape NFTs? Plus: our slightly mortifying histories of online dating
In Guardian Australia’s online culture podcast, Alyx Gorman and Michael Sun take a look at the NFT craze that celebrities simply cannot stop talking about. Then, ahead of Valentine’s Day, Steph Harmon joins them for a nostalgic chat about how meeting people online has changed – from ICQ to Tinder
Feb 11, 2022
Why do we pay the least for the jobs we value most? – with Lenore Taylor
The pandemic has deepened a crisis of care in our society. Workforces across childcare, aged care and nursing are reeling from the impact of Covid, as providers struggle to fill severe staff shortages and workers fight for more pay and better conditions. Gabrielle Jackson talks to Lenore Taylor and Mike Ticher about what’s being done – or not done – about this long-running crisis in essential services work
Feb 10, 2022
History in the making: Australia’s first Olympic curling team
Before the 2022 Winter Olympic games began, two athletes had already made history - Australia’s first Olympic curling team. With no dedicated curling rink in Australia, the team’s unlikely Olympic debut took a series of series of dramatic turns once they reached Beijing.Reporter Kieran Pender speaks to Laura Murphy-Oates about their journey to the Olympics and why the team was nearly sent home early
Feb 09, 2022
How the Northern Territory lost control of Covid-19
With coronavirus cases across the Northern Territory hitting record highs and remote communities suffering severe shortages of essential items, Aboriginal organisations have labelled the government response a “catastrophic failure”. However the NT chief minister, Michael Gunner, says the territory’s response “remains the best in the world”. Laura Murphy-Oates speaks to Indigenous Affairs editor Lorena Allam about what went wrong in the Northern Territory
Feb 08, 2022
Can Anthony Albanese win the next election?
With a federal election just months away, all eyes are turning to the leader of the opposition party, with the question – will he be our next prime minister? Laura Murphy-Oates speaks to political editor Katharine Murphy about Anthony Albanese’s rise through Labor’s political ranks and the party’s strategy to win the election
Feb 07, 2022
Can Joe Rogan change?
The freewheeling, inquisitive style that made Rogan so influential turned into a liability during the Covid pandemic. What’s next for the world’s most famous podcaster?
Feb 06, 2022
Why is it so hard to talk about the people who have died from Covid? – with Lenore Taylor
Covid statistics have become a fixture of our day but those numbers tell us very little about the people who have died. And does the language around how deaths are reported undervalue the lives lost? Gabrielle Jackson talks to Lenore Taylor and Mike Ticher about why it’s so hard to talk about Covid deaths
Feb 03, 2022
What we know about immunity and the ‘son of Omicron’
With a record number of Australians infected with Covid-19 over the summer and a new subvariant of Omicron emerging, some people may be wondering - can I get infected again? Laura Murphy-Oates speaks to medical editor Melissa Davey about the Omicron variant, immunity, and the best way to prevent reinfection
Feb 02, 2022
The rise of Ash Barty and the changing face of Australian tennis
After 44 years of waiting, an Australian has won at the Australian Open, with 25-year-old Ash Barty taking out the singles title. But Barty wasn’t the only Australian getting attention. The Special Ks, Thanasi Kokkinakis and Nick Kyrgios, and their enthusiastic fans divided the tennis community. Laura Murphy-Oates speaks to deputy sports editor Emma Kemp about what it was like to be in the stadium watching history be made
Feb 01, 2022
What happens if Russia invades Ukraine?
Representatives from Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany met in Paris last Wednesday with the goal of de-escalating the crisis in Ukraine. Russia has now amassed more than 100,000 troops along its border with Ukraine, ramping up tensions in a conflict that has dragged on since 2014. Russia’s key demand is that Ukraine and other countries be blocked from joining Nato – a concession the alliance has firmly ruled out. At the same time, Russian officials continue to insist the troop buildup is just part of military exercises, even as their rhetoric grows more belligerent. The Guardian’s Moscow correspondent, Andrew Roth, walks Michael Safi through some of the possible outcomes should the Russian military invade Ukraine, and explains what kinds of diplomatic off-ramps might be available to tamp down the crisis.
Jan 31, 2022
The plan to keep schools open during the Omicron wave
With more than 2 million kids across NSW and Victoria returning to in-person education this week, and Covid cases still in the thousands, experts have warned that Covid is likely to circulate in schools for at least the next 12 months. But state and federal leaders are determined to keep schools open. Laura Murphy-Oates speaks to reporter Calla Wahlquist about the plan to keep NSW and Victorian schools open over the coming year
Jan 30, 2022
Book It In: Emily Bitto on gender and the hero’s quest
In a road trip prompted by an Australian man’s imagination of America, Emily Bitto explores the literary trope of the masculine hero’s quest – through her novel Wild Abandon
Jan 28, 2022
How the Morrison government failed to plan for RATs
You may have struggled to find a rapid antigen test over summer – but what’s behind the empty shelves, and could the Morrison government have done more to anticipate demand? Anne Davies speaks to Jane Lee
Jan 27, 2022
Rapper Nipsey Hussle and the problem of predictive policing
He was one of LA’s most-loved rappers, and a pillar of his community. But records disclosed after his death revealed that he was also the target of an extensive Los Angeles policing operation
Jan 26, 2022
Invasion Day: how to ‘pay the rent’
Many Aboriginal activists say that 26 January is not a day to celebrate, but instead a day to start ‘paying the rent’ – by supporting and donating to the needs of First Nations people. Laura Murphy-Oates speaks to Greens senator Lidia Thorpe and First Nations author Veronica Gorrie about the history of this movement, and how to ‘pay the rent’ this invasion day
Jan 25, 2022
The week Tonga went silent
On January 15, the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai undersea volcano erupted in a blast 600 times more powerful than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima, cutting Tonga off from the world. Journalist Marian Kupu speaks to Pacific Editor Kate Lyons about what it was like on the ground
Jan 24, 2022
A paramedic and an ICU nurse from the frontline of the Omicron surge
All summer we’ve seen the highly contagious Omicron variant rip through most of Australia, as a record number of people continue to get sick and die from the virus. Laura Murphy-Oates speaks to a paramedic and a senior ICU nurse, who say the health system is being pushed to the limit
Jan 23, 2022
Book It In: Marion Frith on hope in the aftermath of war
Paul Daley talks to Marion Frith about how she wrote a novel about life after loss and human resilience in the midst of trauma – by telling the story through an unlikely friendship between two fictional characters
Jan 21, 2022
How Omicron’s spread continues to strain our supply chains
Millions of Australians are heading to the supermarket and facing empty shelves, but it’s not due to a lack of supply. Senior business reporter Ben Butler speaks to Laura Murphy-Oates about how the Omicron outbreak, and a shift in Australia’s covid-19 strategy, has resulted in a supply chain crisis
Jan 20, 2022
Afghan female MPs fight for their country in exile
After a harrowing escape from the Taliban, Afghanistan’s female politicians are regrouping in Greece to fight for their country. Amie Ferris-Rotman reports on the work of the Afghan women’s parliament in exile
Jan 19, 2022
Covid positive? A doctor and a psychiatrist on how to get through it
With more than a million people currently infected with Covid-19 across Australia, the Full Story team speaks to Dr Karen Price, the president of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners about what symptoms to expect and when to seek emergency medical care. Then, Professor Jayashri Kulkarni, a psychiatrist and researcher from Monash University shares some mental health dos and don’ts while in isolation
Jan 18, 2022
The latest science on the Omicron variant
Omicron is now the dominant variant of Covid-19 in Australia and since its emergence late last year scientists and governments have been racing to learn more about it. So what do we know about how Omicron impacts the human body? And how effective are public health measures like masks, testing and vaccines against it?Science writer Donna Lu speaks to Laura Murphy-Oates about the latest data, studies and health advice on the variant
Jan 16, 2022
Book It In: Debi Marshall on the popularity of true crime
Through personal tragedy and time spent telling the stories of victims, investigative crime journalist Debi Marshall says she’s found that closure doesn’t exist. So why do people read, and why do authors write, true crime?
Jan 14, 2022
Revisited: How the women’s safety summit laid bare Morrison’s empathy gap
2021 was an important year in the fight for gender equality, and the national women’s safety summit in September was a platform for experts and advocates to discuss key issues surrounding gender equality and violence against women and children. But Scott Morrison’s keynote address – and his failure to enact meaningful reform on key issues – left some underwhelmed and others furious.Political editor Katharine Murphy speaks to Laura Murphy-Oates about Australia’s ongoing cultural reckoning for women and how the Morrison government’s response to this is hamstrung by an ‘empathy gap’
Jan 13, 2022
Revisited: Could bringing back its love song save one of Australia’s rarest songbirds?
It wouldn’t be Guardian Australia ‘best of’ series without a bird episode! The regent honeyeater is an endangered native Australian songbird, with only a few hundred left in the wild. A few years ago scientists noticed something odd – they were mimicking other birds, and unable to sing their own song. Environment reporter Graham Readfearn and Dr Joy Tripovich explain how this species lost its song, and whether teaching it how to sing again could help save it from extinction
Jan 12, 2022
Revisited: Can a pain machine create empathy?
In one of our best Full Story episodes from 2021, we explore conditions such as endometriosis, fibromyalgia and adenomyosis, which have historically been ignored. But if everyone could experience this pain, would that change? Full Story producer Ellen Leabeater speaks to artist Eugenie Lee about her mission to create a pelvic pain simulator, and the importance of empathy for chronic pain sufferers.
Jan 11, 2022
Revisited: Madison de Rozario’s path to wheelchair-racing fame
One of our favourite stories of 2021 looks at the career of Australian wheelchair racer Madison de Rozario, which started when she competed at the Beijing Paralympics at the age of 14. Now, the 27-year-old has cemented her place in the history books – breaking multiple records and winning three medals, including two gold, at the Tokyo Paralympics. De Rozario speaks to reporter Kieran Pender about her sometimes bumpy rise to wheelchair-racing fame and the power of the Paralympics as a vehicle for change
Jan 10, 2022
Revisited: How the Tampa affair changed Australia’s stance on asylum seekers
A standout 2021 episode reflecting on the 20-year anniversary of the Tampa affair. Afghan refugee Abbas Nazari, then a seven-year-old child on the MV Tampa, and Guardian journalist David Marr remember the humanitarian and political crisis that shapes Australia’s policies on asylum seekers and their claims to this day
Jan 09, 2022
Rawah Arja on how to get inside the mind of a teenage boy
Rawah Arja was determined to write a YA novel for – and about – teenage boys in Western Sydney. She tells Zoya Patel about how she created a story about religion, rivalries, romance, racism and redemption in The F Team
Jan 07, 2022
Revisited: are delivery drivers winning more rights in Australia?
This is a replay of an episode looking at one of 2021’s landmark cases. In May last year, Australia’s Fair Work Commission ruled that Deliveroo rider Diego Franco was an employee, not a contractor. The case could have ramifications for the wider gig economy, where the use of contractors has led to widespread job insecurity, and workers are subjected to dangerous conditions. Reporter Naaman Zhou explains how the case unfolded and how, in the face of increasing pressure to give workers better rights, some companies are changing the way they operate.
Jan 06, 2022
Revisited: The rise of hyperpop
In one of our best Full Story episodes from 2021, we look at the formation of a vibrant and strange genre of music called hyperpop. Its growth has been spurred on by the internet – through Soundcloud, Twitter and now Spotify – and it has been linked to some of the most exciting young artists worldwide. Freelance music writer Shaad D’Souza speaks to Laura Murphy-Oates about the rise of hyperpop and what it tells us about the influence of big corporations such as Spotify.
Jan 05, 2022
Revisited: JoJo Zaho on RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under and First Nations representation
One of our favourite Full Story episodes from 2021 was about First Nations representation on the reality TV show RuPaul’s Drag Race. RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under has been marred by controversies around race and a lack of diversity, but it also saw the debut of the show’s first Aboriginal drag queen: Biripi and Worimi queen JoJo Zaho. JoJo talks to Laura Murphy-Oates about the power of First Nations drag and the journey to Drag Race fame
Jan 04, 2022
Revisited: How Isaiah survived Australia’s juvenile justice system
One of Full Story’s best episodes in 2021 was about Isaiah. As a kid, Isaiah couldn’t escape the police. He went on to spend his teenage years in and out of youth detention. Now this young Dunghutti man is trying to change how our justice system treats Indigenous children
Jan 03, 2022
Revisited: Vanuatu’s golden passports
One of our best Full Story episodes from 2021 was this Guardian investigation into a scheme allowing foreign nationals to purchase citizenship in Vanuatu, or ‘golden passports’ – and with it, visa-free access to the EU and UK. While such citizenship schemes are not illegal or unusual, Guardian Australia revealed that among Vanuatu’s newest citizens are senior political figures from around the world, as well as several convicted and alleged criminals Pacific editor Kate Lyons and freelance reporter Euan Ward speak to Laura Murphy-Oates about how this passport scheme works and how it could be exploited
Jan 02, 2022
Book It In: Tony Birch on writing true characters in fiction
Paul Daley talks to Tony Birch about finding affection on the so-called margins of the inner city, the injustice of climate change and blak humour. Birch also describes why he doesn’t view his fiction as having a political message
Dec 31, 2021
A journey down WA’s mighty Martuwarra, raging river and sacred ancestor
Traditional owners are standing together to protect the Fitzroy – a ‘beautiful, living water system’. This story by Indigenous affairs editor Lorena Allam is one of our best episodes of the Guardian Australia Reads podcast in 2021
Dec 30, 2021
The lion in the London black cab: the remarkable story of Singh, and the boy who loved him
Gifted as a cub by a maharajah to a young British boy, Singh lived at a house in Surrey before outgrowing his home and being driven in a black cab to the zoo. This surprising story by Ben Doherty is one of our best episodes from the Guardian Australia Reads podcast in 2021.
Dec 29, 2021
‘They will kill you’: a future leader of Afghanistan on the price he paid for freedom
Mohammad Zaman Khadimi was forced to make an impossible choice as he fled the Taliban for sanctuary in Australia. In one of our best episodes from the Guardian Australia Reads podcast in 2021 – Ben Doherty tells the story of Khadimi, a young Hazara man who walked out of class one morning and into a world entirely changed
Dec 28, 2021
‘Dingoes were here first’: the landowners who say letting ‘wild dogs’ live pays dividends
Some farmers see a vicious pest that should be shot on sight, others a native species that plays a vital role in Australia’s ecosystem. In one of our best episodes from the Guardian Australia Reads podcast in 2021, Adam Morton looks at the conflicting views of what to do about the dingo
Dec 27, 2021
The secret to happiness in uncertain times? Give up pursuing it
By striving for tranquility rather than gratification you are less likely to ruin your own day and you’ll be more pleasant to others. In one of our best episodes from the Guardian Australia Reads podcast in 2021, Brigid Delaney examines an ancient way to pursue happiness
Dec 26, 2021
Book It In: Kathryn Heyman on fury, trauma and personal transformation
In this episode of our new podcast Book It In, features editor Lucy Clark talks to Kathryn Heyman about the indignities that women endure throughout their lives and the craft of writing a memoir
Dec 24, 2021
2021 wrapped: news – with Lenore Taylor
After a year of Covid, climate change and holding politicians to account, Gabrielle Jackson talks to Guardian Australia editor Lenore Taylor about the year in news and politics
Dec 23, 2021
2021 Wrapped: the internet
Laura Murphy-Oates and Saved for Later host Michael Sun look at the best and worst moments on the internet in 2021 – from senator Jacqui Lambie dancing on a table, to shitposting comedians and the Instagram accounts bringing joy and community during lockdown
Dec 22, 2021
2021 Wrapped: sport
From reckonings on race and gender inequality, to Australian sporting heroes shining on the international stage – Guardian Australia sports editor Mike Hytner and deputy editor Emma Kemp talk to Laura Murphy-Oates about the biggest moments in sport in 2021
Dec 21, 2021
2021 Wrapped: Science
From questionable Covid treatments to life-saving inventions and discoveries about the natural world – medical editor Melissa Davey and science writer Donna Lu talk to Laura Murphy-Oates about the best and worst science stories of 2021
Dec 20, 2021
How Magnus Carlsen won chess back from the machines
Breakthroughs in computing have changed how high-level chess is played, making draws all too common. But the Norwegian champion’s stunning performance in Dubai wrests the game back from the grip of the supercomputers, Guardian US deputy sport editor Bryan Graham reports
Dec 19, 2021
Book It In: Alice Pung on writing as work
What do books teach us about the world we live in? In conversation with Zoya Patel, Alice Pung talks about the writing life and having a separate job – while also navigating the publishing industry as a woman and person of colour
Dec 17, 2021
The growing threat of Omicron
The Omicron variant of Covid-19 has driven a rise in case numbers across the world. But as Omicron reaches Australia, restrictions across the country have start easing. In this episode of Full Story, Gabrielle Jackson talks to Mike Ticher and Patrick Keneally about the growing threat of Omicron and how politicians are responding
Dec 16, 2021
What’s driving protests in Solomon Islands?
Over three days, Solomon Islands’ capital, Honiara, was rocked by violent protests that resulted in three deaths, a curfew, and Australian troops being flown in to assist. Reporter Gina Kekea and Lowy Institute Research Fellow Mihai Sora explain to Jane Lee what is behind the protests, and what role Australia is playing in them.
Dec 15, 2021
Is Labor’s ‘modest’ climate plan good enough?
The Labor party has unveiled their plan to tackle climate change, including an emissions reduction target of 43% by 2030. But is it up to the task of addressing the climate crisis? And after 12 years of broken politics around climate change, is Australia finally ready for serious action? Environment editor Adam Morton speaks to Laura Murphy-Oates about how Labor’s plan compares to the Coalition’s, and the future of climate policy in Australia
Dec 14, 2021
How Pablo Escobar’s ‘cocaine hippos’ became a biodiversity nightmare
Animals brought illegally to Colombia by the drug kingpin have been allowed to roam free and are now disrupting the fragile ecosystem. Michael Safi speaks to reporter Joe Parkin Daniels and veterinarian Gina Paola Serna about Pablo Escobar’s ‘cocaine hippos’
Dec 13, 2021
Tender: Roia Atmar’s story of abuse, survival and advocacy
For the past two and half years, domestic violence awareness advocate, mother and victim-survivor Roia Atmar has been chronicling her life after abuse for the podcast Tender. In this episode Laura Murphy-Oates speaks to Roia Atmar about about the complex intricacies of what it means to live with abuse, and her journey from survival to advocacy
Dec 12, 2021
Saved For Later: 2022 trend forecast – and the 2021 vibes we loved and hated
In Guardian Australia’s online culture podcast, Michael Sun and Alyx Gorman bring in YouTube Asia-Pacific’s culture and trends lead Ashley Chang to discuss the best and worst of last year – and what to expect from 2022 across fashion, gaming and the internet. Then, writer Cam Williams joins Michael and Alyx to talk about why mortifying teenage email IDs are actually anti-capitalist
Dec 10, 2021
Introducing Book It In: Tara June Winch and Thomas Mayor on Indigenous masculinity
Book It In, Guardian Australia’s latest podcast, explores what books teach us about the world we live in. Dear Son is a searing anthology of letters by First Nations fathers and sons. In this episode, two of Australia’s best authors discuss the tenderness and strength of Indigenous masculinity with Paul Daley
Dec 09, 2021
Who will be protected by the government’s anti-trolling law?
The Morrison government wants to pass a law to protect women, children and other vulnerable people from anonymous online abuse by making it easier to unmask the identities of trolls. But there are concerns the bill could actually protect the interests of media companies, and the wealthy and powerful. Guardian Australia political reporter Paul Karp explains to Laura Murphy-Oates how the draft bill could work if it’s passed
Dec 08, 2021
Are environmental offsets doing more harm than good?
When they work, environmental or biodiversity offsets are supposed to prevent new roads, buildings and other major infrastructure from impacting negatively on the environment. But Guardian Australia has exposed serious concerns about the NSW offsets system, triggering multiple inquiries. Environment reporter Lisa Cox explains to Jane Lee how Australia’s environmental offsets policy, which was designed to protect Australian wildlife, ended up failing it.
Dec 07, 2021
Barbados becomes a republic – and Britain faces a reckoning
Barbados has replaced Queen Elizabeth II with president Sandra Mason, and while some are celebrating the change, others ask if a symbolic shift is enough to reckon with the legacy of colonialism. Michael Safi visits Bridgetown to ask whether the country can free itself from its history and what Britain owes to its former colonies and the people whose ancestors were enslaved
Dec 06, 2021
The shameful conditions for farm workers in Australia
In early November, fruit pickers on Australian farms were granted a minimum wage, in a historic decision handed down by the fair work commission. However, unfair pay is just one example of the shocking conditions plaguing this sector, where it’s alleged that workers – many from the Pacific islands – are routinely exploited. Laura Murphy-Oates speaks to reporter Cait Kelly about the dark side of Australian farm work
Dec 05, 2021
Saved for Later: Bad memes and wokewashing: why do brands tweet like people? Plus: Snapchat streaks explained
In Guardian Australia’s online culture podcast, Michael Sun and Alyx Gorman bring in Vice Australia’s head of editorial Brad Esposito to chat about the evolution of brands on social media, from cringey posts to identity politics – including a tweet so tone deaf, Brad had to pull his car over to report on it. Then Michael teaches Alyx why breaking a Snapchat streak is an unforgivable faux pas
Dec 03, 2021
The Jenkins report and Scott Morrison’s responsibility to lead change
Australia’s sex discrimination commissioner, Kate Jenkins, handed down her landmark report into the culture of Australian parliament this week. The report was triggered after former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins alleged she was raped in a ministerial office in March 2019. In this episode of Full Story, Gabrielle Jackson talks to Lenore Taylor and Mike Ticher about the toxic culture in Parliament House and the response to the report
Dec 02, 2021
The push to end a genetic lottery for thousands of Australian families
A bill before federal parliament would legalise IVF technology to prevent a rare genetic disorder – mitochondrial disease. In Australia, about one child a week is born with a severe form of mitochondrial disease, and many of those children will die before they turn five. While this bill has cross-party support, some MPs are opposed to it and it has also stoked controversy with religious groups. Laura Murphy-Oates speaks to reporter Rafqa Touma about her family’s experience with mitochondrial disease and the push to legalise mitochondrial donation
Dec 01, 2021
How dangerous is the Omicron variant?
The Omicron variant of Covid has prompted governments around the world to reintroduce border restrictions, with Australia shutting the border to southern Africa and delaying the reopening date for international students and visa holders. The federal government has called for calm, describing the variant as ‘manageable’, but what do we actually know about it? Laura Murphy-Oates speaks to medical editor Melissa Davey about what scientists have discovered so far about Omicron and our evolving approach to combating Covid variants
Nov 30, 2021
What’s holding back the religious discrimination bill?
The Coalition has introduced its religious discrimination bill almost three years after it was first promised. Despite a third draft watering down a number of contentious provisions, some MPs still think it doesn’t go far enough to protect certain groups. Political reporter Paul Karp explains what’s in the bill and whether it will be passed before the next election
Nov 29, 2021
The human cost of Qatar’s 2022 World Cup dream
In less than a year, millions of football fans will descend on Qatar to cheer on their favourite teams in the 2022 World Cup. They’ll be greeted by dozens of shiny new hotels, restaurants, roadways, and seven glistening new football stadiums. It will be a proud moment for Qatar, and for the entire region, which has never previously hosted a World Cup. Pete Pattisson, who has been reporting on the preparations for nearly a decade, says this new infrastructure has come at a cost. Pattisson’s reporting shows 6,500 migrant workers from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have died in the course of World Cup preparations – many from sudden, unexplained causes. Pattison tells Michael Safi about some of the workers who have lost their lives, and why the wage and labour changes recently introduced by Qatar’s government fall short
Nov 28, 2021
Saved For Later: Adele, Spotify and how streaming changed the sound of music. Plus: an extremely online vocab test
After Adele got Spotify to hide their album shuffle button, Alyx Gorman, Michael Sun and Steph Harmon called up Aria-winner Georgia Mooney, of All Our Exes Live In Texas, to talk about writing music for the world of streaming – and trying to make a buck from it. Later, Alyx quizzes Michael and Steph on Macquarie Dictionary’s new contenders for Word of the Year
Nov 26, 2021
Is Peter Dutton picking a fight with China?
As military tensions heat up between Taiwan and China, defence minister Peter Dutton says it would be ‘inconceivable’ that Australia would not join military action if the US defended Taiwan. Labor has accused the Coalition of warmongering ahead of an upcoming election. Gabrielle Jackson talks to Lenore Taylor and Daniel Hurst about the threat of war, and the trouble with politicising foreign policy
Nov 25, 2021
What went wrong with the NBN?
Ahead of the next federal election, both major parties have promised to fix the problem-plagued national broadband network after widespread complaints about its performance, especially in regional areas. Laura Murphy-Oates speaks to Guardian Australia reporter Josh Taylor about the competing plans for the NBN, and the secret figures that show the true scale of the NBN cost blowout over the past eight years
Nov 24, 2021
The international students giving up their Australian dream
From next week, Australian borders will open to international students with valid visas. But after nearly two years of uncertainty, experts say some students won’t be returning, and the impact to broader Australian society will be felt for a long time. Audio producer Karishma Luthria speaks to international students about their life during the pandemic and whether they will return.
Nov 23, 2021
China’s #MeToo movement
Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai’s recent allegations that she was sexually assaulted by a former vice premier, has shone an international spotlight on the #MeToo movement in China. One of China’s first high profile cases involved a young woman, Xianzi, alleging sexual harassment against a famous Chinese state TV host, which sent shockwaves around the country. Jane Lee and Guardian’s Taiwan correspondent Helen Davidson speak to activists Xianzi and Lu Pin about feminists’ ongoing struggle to overcome China’s state censors and closed courts.
Nov 22, 2021
Is Donald Trump plotting to steal the 2024 election?
Trump’s attempt to overturn the result of the 2020 US election was ultimately thwarted, but through efforts at state level to elect loyalists to key positions, the stage is set for a repeat showing in 2024
Nov 21, 2021
Saved For Later: Taylor Swift, One Direction and online fandoms. Plus: is self care ironic?
In Guardian Australia’s podcast about the internet, Michael Sun, Alyx Gorman and Steph Harmon bring in pop culture expert and Directioner Brodie Lancaster to pore over the easter eggs of Red (Taylor’s Version) – and discuss the pros and cons of stan culture. Then, we set out on our stupid little daily walk with Maggie Zhou, who goes deep on a new TikTok trend that’s shifting the way we talk about wellness
Nov 19, 2021
The pandemic powers fuelling anti-government protests – with Lenore Taylor
A new pandemic bill introduced to Victorian parliament by the Andrews government was criticised by some legal and civil liberties groups for its broad powers and a lack of checks and balances. But while independent MPs worked with the government and legal advocates to improve the bill, some protesters – including members of far-right groups – co-opted the debate to inflame anti-government sentiment, at times egged on by politicians and commentators. In this episode, Gabrielle Jackson talks to Lenore Taylor and Mike Ticher about the need to separate legitimate criticism from the extreme views of a minority – and what extreme anti-government rhetoric means for democracy
Nov 18, 2021
Australia v the climate part 6: Glasgow
Cop26 brought together 190 countries in the hope they would finally agree to bring the climate crisis under control. But despite the urgency, Australia’s status as a climate laggard was on full display. With the Glasgow pact in place, will the government do anything it has agreed to?
Nov 17, 2021
Tasmania – the state where pokies are king
Tasmania became the first state in Australia to open a casino in 1973, and since then it has become a place where the gambling lobby’s influence on politics is most bald-faced. Now, a bill before Tasmania’s upper house has brought that influence into the open. Laura Murphy-Oates speaks to lower house independent Tasmanian MP Kristie Johnston and inequality reporter Stephanie Convery about the bill and how the pokies industry came to hold so much power in Tasmania
Nov 16, 2021
Australia’s problem with mobile phones
When farmer Will Picker broke his back on his NSW farm there was no mobile phone reception – forcing him to crawl for 1km to get help. It’s these sorts of stories that are putting pressure on federal MPs to sign on to a private member’s bill, intended to force Australia’s telcos to improve patchy mobile coverage and shoddy customer service. Laura Murphy-Oates speaks to Will and his partner Hannah Sparks, and Guardian Australia’s rural and regional editor Gabrielle Chan about the real – and sometimes dangerous – cost of Australia’s poor mobile performance
Nov 15, 2021
Josh Cavallo: the world’s only openly gay top-tier men’s footballer
Adelaide United’s Josh Cavallo says the response to his recent coming out as gay has been overwhelming
Nov 14, 2021
Scott Morrison’s hollow climate campaigning – with Lenore Taylor
With a new electric vehicles strategy and more money for the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, Scott Morrison would appear to be announcing policies to help the nation reach its net zero emissions goal by 2050. But do these policies represent a true change of heart for the Coalition, or are they just pamphlets with little action attached? Gabrielle Jackson talks to Lenore Taylor and Mike Ticher about climate policy and posturing
Nov 11, 2021
Australian sport’s reckoning with Covid-19 vaccination
As Covid-19 restrictions ease in Australia, sporting bodies have found themselves navigating an ethical and legal dilemma: what to do if athletes are not vaccinated? Differing state and federal public health restrictions are complicating both domestic and international competitions as some players refuse to get the jab while others, such as tennis world No 1 Novak Djokovic, decline to disclose their vaccination status ahead of the Australian Open. Laura Murphy-Oates speaks to deputy sports editor Emma Kemp about what all this means for the future of sport in Australia
Nov 10, 2021
The Western Australian police and the shooting of JC
In 2019, a 29-year-old Yamatji woman – known as JC – was homeless, suffering from poor mental health and walking through Geraldton holding a kitchen knife, when the police were called. Sixteen seconds after a police officer began to approach her, she was shot and later died. Last month a jury found the officer not guilty of both murder and manslaughter. Laura Murphy-Oates speaks to ABC reporter Rebecca Trigger and Noongar human rights lawyer Hannah McGlade about the life of JC, and what happened in those 16 seconds
Nov 09, 2021
The science behind booster shots and rapid antigen testing
Booster shots and rapid antigen testing are part of the next phase of Australia’s pandemic response, but what role will they play, and how effective are they? Medical editor Melissa Davey explains to Laura Murphy-Oates
Nov 08, 2021
Cop26: how three young climate activists are trying to change the world
Ridhima Pandey in India, Iris Duquesne in Canada and Raina Ivanova in Germany tell Michael Safi about their attempts to force their political leaders to change course on tackling the climate crisis
Nov 07, 2021
Saved For Later: What is the metaverse and should we care? Plus: taste-testing TikTok
In the third episode of Guardian Australia’s new podcast, Alyx Gorman, Michael Sun and Steph Harmon bring in colleague Josh Taylor to please for the love of god explain Facebook’s pivot – before we try a recipe TikTok can’t get enough of
Nov 05, 2021
Scott Morrison’s diplomatic damage control – with Lenore Taylor
When Scott Morrison left Australia to attend the global climate summit in Glasgow, he left prepared to defend Australia’s checkered position on global heating. But by the time he touched down in Europe, another diplomatic disaster was unfolding with the French. Lenore Taylor and Mike Ticher speak to Gabrielle Jackson about Scott Morrison’s leadership on the global stage
Nov 04, 2021
Former NSW premier takes the stand at corruption hearing
Gladys Berejiklian has fronted the independent commission against corruption to answer questions about whether she broke the law by failing to report reasonable suspicions of corruption, or breached public trust in the awarding of certain grants. Michael McGowan looks at some of the main revelations of the Icac proceedings
Nov 03, 2021
Panic, fear and Covid-19 inside a Melbourne hotel
The Park hotel in Melbourne, which is being operated by the federal government as an alternative place of detention for refugees and asylum seekers, is currently the site of a Covid outbreak – with almost half of the detainees testing positive. It follows months of warnings from the Australian Medical Association and human rights organisations about the “high-risk environment” for transmission – and calls for all people held there to be released. Laura Murphy-Oates speaks to detained refugee Mustafa Salah, and reporter Ben Doherty about life inside the hotel as this outbreak spreads, and Australia’s responsibility to keep these refugees safe
Nov 02, 2021
The South Korean debt crisis that inspired Squid Game’s dark dystopia
The Netflix hit is as fantastical as it is violent – but underpinning its macabre story of impoverished contestants risking their lives for money is a real crisis of personal debt in South Korea. Why has it resonated all over the world?
Nov 01, 2021
Superbugs – the next big human health threat?
As more Australians get vaccinated against Covid-19, pharmaceutical companies and researchers are already turning their focus towards what many believe will be the next big public health crisis – superbugs, or antimicrobial resistance. Described by the CSIRO as ‘the biggest human health threat, bar none’, a recent discovery by a team of Australian researchers has brought hope to the fight against superbugs. Science writer Donna Lu talks to Laura Murphy-Oates about superbugs and the risk they pose to human health
Oct 31, 2021
Saved For Later: TikTok’s joy-miners and ‘shitposters’ and Instagram’s ‘cursed’ interiors
In the second episode of Guardian Australia’s new podcast, Alyx Gorman, Michael Sun and Steph Harmon bring in Rashna Farrukh to discuss how TikTok is leaching into every corner of the internet – and the algorithms that know more about us than we do. Later in the episode: Michael gets trolled by a homeware meme
Oct 29, 2021
Australia v the climate part 5: a plan for net zero?
This week Scott Morrison finally released what he said was a plan to reach net zero emissions by 2050. But is it? In this final episode of the series, editor Lenore Taylor, political editor Katharine Murphy, climate and environment editor Adam Morton and reporter Graham Readfearn discuss the implications of ‘the Australian way’ plan and what it means for Cop26 in Glasgow
Oct 28, 2021
Australia v the climate part 4: fossil fuels
Year after year, parts of our country are destroyed by floods and bushfires made worse by global heating. And yet multiple prime ministers have lost their jobs when they tried to do something about it. What’s behind Australia’s weak climate targets and its lack of ambition? In part four, we explore the powerful fossil fuel lobbies and how have they influenced Australia’s climate policy over the decades. Including: author Clive Hamilton, former Australian Greens leader Christine Milne, former minister for climate change Greg Combet, Guardian editor Lenore Taylor, director of policy at the Investor Group on Climate Change Erwin Jackson, scientist Graeme Pearman, and Union of Concerned Scientists member Alden Meyer.
Oct 27, 2021
Australia v the climate part 3: Paris and the fall
Six years after the devastation of the Copenhagen meetings, the Paris conference became a hopeful moment for action on climate change. It looked for a moment that a truly global deal would be made. Hope was short-lived for Australia, as the reins of power changed quickly from Malcolm Turnbull to Scott Morrison, a pro-coal prime minister with no real commitment to climate policy. You’ll hear the story first-hand from the people who were there, including: former Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull; former prime minister of Tuvalu Enele Sopoaga; Guardian Australia editor, Lenore Taylor; Guardian Australia’s political editor, Katharine Murphy; climate campaigner Erwin Jackson; climate scientist Lesley Hughes; chief negotiator on climate for Tuvalu, Ian Fry; and head of Greenpeace International, Jennifer Morgan
Oct 26, 2021
Australia v the climate part 2: Copenhagen
After Kevin Rudd becomes prime minister in 2007 he decides to turn his full attention to helping the world tackle the climate crisis. But for all the work Australia puts in, the world takes a turn for the worst at the climate summit in Copenhagen. In the second episode in the series, we ask: what could happen if Australia decides to be a good global citizen on climate?
Oct 25, 2021
Australia v the climate part 1: Kyoto
This is the story of how Australia’s behaviour across decades has made it a climate change outcast. In the first episode we hear how Australia managed to increase its emissions under a climate deal that was supposed to cut them
Oct 24, 2021
Introducing Saved For Later: Succession, #sponcon and Flex Mami kick off our new lifestyle podcast
In Guardian Australia’s new weekly podcast, lifestyle editor Alyx Gorman, culture editor Steph Harmon and editorial assistant Michael Sun tackle the infinite scroll of the internet – and bring you the best of their tabs. In episode one, ‘real life influencer’ Flex phones in to explain how #sponcon is creeping into our everyday – and Harmon and Gorman subject Sun to a gentle Succession-themed quiz
Oct 21, 2021
Returning to school in a Delta outbreak
Over the next fortnight millions of kids in Victoria and NSW are returning to school early, after both states hit their 70% double-dose target ahead of schedule. However, with Covid-19 still spreading in both states, and Victoria recently experiencing record-high case numbers, some teachers and parents say schools aren’t ready to reopen. Jane Lee speaks to reporter Cait Kelly and a primary school teacher in Victoria about the risks of returning to school, and what’s being done to make sure classrooms are safe
Oct 20, 2021
The escape of the Afghanistan women’s football team
In mid-August, as the Taliban took Kabul and thousands of desperate Afghans attempted to flee the country, the international sporting community became particularly worried about one group of athletes – the women’s national football team. Known worldwide as activists and symbols for equality, their lives were suddenly in danger. Audio producer Ellen Leabeater speaks to the global team of activists, lawyers, politicians and footballers who banded together to evacuate the athletes and bring them to Australia.
Oct 19, 2021