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The Panama Papers was the biggest-ever collaboration for investigative journalism, involving 400 journalists in 80 countries who collectively produced 6,000 stories in 100 different media outlets. Shutterstock

Media Files: investigative journalist Bastian Obermayer, who led the Panama Papers tax exposé

Media Files: investigative journalist Bastian Obermayer, who led the Panama Papers tax exposé. The Conversation, CC BY80.6 MB (download)
Today we meet Bastian Obermayer, the Pulitizer prize-winning journalist who led the Panama Papers investigation into global tax evasion.
“We’d be mad not to learn the lessons” of the election result, said Chalmers on Labor’s way ahead. Joel Carrett/AAP

Politics with Michelle Grattan: Jim Chalmers on the need to change economic course

Jim Chalmers on the need to change economic course. The Conversation, CC BY35.9 MB (download)
In this podcast, Shadow Treasurer Jim Chalmers argues the government can have both a more stimulatory policy and a surplus going forward.
Helen Haines (centre-right) made history at the election as the first federal independent to succeed another independent. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Politics with Michelle Grattan: Independent MP Helen Haines on using ‘soft power’

Independent MP Helen Haines on using ‘soft power’ The Conversation, CC BY27.1 MB (download)
Helen Haines, who does not have the real legislative power her predecessor, Cathy McGowan shared after the Coalition fell into minority government, says "building relationships is key to getting things done".
Have you been told by your doctor to consider dropping a few kilos? The good news is that often even a small amount of weight loss can improve your health outlook. shutterstock

Trust Me, I’m An Expert: what science says about how to lose weight and whether you really need to

What science says about how to lose weight and whether you really need to. The Conversation, CC BY49.3 MB (download)
A professor in nutrition and dietetics explains.
Despite a slowing economy, Josh Frydenberg says ‘you wouldn’t want to be in any other economy, other than Australia’. James Ross/AAP

Politics with Michelle Grattan: Treasurer Josh Frydenberg on a slowing economy

Politics with Michelle Grattan: Treasurer Josh Frydenberg on a slowing economy
This week's June quarter national accounts showed the weakest economic growth since the GFC, but Treasurer Josh Frydenberg remains optimistic.
Are southern-born politicians talking about a state they essentially don’t understand? Shutterstock

Trust Me, I’m An Expert: Queensland still mystifies too many politicians but its needs are surprisingly simple

Queensland still mystifies too many politicians but its needs are surprisingly simple. The Conversation119 MB (download)
Two Queensland-based experts discuss what so many politicians and pundits get wrong about the Sunshine State – and what its citizens are crying out for.
Christine Morgan points to the value of the brand of Headspace for young people; they know “this is a place I can go”. Shutterstock

Politics with Michelle Grattan: PM’s advisor Christine Morgan on tackling Australia’s rising suicide rates

PM’s advisor Christine Morgan on tackling Australia’s rising suicide rates. The Conversation, CC BY34.5 MB (download)
On this episode, the PM's national suicide prevention advisor speaks with Michelle Grattan on what we know so far about suicide rates, and what needs more clarity.
Protesters holding umbrellas amid heavy rain march in an anti-government rally in Wan Chai, Hong Kong. AAP/EPA/VIVEK PRAKASH

Trust Me, I’m An Expert: Why the Hong Kong protesters feel they have nothing to lose

Why the Hong Kong protesters feel they have ‘nothing to lose’ The Conversation29.5 MB (download)
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has indicated she's open to dialogue. But unless she meets the demonstrators' demands, the protest movement isn't going to end anytime soon.
Beth Noveck and Rod Glover argue that to reverse the ‘creeping crisis’ faced by the public service, the government must train public servants to use creative problem-solving methods. Shutterstock

Politics with Michelle Grattan: on the ‘creeping crisis’ in the public service

On the ‘creeping crisis’ in the public service. The Conversation, CC BY28.8 MB (download)
A timely study of the public service, titled Today's problems, Yesterday's toolkit discusses the ‘creeping crisis’ of effectiveness and legitimacy the Australian public service is facing.
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Media Files: ACCC seeks to clip wings of tech giants like Facebook and Google but international effort is required

Media Files: ACCC seeks to clip wings of tech giants like Facebook and Google but international effort is required. The Conversation55 MB (download)
In Dickens' era, international copyright law developed from a worldwide effort to deal with a global problem. Is it time to tackle tech giants the same way? A journalist and a media owner explain.
Anthony Albanese points to Labor’s limited capacity to alter legislation in the Senate, as he defends the decision to vote for passing the government’s full tax package. Lukas Coch/AAP

Politics with Michelle Grattan: Anthony Albanese on Labor’s hard times

Anthony Albanese on Labor’s hard times The Conversation, CC BY42.1 MB (download)
Anthony Albanese defends Labor's vote for the government's $158 billion tax package, supports an increase in Newstart, and strongly argues the need to take the superannuation guarantee to 12%.
After a bruising election result for GetUp, national director Paul Oosting is in Canberra this week to work on press freedom. Joel Carrett

Politics with Michelle Grattan: Paul Oosting responds to GetUp’s critics

Paul Oosting responds to GetUp’s critics. The Conversation, CC BY29.1 MB (download)
GetUp's national director Paul Oosting joins Michelle Grattan to respond to critics who accuse the organisation of "creating an environment...[of] abuse, harassment, intimidation".
Today, we’re asking two astrophysicists and a planetary scientist: what’s the likelihood we’ll be living on Mars or the Moon in future? Pixabay/WikiImages

What’s the next ‘giant leap’ for humankind in space? We asked 3 space experts

What’s the next ‘giant leap’ for humankind in space? We asked 3 space experts. The Conversation, CC BY27.3 MB (download)
What's the next thing that will blow us away or bring us together the way the Moon landing did in 1969? Moon mining? Alien contact? Retirement on Mars? Three space experts share their predictions.
Professor Megan Davis is an independent expert member of the United Nations Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. AAP/RICHARD WAINWRIGHT

Politics with Michelle Grattan: Megan Davis on a First Nations Voice in the Constitution

Megan Davis on a First Nations Voice in the Constitution. The Conversation, CC BY31.4 MB (download)
Megan Davis says the idea of including an Indigenous Voice in the Constitution is being rejected on an understanding that "simply isn't true" but believes Australia has the "capacity to correct this".
Ken Wyatt proposed plans for constitutional recognition for Indigenous Australians during this parliamentary term. Rohan Thomson/AAP

Politics with Michelle Grattan: Ken Wyatt on constitutional recognition for Indigenous Australians

Ken Wyatt on constitutional recognition for Indigenous Australians The Conversation, CC BY27 MB (download)
Ken Wyatt says he is "optimistic about achieving [constitutional recognition] because...Australians will generally accept an opportunity to include Aboriginal people" and that he will work with "naysayers".
Father Frank Brennan sat on the expert panel of the Religious Freedom Review. Alan Porritt/AAP

Politics with Michelle Grattan: Father Frank Brennan on Israel Folau and religious freedom

Father Frank Brennan on Israel Folau and religious freedom. The Conversation, CC BY38.6 MB (download)
Member of the government's Religious Freedom Review, Frank Brennan, discusses the way forward on the "wicked problem" of ensuring religious freedoms in Australia.

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