Michelle Grattan, Peter Martin and Tim Colebatch on the election-eve budget chock full of sweeteners.
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Fresh from the budget lockup, chief political correspondent Michelle Grattan talks with Business and Economics Editor Peter Martin and political and economic journalist Tim Colebatch.
All you need to know about the 2019-20 federal budget in our simple at-a-glance graphic.
People under 18 can leave school, get a job, drive a car and pay taxes. Should they be allowed to vote too?
Pell trial reporters, a judge and a media lawyer on why the suppression order debate is far from over.
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On the day George Pell was sentenced, several experts with wide-ranging experiences of suppression orders discussed how they affect the public’s right to know and whether the laws should be reformed.
‘I think we should be very concerned’: A cybercrime expert on this week’s hack and what needs to happen next.
The Conversation38.8 MB (download)
This week, a 'sophisticated state actor' hacked the big Australian political parties. In today's episode, an expert on crime and technology says 'it's a given' that some will try to disrupt elections.
A refugee law expert on a week of ‘reckless’ rhetoric and a new way to process asylum seeker claims.
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Today on Trust Me, I'm An Expert, a refugee legal expert busts myths about how proposed medical transfer rules would work, and described some of this week's border security rhetoric as 'reckless'.
Kerryn Phelps on the medical transfers bill.
Phelps describes Scott Morrison's proposal to reopen the Christmas Island detention facility as a "political statement".
How to spot the work of a political spin doctor this election season.
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There’s a small army of spin doctors behind the scenes of an election campaign, finessing every utterance so it fits with the overall strategy. Today's episode is all about the art of political spin.
What research says about how to stick to your New Year’s resolutions.
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Today, experts will be sharing with us insights into how to make a change in your life -- big or small -- using evidence from the world of academic research.
The three astronauts read from the Bible as part of their message from the Moon. Then on return one declared: "Please be informed there is a Santa Claus."
The biggest issues of 2018, with The Guardian’s editor-in-chief Katharine Viner.
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In conversation with Andrew Dodd, Andrea Carson and Matthew Ricketson, The Guardian's editor-in-chief discusses the big stories of 2018 and what she sees as the major challenges of 2019.
The science of sleep and the economics of sleeplessness.
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Only about one quarter Australians report getting eight or more hours of sleep. And in pre-industrial times, it was seen as normal to wake for a few hours in the middle of the night and chat or work.
Australia is becoming more diverse, but these charts show we are still predominantly an Anglo society with strained relations with other cultures, particularly Indigenous and Muslim Australians.
What does the future newsroom look like?
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We often hear about media companies shedding staff and revenues, but is there hope? We ask the man with a mission to launch 100 media start-ups in three years: what does the future newsroom look like?
Food fraud, the centuries-old problem that won’t go away.
The Conversation55.8 MB (download)
Dairy farmers used to put sheep brains and chalk in skim milk to make it look frothier and whiter. Coffee, honey and wine have also been past targets of food fraudsters. Can the law ever keep up?
‘Everybody Lies’ author Seth Stephens-Davidowitz on why we tell the (sometimes disturbing) truth online.
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In this episode of Speaking with, author Seth Stephens-Davidowitz explains why humans lie to each other, but often tell the internet the truth.
Guardian Australia’s Katharine Murphy and former MP David Feeney on the digital disruption of media and politics.
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Today on the podcast we're talking filter bubbles, fake news, opinion vs fact. Media Files asks two experts how the media and politics influence each other - and why that's causing concern.
Here are the essential facts from the UN's special report on climate change.
Cyclone season approacheth, but this year there’s a twist.
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Australia must come to terms with some fundamental shifts in our weather patterns. This month, Andrew Watkins from the BOM and climate scientist Joelle Gergis explore what's in store.
ABC boss Michelle Guthrie sacked, but the board won’t say why.
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ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie was sacked today, despite being less than halfway through her five-year term. The major question is: why? Today on the podcast, we explore the possibilities.