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It’s a fight for a rapidly vanishing centre, which will make passing bills difficult for whoever wins. Chris Pavlich/Dean Lewins(AAP)

Mark Latham in the upper house? A Coalition minority government? The NSW election is nearly upon us and it’s going to be a wild ride

Mark Latham in the upper house? A Coalition minority government? The NSW election is nearly upon us, and it’s going to be a wild ride.
It's worth keeping an eye on the NSW election outcome. It may end up telling us a lot about how global political themes, like the erosion of centrist politics, are playing out here in Australia.
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‘I think we should be very concerned’: A cyber crime expert on this week’s hack and what needs to happen next

‘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.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison and other Coalition MPs described Labor as weak on borders after the opposition and the crossbench voted to pass a bill allowing medical transfers from Manus and Nauru. AAP/Mick Tsikas

A refugee law expert on a week of ‘reckless’ rhetoric and a new way to process asylum seeker claims

A refugee law expert on a week of ‘reckless’ rhetoric and a new way to process asylum seeker claims. The Conversation44 MB (download)
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'.
Ready for all the research-backed tips and tricks for setting a goal and meeting it? www.shutterstock.com

Trust Me, I’m An Expert: What research says about how to stick to your New Year’s resolutions

What research says about how to stick to your New Year’s resolutions. The Conversation, CC BY82.9 MB (download)
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.
Perhaps readers want less on what Trump is saying and more on what his administration is doing. CHRISTIAN HARTMANN / POOL/EPA

Media Files: Covering Trump, funding news and the rise of impunity. The Guardian’s Kath Viner on the big media stories of 2018

The biggest issues of 2018, with The Guardian’s editor-in-chief Katharine Viner. The Conversation, CC BY58.6 MB (download)
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.
You know you’re not supposed to do this – but you do. Shutterstock

Trust Me, I’m An Expert: the science of sleep and the economics of sleeplessness

The science of sleep and the economics of sleeplessness. The Conversation, CC BY52.8 MB (download)
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.
Alan Soon of Splice Media is promising a million dollars to give to start-ups to transform media in Asia. Shutterstock

Media Files: What does the future newsroom look like?

What does the future newsroom look like? The Conversation, CC BY52.4 MB (download)
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?
What is in these products? And if additives don’t affect your health, would you care? Shutterstock

Trust Me, I’m An Expert: Food fraud, the centuries-old problem that won’t go away

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?
According to Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, everybody lies to preserve social relations. www.shutterstock.com

Speaking with: ‘Everybody Lies’ author Seth Stephens-Davidowitz on why we tell the (sometimes disturbing) truth online

‘Everybody Lies’ author Seth Stephens-Davidowitz on why we tell the (sometimes disturbing) truth online. The Conversation21.1 MB (download)
In this episode of Speaking with, author Seth Stephens-Davidowitz explains why humans lie to each other, but often tell the internet the truth.
The advent of the internet has changed how politics and the media influence each other - and not always in a good way. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

Media Files: Guardian Australia’s Katharine Murphy and former MP David Feeney on the digital disruption of media and politics

Guardian Australia’s Katharine Murphy and former MP David Feeney on the digital disruption of media and politics. The Conversation62.5 MB (download)
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.
The Bureau of Meteorology’s tropical cyclone outlook is out today. AAP Image/Bureau of Meteorology, Japan Meteorological Agency

Trust Me, I’m An Expert: Cyclone season approacheth, but this year there’s a twist

Cyclone season approacheth, but this year there’s a twist. The Conversation, CC BY31.4 MB (download)
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.
Former ABC Managing Director Michelle Guthrie looking toward a different future earlier this year at the ABC’s first Annual Public Meeting. JOEL CARRETT/AAP

Media Files: ABC boss Michelle Guthrie sacked, but the board won’t say why

ABC boss Michelle Guthrie sacked, but the board won’t say why. The Conversation37.5 MB (download)
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.

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