Education Minister Simon Birmingham.
Michelle Grattan speaks with Simon Birmingham about his negotiations for a new higher education package, efforts to crack down on rorting in the vocational educational sector and the government's overhaul of the childcare system.
ASPI executive director Peter Jennings.
Australian Strategic Policy Institute executive director Peter Jennings has strongly criticised the decision to lease the Port of Darwin to a Chinese company.
Australia’s policies on asylum seekers have been criticised by many countries at the UN’s Human Rights Council.
Department of Immigration
Dallas Rogers speaks with Shanthi Robertson and Ien Ang about the role migrants, refugees and the border will play in Australia during the Asian century.
Despite having a higher than average rate of viable donors, Australia’s organ donation rate is lower than much of the developed world.
Australia was once a world leader in organ donations, but today it lags much of the developed world. William Isdale speaks with Aric Bendorf about how to improve Australia's organ donation rates.
Katy Gallagher delivers her maiden speech in the Senate.
Former ACT chief minister now senator Katy Gallagher admits she has found the jump into the bigger political pool challenging.
Author and academic John Blaxland.
Michelle Grattan discusses the newly released book The Protest Years: The Official History of ASIO 1963-1975 with its author, John Blaxland.
Politics podcast: Sarah Hanson-Young on the plight of Abyan.
In this interview, Sarah Hanson-Young calls on the government to appoint an independent advocate to protect the interests of the Somali woman known as "Abyan", who is being held on Nauru.
Supermassive black holes, containing as much mass as millions or billions of suns, exist at the centre of all galaxies, including our own Milky Way.
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Tanya Hill speaks with Meg Urry about distant galaxies and the supermassive black holes that lurk in their centres.
Rail and other public transport infrastructure could receive more funding from the new Turnbull government.
Jamie Briggs talks to Michelle Grattan about his new portfolio, the policy pivot away from just roads toward other infrastructure projects like public transport, and much more.
Kim Carr says that $100,000 university degrees are ‘totally unnecessary’.
Shadow Higher Education Minister Kim Carr talks to Michelle Grattan about Labor's new higher education policy.
Liberal candidate Andrew Hastie has campaigned strongly on local issues.
Natalie Mast spoke with William Bowe about what the leadership spill means for the Canning byelection, which looms as a test of both new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.
Arthur Sinodinos was a key supporter of Malcolm Turnbull’s successful leadership challenge.
Arthur Sinodinos, a key backer of Malcolm Turnbull, talks about why the Liberals needed a change in leadership and what he hopes will change in the running of the Prime Minister's Office.
Who ya gonna call? The World Health Organization has been criticised for its poor response to last year’s Ebola outbreak.
William Isdale speaks with Lawrence Gostin about the lessons we can learn from the global response to last year's Ebola outbreak and the future of global health.
Despite the slowdown in China, Josh Frydenberg says that there are strong signs for the Australian economy.
Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg talks to Michelle Grattan about Syria, Australia's humanitarian refugee intake, the economy, and much more.
Noami Klein speaking in Sydney.
Christopher Wright speaks with Canadian journalist, author and activist Naomi Klein about capitalism's impact on the environment and how it has influenced our responses to climate change.
The campaigning is building up for the byelection in Canning on September 19.
Rebecca Le May/AAP
Michelle Grattan speaks with Labor candidate Matt Keogh, deputy Labor leader Tanya Plibersek, Finance Minister Mathias Cormann, Greens leader Richard Di Natale and Greens candidate Vanessa Rauland.
Congested roads and overcrowded public transport services are common problems in many of our cities.
Australia's transport infrastructure needs urgent upgrades. But with governments willing to fund only one or two major projects, how do we decide which infrastructure project to prioritise?
This week Prime Minister Tony Abbott was beset with problems, including leaks and the sourness left by the entitlements scandal.
It's never helpful for a government to become the object of ridicule, so when the Coalition's speaking notes were leaked for a second day running it was embarrassing.
From one of the “hunters to being one of the hunted”: the Nationals’ Michael McCormack is a former journalist-turned-politician.
The Nationals member for Riverina, Michael McCormack, talks about politics and journalism, the future of the Nationals' leadership, tax reform and much more.
It will be many years before life returns to normal in the Langtang valley, one of the regions worst-affected by the earthquakes in Nepal.
Hayley Saul and Emma Waterton were in the Langtang valley in Nepal when the massive earthquake hit. Dallas Rogers spoke to Hayley and Emma about their subsequent rescue and the everyday Nepalese hero.