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Friends of assassinated rights activist Munir Said Thalib within Joko Widodo’s circle can influence the president-elect to re-open the murder case. Friends of assassinated rights activist Munir Said Thalib within Joko Widodo’s circle can influence the president-elect to re-open the murder case. EPA/MAST IRHAM

Audio Q&A: Activist’s murder case a test for new Indonesian president

Indonesian human rights activist Usman Hamid says president-elect Joko Widodo could do better than the outgoing Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in solving the murder of rights activist Munir Said Thalib, despite…
Australia’s housing market is among the most expensive in the world. Australia’s housing market is among the most expensive in the world. AAP Image/Joel Carrett

Speaking with: Michael Darcy on housing affordability

In the past six months the federal government has cut the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS) and announced an inquiry into foreign investment in residential real estate. In both cases the government…
Not amused by reports linking him to a suppression order, Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono demanded transparency. Not amused by reports linking him to a suppression order, Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono demanded transparency. AAP Image/Yuli Seperi

Audio Q&A: Indonesia’s reaction to suppression order

Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono recently called for Australia to be “transparent” following its attempt at protecting international relations by suppressing details of an international bribery…
Prabowo Subianto is to challenge the presidential election result in Indonesia’s Constitutional Court. Prabowo Subianto is to challenge the presidential election result in Indonesia’s Constitutional Court. AAP/Gabrielle Dunlevy

Audio Q&A: Prabowo’s appeal to the Constitutional Court

International leaders have begun congratulating Indonesia’s president-elect Joko Widodo. But losing candidate Prabowo Subianto is yet to concede defeat. After a dramatic withdrawal from the vote-counting…
Prime Minister Tony Abbott is hoping that the carbon tax repeal will play positively in the polls. Prime Minister Tony Abbott is hoping that the carbon tax repeal will play positively in the polls. AAP/Lukas Coch

Grattan on Friday: The government wins on carbon – pity about the budget shambles

After the parliamentarians finally head off for the winter break, the government desperately needs the major win it had this week to flow through to the opinion polls – because it is struggling with head…
A Bharatiya Janata Party official said people who don’t vote for Narendra Modi have no place in India and should move to Pakistan, taking campaigning to a new low. A Bharatiya Janata Party official said people who don’t vote for Narendra Modi have no place in India and should move to Pakistan, taking campaigning to a new low. EPA/Divyakant Solanki

The meanest election India has ever seen

With results due in next week, campaigning for India’s 16th Lok Sabha (lower house) election is in its final stages. Commentators are calling this the meanest election India has ever seen, with mudslinging…
The drongo and babbler look different, but one can masterfully impersonate the other. The drongo and babbler look different, but one can masterfully impersonate the other. Tom Flowers

Cunning drongo cries wolf in the ‘language’ of other species

In Aesop’s fable of the boy who cried wolf, the boy warns farmers of imaginary wolves threatening their flocks just to laugh at the sight of them running to the rescue for no reason. Of course, when the…
Narendra Modi won’t back away from border disputes with China if he wins the Indian election. Narendra Modi won’t back away from border disputes with China if he wins the Indian election. Al Jazeera English/Flickr

Modi won’t be soft on China if he wins Indian election

Considering India’s aspirations to be a global power, foreign policy has played but a minor role in the current election campaign. The manifestos of the major parties also say little on the subject, so…
Citizens line up to cast their vote in New Delhi. Citizens line up to cast their vote in New Delhi. AAP

Corruption and economic growth top issues in Indian election

Since Monday the Indian people have been voting in the largest elections the world has ever seen. So far things have gone smoothly as 815 million people are expected to turn out at polling stations all…
Liberal Senator Arthur Sinodinos has come under fire in the witness stand at ICAC. Liberal Senator Arthur Sinodinos has come under fire in the witness stand at ICAC. AAP/Paul Miller

Grattan on Friday: Sinodinos is seriously bruised – and that’s before ICAC says anything

Regardless of what the Independent Commission against Corruption finally says about Arthur Sinodinos, his day of evidence has in itself raised fundamental questions about his suitability for the job of…
If Arthur Sinodinos couldn’t be across key facts about a company of which he became chairman, how can he and the government credibly argue that someone with no expertise should be their own watchdog? If Arthur Sinodinos couldn’t be across key facts about a company of which he became chairman, how can he and the government credibly argue that someone with no expertise should be their own watchdog? AAP/Daniel Munoz

Grattan on Friday: While Sinodinos is off at ICAC, someone should have a look at his financial advice legislation

Interviewed recently about the government’s plan to roll back key consumer protections in Labor’s financial advice legislation, Arthur Sinodinos said his advice to consumers was to “get more informed…
Martin Parkinson has been a victim of the Abbott government’s tribalism. Martin Parkinson has been a victim of the Abbott government’s tribalism. AAP/Daniel Munoz

Grattan on Friday: Woe betide those who fail the Abbott government’s tribal test

At the end of the election campaign Tony Abbott observed that the big difference between an opposition leader and a prime minister was that the former was inevitably the leader of a tribe while the latter…
Rogue independent MP Geoff Shaw has held the Victorian Liberals to ransom. Rogue independent MP Geoff Shaw has held the Victorian Liberals to ransom. AAP/David Crosling

Grattan on Friday: Victorian Liberals give disillusioned state voters another reason to turn away

The Liberals must already be relishing the thought that later this month the whole country will almost certainly be coloured conservative blue, with the exception of a tiny Labor outpost in the ACT. On…
Tony Abbott is trying to switch the focus from a Qantas debt guarantee to the repeal of the carbon tax. Tony Abbott is trying to switch the focus from a Qantas debt guarantee to the repeal of the carbon tax. AAP/Alan Porritt

Grattan on Friday: Qantas not such a special case in Abbott’s eyes

Hardly a week goes by, it seems, when there is not some fresh announcement of job shedding. Qantas’s loss of 5000 is the latest blow. But amid the gloom on Thursday, Tony Abbott optimistically reaffirmed…
Attorney General George Brandis will soon take to cabinet proposals to remove the “Bolt” provisions. Attorney General George Brandis will soon take to cabinet proposals to remove the “Bolt” provisions. AAP/Daniel Munoz

Grattan on Friday: Everyone, including the asylum seekers, has a claim to the rights agenda

This week the government’s new “freedom commissioner”, Tim Wilson, fresh from the Institute of Public Affairs, started at the Human Rights Commission, with the central task of promoting free speech and…
Tony Abbott faces difficulty within his own party about indigenous recognition. Tony Abbott faces difficulty within his own party about indigenous recognition. AAP/Lukas Coch

Grattan on Friday: Indigenous referendum will test Abbott’s ability to manage his conservative base

In his Australia Day message this weekend Tony Abbott will repeat his commitment to amend the constitution to recognise Aboriginal people as the “first Australians”. He’ll say this should be a “unifying…
Audio engenders a visceral response in listeners, engaging both head and heart. Audio engenders a visceral response in listeners, engaging both head and heart. CHRISSPdotCOM

A word in your ear: how audio storytelling got sexy

In a cultural milieu dominated by long-form television dramas such as Breaking Bad and Madmen, how has the apparently simple activity of audio storytelling gained such clout? In the US, documentary radio…
Whatever way you look at it, the Coalition has broken its “unity ticket” undertaking. Whatever way you look at it, the Coalition has broken its “unity ticket” undertaking. AAP/Daniel Munoz

Grattan on Friday: Government plays fast and loose with trust and truth

David Gonski and members of his panel on school funding, who included Kathryn Greiner and Carmen Lawrence, have every reason to feel appalled at the way their work has been treated and trashed by both…
Tony Abbott has tried to ride out the pressure from Indonesia with repeated references to his commitment to the relationship. Tony Abbott has tried to ride out the pressure from Indonesia with repeated references to his commitment to the relationship. AAP/Daniel Munoz

Grattan on Friday: Abbott will need to make those words good

The most extraordinary intervention in a disastrous week for Australian-Indonesian relations came out of the blue. Who could have anticipated the provocative tweeting by Liberal party pollster Mark Textor…
Tony Abbott has already had a challenging start to his government. Tony Abbott has already had a challenging start to his government. AAP/Will Russell

Lesson for Abbott: you can’t keep a secret when others are talking

With the 44th Parliament opening on Tuesday, the next phase of the Abbott government begins. Already we’re seeing its early modus operandi, including its sometimes losing battle to control and often hide…
Nationals, Labor and Indonesians are complicating Abbott’s early days. Nationals, Labor and Indonesians are complicating Abbott’s early days. AAP Image/Jane Dempster

Grattan on Friday: When you actually have to do it, governing doesn’t seem so easy

Tony Abbott must be thinking: thank goodness for the “honeymoon”. It is helping lessen the public impact of some quite serious early problems his government is having. Abbott is assisted not just by the…
Tony Abbott made his first trip to Afghanistan as prime minister earlier this week. Tony Abbott made his first trip to Afghanistan as prime minister earlier this week. AAP

Grattan on Friday: Mixed legacy from war more popular with politicians than public

Sometimes you wonder about our priorities. Compare the vast attention on politicians' misuse of entitlements with the limited discussion, as most Australian troops prepare to depart, about the rights and…
There are many questions surrounding Tony Abbott’s commission of audit. There are many questions surrounding Tony Abbott’s commission of audit. AAP/Bianca De Marchi

Grattan on Friday: Should a lobby group chair the Audit Commission?

With this week’s announcement of the government’s Audit Commission members and terms of reference, Tony Abbott is starting to get his Rudd-like list of inquiries and reviews on the go. The beginning is…
What’s on the agenda in our final pre-election podcast? What’s on the agenda in our final pre-election podcast? AAP/Alan Porritt

Election 2013 Podcast: Dennis Altman, Marilyn Lake

Welcome to the fifth of The Conversation’s Election 2013 podcasts. Each week The Conversation will be sitting down with Australia’s top political minds to discuss all things election as we gear up for…
Smile, it’s time for our fourth election podcast - a special edition straight from Queensland. Smile, it’s time for our fourth election podcast - a special edition straight from Queensland. AAP/Lukas Coch

Election 2013 Podcast: Tracey Arklay, John Harrison

Welcome to the fourth of The Conversation’s Election 2013 podcasts. Each week The Conversation will be sitting down with Australia’s top political minds to discuss all things election as we gear up for…
Pass the mic Kevin, it’s time for our special Sydney podcast. Pass the mic Kevin, it’s time for our special Sydney podcast. AAP/Alan Porritt

Election 2013 Podcast: Mark Rolfe, Roy Green

Welcome to the third of The Conversation’s Election 2013 podcasts. Each week The Conversation will be sitting down with Australia’s top political minds to discuss all things election as we gear up for…
Tony Abbott’s campaign ‘gaffes’ are on the agenda in the second of our election podcasts. Tony Abbott’s campaign ‘gaffes’ are on the agenda in the second of our election podcasts. AAP/Alan Porritt

Election 2013 Podcast: Jill Singer, Geoffrey Robinson

Welcome to the second of The Conversation’s Election 2013 podcasts. Each week The Conversation will be sitting down with Australia’s top political minds to discuss all things election as we gear up for…
The election campaign for Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott has begun. Tune into our weekly podcasts for the best analysis of the week’s events. The election campaign for Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott has begun. Tune into our weekly podcasts for the best analysis of the week’s events.

Election 2013 Podcast: Stephanie Brookes, Brian Galligan

Welcome to the first of The Conversation’s Election 2013 podcasts. Each week The Conversation will be sitting down with Australia’s top political minds to discuss all things election as we gear up for…
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The Conversation podcast – 07/06/13

In this week’s The Conversation/ SBS News podcast we: examine the EU’s decision to drop the arms embargo on the Syrian opposition look at the growing evidence supporting an upright position for women giving…
Yuliya Libkina

The Conversation podcast – 29/05/13

In this week’s The Conversation/ SBS News podcast we: talk 457 visas and Australia’s “invisible” group of workers made up of backpackers and international students have a chuckle, via neuroscience, at…
Jari Schroderus

The Conversation podcast – 13/05/13

In this week’s The Conversation/ SBS News podcast we: discuss controversial Tanzanian government plans to exclude Maasai tribespeople from some traditional pastoral lands in the name of wildlife conservation…
Fey Ilyas

The Conversation podcast – 26/04/13

In this week’s The Conversation/ SBS News podcast our experts: discuss federal Labor’s plans to fund schools examine a spike in racism on public transport, or at least media coverage of such incidents…
Streets are covered by debris caused by Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey. How will it affect the presidential race? Streets are covered by debris caused by Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey. How will it affect the presidential race? EPA/Michael Reynolds

Race to the White House: Tim Lynch, Nick Bisley

Welcome to part nine of our Race to the White House podcast series. Each week we’ll be talking to Australia’s top US experts on the ins and outs of the 2012 US presidential campaign. This week, we ask…
President Barack Obama casts his vote in Chicago. President Barack Obama casts his vote in Chicago. EPA/Brian Cassella

Race to the White House: Joe Siracusa, David Malet

Welcome to part eight of our Race to the White House podcast series. Each week we’ll be talking to Australia’s top US experts on the ins and outs of the 2012 US presidential campaign. And as election day…
Obama gets his game on for the second presidential debate. Obama gets his game on for the second presidential debate. AAP

Race to the White House: Stephanie Brookes, Tim Verhoeven

Welcome to part seven of our Race to the White House podcast series. Each week we’ll be talking to Australia’s top US experts on the ins and outs of the 2012 US presidential campaign. This week, we discuss…
The challenger and defender: the first US presidential debate has changed the game for Romney and Obama. The challenger and defender: the first US presidential debate has changed the game for Romney and Obama. AAP

Race to the White House: Dennis Altman, Nick Bisley

Welcome to part five of our Race to the White House podcast series. Each week we’ll be talking to Australia’s top US experts on the ins and outs of the 2012 US presidential campaign. This week, Romney…
President Barack Obama address the United Nations General Assembly this week. President Barack Obama address the United Nations General Assembly this week. AAP/Jason Szenes

Race to the White House: Binoy Kampmark, Geoffrey Robinson

Welcome to part four of our Race to the White House podcast series. Each week we’ll be talking to Australia’s top US experts on the ins and outs of the 2012 US presidential campaign. This week, Binoy Kampmark…
It’s been a tough week for Mitt Romney. Can he turn it around? It’s been a tough week for Mitt Romney. Can he turn it around? EPA/Brian Blanco

Race to the White House: Tim Verhoeven, Joe Siracusa

Welcome to part three of our Race to the White House pod cast series. Each week we’ll be talking to Australia’s top US experts on the ins and outs of the 2012 US presidential campaign. This week, Tim Verhoeven…
Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton arrive at a press conference for the death of the US Ambassador to Libya. Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton arrive at a press conference for the death of the US Ambassador to Libya. AAP/Michael Reynolds

Race to the White House: Dennis Altman, David Malet

Welcome to part two of our Race to the White House podcast series. Each week we’ll be talking to Australia’s top US experts on the ins and outs of the 2012 US presidential campaign. This week, Dennis Altman…
Who will occupy the White House next? Our experts give their insight. Who will occupy the White House next? Our experts give their insight. Matt Wade Photography

Race to the White House: Tim Lynch, Nick Sharman

Welcome to the first of our weekly podcasts dissecting US politics in the run-up to the presidential election. Each week we’ll be talking to Australia’s top US experts on the ins and outs of the Romney…

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