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Want to know what's really going on in Parliament House? Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas give you the political analysis that matters and explain what it means for you.
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Anti-Semitism envoy and NAIDOC week

A mixed response to Australia’s first anti-Semitism envoy.And in the first NAIDOC week since the failed Voice referendum, the Coalition and Greens move to fill the gap in the absence of a clear vision by the Albanese governmentCarly Williams, Quandamooka woman and ABC National Indigenous Correspondent joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas on The Party Room.More InformationGot a burning political query? Send a short voice recording to PK and Fran for Question Time at [email protected] 
7/11/202434 minutes
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Senator Payman quits Labor. What's next?

As parliament prepares for the long mid-winter break, Labor Senator Fatima Payman has resigned from the party. The young WA Senator was indefinitely suspended from Labor's Caucus, after she crossed the floor to back a Greens motion recognising Palestinian statehood - and told Insiders that she would do it again. So, how is the Albanese Government dealing with the fallout?Sarah Ferguson, host of 7.30 joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas on The Party Room.More InformationGot a burning political query? Send a short voice recording to PK and Fran for Question Time at [email protected] 
7/4/202437 minutes
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Bonus: Nuclear and the impact of the Teals

From the politics of nuclear energy, to the impact of the Teals in Parliament, Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas tackle all of your burning questions on this The Party Room bonus podcast episode.More InformationWant to feature on the next episode? Send a short voice recording to PK and Fran for Question Time at [email protected] 
7/1/202421 minutes
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Julian Assange says the PM ‘saved his life’

Julian Assange is now a free man after agreeing a plea deal in the US.The WikiLeaks founder is now back home in Australia, but shadow foreign affairs minister Simon Birmingham has criticised the PM for calling Mr Assange upon his arrival in Canberra. Meanwhile, Labor senator Fatima Payman faces a ban from one ALP caucus meeting after crossing the floor to support a Greens motion on Palestine.Paul Karp, chief political correspondent for Guardian Australia, joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas on The Party Room.More InformationGot a burning political query? Send a short voice recording to PK and Fran for Question Time at [email protected] 
6/27/202434 minutes, 34 seconds
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Dutton goes full nuclear. Will the risk pay off?

Opposition leader Peter Dutton has set up a referendum on energy policy, unveiling the Coalition's long-awaited nuclear plan. And while the Opposition has confirmed the location of the seven proposed sites - which will be tax-payer funded - major details like the pricetag still aren't clear.The Albanese Government has been quick to slam the proposal, with the Prime Minister labelling the policy an "economic catastrophe" and a "fantasy". But could the political risk pay off?David Speers, ABC Political lead and host of Insiders joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas on The Party Room.More InformationPlease send a short voice recording to PK and Fran for Question Time - or our questions and answers bonus podcast episode at [email protected] 
6/20/202439 minutes
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Dutton reignites climate wars

The political debate has been plunged back into conflict over climate, with Peter Dutton confirming that the Coalition won't set a target for emissions reduction by 2030 before the next election.The Opposition claims Labor can't meet the 43% emissions reduction target by 2030, which was set as part of the Paris Agreement. But Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has hit back labelling Peter Dutton "worse than Scott Morrison" and claiming the Government is indeed on track. So, who does this debate actually benefit politically?David Crowe, Chief Political Correspondent with the Sydney Morning Herald and the Age joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas on The Party Room.More InformationGot a burning political query? Send a short voice recording to PK and Fran for Question Time at [email protected] 
6/13/202434 minutes
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Greens see red as major parties unite against them

In a moment of bi-partisanship, the Prime Minister and the Opposition leader have condemned the Greens for actions they claim have inflamed pro-Palestine protests.Greens leader Adam Bandt rejected the statements, and has threatened legal action against Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus over comments about the Greens' involvement in pro-Palestinian protests made in an ABC interview.Karen Middleton, Political Editor of the Guardian joins Patricia Karvelas and Annabel Crabb on The Party Room.More InformationGot a burning political query? Send a short voice recording to PK and Fran for Question Time at [email protected] 
6/6/20240
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Deportation debacle and reshuffle whispers

Another immigration headache has engulfed the Albanese Government, but the Immigration Minister Andrew Giles has confirmed he won't be stepping down.And while he's got the support of the Prime Minister to remain in the role, there have been murmurs of disquiet amongst some in the Labor party. Samantha Maiden, Political Editor of news.com.au joins Patricia Karvelas and Annabel Crabb on The Party Room.More InformationGot a burning political query? Send a short voice recording to PK and Fran for Question Time at [email protected] 
5/30/202437 minutes
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Political battlelines drawn over migration

Migration has dominated the political debate, following the Opposition leader's budget-in-reply speech last week. Peter Dutton promised to drastically slash migration numbers and improve housing supply - if elected.The Albanese Government and business groups were quick to criticise the idea, but what political risks does the populist policy pose for both parties?Anna Henderson, Chief Political Correspondent for SBS joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas on The Party Room.More InformationGot a burning political query? Send a short voice recording to PK and Fran for Question Time at [email protected] 
5/23/202431 minutes
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Budget battlegrounds begin to take shape

The Albanese Government handed down its third budget this week, and its flagship policy - Future Made in Australia - is already facing opposition from the Coalition and The Greens. And just weeks after the PM attended one of the nationwide women's marches, his government is facing criticism for not offering more of a funding boost to the domestic violence sector. Shane Wright, National Economics Correspondent at the Sydney Morning Herald and the Age joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas.More InformationGot a burning political query? Send a short voice recording to PK and Fran for Question Time at [email protected] 
5/16/202431 minutes
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Budget bonus: The politics and key takeaways

The Treasurer Jim Chalmers has handed down his third budget, promising cost of living relief while fighting inflation. But has the Albanese Government got the balance right?  Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas provide some quick analysis in this The Party Room bonus episode.More InformationGot a burning political query? Send a short voice recording to PK and Fran for Question Time at [email protected] 
5/15/202414 minutes
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Budget drops and Gaza ceasefire negotiations

As the Albanese Government prepares for next week's budget, a steady stream of announcements have been drip fed to the public.But pressure is mounting on the Treasurer to reduce inflation in the budget, after RBA Governor Michele Bullock refused to rule in, or out more rate hikes this year.And as ceasefire negotiations continue between Hamas and Israel, the Albanese government is facing domestic pressure as a vote on full UN membership for Palestine looms.John Lyons, ABC's Global Affairs Editor joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas on The Party Room.More InformationGot a burning political query? Send a short voice recording to PK and Fran for Question Time at [email protected] 
5/9/202433 minutes
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Governments 'flailing' in DV crisis response

Following an emergency National Cabinet meeting, the Government announced nearly $1 billion of additional funding to combat violence against women.The Prime Minister has declared  the issue a "national crisis" and says his government is acting with urgency. But does the funding injection go far enough, or are more wrap around services needed?If you need support, help is available from 1800 Respect (1800 737 732) or Lifeline on 13 11 14Jacqueline Maley, Columnist and Senior Writer at the SMH and The Age joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas on The Party Room.More InformationGot a burning political query? Send a short voice recording to PK and Fran for Question Time at [email protected] 
5/2/202432 minutes
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Australia vs Elon and the budget starts to take shape

The legal feud between Elon Musk and the Australian Government is intensifying. The PM has labelled Mr Musk an "egotist", while Elon Musk has lashed out at what he says is the Australian government's "censorship". So just how expansive are the Australian government's powers here?And recent polling shows voters are feeling the cost of living crunch, so can the government offer relief in the upcoming budget without adding to inflation?Michelle Grattan, Chief Political Correspondent at The Conversation joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas on The Party Room.EDITORS NOTE: PK and Fran mention the statistic of 30 women killed by violence in Australia so far this year - this statistic comes from The Australian Femicide Watch.More InformationGot a burning political query? Send a short voice recording to PK and Fran for Question Time at [email protected] 
4/24/202433 minutes
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Social cohesion concerns follow stabbing attacks

Political leaders face a tough test amid concerns about social cohesion following a difficult week for Australians, who’ve been left reeling over two stabbing attacks.Six people were killed in a knife attack at Bondi Junction shopping centre and just days later authorities declared a “terror incident’ following the stabbing of an Assyrian Orthodox Bishop during a live streamed church service in Western Sydney, which sparked a riot.And the judgement in the defamation trial Bruce Lehrmann brought against Network Ten and Lisa Wilkinson was handed down this week, with Justice Lee finding that on the balance of probabilities, Bruce Lehrmann raped Brittany Higgins in Parliament House.Kate McClymont, chief investigative reporter at The Sydney Morning Herald joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas on The Party Room.More InformationGot a burning political query? Send a short voice recording to PK and Fran for Question Time at [email protected] 
4/18/202434 minutes
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Has the government shifted on Palestinian statehood?

Foreign Minister Penny Wong has suggested the Albanese Government is considering recognising Palestinian statehood, saying a two-state solution is "the only hope" for peace between Israelis and Palestinians. Despite bi-partisan support for a two-state solution, the Opposition has slammed Minister Wong's statement. Shadow Deputy leader Sussan Ley has suggested the move was "emboldening terrorists."Karen Middleton, Political Editor at the Guardian joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas on The Party Room.More InformationGot a burning political query? Send a short voice recording to PK and Fran for Question Time at [email protected] 
4/11/202433 minutes
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Questions over transparency as Labor 'takes out the trash'

The Albanese Government has failed to pass its rushed immigration detention bill. The Coalition formed an unusual alliance with Greens and the crossbench to delay a vote on the bill, claiming more scrutiny was needed.And the issue has raised broader questions about the government's transparency, with other with other key pieces of legislation like the Religious Discrimination bill shrouded in secrecy.Paul Karp, Chief Political Correspondent at Guardian Australia joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas on The Party Room.More InformationGot a burning political query? Send a short voice recording to PK and Fran for Question Time at [email protected] 
3/28/202432 minutes
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Trump slams Rudd and Chinese foreign minister visits

Former US President Donald Trump has reprimanded former PM Kevin Rudd in an interview, saying he heard he was "a little bit nasty" and warning if that if Ambassador Rudd is "at all hostile he won't be there for long". So, what could this mean for future US-Australian relations under a Trump Presidency?Meanwhile the PM has announced he won't proceed with a religious discrimination bill unless it has bipartisan support. And Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has visited Australia, holding diplomatic talks with Foreign Minister Penny Wong. But his meeting with former PM Paul Keating is raising eyebrows.Phil Coorey, Political Editor of the Australian Financial Review joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas on The Party Room.More InformationGot a burning political query? Send a short voice recording to PK and Fran for Question Time at [email protected] 
3/21/202432 minutes
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Push to make aged care sustainable and nuclear debate drags

The Government appears to be on the verge of a major shift in funding Australia's aged care system. It comes after taskforce set up to review funding models suggested moving more to a means tested user pays system. And the Coalition is continuing its push for nuclear energy, with Opposition Leader Peter Dutton stating they will name “six” possible locations for nuclear reactors in the coming weeks. So what are the politics behind the Coalition's approach?Charles Croucher, Chief Political Editor for 9News joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas on The Party Room.More InformationGot a burning political query? Send a short voice recording to PK and Fran for Question Time at [email protected] 
3/14/202432 minutes
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Energy debate goes nuclear as PM looks to Asia

Australia hosted ASEAN leaders in a special summit in Melbourne this week as key differences over China were set aside.
3/7/202426 minutes, 21 seconds
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ASIO reveals ex-politician betrayed Australia and Dunkley by-election looms

In an explosive briefing, ASIO boss Mike Burgess revealed a former Australian politician "sold out their country" after being recruited by a foreign intelligence service. In the wake of the revelations, former Treasurer Joe Hockey has called for the person to be named.And the stakes are high at the Dunkley by-election this weekend. And while the Government managed to pass its contensious changes to stage 3 tax cuts through parliament, recent polls have given the Opposition a confidence boost.It comes as new gender-pay-gap data reveals disparities across certain industries, and as former Prime Minister Scott Morrison exits parliament.Anna Henderson, SBS World News Chief Political Correspondent joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas on The Party Room.More InformationGot a burning political query? Send a short voice recording to PK and Fran for Question Time at [email protected] 
2/29/202430 minutes
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Boats and border security

A political storm has broken out, after a boat with 40 asylum seekers landed in a remote section of the WA Coast. Opposition leader Peter Dutton has criticised the Government for being weak on border security, while the Prime Minster accused the Opposition leader of acting like a "cheer squad for people smugglers."And there's been a push for random drug and alcohol testing in Parliament. It follow the behaviour of two National Party members, but is that realistic? And Australia's surface naval fleet is being reshaped, but will the overhaul plug our capability gaps?David Crowe, Chief Political Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas on The Party Room.More InformationGot a burning political query? Send a short voice recording to PK and Fran for Question Time at [email protected] 
2/22/202430 minutes
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Barnaby Joyce under scrutiny and a new push to Close the Gap

Footage of Nationals MP Barnaby Joyce lying on his back on a Canberra footpath, drunk and swearing into his phone has raised questions about the conduct of Parliamentarians, and his future in the party.And the Albanese Government tabled its Closing the Gap statement this week, with the Prime Minister condemning "inexcusable" findings on Indigenous disadvantage. So, how will the Government try to shift the dial?Narelda Jacobs,10 News First Midday and Afternoons Presenter joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas on The Party Room.More InformationGot a burning political query? Send a short voice recording to PK and Fran for Question Time at [email protected] 
2/15/202433 minutes
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Has the Albanese Government got its mojo back?

Parliament returned from summer break this week, and the Albanese Government has already managed to secure wins on some key policies.The Opposition conceded it wouldn't "stand in the way" of Labor's changes to stage 3 tax cuts. And after much negotiation, the Greens and Senate crossbencher David Pocock's agreed to support the Government's IR bill. Cameron Stewart, Chief International Correspondent at The Australian joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas on The Party Room.More InformationGot a burning political query? Send a short voice recording to PK and Fran for Question Time at [email protected] 
2/8/202432 minutes
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What's in store for politics in 2024?

The Albanese Government has returned from the summer break with a bang, announcing changes to the contentious stage 3 tax cuts. And while the redesign means a larger tax cut for over 11 million Australians, will the benefits outweigh a broken promise for voters?And what else can we expect from the political year ahead?David Speers, ABC Political lead and host of Insiders joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas on The Party Room.David Speers, ABC Political lead and host of Insiders joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas on The Party Room.More InformationGot a burning political query? Send a short voice recording to PK and Fran for Question Time at [email protected] 
2/1/202434 minutes
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A tough end to the year for the Albanese Government

The Albanese Government has changed its position on a ceasefire in Gaza this week, signing the U.N. General Assembly resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire.The Opposition has criticised the move, suggesting the Government caved to "domestic pressure". And the government has ended the year at a low-point, but 2023 was really a year in two halves. So, how will Labor try and rebuild momentum in 2024?Karen Middleton, Chief Political Correspondent for The Saturday Paper joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas for the final The Party Room of 2023.More InformationGot a burning political query? Send a voice recording to PK and Fran for Question Time at [email protected] 
12/14/202337 minutes
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A policy packed final week of Parliament

Parliament is about to wrap for Christmas break, but not before the Albanese Government managed to pass its controversial Preventative Detention legislation. The passage of the bill comes after a messy couple-of-weeks for the Government, but will this be the reset they need?And the long-awaited NDIS Review has finally been released, so how will the Government look to futureproof the scheme?Charles Croucher, Chief Political Editor for Nine News joins Fran Kelly and Afternoon Briefing Host Greg Jennett on The Party Room.More InformationGot a burning political query? Send a voice recording to PK and Fran for Question Time at [email protected] 
12/7/202329 minutes, 52 seconds
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Albanese Government's midterm slump

As the end of the parliamentary year draws closer, cost of living pressures and recent political missteps are plaguing the Albanese Government.And Opposition leader Peter Dutton hasn't missed the opportunity to pounce, telling his partyroom he has a 'one-term' election strategy. So, is this just the standard first term slump for the government, or something different?Anna Henderson, Chief Political Correspondent at SBS World News joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas on The Party Room.
11/30/202326 minutes
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Albanese Government tries to mop up after a messy week

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has faced sustained pressure to disclose whether he confronted Chinese President Xi Jingping over a naval incident that saw Australian divers injured by a Chinese warship’s sonar.And the Government has attempted to seize back the domestic agenda and distract from the fallout, releasing a suite of new policies. But has it worked?Michelle Grattan, Chief Political Correspondent at The Conversation and Professorial fellow at the University of Canberra joined Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly on The Party Room.
11/23/202331 minutes
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Is the Opposition politically weaponising anti-Semitism?

As the Israel-Gaza war escalates, tensions are also intensifying in Australia. Opposition leader Peter Dutton has been critical of the Government’s response, while the Prime Minister has accused the Opposition leader of “weaponsing anti-Semitism”.And the Government is pushing through emergency legislation to deal with the fallout of the High Court’s decision that indefinite immigration detention was unlawful, which has already led to the release of 83 former detainees. But will that be enough?Cameron Stewart, Chief International Correspondent at the Australian joins Patricia Karvelas and David Speers on The Party Room
11/16/202328 minutes, 50 seconds
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Optus outage and interest rates bite

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese's long awaited visit to China was largely overshadowed by domestic issues this week, with Optus experiencing a nationwide outage and the RBA lifting interest rates to a 12-year high.
11/9/202329 minutes, 23 seconds
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Government shifts language on Israel-Gaza war

As the Israel-Gaza war continues to escalate, there's been a subtle change in how the Australian Government is referring to the unfolding crisis.
11/2/202333 minutes
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Albanese in lockstep with Biden as Israel-Gaza war rages

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese met with US President Joe Biden in Washington, with the two leaders reinforcing bilateral and security ties. But can Australia further strengthen ties with the US, while also rebuilding its economic relationship with China? And the state visit came amidst the backdrop of the escalating Israel-Gaza conflict. So how are global tensions playing out in politics here at home? Peter Hartcher, Political and International Editor at the Sydney Morning Herald and the Age joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas on The Party Room.
10/26/202334 minutes
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Emerging tensions in Labor over Israel-Gaza war and the referendum fallout continues

Two Muslim federal Labor Ministers have spoken out against collective punishment of Palestinians while defending the right of Israel to retaliate against Hamas.
10/19/202332 minutes, 15 seconds
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Finger-pointing and soul-searching follow failed Voice referendum

After the Indigenous Voice referendum was voted down by the Australian public, the fallout from the majority No vote continues to play out in Canberra and across the country.
10/16/202335 minutes, 48 seconds
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Israel-Gaza war overshadows final days of Voice campaign

Amid the grief and horror of the Hamas terrorist attacks and Israel's retaliation, the federal opposition criticised the government's response, prompting the Prime Minister to accuse Peter Dutton of politicising the tragedy.
10/12/202331 minutes, 38 seconds
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The Voice Referendum Explained: The final countdown

With just days to go until the Referendum, Carly and Fran take a look at the campaign and what you need to know before you vote. We'll also outline the arguments we've heard from both sides about the vote.
10/10/202318 minutes, 19 seconds
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Migration system shakeup and referendum pre-polling opens

The Government has announced a crackdown on “grotesque abuses” and exploitation in the immigration visa system, focusing on migration agents and dodgy vocational education training centres who are rorting the system. And as the referendum on the Voice to Parliament draws closer, campaigning from both sides has ramped up. But with nearly one million Australians already casting their ballots at pre-polling, what messages are cutting through? Isabella Higgins, Indigenous Affairs reporter joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas on The Party Room. More Information Got a burning political query? Send a voice recording to PK and Fran for Question Time at [email protected] 
10/5/202334 minutes
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The Voice Referendum Explained: Will this referendum change the country?

There have been concerns about increased levels of racism during the campaign, particularly as the debate gets more heated and the date draws closer. So what will a yes or a no mean for reconciliation in this country? And how will the referendum be viewed overseas?
10/3/202315 minutes, 42 seconds
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Love and war: The two sides of the Voice campaign

Just over 2-weeks out from the Voice referendum, the leader of the No campaign Warren Mundine has labelled the Uluru Statement from the Heart "a declaration of war", while leading Yes campaigner Noel Pearson has spoken of love and "the pathway to peace".  And after nine-years in the top job, Dan Andrews has stepped down as the Premier of Victoria. He became a household name across the country, but what impact did he have on federal politics? John-Paul Janke, co-host of ‘The Point’ on NITV/SBS joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas on The Party Room. More Information Got a burning political query? Send a voice recording to PK and Fran for Question Time at [email protected] 
9/28/202332 minutes
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The Voice Referendum Explained: How will Indigenous people vote?

The Prime Minister says 80% of Indigenous people support the Voice, but where does that number come from? In this episode we take a closer look at what we know about how Indigenous people will vote. Also, some Indigenous people who are voting “No” say they want to see Treaty first. It’s not what we are voting on in this Referendum but throughout the campaign we’ve often heard about Treaty. So what would a treaty look like in the future and is it likely to happen?
9/26/202313 minutes, 30 seconds
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Politics turns nuclear

If Australia was to adopt the Coalition's demand to replace coal-fired power stations with nuclear, it would come with a $387 billion dollar price tag according to the Albanese government. But is nuclear energy really "a unicorn and a fantasy" for Australia? And with just over three-weeks until referendum day, is the tone of the Voice debate changing? Katharine Murphy, Political Editor at the Guardian Australia joins Fran Kelly and David Speers on The Party Room.
9/21/202327 minutes
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The Voice Referendum Explained - Misinformation and the referendum campaigns

There are all sorts of claims and down-right lies doing the rounds in the run up to the referendum. Misinformation and disinformation have become a huge issue in this campaign, with both sides accusing the other of either hiding the truth or spreading untruths.  In this episode, we look at how the campaigns are going and why false claims and fear seem to have taken hold over facts.
9/19/202314 minutes, 30 seconds
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Who won the political battle over housing?

The Government’s signature $10 billion Housing Australia Future Fund has passed Parliament, after securing the support of the Greens. But with both sides claiming a victory, who was the real winner? And this week, Qantas lost its High Court appeal over the sacking of 1700 workers during the pandemic, with the Government jumping on the opportunity to distance itself from the embattled airline. Charles Croucher, Chief Political Editor at Nine joins Patricia Karvelas and David Speers on The Party Room.
9/14/202332 minutes
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The Voice Referendum Explained - Why most referendums fail

Australia has held 44 referendums since 1901, but only 8 of them have succeeded. So why are constitutional changes so unpopular? The polling science does provide some insight into why the bar is set so high for these campaigns, and a historical view gives us a hint of what may lay in store for the upcoming vote. Crucially, this episode also explains exactly what you can and can’t write on your ballot paper to make sure your vote is valid.
9/12/202313 minutes
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Albanese Government hits turbulence

Alan Joyces’ early departure from Qantas, hasn’t eased any of the political pressure piling on the Government. The Transport Minister has struggled to explain her decision to block Qatar Airways from increasing flights to Australia, while the Opposition has accused the Government of a crisis of transparency. Shane Wright, Senior Economics Correspondent with the Age and the Sydney Morning Herald joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas on The Party Room.
9/7/202328 minutes
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The Voice Referendum Explained - Can a Voice improve Indigenous lives?

There’s been plenty of focus on youth crime and disadvantage in Aboriginal communities this year,. How can we actually improve the lives of young Australians who are terribly over-represented in our justice system? In this episode, two Indigenous community leaders committed to making a difference explain their very different perspectives on the impact a Voice to Parliament could make on communities around the nation.
9/5/202314 minutes
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Voice referendum: What’s the Yes and No campaigns' strategy from here?

The Prime Minister has set the date for the referendum on the proposed Voice to Parliament, with campaigning set to ramp up from both sides. Anthony Albanese has urged Australians “not to close the door” on constitutional recognition, while the Opposition has continued to claim the proposal is divisive.  But what strategies will we see from both the Yes and No campaigns to get undecided voters over the line? Dana Morse, ABC Political Reporter joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas on The Party Room. More Information Got a burning political query? Send a short voice recording to PK and Fran for Question Time at [email protected] 
8/31/202328 minutes
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The Voice Referendum Explained - Where did the Voice come from?

Many of the ideas for the Voice and the coming Referendum were shaped at a summit five years ago. But some of the major fights started there too. In 2017, Indigenous leaders from around the nation met at Uluru for a constitutional convention that sought to build consensus between communities on a journey towards constitutional recognition of Australia’s First Nations people. That convention resulted in the creation of the Uluru Statement from the Heart, a crucial document that articulated a vision of a better future. But there was not unanimous support for this process at the summit, sparking many of the arguments within the Indigenous community that have persisted in the lead-up to the 2023 referendum. Find all episodes of The Voice Referendum explained on the Listen app
8/29/202312 minutes
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Why is the government ruling out major tax reform?

The latest Intergenerational Report has provided a snapshot of an older, less productive Australia in 40-years time. So, is it time to seriously consider big tax reform? And how does life experience inform the decisions politicians make? Annabel Crabb, Host of ABC’s Kitchen Cabinet joins Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly on The Party Room.
8/24/202331 minutes
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The Voice Referendum Explained - We have to vote. What are we voting for?

The last attempt to change Australia's constitution was 24 years ago and it failed miserably. So when we are all asked to vote later this year on the creation of an Indigenous Voice to Parliament, what are we voting for? What would a Voice actually do? And why is it so important? In this first episode of the ABC's new podcast series explaining the Indigenous Voice to Parliament Referendum, Fran Kelly and Carly Williams look at the question we will be asked to vote on, and the constitutional amendment itself. Find all episodes of The Voice Referendum explained on the Listen app
8/22/202316 minutes, 30 seconds
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Is the Government failing renters?

An additional $3.5 billion to boost housing supply and limiting rental increases to once every 12-months, were the key outcomes of the National Cabinet meeting this week.  But the Greens say the rental measures don't go far enough, describing them as "smoke and mirrors." Anna Henderson, SBS World News Chief Political Correspondent joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas on The Party Room. More Information Got a burning political query? Send a voice recording to PK and Fran for Question Time at [email protected] 
8/17/202326 minutes
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Housing and renters’ rights on National Cabinet agenda

Housing has been an ongoing pressure point for the Albanese Government. And next week, the Prime Minister will meet with state leaders at National Cabinet to secure action on housing supply and rental reforms, but what will we realistically see come from the meeting? And the Opposition has used Question Time to pepper the Government with questions over the proposed Voice to Parliament.  So, does the Coalition’s re-election strategy depend on the Voice failing? Phil Coorey, Political Editor at the Australian Financial Review joins Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly on the Party Room.
8/10/202326 minutes
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Housing and renters’ rights on National Cabinet agenda

Housing has been an ongoing pressure point for the Albanese Government. And next week, the Prime Minister will meet with state leaders at National Cabinet to secure action on housing supply and rental reforms, but what will we realistically see come from the meeting? And the Opposition has used Question Time to pepper the Government with questions over the proposed Voice to Parliament.  So, does the Coalition’s re-election strategy depend on the Voice failing? Phil Coorey, Political Editor at the Australian Financial Review joins Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly on the Party Room.
8/10/202326 minutes
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Midterm malaise sets in for the Albanese Government

Parliament has returned after the mid-winter break, but the Government is still facing resistance from the Greens over its signature housing bill. So, just how real is the threat of a double dissolution election if the bill fails to pass the Senate for a second time? And the PM sought to deflect questions about the government’s commitment to Treaty, a key element of the Uluru Statement of the Heart, accusing the Opposition of trying to muddy the water over the Voice. Laura Tingle, Chief Political Correspondent for ABC’s 7.30  and Paul Karp, Chief Political Correspondent at the Guardian join Fran Kelly on The Party Room.
8/3/202329 minutes
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Midterm malaise sets in for the Albanese Government

Parliament has returned after the mid-winter break, but the Government is still facing resistance from the Greens over its signature housing bill. So, just how real is the threat of a double dissolution election if the bill fails to pass the Senate for a second time? And the PM sought to deflect questions about the government’s commitment to Treaty, a key element of the Uluru Statement of the Heart, accusing the Opposition of trying to muddy the water over the Voice. Laura Tingle, Chief Political Correspondent for ABC’s 7.30  and Paul Karp, Chief Political Correspondent at the Guardian join Fran Kelly on The Party Room.
8/3/202329 minutes
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Inflation slows, but will the RBA still hike rates?

This week, the annual rate of inflation slowed to 6 per cent, down from the dizzying high of 7.8 per cent in December.  The rate was lower than economists had forecast and welcome news for households, businesses and the government. But what will it mean for the RBA’s decision on interest rates next month? And there are allegations government contractors provided suspect payments to Pacific politicians and officials involved in Australia’s offshore detention program in Nauru and PNG. Jacob Greber, Senior Correspondent with the Australian Financial Review joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas on The Party Room.
7/27/202328 minutes
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Inflation slows, but will the RBA still hike rates?

This week, the annual rate of inflation slowed to 6 per cent, down from the dizzying high of 7.8 per cent in December.  The rate was lower than economists had forecast and welcome news for households, businesses and the government. But what will it mean for the RBA’s decision on interest rates next month? And there are allegations government contractors provided suspect payments to Pacific politicians and officials involved in Australia’s offshore detention program in Nauru and PNG. Jacob Greber, Senior Correspondent with the Australian Financial Review joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas on The Party Room.
7/27/202328 minutes
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Voice pamphlet and the Liberal’s preselection woes

The official Voice to Parliament pamphlet has been released, with parliamentarians from both sides laying out the Yes and No case. But, the pamphlet isn’t fact checked, and there are already concerns the material contains misinformation. Meanwhile, Deputy Liberal leader Sussan Ley could face a serious preselection challenge in her seat of Farrer. So, what does it mean for the future of the Liberals, if the most senior female in the party is at risk of losing to another candidate? James Massola, National Affairs Editor at the Sydney Morning Herald and the Age joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas on The Party Room.
7/20/202327 minutes
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Voice pamphlet and the Liberal’s preselection woes

The official Voice to Parliament pamphlet has been released, with parliamentarians from both sides laying out the Yes and No case. But, the pamphlet isn’t fact checked, and there are already concerns the material contains misinformation. Meanwhile, Deputy Liberal leader Sussan Ley could face a serious preselection challenge in her seat of Farrer. So, what does it mean for the future of the Liberals, if the most senior female in the party is at risk of losing to another candidate? James Massola, National Affairs Editor at the Sydney Morning Herald and the Age joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas on The Party Room.
7/20/202327 minutes
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Robodebt fall-out and the PM’s NATO visit

A week after the Royal Commission’s Robodebt report was handed down, the fall-out is continuing. Calls are growing for former Prime Minister, Scott Morrison to step down from Parliament, while many want the ‘sealed section’ of the report made public. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has been busy on sidelines of the NATO summit. He’s made some significant deals and announced an additional 30 Bushmaster vehicles for Ukraine. So, just how important was the visit for Australia’s national security? Karen Middleton, Chief Political Correspondent for the Saturday Paper joins Fran Kelly and David Speers on The Party Room.
7/13/202326 minutes, 55 seconds
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Robodebt fall-out and the PM’s NATO visit

A week after the Royal Commission’s Robodebt report was handed down, the fall-out is continuing. Calls are growing for former Prime Minister, Scott Morrison to step down from Parliament, while many want the ‘sealed section’ of the report made public. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has been busy on sidelines of the NATO summit. He’s made some significant deals and announced an additional 30 Bushmaster vehicles for Ukraine. So, just how important was the visit for Australia’s national security? Karen Middleton, Chief Political Correspondent for the Saturday Paper joins Fran Kelly and David Speers on The Party Room.
7/13/202326 minutes, 55 seconds
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‘An unfair tool’: Are interest rates the only way to tame inflation?

The RBA hit pause on increasing interest rates for July, providing some reprieve for millions of households. But how else can inflation be tackled? And are we still moving towards a recession? And the Government has altered its strategy on the Voice to Parliament, outlining four priority policy areas for the body. But there’s also been a shift in the language around the campaign, with Peter Dutton decrying the "elites" on the Yes side, while Linda Burney warns of "Trump style politics" from the No camp. Ian Verrender, ABC Business Editor joins Fran Kelly and David Speers on The Party Room. More Information Got a burning political query? Send a voice recording to PK and Fran for Question Time at [email protected] 
7/6/202333 minutes
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‘An unfair tool’: Are interest rates the only way to tame inflation?

The RBA hit pause on increasing interest rates for July, providing some reprieve for millions of households. But how else can inflation be tackled? And are we still moving towards a recession? And the Government has altered its strategy on the Voice to Parliament, outlining four priority policy areas for the body. But there’s also been a shift in the language around the campaign, with Peter Dutton decrying the "elites" on the Yes side, while Linda Burney warns of "Trump style politics" from the No camp. Ian Verrender, ABC Business Editor joins Fran Kelly and David Speers on The Party Room. More Information Got a burning political query? Send a voice recording to PK and Fran for Question Time at [email protected] 
7/6/202333 minutes
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Corruption scandals and an ADF 'garage clean-out' for Ukraine

On the eve of the new national integrity commission, two senior Liberals are embroiled in corruption scandals. The NSW ICAC has found former Premier Gladys Berejiklian engaged in serious corrupt conduct. The finding coincides with mounting allegations against former Federal Minister Stuart Robert who denies he helped a consulting firm secure lucrative government contracts. And as the world assesses the fallout from the aborted Wagner rebellion in Russia, Australia has announced more help for Ukraine. The $110 million package has been criticised by the Opposition as a "garage sale" of old equipment. So, are we being stingy and what does the Moscow insurrection mean for the war? Peter Hartcher, political and international editor at the Sydney Morning Herald joins Patricia Karvelas and David Speers on the Party Room.
6/29/202330 minutes
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Corruption scandals and an ADF 'garage clean-out' for Ukraine

On the eve of the new national integrity commission, two senior Liberals are embroiled in corruption scandals. The NSW ICAC has found former Premier Gladys Berejiklian engaged in serious corrupt conduct. The finding coincides with mounting allegations against former Federal Minister Stuart Robert who denies he helped a consulting firm secure lucrative government contracts. And as the world assesses the fallout from the aborted Wagner rebellion in Russia, Australia has announced more help for Ukraine. The $110 million package has been criticised by the Opposition as a "garage sale" of old equipment. So, are we being stingy and what does the Moscow insurrection mean for the war? Peter Hartcher, political and international editor at the Sydney Morning Herald joins Patricia Karvelas and David Speers on the Party Room.
6/29/202330 minutes
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‘Historic’ Voice referendum bill passes and Greens delay housing bill

The Greens and the Coalition have teamed up to delay the Albanese Government’s key housing bill. They say they want the government to provide more rental reform, but could the delay be the first step for the PM to trigger a double-dissolution election? And the Indigenous Voice referendum bill has passed Parliament, so what happens next?  Dana Morse, ABC Political Reporter joins Patricia Karvelas and David Speers on The Party Room
6/22/202338 minutes
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‘Historic’ Voice referendum bill passes and Greens delay housing bill

The Greens and the Coalition have teamed up to delay the Albanese Government’s key housing bill. They say they want the government to provide more rental reform, but could the delay be the first step for the PM to trigger a double-dissolution election? And the Indigenous Voice referendum bill has passed Parliament, so what happens next?  Dana Morse, ABC Political Reporter joins Patricia Karvelas and David Speers on The Party Room
6/22/202338 minutes
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Does Dutton's Opposition strategy hinge on sinking the Voice?

Opposition leader Peter Dutton has intensified his language against the Voice to Parliament, suggesting the proposed body would "re-racialise" Australia. Is his leadership, and hopes to win the next election, dependant on the referendum failing? And this week India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Australia and received rockstar welcome. But did his visit really boost bilateral relations? Legendary journalist and political commentator, Niki Savva joins Patricia Karvelas and David Speers to unpack.
5/25/202331 minutes
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Does Dutton's Opposition strategy hinge on sinking the Voice?

Opposition leader Peter Dutton has intensified his language against the Voice to Parliament, suggesting the proposed body would "re-racialise" Australia. Is his leadership, and hopes to win the next election, dependant on the referendum failing? And this week India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Australia and received rockstar welcome. But did his visit really boost bilateral relations? Legendary journalist and political commentator, Niki Savva joins Patricia Karvelas and David Speers to unpack. More Information Got a burning political query? Send a voice recording in for Question Time at [email protected] 
5/25/202331 minutes
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Albanese's first year and Biden flakes on Oz

This weekend marks a year since Anthony Albanese defeated Scott Morrison at the election. 12-months on, what has Labor achieved in Government?  Meanwhile, turmoil at home has forced US President Joe Biden to postpone his trip Down Under. Charles Croucher, Chief Political Editor for 9News and former US Correspondent joins Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly on The Party Room.
5/18/202335 minutes
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Albanese's first year and Biden flakes on Oz

This weekend marks a year since Anthony Albanese defeated Scott Morrison at the election. 12-months on, what has Labor achieved in Government?  Meanwhile, turmoil at home has forced US President Joe Biden to postpone his trip Down Under. Charles Croucher, Chief Political Editor for 9News and former US Correspondent joins Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly on The Party Room.
5/18/202335 minutes
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Is Labor's Budget fair, and will it add to inflation?

This week, Treasurer Jim Chalmers handed down the Albanese Government's second Budget. And alongside a surprise $4 billion surplus,  it promised $14.6 billion in cost-of-living relief, which the Government claims won't add to inflation. The Opposition and the crossbench have been critical of the measures, so does the Budget provide enough for Australians? Danielle Wood, CEO of the Grattan Institute joins Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly to crunch the numbers.
5/11/202335 minutes
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Is Labor's Budget fair, and will it add to inflation?

This week, Treasurer Jim Chalmers handed down the Albanese Government's second Budget. And alongside a surprise $4 billion surplus,  it promised $14.6 billion in cost-of-living relief, which the Government claims won't add to inflation. The Opposition and the crossbench have been critical of the measures, so does the Budget provide enough for Australians? Danielle Wood, CEO of the Grattan Institute joins Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly to crunch the numbers.
5/11/202335 minutes
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Surplus and other surprises: Budget 2023

In this bonus Budget special, Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly unpack the Albanese Government's second budget.
5/10/202318 minutes
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Surplus and other surprises: Budget 2023

In this bonus Budget special, Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly unpack the Albanese Government's second budget.
5/10/202318 minutes
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Vaping crackdown as the Budget looms

The countdown to Budget night is underway, and as the leaks flow, pressure is piling on the Albanese government to provide assistance for the most vulnerable. It comes as the Health Minister this week announced a crackdown on vaping, revealing a $234 million dollar plan to stamp out non-prescription vapes and prevent a new generation of nicotine addicts. David Crowe, Chief Political Correspondent with The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas to unpack. More Information Follow The Party Room on the ABC Listen App or your favourite podcast app. Got a burning political query? Send a voice recording to PK and Fran for Question Time at [email protected] 
5/4/202329 minutes
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Vaping crackdown as the Budget looms

The countdown to Budget night is underway, and as the leaks flow, pressure is piling on the Albanese government to provide assistance for the most vulnerable. It comes as the Health Minister this week announced a crackdown on vaping, revealing a $234 million dollar plan to stamp out non-prescription vapes and prevent a new generation of nicotine addicts. David Crowe, Chief Political Correspondent with The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas to unpack. More Information Follow The Party Room on the ABC Listen App or your favourite podcast app. Got a burning political query? Send a voice recording to PK and Fran for Question Time at [email protected] 
5/4/202329 minutes
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The motherload: Labor’s defence and single parent problem

Cracks are appearing in the Labor Party family, over welfare payments for single parents and other social security measures. Meanwhile, the Government has announced a new defence strategy, following a much anticipated review. So, with the Budget looming, how much will the Government fork out on these expensive measures? Cameron Stewart, Chief International Correspondent at The Australian joins Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly to unpack.
4/27/202334 minutes
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The motherload: Labor’s defence and single parent problem

Cracks are appearing in the Labor Party family, over welfare payments for single parents and other social security measures. Meanwhile, the Government has announced a new defence strategy, following a much anticipated review. So, with the Budget looming, how much will the Government fork out on these expensive measures? Cameron Stewart, Chief International Correspondent at The Australian joins Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly to unpack.
4/27/202334 minutes
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RBA overhaul, Budget challenges and a shadow cabinet reshuffle

The RBA is set for a major shake-up, following the release of the first review into the central bank in decades. So what’s set to change? And with just over two weeks before the Federal Budget, the Albanese Government has a tricky challenge: how to help Australians struggling with the cost of living while managing inflation. Michelle Grattan, Chief Political Correspondent with The Conversation and Professorial Fellow at University of Canberra joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas to unpack.
4/20/202329 minutes
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RBA overhaul, Budget challenges and a shadow cabinet reshuffle

The RBA is set for a major shake-up, following the release of the first review into the central bank in decades. So what’s set to change? And with just over two weeks before the Federal Budget, the Albanese Government has a tricky challenge: how to help Australians struggling with the cost of living while managing inflation. Michelle Grattan, Chief Political Correspondent with The Conversation and Professorial Fellow at University of Canberra joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas to unpack.
4/20/202329 minutes
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Are there factional fractures in the Liberal Party?

Former Shadow Minister for Indigenous Australians Julian Leeser quit the Opposition frontbench, to actively campaign for the Voice to Parliament. His decision followed former high-profile Liberal Minister Ken Wyatt’s resignation from the Party, so does spell trouble for Opposition leader Peter Dutton? James Massola, National Affairs Editor at The Age & The Sydney Morning Herald joins Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly to unpack.
4/13/202328 minutes
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Are there factional fractures in the Liberal Party?

Former Shadow Minister for Indigenous Australians Julian Leeser quit the Opposition frontbench, to actively campaign for the Voice to Parliament. His decision followed former high-profile Liberal Minister Ken Wyatt’s resignation from the Party, so does spell trouble for Opposition leader Peter Dutton? James Massola, National Affairs Editor at The Age & The Sydney Morning Herald joins Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly to unpack.
4/13/202328 minutes
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Why is Peter Dutton saying No to the Voice?

After months of speculation, the Liberal Party has finally settled on a formal ‘No’ position on the Voice referendum. Peter Dutton will campaign against what he’s labelled a “voice to Canberra”, while Cape York Indigenous leader Noel Pearson has accused the Opposition Leader of a “Judas betrayal”. Anna Henderson, Chief Political Correspondent at SBS joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas to unpack.
4/6/202328 minutes
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Why is Peter Dutton saying No to the Voice?

After months of speculation, the Liberal Party has finally settled on a formal ‘No’ position on the Voice referendum. Peter Dutton will campaign against what he’s labelled a “voice to Canberra”, while Cape York Indigenous leader Noel Pearson has accused the Opposition Leader of a “Judas betrayal”. Anna Henderson, Chief Political Correspondent at SBS joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas to unpack.   More Information Follow The Party Room on the ABC Listen App or your favourite podcast app. Got a burning political query? Send a voice recording to PK and Fran for Question Time at [email protected] 
4/6/202328 minutes
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Parliament pulls an all-nighter in a policy-packed week

It’s been a jam-packed final sitting week before the May budget, as the Albanese government attempts to push through a suite of legislation. Negotiations with the Greens and the crossbench have proved fruitful, but the government’s Housing bill remains a sticking point. Laura Tingle, Chief Political Correspondent at 7.30 joins Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly to unpack
3/30/202332 minutes
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Parliament pulls an all-nighter in a policy-packed week

It’s been a jam-packed final sitting week before the May budget, as the Albanese government attempts to push through a suite of legislation. Negotiations with the Greens and the crossbench have proved fruitful, but the government’s Housing bill remains a sticking point. Laura Tingle, Chief Political Correspondent at 7.30 joins Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly to unpack
3/30/202332 minutes
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PM unveils the Voice referendum question. What’s next?

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has unveiled the wording of the referendum question on the proposed Indigenous Voice to Parliament. So, what does this mean for the referendum process, and what has the Opposition made of it? Clare Armstrong, National Political Editor at Newscorp joins Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly on The Party Room
3/23/202327 minutes
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PM unveils the Voice referendum question. What’s next?

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has unveiled the wording of the referendum question on the proposed Indigenous Voice to Parliament. So, what does this mean for the referendum process, and what has the Opposition made of it? Clare Armstrong, National Political Editor at Newscorp joins Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly on The Party Room
3/23/202327 minutes
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Why are we spending $368 billion on submarines?

Anthony Albanese, alongside US President Joe Biden and UK PM Rishi Sunak, revealed the details of the AUKUS nuclear submarine deal this week. It’s the most expensive and ambitious project Australia has ever embarked on, but not everyone is on board with the plan and its $368 billion dollar price tag.
3/16/202334 minutes
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Why are we spending $368 billion on submarines?

Anthony Albanese, alongside US President Joe Biden and UK PM Rishi Sunak, revealed the details of the AUKUS nuclear submarine deal this week. It’s the most expensive and ambitious project Australia has ever embarked on, but not everyone is on board with the plan and its $368 billion dollar price tag.
3/16/202334 minutes
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China, Subs and Penny Wong, live at WOMADelaide

The Party Room hosts Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas travel to Adelaide for a live recording at WOMADelaide, with special guest Foreign Minister Penny Wong and the Guardian’s Tory Shepherd joining them on stage.
3/14/202337 minutes
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China, Subs and Penny Wong, live at WOMADelaide

The Party Room hosts Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas travel to Adelaide for a live recording at WOMADelaide, with special guest Foreign Minister Penny Wong and the Guardian’s Tory Shepherd joining them on stage.
3/14/202337 minutes
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When will the RBA hit ‘pause’ on rate rises?

This week, the Reserve Bank raised interest rates for the 10th consecutive time.  But now the RBA Governor Phillip Lowe has indicated that a “pause” in rate hikes could be on its way. ABC Business Editor Ian Verrender joins Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly on The Party Room.
3/9/202336 minutes
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When will the RBA hit ‘pause’ on rate rises?

This week, the Reserve Bank raised interest rates for the 10th consecutive time.  But now the RBA Governor Phillip Lowe has indicated that a “pause” in rate hikes could be on its way. ABC Business Editor Ian Verrender joins Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly on The Party Room.
3/9/202336 minutes
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Labor dares to meddle with superannuation

This week, the Albanese Government announced changes to tax concessions for Australians with more than $3 million dollars in superannuation. The Opposition has labelled the move a “broken election promise”.So, why has Labor taken this political risk? Host of Insiders, David Speers joins Patricia Karvelas to unpack.
3/2/202326 minutes, 46 seconds
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Labor dares to meddle with superannuation

This week, the Albanese Government announced changes to tax concessions for Australians with more than $3 million dollars in superannuation. The Opposition has labelled the move a “broken election promise”.So, why has Labor taken this political risk? Host of Insiders, David Speers joins Patricia Karvelas to unpack.
3/2/202326 minutes, 46 seconds
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Spies, subs and superannuation

This week, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese used his National Press Club address to focus on national security and sovereignty. It followed revelations by ASIO boss Mike Burgess that Australia was experiencing more foreign interference and espionage than ever before.   And the government is facing a battle on another front, as they attempt to "end the super wars", by floating changes to superannuation. John Kehoe, Economics Editor at the Australian Financial Review joins Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly on The Party Room.
2/23/202331 minutes, 57 seconds
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Spies, subs and superannuation

This week, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese used his National Press Club address to focus on national security and sovereignty. It followed revelations by ASIO boss Mike Burgess that Australia was experiencing more foreign interference and espionage than ever before.   And the government is facing a battle on another front, as they attempt to "end the super wars", by floating changes to superannuation. John Kehoe, Economics Editor at the Australian Financial Review joins Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly on The Party Room.
2/23/202331 minutes, 57 seconds
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The Party Room at Fair Day

In this live recording of The Party Room, hosts Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas are joined by Minister for Aboriginal Australians, Linda Burney and Liberal Senator Andrew Bragg.
2/19/202340 minutes, 15 seconds
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The Party Room at Fair Day

In this live recording of The Party Room, hosts Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas are joined by Minister for Aboriginal Australians, Linda Burney and Liberal Senator Andrew Bragg.
2/19/202340 minutes, 15 seconds
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RBA Boss grilled over rate hikes

The RBA governor Philip Lowe faced Senate Estimates this week, amidst high inflation and the prospect of more interest rate rises.  Meanwhile, the Albanese government is facing roadblocks when it comes to ensuring support for three big ticket items. They need support from the Greens: so, what concessions will they have to give? Shane Wright, Senior Economics Correspondent for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas on The Party Room.
2/16/202336 minutes
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RBA Boss grilled over rate hikes

The RBA governor Philip Lowe faced Senate Estimates this week, amidst high inflation and the prospect of more interest rate rises.  Meanwhile, the Albanese government is facing roadblocks when it comes to ensuring support for three big ticket items. They need support from the Greens: so, what concessions will they have to give? Shane Wright, Senior Economics Correspondent for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas on The Party Room.
2/16/202336 minutes
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More rates rises and Thorpe quits the Greens

As Parliament swings back into action for the first sitting week of 2023, the cost of living crisis has again taken centre stage. The RBA has handed down a ninth consecutive rate rise, and made it clear there are more on the way, so will the government be able to offer any relief? Political Editor at the Guardian Australia, Katharine Murphy joins Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly on The Party Room.
2/9/202335 minutes
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More rates rises and Thorpe quits the Greens

As Parliament swings back into action for the first sitting week of 2023, the cost of living crisis has again taken centre stage. The RBA has handed down a ninth consecutive rate rise, and made it clear there are more on the way, so will the government be able to offer any relief? Political Editor at the Guardian Australia, Katharine Murphy joins Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly on The Party Room.
2/9/202335 minutes
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Debate on The Voice set to dominate Parliament

The Voice to Parliament is set to be the Albanese government’s big agenda item for 2023.
2/2/202338 minutes, 12 seconds
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Debate on The Voice set to dominate Parliament

The Voice to Parliament is set to be the Albanese government’s big agenda item for 2023.
2/2/202338 minutes, 12 seconds
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A packed last sitting week for the government

It's been a big final sitting week in Parliament, with the government moving on an integrity commission, its industrial relations bill and its workplace harassment legislation. Plus, Scott Morrison became the first former prime minister to be censured. 7.30 chief political correspondent, Laura Tingle, joins Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly for her assessment of the government's first six months.
12/1/202241 minutes, 53 seconds
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A packed last sitting week for the government

It's been a big final sitting week in Parliament, with the government moving on an integrity commission, its industrial relations bill and its workplace harassment legislation. Plus, Scott Morrison became the first former prime minister to be censured. 7.30 chief political correspondent, Laura Tingle, joins Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly for her assessment of the government's first six months.
12/1/202241 minutes, 53 seconds
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Will there be a teal wave in the Victorian election?

Premier Daniel Andrews is bidding for a third successive term in Victorian state politics, but does Saturday's election have any federal implications? Plus, Guardian Australia political reporter Amy Remeikis joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas to analyse the chances of the government's new industrial relations and integrity commission bills passing.
11/24/202234 minutes, 33 seconds
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Will there be a teal wave in the Victorian election?

Premier Daniel Andrews is bidding for a third successive term in Victorian state politics, but does Saturday's election have any federal implications? Plus, Guardian Australia political reporter Amy Remeikis joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas to analyse the chances of the government's new industrial relations and integrity commission bills passing.
11/24/202234 minutes, 33 seconds
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When Albanese met Xi

It has been a huge week for Anthony Albanese on the world stage, but what does the meeting between Xi Jinping and the Prime Minister actually mean? Political and international editor of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, Peter Hartcher, joins Patricia Karvelas and guest host David Speers to analyse the China-Australia relationship. Plus, The Party Room discusses Josh Frydenberg's pyjamas.
11/17/202231 minutes, 42 seconds
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When Albanese met Xi

It has been a huge week for Anthony Albanese on the world stage, but what does the meeting between Xi Jinping and the Prime Minister actually mean? Political and international editor of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, Peter Hartcher, joins Patricia Karvelas and guest host David Speers to analyse the China-Australia relationship. Plus, The Party Room discusses Josh Frydenberg's pyjamas.
11/17/202231 minutes, 42 seconds
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How Labor claims it's going to increase your wages

The government says it needs to pass its new workplace relations bill as soon as possible to help get wages moving, but it’s hitting strong resistance from business groups and some independent MPs. Workplace editor for The Australian newspaper, Ewin Hannan, joins Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly to discuss how the new laws would work and how likely they are to pass in their current form. Plus, the latest on the COP27 climate conference, the Medibank data leak, and Australia's relationship with China.
11/10/202233 minutes, 32 seconds
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How Labor claims it's going to increase your wages

The government says it needs to pass its new workplace relations bill as soon as possible to help get wages moving, but it’s hitting strong resistance from business groups and some independent MPs. Workplace editor for The Australian newspaper, Ewin Hannan, joins Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly to discuss how the new laws would work and how likely they are to pass in their current form. Plus, the latest on the COP27 climate conference, the Medibank data leak, and Australia's relationship with China.
11/10/202233 minutes, 32 seconds
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Is a new big business scare campaign on the way?

The government faces the potential of a big business advertising campaign against their new industrial relations laws. But are they scared? Shane Wright, senior economics correspondent for the SMH and The Age joins Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly with his analysis. Plus, the latest on repatriations from Syria, the Indigenous Voice to Parliament, and COVID.
11/3/202237 minutes, 53 seconds
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Is a new big business scare campaign on the way?

The government faces the potential of a big business advertising campaign against their new industrial relations laws. But are they scared? Shane Wright, senior economics correspondent for the SMH and The Age joins Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly with his analysis. Plus, the latest on repatriations from Syria, the Indigenous Voice to Parliament, and COVID.
11/3/202237 minutes, 53 seconds
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A bread-and-butter budget, but where's the honey?

The Albanese government has handed down its first budget, which Treasurer Jim Chalmers has called "a difficult budget, for difficult times". With rising inflation, growing cost-of-living pressures and electricity costs forecast to increase by 56 per cent in the next two years, what support has the government offered Australians? Guardian Australia's editor Lenore Taylor joins Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly to unpack Budget 2022.
10/27/202237 minutes, 6 seconds
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A bread-and-butter budget, but where's the honey?

The Albanese government has handed down its first budget, which Treasurer Jim Chalmers has called "a difficult budget, for difficult times". With rising inflation, growing cost-of-living pressures and electricity costs forecast to increase by 56 per cent in the next two years, what support has the government offered Australians? Guardian Australia's editor Lenore Taylor joins Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly to unpack Budget 2022.
10/27/202237 minutes, 6 seconds
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Is Australia heading towards a recession?

What does Labor need to do in its first post-election budget for it to be seen as a success? ABC Business Editor Ian Verrender joins Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly with his analysis. Plus, the Albanese government runs into trouble in the debate over Israel's capital.
10/20/202235 minutes, 7 seconds
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Is Australia heading towards a recession?

What does Labor need to do in its first post-election budget for it to be seen as a success? ABC Business Editor Ian Verrender joins Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly with his analysis. Plus, the Albanese government runs into trouble in the debate over Israel's capital.
10/20/202235 minutes, 7 seconds
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Australia looks to do more for Ukraine, as budget looms large

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese is considering a request from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy for more weapons, money and military training. Chief political correspondent for SMH and The Age, David Crowe, joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas to analyse Australia's role in Ukraine’s conflict with Russia. Plus, the Labor government ponders structural economic changes before their first federal budget.
10/13/202237 minutes, 18 seconds
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Australia looks to do more for Ukraine, as budget looms large

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese is considering a request from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy for more weapons, money and military training. Chief political correspondent for SMH and The Age, David Crowe, joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas to analyse Australia's role in Ukraine’s conflict with Russia. Plus, the Labor government ponders structural economic changes before their first federal budget.
10/13/202237 minutes, 18 seconds
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What's the legacy of Julia Gillard's misogyny speech?

It's been 10 years since Julia Gillard delivered her famous 'misogyny speech' in federal parliament. Few political players realised the magnitude of the speech back then. But what's changed for women in Australia in the years since? Plus, the Australian Financial Review's Political Editor Phillip Coorey joins Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly to analyse the government's plans to repatriate citizens stuck in Syria, and whether Labor will ditch the stage 3 tax cuts.
10/6/202241 minutes, 9 seconds
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What's the legacy of Julia Gillard's misogyny speech?

It's been 10 years since Julia Gillard delivered her famous 'misogyny speech' in federal parliament. Few political players realised the magnitude of the speech back then. But what's changed for women in Australia in the years since? Plus, the Australian Financial Review's Political Editor Phillip Coorey joins Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly to analyse the government's plans to repatriate citizens stuck in Syria, and whether Labor will ditch the stage 3 tax cuts.
10/6/202241 minutes, 9 seconds
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Can you have a strong integrity commission without public hearings?

The Opposition has signalled its support for Labor's National Anti-Corruption Commission, welcoming the government's plan to keep hearings private, apart from under "exceptional circumstances". Plus, Guardian Australia's Josh Taylor joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas to explain what the Optus data breach means for Australia's cybersecurity and privacy laws.
9/29/202232 minutes, 19 seconds
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Can you have a strong integrity commission without public hearings?

The Opposition has signalled its support for Labor's National Anti-Corruption Commission, welcoming the government's plan to keep hearings private, apart from under "exceptional circumstances". Plus, Guardian Australia's Josh Taylor joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas to explain what the Optus data breach means for Australia's cybersecurity and privacy laws.
9/29/202232 minutes, 19 seconds
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Parliament, protocol and the PM's priorities

The PM says the Australian republic debate is off the table for this term of government, and a federal integrity commission may not be legislated this year. Parliament has been suspended... but there’s plenty still happening! Veteran press gallery journalist Malcolm Farr joins Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly with his analysis.
9/15/202229 minutes, 49 seconds
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Parliament, protocol and the PM's priorities

The PM says the Australian republic debate is off the table for this term of government, and a federal integrity commission may not be legislated this year. Parliament has been suspended... but there’s plenty still happening! Veteran press gallery journalist Malcolm Farr joins Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly with his analysis.
9/15/202229 minutes, 49 seconds
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Labor's tricky week in foreign affairs

The Albanese Government has come into the parliamentary week off the high of the jobs summit, but risks coming unstuck on foreign policy. Chief Political Correspondent for The Conversation, Michelle Grattan, joins Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly's party this week.
9/8/202234 minutes, 10 seconds
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Labor's tricky week in foreign affairs

The Albanese Government has come into the parliamentary week off the high of the jobs summit, but risks coming unstuck on foreign policy. Chief Political Correspondent for The Conversation, Michelle Grattan, joins Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly's party this week.
9/8/202234 minutes, 10 seconds
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Jobs summit, the Voice, and the Shaq attack

The Albanese Government's jobs and skills summit has kicked off in Canberra, but what does it mean for Australia? Guardian Australia's chief political correspondent, Sarah Martin, joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas to explain why it matters. Plus, are the Greens talking down the Indigenous Voice to Parliament?
9/1/202237 minutes, 53 seconds
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Jobs summit, the Voice, and the Shaq attack

The Albanese Government's jobs and skills summit has kicked off in Canberra, but what does it mean for Australia? Guardian Australia's chief political correspondent, Sarah Martin, joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas to explain why it matters. Plus, are the Greens talking down the Indigenous Voice to Parliament?
9/1/202237 minutes, 53 seconds
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Robodebt, the jobs summit and Morrison's portfolio saga continues

What’s Scott Morrison’s future after the secret ministries scandal? SBS World News Chief Political Correspondent, Anna Henderson, joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas to give the Party Room her analysis on Robodebt, the impending jobs summit, and the portfolio scandal.
8/25/202237 minutes, 7 seconds
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Robodebt, the jobs summit and Morrison's portfolio saga continues

What’s Scott Morrison’s future after the secret ministries scandal? SBS World News Chief Political Correspondent, Anna Henderson, joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas to give the Party Room her analysis on Robodebt, the impending jobs summit, and the portfolio scandal.
8/25/202237 minutes, 7 seconds
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Why did Scott Morrison pick up five extra portfolios?

Scott Morrison's secret portfolio scandal has shocked both sides of Australian politics this week. But why did the former PM pick up the five extra ministries? Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly are joined by news.com.au's Political Editor, Samantha Maiden, to discuss what the saga means for the country.
8/18/202240 minutes, 30 seconds
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Why did Scott Morrison pick up five extra portfolios?

Scott Morrison's secret portfolio scandal has shocked both sides of Australian politics this week. But why did the former PM pick up the five extra ministries? Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly are joined by news.com.au's Political Editor, Samantha Maiden, to discuss what the saga means for the country.
8/18/202240 minutes, 30 seconds
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As China-Taiwan tensions intensify, what’s Australia’s message to Beijing?

China-Taiwan tensions have escalated and Australia has of course been caught in the political crossfire. So, how have Foreign Minister Penny Wong and the Government handled the heat? And as the Jobs Summit draws nearer, the ACTU and Opposition Leader both weigh in. Peter Hartcher, Political and International Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas.
8/11/20220
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As China-Taiwan tensions intensify, what’s Australia’s message to Beijing?

China-Taiwan tensions have escalated and Australia has of course been caught in the political crossfire. So, how have Foreign Minister Penny Wong and the Government handled the heat? And as the Jobs Summit draws nearer, the ACTU and Opposition Leader both weigh in. Peter Hartcher, Political and International Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas.
8/11/20220
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The PM unveils his “simple question” for a referendum on the Indigenous Voice to Parliament

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has proposed a draft referendum question on the Indigenous Voice to Parliament, but some Coalition MPs say they want to see more details. Meanwhile, a gas shortage is looming: so, will the government pull the so-called gas trigger to increase supply?   And the Greens have promised to support Labor’s Climate bill: is this the end of the ‘climate wars’? Lorena Allam, Gamilaraay and Yuwalaraay woman and the Indigenous Affairs Editor for Guardian Australia joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas.
8/4/202240 minutes, 27 seconds
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The PM unveils his “simple question” for a referendum on the Indigenous Voice to Parliament

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has proposed a draft referendum question on the Indigenous Voice to Parliament, but some Coalition MPs say they want to see more details. Meanwhile, a gas shortage is looming: so, will the government pull the so-called gas trigger to increase supply?   And the Greens have promised to support Labor’s Climate bill: is this the end of the ‘climate wars’? Lorena Allam, Gamilaraay and Yuwalaraay woman and the Indigenous Affairs Editor for Guardian Australia joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas.
8/4/202240 minutes, 27 seconds
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The 47 Parliament is underway, so will it be politics as usual?

The Albanese Government has promised a new style of politics. So, were any of those changes visible when the 47th Parliament kicked off this week? And there’s been more strain on cost of living, with inflation increasing again – but the Treasurer has warned the worst is yet to come. Phil Coorey, Chief Political Correspondent for the Australian Financial Review joins Fran and PK.
7/28/202231 minutes, 46 seconds
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The 47 Parliament is underway, so will it be politics as usual?

The Albanese Government has promised a new style of politics. So, were any of those changes visible when the 47th Parliament kicked off this week? And there’s been more strain on cost of living, with inflation increasing again – but the Treasurer has warned the worst is yet to come. Phil Coorey, Chief Political Correspondent for the Australian Financial Review joins Fran and PK.
7/28/202231 minutes, 46 seconds
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A COVID reset, while heat is on climate targets

The Albanese government has re-introduced pandemic leave payments after coming under sustained pressure from the community. But was the delay in announcing this COVID reset the Government’s first big misstep, or a sign it is willing to listen? And Labor's legislation to reduce emissions by 43% by 2030 is set to be introduced to Parliament next week, but will it have the support it needs from the Greens in the Senate? Lenore Taylor, Editor at the Guardian Australia joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas to unpack the big issues of the week.
7/21/202234 minutes, 42 seconds
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A COVID reset, while heat is on climate targets

The Albanese government has re-introduced pandemic leave payments after coming under sustained pressure from the community. But was the delay in announcing this COVID reset the Government’s first big misstep, or a sign it is willing to listen? And Labor's legislation to reduce emissions by 43% by 2030 is set to be introduced to Parliament next week, but will it have the support it needs from the Greens in the Senate? Lenore Taylor, Editor at the Guardian Australia joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas to unpack the big issues of the week.
7/21/202234 minutes, 42 seconds
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The Pacific Islands Forum and a looming COVID wave

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Foreign Minister Penny Wong attend the Pacific Island Leaders Forum, attempting to counter China’s rising power in the region. And as a new wave of COVID ramps up, government subsidies wind down. So has the government got its health messaging right? Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly are joined by Michelle Grattan, Chief Political Correspondent with The Conversation and Professorial fellow at University of Canberra
7/14/202238 minutes, 48 seconds
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The Pacific Islands Forum and a looming COVID wave

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Foreign Minister Penny Wong attend the Pacific Island Leaders Forum, attempting to counter China’s rising power in the region. And as a new wave of COVID ramps up, government subsidies wind down. So has the government got its health messaging right? Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly are joined by Michelle Grattan, Chief Political Correspondent with The Conversation and Professorial fellow at University of Canberra
7/14/202238 minutes, 48 seconds
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NSW floods and the NATO meeting

While NSW is hit with yet another natural disaster, the Coalition accuses the PM of taking his eye off the ball – but is their criticism unfair? Outgoing RN Breakfast Political Editor Alison Carabine pulls no punches at Fran Kelly's party this week.
7/7/202233 minutes, 12 seconds
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NSW floods and the NATO meeting

While NSW is hit with yet another natural disaster, the Coalition accuses the PM of taking his eye off the ball – but is their criticism unfair? Outgoing RN Breakfast Political Editor Alison Carabine pulls no punches at Fran Kelly's party this week.
7/7/202233 minutes, 12 seconds
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Will the march of Millennials change the country?

Australia's 2021 Census data shows we're a very different country from five years ago. To demystify the Census, Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly are joined by Shane Wright, senior economics correspondent for SMH and The Age. Plus, is the Albanese Government's stoush with Independents over staffer funding a smart move?
6/30/202240 minutes, 45 seconds
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How collaborative will the Albanese government be?

The energy crisis is still looming for the Albanese government, but now they’ll work with state leaders on policy. Will the same sense of collaboration be fostered within Federal Parliament, even extended to members of the Opposition? And what can the government do about inflationary pressures, while avoiding a wage price spiral? Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly are joined by Karen Middleton,  Chief Political Correspondent at The Saturday Paper.
6/23/202239 minutes, 56 seconds
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Albanese Government faces huge energy challenge

Labor claims the east coast energy troubles are the result of the former Coalition government's mismanagement, but will this wash with the electorate? Meanwhile, PM Albanese also has a win on the minimum wage, as big business groups raise inflation fears. Plus, the Party Room explores whether federal political terms should be longer than three years.   Patricia Karvelas and Raf Epstein are joined by David Crowe, Chief Political Correspondent for SMH and The Age.
6/16/202236 minutes, 29 seconds
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Difficult choices loom for the Albanese Government

As the Labor government "hits the ground running", they're faced with several economic and geopolitical challenges. In the Parliament, they're also forced to consider their attitude to the large Greens and independent contingent. Plus, PM Albanese announces his new Cabinet, with some surprises. ABC Radio Melbourne's Raf Epstein joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas.
6/2/202243 minutes
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Can Peter Dutton win back the teal seats?

The Coalition is regrouping after a drubbing at the 2022 federal election. 7.30 chief political correspondent Laura Tingle joins Fran Kelly to analyse the way forward for both major parties in the face of a record vote for The Greens and independent candidates. Plus, how will new PM Anthony Albanese govern differently to Scott Morrison?
5/26/202230 minutes, 27 seconds
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SPECIAL: Post-election analysis

Saturday's election has reshaped the political landscape - so why were there significant swings away from the major parties? And what will the approach of the Albanese Government be? In this special episode Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas unpack the results of the 2022 election.
5/23/202216 minutes, 17 seconds
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SPECIAL: Election Analysis at Sydney Writers Festival

In this special election eve episode, Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas are joined by SMH's Jacqueline Maley and news.com.au's Samantha Maiden at Sydney Writers Festival. It's been six-weeks of non-stop campaigning from Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese,so what verdict will Australians hand down when they cast their votes? And how much of a role will the Independents and minor parties play in the outcome?
5/20/202252 minutes, 30 seconds
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The final sprint to the election

With election day looming, Fran Kelly, Patricia Karvelas and Annabel Crabb assess the state of play, as polling tightens between the Coalition and Labor. Scott Morrison has conceded he’s a bit of bulldozer, while Anthony Albanese’s team have spread across the country in a last-ditch effort to win undecided votes. But will the debate over wages, or even the ‘Jenny factor’ be enough to sway swinging voters?
5/19/202239 minutes, 40 seconds
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Where the 2022 election will be won and lost

In the final days of the federal election campaign, ABC chief elections analyst Antony Green tells Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas whether Labor can win without picking up any seats in Queensland, while Sabra Lane weighs in on whether Anthony Albanese's wages pledge is helping or hurting his campaign. PK and Fran have views to share on that too! Also on the party agenda, how long will we be waiting on election night?
5/12/202239 minutes, 54 seconds
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Interest rates and economic management dominate in the second half of the campaign

In week four of this election campaign, there's been a bombshell interest rate hike, and it's getting more and more heated in the marginal seat battlegrounds. The polls say Labor is the favourite, but there's still a vital two weeks to go. Guardian Australia's Editor, Lenore Taylor, joins the party.
5/5/202231 minutes, 25 seconds
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LIVE SPECIAL: Election analysis at the halfway mark

In this special live recording of The Party Room, Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas are joined by the Guardian’s Amy Remeikis and the Saturday Paper’s Karen Middleton to make sense of the election campaign so far. Will cost of living continue to dominate the campaigning? Are the scare campaigns working?  And will independents grab some prize seats in the next term of parliament?
5/3/202217 minutes, 25 seconds
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Inflation jumps and a sneaky carbon tax scare appears

Australia records the sharpest rise in cost of living pressures in more than two decades, while the Government launches a new "sneaky" carbon tax scare. Plus, is Labor's small-target strategy going to cost Anthony Albanese the election? Sean Kelly, former Labor advisor and columnist for the SMH and The Age joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas on the podcast.
4/28/202235 minutes, 24 seconds
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Morrison and Albanese face off in first election debate

Who won the first leaders' debate? Niki Savva, columnist for the SMH and The Age, joins Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly for an analysis of the early weeks of the federal election campaign. Plus, Fran and PK analyse the possibility of a hung parliament, election scare campaigns, China's new deal with the Solomon Islands and whether Katherine Deves will hurt the Liberal vote in socially progressive seats.
4/21/202236 minutes, 10 seconds
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Election campaign week one — Is Morrison winning the campaign so far?

Can Labor turn around the momentum in the election campaign? Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas analyse the impact of Anthony Albanese's day one gaffe, as well as the PM's declaration that Alan Tudge will be back in Cabinet, his backflip on transgender issues, Labor's decision to ditch a JobSeeker increase and why George Christensen defected to One Nation. National Affairs Editor for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age James Massola joins the party.
4/14/202231 minutes, 52 seconds
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Polls, preselections and the PM's character

With Australia about to go into a federal election campaign, what will be the impact of the chorus of voices questioning Scott Morrison's character? And while Labor goes into the campaign ahead in the polls, how will Anthony Albanese fare in the full glare of an election campaign and what happens if he gets COVID? SMH and The Age columnist Jacqueline Maley joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas to set the scene for the election campaign.
4/7/202237 minutes, 30 seconds
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Cheaper petrol, arts cuts, housing affordability and the PM slammed in the Senate

Will cheaper petrol do the trick for Scott Morrison on polling day? Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly analyse federal budget week including arts funding cuts, whether the PM is doing enough for renters and that scathing character assessment of the PM by Liberal senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells. Australian Financial Review Political Editor Phillip Coorey drops in as the party gets going.
3/31/202237 minutes, 43 seconds
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Budget 2022 special

What's in the 2022 federal budget? Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly explain the government's big pre-election handouts and discuss whether they'll win over voters.
3/30/202216 minutes, 17 seconds