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How dangerous is the Omicron variant?
The Omicron variant of Covid has prompted governments around the world to reintroduce border restrictions, with Australia shutting the border to southern Africa and delaying the reopening date for international students and visa holders. The federal government has called for calm, describing the variant as ‘manageable’, but what do we actually know about it? Laura Murphy-Oates speaks to medical editor Melissa Davey about what scientists have discovered so far about Omicron and our evolving approach to combating Covid variants
What’s holding back the religious discrimination bill?
The Coalition has introduced its religious discrimination bill almost three years after it was first promised. Despite a third draft watering down a number of contentious provisions, some MPs still think it doesn’t go far enough to protect certain groups. Political reporter Paul Karp explains what’s in the bill and whether it will be passed before the next election
The human cost of Qatar’s 2022 World Cup dream
In less than a year, millions of football fans will descend on Qatar to cheer on their favourite teams in the 2022 World Cup. They’ll be greeted by dozens of shiny new hotels, restaurants, roadways, and seven glistening new football stadiums. It will be a proud moment for Qatar, and for the entire region, which has never previously hosted a World Cup. Pete Pattisson, who has been reporting on the preparations for nearly a decade, says this new infrastructure has come at a cost. Pattisson’s reporting shows 6,500 migrant workers from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have died in the course of World Cup preparations – many from sudden, unexplained causes. Pattison tells Michael Safi about some of the workers who have lost their lives, and why the wage and labour changes recently introduced by Qatar’s government fall short
Saved For Later: Adele, Spotify and how streaming changed the sound of music. Plus: an extremely online vocab test
After Adele got Spotify to hide their album shuffle button, Alyx Gorman, Michael Sun and Steph Harmon called up Aria-winner Georgia Mooney, of All Our Exes Live In Texas, to talk about writing music for the world of streaming – and trying to make a buck from it. Later, Alyx quizzes Michael and Steph on Macquarie Dictionary’s new contenders for Word of the Year
Is Peter Dutton picking a fight with China?
As military tensions heat up between Taiwan and China, defence minister Peter Dutton says it would be ‘inconceivable’ that Australia would not join military action if the US defended Taiwan. Labor has accused the Coalition of warmongering ahead of an upcoming election. Gabrielle Jackson talks to Lenore Taylor and Daniel Hurst about the threat of war, and the trouble with politicising foreign policy
What went wrong with the NBN?
Ahead of the next federal election, both major parties have promised to fix the problem-plagued national broadband network after widespread complaints about its performance, especially in regional areas. Laura Murphy-Oates speaks to Guardian Australia reporter Josh Taylor about the competing plans for the NBN, and the secret figures that show the true scale of the NBN cost blowout over the past eight years
Wow! Australia versus the climate- had me groaning, fuming, horrified and ashamed of our failure as a country. Even i knew we were climate laggards hearing it spelt out over 25 years of COPs was eye-opening. Listen and share and then go out and protest at the ballot box
Labor party sponsored
It’s hard to believe you’re getting the full story when the podcast is so far left it’s falling off the table. A blatant Labour Party plant of a podcast. A fair review from a non-coalition supporter. If you truly would like to hear the full story - avoid this one. Oh for non-political persuasion in our news and current affairs.
A bit more variety
I really enjoy the presenters however it would be nice to have some different topics. It seems like 90% of the stories are about climate change, important yes but doesn’t need to be every show!