A weekly conversation about Australian politics guided by you. Every Friday, host David Speers and a rotating cast of ABC journalists from around the country answer listener questions about the week’s major stories, and the things they’ve never quite understood about Australian politics. Join the conversation and send in your questions by email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your questions on Morrison's mystery ministries answered
Our inbox has been blowing up with questions about the revelation that while Prime Minister, Scott Morrison secretly took on five ministerial portfolios, sometimes without telling the relevant ministers.
Was he making extra money? Was the Governor-General wrong to participate? What does it mean for the Liberal-National coalition agreement?
ABC Political Reporter Melissa Clarke and ABC Radio Brisbane Mornings presenter Rebecca Levingston join David Speers to discuss the biggest, and strangest, political story of the week.
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What do scandals in NSW & Victoria mean for a Federal ICAC?
State parliaments in New South Wales and Victoria are currently gripped by rolling integrity scandals. This comes as the new Albanese government formulates a plan for a federal integrity commission.
So what do these scandals tell us about how best to improve integrity in politics across the country?
ABC Radio Sydney Breakfast host James Valentine and ABC Radio Melbourne Drive host Raf Epstein join David Speers to discuss the new NSW parliament report into bullying and harassment, the John Barilaro saga, the issues in Matthew Guy's office, and whether journalists can do more to hold politicians to account.
Where should Australia stand as tensions increase over Taiwan?
China has responded to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan with large military exercises in and around the Taiwan Strait.
It's forced Australia to once again consider its stance on supporting the self-governed democratic island.
ABC Defence Correspondent Andrew Greene and ABC Radio Darwin Breakfast Presenter Jo Laverty join David Speers to discuss this, the government's climate legislation, and the Voice to Parliament referendum.
Garma Special - What is the plan for the Voice to Parliament?
The Prime Minister is at the Garma Festival in Arnhem Land, so the Back To You podcast is too.
ABC Indigenous Affairs Editor Bridget Brennan and ABC journalist Dan Bourchier join David Speers at the festival to discuss the issues facing our First Nations people, and when we can expect a referendum on the Indigenous Voice to Parliament.
Devastating environmental report poses challenges for government
As the first week of the 48th Parliament of Australia looms, the Albanese government is dealing with the ramifications of an environmental report which had been shelved by the previous government, and setting the ball rolling on a review of the Reserve Bank.
ABC national environment reporter Michael Slezak and ABC political editor Andrew Probyn join David Speers to answer your questions about the challenges ahead.
Has the Pacific Islands Forum been a success for the PM?
The Pacific Islands Forum has just wrapped up and it has been a lot less acrimonious than the last one. But has it been a success for new Prime Minister Anthony Albanese?
David Speers is joined by Asia Pacific reporter Stephen Dziedzic and ABC political reporter Melissa Clarke.
They answer your questions, like what's the point of the vaccine certificate? Will the Government extend pandemic leave payments?
And who is expected to be announced as the new Speaker of the House?
Friday 13th - so good!
I can’t speak highly enough of todays work from the ABC team! At this stage in the campaign many of us are feeling worse for wear on the political front and it’s easy to switch off. This conversation and analysis of the campaign week between David, Patricia and Raf was excellent - all three presenters are at the peak of their powers and bring the insights gleaned from their day jobs, the press gallery and the campaign trail to this conversation.
I really enjoyed the ‘bulldozer’ commentary in relation to focus group and vox pop insights. David the length was a bonus - and I think reflects a quality conversation! Thanks to PK and Raf who are both working so tirelessly across all the ABC channels during this (too long) campaign!
I like the design of the podcast. A catch up on the day’s events, followed by a deep dive into a particular electorate or region. I’m really enjoying hearing from regional journalists talking about their patch. Thanks.