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Michelle Grattan talks politics with politicians and experts, from Capital Hill.

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Michelle Grattan talks politics with politicians and experts, from Capital Hill.

    Mathias Cormann and Jim Chalmers on the mid-year budget update

    Mathias Cormann and Jim Chalmers on the mid-year budget update

    The mid-year budget update has seen the government downgrading its forecast for Australia’s economic growth in 2019-20 by 0.25%, and slashing the projected surplus by A$2.1 billion, to $5 billion. The forecast for wage growth has also been reduced, and unemployment is projected to be slightly higher than was envisaged at budget time.
    The figures indicate a worsening economy, but the government has sought to put a positive spin on the situation, saying the Australian economy is showing resilience.
    Joining this podcast is finance minister Mathias Cormann and shadow treasurer Jim Chalmers to talk about the figures and the outlook.
    Additional audio:
    A List of Ways to Die, Lee Rosevere, from Free Music Archive.
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    The Conversation

    • 21 min
    Andrew Hastie on foreign influence, security and veteran mental health

    Andrew Hastie on foreign influence, security and veteran mental health

    Chinese government influence and interference has been a contentious issue in Australia politics in the past year.
    Weighing up concerns about foreign money in state and federal campaigns, candidates’ direct relationships with arms of the Chinese Communist Party and the defection of a Chinese spy operating within Australia, against the fragile trade relationship we have with our largest export market has been one of the more difficult topics for both major parties.
    Andrew Hastie, Liberal member for the seat of Canning, is one of the most outspoken government members on the issue of foreign interference.
    He’s used his position as a backbencher – and as chair of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security – to speak openly about his concerns and what he sees as the expansion of “revisionist” countries trying to “remake the world order … pushing out to secure their economic and strategic influence beyond their geographical borders”.
    He also talks about why he thinks it would be untenable to have security clearance for every member of parliament, the role of the media in scrutinising candidates, and concerns about mental health among returned veterans.
    Additional audio: 
    A List of Ways to Die, Lee Rosevere, from Free Music Archive.
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    AAP/Lukas Coch

    • 25 min
    Minister David Littleproud on bushfires, drought, and the Nationals

    Minister David Littleproud on bushfires, drought, and the Nationals

    Bushfires continue to burn across NSW and Queensland, the death toll has risen, and the damage to properties, wildlife and the environment is devastating. With conditions predicted to worsen over the summer, climate change has inevitably come into the frame.
    The Prime Minister and Opposition leader have said policy arguments should be avoided until the immediate crisis has passed, but many - including former emergency chiefs and some victims - disagree. And Greens and Nationals have had vitriolic exchanges.
    The Nationals David Littleproud has ministerial responsibility for water, drought, and natural disaster and emergency management. In this podcast, he says while “the man on the street” can link climate change and the bushfires, but “as elected officials, we’ve got a responsibility” to wait for the right time to have such discussions.
    After announcing the government’s drought package last week, Littleproud criticises the states for not stepping up their efforts, and says they have done “three-fifths of bugger all”.
    Additional audio: 
    A List of Ways to Die, Lee Rosevere, from Free Music Archive
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    AAP/Dan Peled

    • 35 min
    Ross Gittins on the government’s ‘surplus obsession’

    Ross Gittins on the government’s ‘surplus obsession’

    The Australian economy is growing slowly, with people not opening their purses and businesses uncertain about the future.
    The Reserve Bank has cut interest rates three times this year - the official cash rate is currently at a historic low of 0.75%. Many are arguing monetary policy has run its course, and fiscal stimulus is needed. This week’s Essential poll shows voters tend to think so as well, with 56% agreeing that stimulating the economy should be prioritised over getting back to budget surplus.
    The Morrison government, however, is reluctant to do anything impinging on the projected surplus, which has become a political icon for it.
    How long can the government maintain this position if the growth numbers don’t improve? And does action need to be taken now? Joining Michelle Grattan to talk about these issues is Ross Gittins, economics editor of the Sydney Morning Herald.
    Additional audio:
    A List of Ways to Die, Lee Rosevere, from Free Music Archive.
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    AAP/ Mick Tsikas

    • 21 min
    On the trust divide in politics

    On the trust divide in politics

    Democracy 2025 is an initiative by the Museum of Australian Democracy and the University of Canberra, which aims to stimulate a national conversation on the state of our democracy, including the trust divide between the political class and everyday citizens.
    A just-released report by the project gives the perspective of federal politicians - key voices in the debate.
    Members of the last federal parliament were surveyed on their attitudes to democracy, the faults they see in the present political system, and how they thought it could be improved. Some 43% of the parliamentarians replied to the survey, done shortly before the election.
    Professor Mark Evans and Professor Gerry Stoker, two of the authors of the report, join Michelle Grattan on this podcast to discuss the findings, and share their thoughts on the future of Australian democracy.
    Additional audio: 
    A List of Ways to Die, Lee Rosevere, from Free Music Archive
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    Shutterstock

    • 36 min
    Deputy PM Michael McCormack on the drought and restive Nationals

    Deputy PM Michael McCormack on the drought and restive Nationals

    While the drought continues to hit the Nationals’ constituents hard, the party faces a testing terrain on a political level.
    In this episode of Politics with Michelle Grattan, Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack acknowledges the mishandling of the bring-forward of the dairy code, which will increase the negotiating power of milk producers.
    Tensions blew up in the Nationals party room this week after Pauline Hanson managed last week to win an acceleration of the code. The deal was all about the government wanting Hanson’s Senate co-operation. But agriculture minister Bridget McKenzie had previously told Nationals who have been fighting for the code that it couldn’t be finalised until well into next year.
    McCormack also shared his willingness to consider a proposal from the drought policy released by the National Farmers’ Federation for exit assistance for drought-striken farmers who sell.
    But he had a cautionary message for those deciding whether to stay or leave, saying “they absolutely need to make sure they don’t self-assess. They need to absolutely make sure that they consult their families foremost, that they talk to rural financial counsellors, they talk to their accountants, their banks. They take every bit of good advice available before they take that ultimate step”.
    Additional audio:
    A List of Ways to Die, Lee Rosevere, from Free Music Archive.
    Image:
    AAP/ Mick Tsikas

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

Red"Baron ,

Patience sometimes needs with the guests

There are some episodes I cringe before listening to as it’s political leaders poised to use throw away statements and mantras, but I always find Michelle still squeezes out some useful content against their will 😀

Bomber shield ,

Views from the cross bench

Great interview with Cath and Rebecca, thoughtful, detailed answers and possible solutions to some sticking points in Parliament

MikeMac-AU ,

Weak

Softball interviews with people who have a lot to answer for.

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