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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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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.

    Dutton goes full nuclear. Will the risk pay off?

    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.

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    • 39 min
    Dutton reignites climate wars

    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.

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    • 34 min
    Greens see red as major parties unite against them

    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.

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    Deportation debacle and reshuffle whispers

    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.

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    • 37 min
    Political battlelines drawn over migration

    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.

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    • 31 min
    Budget battlegrounds begin to take shape

    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.

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    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
3.3K Ratings

3.3K Ratings

caitlinjm ,

Concise and intelligent

Great summary of the weeks political happenings. Fran and PK are so knowledgeable and always communicate the complexity of the stories so clearly. I never miss an episode.

Martin 3195 ,

Ok if you like horse race politics

The presenters are experienced political journalists. Whether it’s a Canberra Press Gallery thing or an ABC thing however, there’s a big focus on the current political horse race at the expense of the big picture or deeper analysis. Perhaps expectations that the ABC should be “balanced” mean that the presenters often promote (what I see as) false equivalence and are reluctant to call out toxic and dangerous political practices.

Chrisaxle ,

Unmissable

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