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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.

    As China-Taiwan tensions intensify, what’s Australia’s message to Beijing?

    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.

    The PM unveils his “simple question” for a referendum on the Indigenous Voice to Parliament

    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.

    • 40 min
    The 47 Parliament is underway, so will it be politics as usual?

    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.

    • 31 min
    A COVID reset, while heat is on climate targets

    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.

    • 34 min
    The Pacific Islands Forum and a looming COVID wave

    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

    • 38 min
    NSW floods and the NATO meeting

    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.

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

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3.1K Ratings

3.1K Ratings

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Opposing views

We just love this podcast. My partner and I listen every week - he interjects a lot, which drives me nuts!!
Your insightful discussion and comments are wonderful - our only feedback would be to have more opposing views heard. Not necessarily Labour v Liberal, but a healthy debate on opposing views from within each party.
Keep up the great work!

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My new favourite podcast

I can’t believe I only just found out this podcast exists. PK, Fran Kelly and all of their guests offer such sharp, incisive commentary on the state of Australian politics and its key players. An absolute must-listen for all current affairs enthusiasts and other political tragics like myself.

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Two sassy and smart journalists

Firstly how sassy is P.K.. that smart Aussie Greek Aunty you’d want to have over for dinner to discuss politics. Fran is just a legend . Highly recommended for time poor people as well who want a catch up on political events .😀😃

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