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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.

    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
    Will the march of Millennials change the country?

    Will the march of Millennials change the country?

    Australia's 2021 Census data shows we're a very different country from five years ago. To demystify the Census, Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly are joined by Shane Wright, senior economics correspondent for SMH and The Age.



    Plus, is the Albanese Government's stoush with Independents over staffer funding a smart move?

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

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3.1K Ratings

just a human 06 ,

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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Such intelligence

Dear ladies, I await your podcast with bated breath. You always present such a balanced view. Love listening to both of you on RN, and watching Laura on 7.30. Keep up the great work. Liz Perry

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Fantastic

Been listening since 2017 and has taken me this long to rate and review. Apols Fran & PK. Keep up the amazing work

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