Hi, I'm Francis Keany - author and broadcast journalist.
Welcome to The Trough, your daily news feed.
This podcast is a bit of an experiment - a daily ten minute bite-sized wrap of all the political stories you need to know before you get to work each morning. It's something I've been keen on doing for some time and I hope you guys will love it. I'll be running this for the next few weeks as I explore the world of freelance journalism.
For those wondering about the name, The Trough is a nickname given to the Parliamentary Staff Cafeteria in Canberra, where politicians, staffers and journalists can dine for breakfast, lunch or dinner. There is the occasional complaint about the serving sizes of the Beef Stroganoff
The Trough for Friday the 24th of March
Today - Turnbull slams Pauline Hanson over calls for Muslim immigration ban, Abbott calls for the Federal Government to keep the Hazelwood power station open and Jacqui Lambie opens up on welfare cuts.
Also - this is the final episode from me. At least for now. As I warned, this was always going to be an experiment, and I'm satisfied that it works. But it was also going to be difficult to help pay the bills with this and I simply wont have enough time thanks to the work I'm doing now. If you want more information, take a listen or visit Thetrough.com.au
So, thanks for listening. I'll talk to you soon.
The Trough for Tuesday 21st March
Today, pressure in the Coalition partyroom over 18C, crunch time for a number of government bills stuck in the Senate, and the Honourable Member for Pearce Christian Porter shows off his artistic skills.
The Trough for Monday the 20th March
Today - Newspoll sweetens for PM, Keating warns any changes to super will sting savers, Dutton upset by swarming CEOs on same sex marriage, and some terrible, terrible bee puns.
The Trough for Thursday the 16th of March
Today, a proposed $2 billion expansion of the Snowy Scheme, as gas giants are put on notice over a looming shortage. Also featuring cybernetic Australian soldiers from the future.
The Trough for Tuesday the 14th of March
Today – SA unveils its new power plan, QLD's election to be delayed thanks to One Nation and Julie Bishop's blunt message to China.
The Trough for Friday the 10th of March
Today – all the reaction from Kate Ellis' resignation, fresh reshuffle speculation and tensions between the Liberals & the Nationals hit fever pitch in Western Australia ahead of Saturday's state election.
5/5 would listen again
Frank's content is fresh and he has interesting take on Australian politics.
The Trough is a perfect news filter, providing clear, factual analysis of the top stories from the centre of Australian politics for those who are time poor.
Great wrap up of political news
A good, timely run through the news you need to know to keep up with Australian politics and sound knowledgeable at the water cooler.