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A weekly conversation about Australian politics guided by you. Every Friday, host David Speers and a rotating cast of ABC journalists from around the country answer listener questions about the week’s major stories, and the things they’ve never quite understood about Australian politics. Join the conversation and send in your questions by email on backtoyoupodcast@abc.net.au.

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A weekly conversation about Australian politics guided by you. Every Friday, host David Speers and a rotating cast of ABC journalists from around the country answer listener questions about the week’s major stories, and the things they’ve never quite understood about Australian politics. Join the conversation and send in your questions by email on backtoyoupodcast@abc.net.au.

    What do scandals in NSW & Victoria mean for a Federal ICAC?

    What do scandals in NSW & Victoria mean for a Federal ICAC?

    State parliaments in New South Wales and Victoria are currently gripped by rolling integrity scandals. This comes as the new Albanese government formulates a plan for a federal integrity commission.

    So what do these scandals tell us about how best to improve integrity in politics across the country?

    ABC Radio Sydney Breakfast host James Valentine and ABC Radio Melbourne Drive host Raf Epstein join David Speers to discuss the new NSW parliament report into bullying and harassment, the John Barilaro saga, the issues in Matthew Guy's office, and whether journalists can do more to hold politicians to account.

    • 35 min
    Where should Australia stand as tensions increase over Taiwan?

    Where should Australia stand as tensions increase over Taiwan?

    China has responded to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan with large military exercises in and around the Taiwan Strait.

    It's forced Australia to once again consider its stance on supporting the self-governed democratic island.

    ABC Defence Correspondent Andrew Greene and ABC Radio Darwin Breakfast Presenter Jo Laverty join David Speers to discuss this, the government's climate legislation, and the Voice to Parliament referendum.

    • 34 min
    Garma Special - What is the plan for the Voice to Parliament?

    Garma Special - What is the plan for the Voice to Parliament?

    The Prime Minister is at the Garma Festival in Arnhem Land, so the Back To You podcast is too.

    ABC Indigenous Affairs Editor Bridget Brennan and ABC journalist Dan Bourchier join David Speers at the festival to discuss the issues facing our First Nations people, and when we can expect a referendum on the Indigenous Voice to Parliament.

    • 27 min
    Devastating environmental report poses challenges for government

    Devastating environmental report poses challenges for government

    As the first week of the 48th Parliament of Australia looms, the Albanese government is dealing with the ramifications of an environmental report which had been shelved by the previous government, and setting the ball rolling on a review of the Reserve Bank.

    ABC national environment reporter Michael Slezak and ABC political editor Andrew Probyn join David Speers to answer your questions about the challenges ahead.

    • 29 min
    Has the Pacific Islands Forum been a success for the PM?

    Has the Pacific Islands Forum been a success for the PM?

    The Pacific Islands Forum has just wrapped up and it has been a lot less acrimonious than the last one. But has it been a success for new Prime Minister Anthony Albanese?

    David Speers is joined by Asia Pacific reporter Stephen Dziedzic and ABC political reporter Melissa Clarke.

    They answer your questions, like what's the point of the vaccine certificate? Will the Government extend pandemic leave payments?

    And who is expected to be announced as the new Speaker of the House?

    • 28 min
    How has the PM handled the NSW floods disaster?

    How has the PM handled the NSW floods disaster?

    The Prime Minister has rushed to visit flood affected areas this week.

    Some have criticised the PM for spending too much time abroad, while others praised his visit to Ukraine.

    It's one of the first test of Anthony Albanese's leadership, so how has the PM handled the devastating NSW floods? And what's being done to help those in need?

    Plus questions about COVID policy, antivirals, masks, and what can be done about the high rate of empty houses.

    To tackle your questions, David Speers is joined by the ABC's David Lipson and Thomas Oriti.

    • 31 min

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