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A daily news show from the publisher of The Monthly and The Saturday Paper. Hear from the country’s best reporters, covering the news as it affects Australia. This is news with narrative, every weekday.

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A daily news show from the publisher of The Monthly and The Saturday Paper. Hear from the country’s best reporters, covering the news as it affects Australia. This is news with narrative, every weekday.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    The billionaire and the conspiracy theorist

    The billionaire and the conspiracy theorist

    At the last federal election, mining billionaire Clive Palmer spent more than $80 million trying to influence the makeup of Australia’s parliament.


    Now his United Australia Party is back with a new leader - Craig Kelly.


    Kelly, a former Liberal MP known for his controversial views, says that under his leadership the United Australia Party is stronger and bigger than ever.


    Today, national correspondent for The Saturday Paper, Mike Seccombe on what impact a Palmer-Kelly alliance could have on the next federal election.


    Guest: National correspondent for The Saturday Paper, Mike Seccombe.


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    • 15 min
    The Weekend Read: Helen Garner’s lockdown diaries, 2021

    The Weekend Read: Helen Garner’s lockdown diaries, 2021

    Today, Helen Garner, one of Australia’s most acclaimed authors, will be reading her piece from the latest issue of The Monthly. 


    It features entries from her diaries, covering her experience during this year’s lockdown in Melbourne.


    Guest: Helen Garner, acclaimed Australian novelist and nonfiction writer.


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    • 21 min
    The Culture: Why Real Housewives is reality TV’s most interesting phenomenon

    The Culture: Why Real Housewives is reality TV’s most interesting phenomenon

    When the Real Housewives first aired 16 years ago it was written off as “trashy”. Feminist icon Gloria Steinem even called it "a minstrel show for women".


    But the show has shrugged off those labels, and become bigger and bigger, exploring themes of consumerism, class, and race, all while being highly entertaining.


    Now the franchise is at the centre of serious legal drama, providing both high stakes entertainment and a window into what happens when highly produced reality TV collides with actual reality.


    To help explain why this franchise is both increasingly popular and important Real Housewives superfans comedian Gen Fricker and writer Katie Cunningham join The Culture.
     
    Guest: Comedian Gen Fricker, Writer Katie Cunningham


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    Barnaby Joyce is holding Australia hostage

    Barnaby Joyce is holding Australia hostage

    Prime Minister Scott Morrison has finally confirmed that he will be attending the United Nations climate conference in Glasgow in November.


    Morrison is under pressure, both from voters and Australia’s international allies, to publicly support a commitment to net zero emissions by 2050. 


    But his coalition partners, the Nationals, are yet to support the policy - and some in the minor party are pushing hard against it. 


    Today, columnist for The Saturday Paper Paul Bongiorno on the Coalition’s war over net zero, and how Barnaby Joyce’s National party is holding the country’s future to ransom.


    Guest: Columnist for The Saturday Paper, Paul Bongiorno
     
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    • 15 min
    The corruption inquiry exposing Labor's culture

    The corruption inquiry exposing Labor's culture

    Over the past week, Victoria’s anti-corruption commission has heard damning evidence about the political culture at the heart of the state’s Labor party. 


    The allegations aired so far include claims of branch stacking and misuse of taxpayer funds, and the investigation has already forced the resignation of a number of state government ministers.


    Today, chief political correspondent for The Saturday Paper Karen Middleton on what the inquiry is actually about, and what the consequences might be for the Labor party both in Victoria and federally.


    Guest: Chief political correspondent for The Saturday Paper, Karen Middleton.


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    • 15 min
    The new Cold War over the origins of Covid-19

    The new Cold War over the origins of Covid-19

    From the moment the pandemic began, uncovering the origins of Covid-19 has been a fraught pursuit.


    Many different theories - some more viable than others - have flourished, including the hypothesis that Covid-19 was deliberately leaked from a lab in Wuhan. 


    The Wuhan lab leak theory has been given new prominence thanks to a controversial book written by Australian journalist and Sky News commentator Sharri Markson.


    Today, writer and contributor to The Saturday Paper Linda Jaivin, on the credibility of Markson’s claims, and how ideology has impacted our ability to get to the truth of how this pandemic first started.


    Guest: Contributor to The Saturday Paper, Linda Jaivin.


    Background reading: Wuhan: What the Markson book tells us in The Saturday Paper
     
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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

mc845435834 ,

One of my favourite podcasts

7am gives a great detailed review of the big issues in Australia. As an Australian living overseas it’s a great way to keep in touch with what is going on at home. Elizabeth is a great interviewer and the people she interviews are true experts. All Australians should have to listen.

Coolguyemoji ,

Interesting, clear and educational

I was so excited to find 7am. Elizabeth is a thoughtful and engaging interviewer and the contributing guests are concise and intelligent in expressing their pieces, made ever easier by Elizabeth’s incredible questions. The 15 or so minutes leaves me wanting more, however not for the lack of content (the episodes are surprisingly jam-packed) but rather that I find myself so engaged, and occasionally inspired, that it can be hard to return to traditional media until the next episode.

If you’re looking for unbiased political analysis, free of all the bells and whistles duct-taped on by major media then this is for you, and the stories covered outside politics are stirring and provocative. 7am is a genuinely powerful podcast that I suggest to anyone that will listen.

Keep up the good work!

matty2010 ,

Thoughtful and insightful!

Fantastic coverage and analysis of Australian news. Daily episodes are perfect for the commute. 💯🔥💯🔥

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