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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.

    Can you have a strong integrity commission without public hearings?

    Can you have a strong integrity commission without public hearings?

    The Opposition has signalled its support for Labor's National Anti-Corruption Commission, welcoming the government's plan to keep hearings private, apart from under "exceptional circumstances".

    Plus, Guardian Australia's Josh Taylor joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas to explain what the Optus data breach means for Australia's cybersecurity and privacy laws.

    • 32 min
    Parliament, protocol and the PM's priorities

    Parliament, protocol and the PM's priorities

    The PM says the Australian republic debate is off the table for this term of government, and a federal integrity commission may not be legislated this year.




    Parliament has been suspended... but there’s plenty still happening!




    Veteran press gallery journalist Malcolm Farr joins Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly with his analysis.

    • 29 min
    Labor's tricky week in foreign affairs

    Labor's tricky week in foreign affairs

    The Albanese Government has come into the parliamentary week off the high of the jobs summit, but risks coming unstuck on foreign policy.




    Chief Political Correspondent for The Conversation, Michelle Grattan, joins Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly's party this week.

    • 34 min
    Jobs summit, the Voice, and the Shaq attack

    Jobs summit, the Voice, and the Shaq attack

    The Albanese Government's jobs and skills summit has kicked off in Canberra, but what does it mean for Australia?

    Guardian Australia's chief political correspondent, Sarah Martin, joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas to explain why it matters. Plus, are the Greens talking down the Indigenous Voice to Parliament?

    • 37 min
    Robodebt, the jobs summit and Morrison's portfolio saga continues

    Robodebt, the jobs summit and Morrison's portfolio saga continues

    What’s Scott Morrison’s future after the secret ministries scandal?




    SBS World News Chief Political Correspondent, Anna Henderson, joins Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas to give the Party Room her analysis on Robodebt, the impending jobs summit, and the portfolio scandal.

    • 37 min
    Why did Scott Morrison pick up five extra portfolios?

    Why did Scott Morrison pick up five extra portfolios?

    Scott Morrison's secret portfolio scandal has shocked both sides of Australian politics this week. But why did the former PM pick up the five extra ministries?

    Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly are joined by news.com.au's Political Editor, Samantha Maiden, to discuss what the saga means for the country.

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

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I feel like I have two close friends whispering in my ears each week about what is driving Australian news, politics and government. Thank you ladies!

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Absolutely phenomenal!

This has quickly become one of my favorite podcasts! When I started listening, I was just an interested American looking to escape our political problems and learn more about Australia. I honestly feel like I now have a halfway decent understanding of the ALP/Coalition dynamic - I can’t wait to be following along with the election with Fran and PK!

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