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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.

    Divisions deepen in National Cabinet

    Divisions deepen in National Cabinet

    The Federal Government has pre-empted its meeting with the states by unilaterally raising the international arrivals cap, letting an additional 2000 Australians back into the country.

    But it’s the states that will have to provide the quarantine facilities and they’re not impressed.

    Meantime, with the budget just a few weeks away, the Morrison Government has begun laying out its energy policy.

    But is gas really the way to power the post-pandemic economic recovery, or should the Government be more focused on renewables?

    • 31 min
    How Victorians really feel about the lockdown

    How Victorians really feel about the lockdown

    If you thought tensions between the Victorian and Federal Government couldn't get any bigger, think again.

    It was a week where the Prime Minister ramped up his attack on Victoria, and compared it to the gold standard of NSW.

    But how were his comments received in Victoria, even though the prism of extended restrictions?

    • 32 min
    A recession is here. How will the Government respond?

    A recession is here. How will the Government respond?

    Australia is officially in recession and it's set to be the deepest one since the Great Depression.

    While the government contends with a 7 per cent contraction in the economy, tensions with the states and China continue to simmer.

    And, an ex-PM makes a comeback (again)

    To unpack it all, PK and Fran are joined by AM host Sabra Lane.

    • 27 min
    Could we be at the polls again within the next 12 months?

    Could we be at the polls again within the next 12 months?

    As Parliament returns it's been a historic week in Canberra, with MPs joining via video link for the first time.

    In the halls of power, our politicians are already discussing the story they'll try to sell at the election with some tipping we could be voting again within a year.

    Outside Canberra, relations between the states and the Federal Government continue to sour and new branch stacking allegations come to light in Victoria.

    To help break it all down PK and Fran and joined by the ABC's Political Editor Andrew Probyn.

    • 30 min
    Wine joins barley in the beef with China

    Wine joins barley in the beef with China

    Barley was first. Then it was beef. Now, it's wine.

    • 35 min
    Lots of COVID. Lots more blame.

    Lots of COVID. Lots more blame.

    Relations between the Federal Government and Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews are getting worse by the day.

    This week has seen a very public spat over mistakes made in the state's hotel quarantine program.

    And what's happened to federation? Australia's states are continuing to keep their borders closed, and will do for the foreseeable future.

    PK and Fran are joined by ABC Melbourne Drive host Raf Epstein to unpack what it means.

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

TJ in CTown ,

Love from the States

I’m an American who wishes our political media could do a show like this. Love ya Fran and PK!

Camden Raynor ,

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!

The Dodg ,

Gold

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