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In a wide ranging report released on Wednesday night entitled Covid-19: Make it the Last Pandemic, the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response made a number of recommendations to battle the current global health situation and ensure it doesn’t happen again. Among the recommendations is giving the World Health Organisation more power to announce disease outbreaks without first getting permission from the host country and that wealthy nations should donate vaccinations to poorer countries to stop new variants of COVID-19 from developing. Today on Please Explain health reporter Mary Ward joins Nathanael Cooper to bring us up to date on the current situation with the coronavirus pandemic and vaccines. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has delivered his third federal budget - in which the government has run up eye watering amounts of debt while making serious investments in areas including aged care, child care and mental health. Today on Please Explain, Tory Maguire is joined by chief political correspondent David Crowe and senior economics correspondent Shane Wright for their insight into the 2021 federal budget. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
After a two-and-a-half week retrial in the New South Wales District Court, footballer Jack de Belin and Callan Sinclair face the prospect of a third trial on charges of sexual assault after the jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict. The pair are accused of raping a woman in the early hours of December 9, 2018, and first faced trial on five counts each of aggravated sexual assault at the end of 2020. That trial also ended in a hung jury. On Monday, the jury in the second trial found the pair not guilty of one charge each, relating to a sexual act allegedly performed by Mr de Belin, but were unable to reach a unanimous or majority verdict on the remaining charges. Judge Nicole Noman stood the case over to May 28 for the prosecution to consider its position, and decide whether to bring about a third trial. Today on Please Explain court reporter Georgina Mitchell joins Nathanael Cooper to tell us more about the case. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The Star Entertainment group has proposed a $12 billion merger with James Packer’s Crown Resorts. Star thinks its track record of operating casinos in Sydney, Brisbane and The Gold Coast puts it in a great position to help Crown out of its regulatory woes. In February, Crown was found unfit to operate its new casino at Sydney’s Barangaroo after evidence of money-laundering in its casinos and other probity failures emerged in the long-running Bergin inquiry. Today on Please Explain, Tory Maguire speaks with business columnist Elizabeth Knight about what a Star-Crown merger could mean for James Packer’s beleaguered casino group. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Today on Please Explain, Tory Maguire speaks with The Age's state political editor, Annika Smethurst, who wrote that shock findings from a leaked report on the failures of the Victorian hotel quarantine system will only add to the breakdown of trust between Australians and the people we choose to lead us - trust that had actually grown in 2020 during the height of the pandemic crisis. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
NSW Police arrested four men on Wednesday over the alleged kidnap and assault of former international cricketer Stuart MacGill. It's alleged Mr MacGill was confronted in Cremorne by the brother of his partner on April 14 before being forced into a vehicle and driven more than 60 kilometres to a property, where three men allegedly assaulted him and threatened him with a firearm. He was dumped by his alleged kidnappers later in Belmore. Six days later, the incident was reported to police, who have charged the men for their alleged crimes. Today on Please Explain, Nathanael Cooper is joined by crime reporter Fergus Hunter to find out more about this bizarre series of events. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The COVID-19 situation in India is getting more grim as each day passes, and Australia’s response - cancelling all flights from there and threatening Australian citizens with jail if they try to come home, has certainly caused enormous distress to the Indian community here. Around 9000 Australians have registered with DFAT that they want to return from India, which has now reached 20 million cases and more than 200,000 deaths - figures widely believed to be massively under reported. Today on Please Explain, Tory Maguire speaks with health reporter Rachel Clun about the increasingly dire COVID-19 situation in India and the Australians who have been left to fend for themselves. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
In a speech to special forces soldiers last year, Major-General Adam Findlay told his troops they must prepare for the high likelihood of conflict with China. Major General Findlay, who was the commander of the special forces at the time but has since stepped down, said China was already engaged in grey zone conflict, or conflict that occurs in the area between war and peace. The leak of the speech he made comes as the Department of Home Affairs secretary warned the “drums of war” were beating and the Australian government’s language on China has hardened. Today on Please Explain, Nathanael Cooper is joined by foreign affairs and national security correspondent Anthony Galloway to look at the growing tensions between Australia and China. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Millions of dollars of mining royalty payments are feared to have been squandered and special administrators are scrambling to unravel a maze of entities associated with one of the country’s most prominent native title organisations. The Adnyamathanha Traditional Lands Association (ATLA), was set up in 2001 to look after the interests of some 3000 Adnyamathanha people over 41,000 square kilometres in the Flinders Ranges in South Australia. Today on Please Explain, Tory Maguire speaks with investigative journalist Adele Ferguson, who travelled to South Australia to look into just one example of the endemic and unique challenges faced by many Indigenous organisations across the country. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Today on Please Explain, the Herald’s Education Editor Jordan Baker joins Tory Maguire to look at the reaction to recommended changes to school curriculum. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Ahead of the next federal budget, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has used a speech in Canberra to outline the government’s intentions to drive the unemployment rate below five per cent, after previously setting the target at six per cent, a level not seen since the mining boom in the mid-2000s. Mr Frydenberg said next month’s budget was designed to continue to drive unemployment levels lower, arguing higher workforce participation inevitably increases tax receipts which supports the budget bottom line. Today on Please Explain, senior economics reporter Shane Wright and host Nathanael Cooper look at this major shift in both rhetoric and budget policy. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
A recording of Prime Minister Scott Morrison discussing his deeply held Christian faith at a conference in Brisbane last week burst on to social media with quite a bang on Monday. Mr Morrison discussed the role of what he called “the evil one” in social media, and how he practices “laying on of hands” when meeting with the public. On this episode of Please Explain, Tory Maguire discusses religion in politics with chief political correspondent David Crowe, who wrote that it would have been better if the speech had not been kept secret, but that some of the reaction to it has been very disrespectful. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Two men from the New South Wales mid-north coast have been charged after allegedly sending NRL star Latrell Mitchell abusive and racist messages on social media earlier this month. After receiving the messages, the 23-year-old Rabbotoh’s star alerted his management and asked them to involve authorities leading to detectives from the fixated persons unit charging a 22-year-old from Mitchell’s hometown of Taree and a 25-year-old Lake Munmorah man with using a carriage service to menace, harass or cause offence. Both will face court in May. Yesterday, Mitchell held a press conference to call out the racist abuse and encourage others to come forward against internet trolls. Today on Please Explain rugby league reporter Christian Nicolussi joins Nathanael Cooper to discuss the racism faced by NRL players in Australia. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The second wave of COVID-19 has hit India hard. With daily new infection rates of more than 300,000, hospitals are completely overrun, the country’s oxygen supply is in peril and there are fears the real death toll is much greater than reported. Today on Please Explain, Tory Maguire speaks with world editor Michelle Griffin about the devastating impact of this second wave for India, and the far reaching consequences for the reopening of the Asia-Pacific region and the rest of the world. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
On Sunday evening in the US, Monday morning Australian time, the 93rd Academy Awards will get underway. This year’s Oscars come as America’s film industry wrestles with the continuing effects of the pandemic which delayed movie releases and shut cinemas. Many of the best-picture nominees aren’t as high-profile as previous years with some released onto streaming services. Today on Please Explain, David King speaks with LA-based Culture Editor-at-Large Michael Idato about how the 2021 Oscars awards ceremony will be quite different as organisers seek to run a COVID-safe event that will still provide viewers a visual spectacle. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
This week Prime Minister Scott Morrison gave a speech to the Business Council of Australia in which he seemed to edge closer to committing Australia to meet a net zero emissions by 2050 goal.  The government has committed $500 million to developing renewable energy, including controversial carbon capture and storage technology.  But it still faces international pressure for more action, pressure which is expected to ramp up this week at the virtual greenhouse summit headed by US President Joe Biden.  Today on Please Explain, Jacqueline Maley speaks with national climate and environment editor Nick O’Malley about what exactly is happening with Australia’s emissions reduction and energy policy. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
This week The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald launched the Resolve Political Monitor. RPM is a broad and deep set of survey research about how our political leaders and parties are travelling with voters. The results have been published in a new data centre where readers can explore many different metrics broken down by segments including age, geographical area and gender. On this episode of Please Explain, Tory Maguire joins chief political correspondent David Crowe and Resolve Strategic’s Jim Reed to delve into what the Resolve Political Monitor says about the Australian people. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
For the first time in five decades there are now no Australian news outlets with a correspondent in the People’s Republic of China. Mike Smith, from The Australian Financial Review, fled his Shanghai home late last year after he and ABC reporter Bill Birtles came under an unacceptable level of pressure from Chinese authorities. His new book, The Last Correspondent, describes his dramatic exit from the country as well as what life is like for people in a country that's seen huge political and social upheaval in the last two decades. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Today, The Sydney Morning Herald is 190 years old. The newspaper, then known as The Herald, first rolled off the presses six years before the crowning of Queen Victoria. Nearly two centuries later we have the largest audience of any Australian newspaper, in print and online. On this episode of Please Explain, Tory Maguire and the Herald’s editor Lisa Davies discuss how The Sydney Morning Herald has combined fierce protection of its journalistic heritage with the innovations that a modern newsroom demands. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
It will be 20 years in September since then-Australian prime minister John Howard pledged open ended support for US military action in Afghanistan after the September 11 terror attacks. In that time, 41 Australian soldiers have died in the longest war Australia has ever fought. There are currently 80 Australian military personnel still there, but after US President Joe Biden announced he would withdraw American forces, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has followed suit. On this episode of Please Explain, Tory Maguire speaks national security and foreign affairs reporter Anthony Galloway about the end of Australia’s involvement in the Afghanistan war. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
We’re 100 days out from the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics and the list of things we still don’t know about what the games will look like is long. Japan’s vaccine rollout has been slower than games organisers would like, and there has been a recent surge in cases. Questions also hang over the possible vaccination of the Australian team. On this episode of Please Explain, Tory Maguire speaks with North Asia correspondent Eryk Bagshaw about the state of the Tokyo Olympics. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Former Australia Post Chief Executive Christine Holgate, who sensationally lost her job last November after it was revealed she had gifted four Cartier watches to some of her executives two years prior, yesterday grabbed her chance to speak out on the issue with both hands. In a Senate Estimates hearing Ms Holgate accused Prime Minister Scott Morrison of bullying her out of her job, said that during the scandal she had become suicidal, and that the chair of Australia Post should resign. Today on Please Explain, Tory Maguire speaks with federal political reporter Lisa Visentin about Ms Holgate’s accusation of bullying by the Prime Minister. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Today on Please Explain, Tory Maguire is joined by deputy editor of The Age, Michael Bachelard, to discuss the investigations into Australia's most decorated soldier, Ben Roberts-Smith. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Prince Harry has arrived in the United Kingdom ahead of his grandfather Prince Philip’s imminent funeral. The news coverage since the 99-year-old’s death on Friday has been so intense the BBC had to remove its online complaints form after a deluge of feedback over its extensive programming. In contrast, just 30 royal family members will be allowed to attend the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral at the historic St George’s Chapel later in the week under COVID-19 rules. Today on Please Explain, national editor Tory Maguire and Europe correspondent Bevan Shields discuss how Britain is combining national mourning with a COVID-19 lockdown. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
In April 1991 federal court judge James Henry Muirhead handed his final report from the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. The report made more than 300 recommendations to prevent the abnormally high number of deaths of Indigenous people during arrest, pursuit, remand or in prison. Since the royal commission another 470 Indigenous people have died in custody including five in March this year. Today on Please Explain Nathanael Cooper talks to Gamilaroi women Brooke Boney about the complex and sensitive issue of Indigenous deaths in custody. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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Created by
The Age and Sydney Morning Herald
Podcast Status
Active
Started
Sep 17th, 2018
Latest Episode
May 13th, 2021
Release Period
Daily
Episodes
362
Avg. Episode Length
16 minutes
Explicit
No
Order
Episodic
Language
English

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