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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.
Despite its essential service to the country, the Reserve Bank of Australia is rarely acknowledged apart from when it changes official interest rates - largely thanks to three decades of economic growth before last year’s recession. But now the RBA has come under fire from leading economists and monetary policy experts who believe the bank held interest rates too high for too long ahead of the pandemic, contributing to the challenging economic circumstances the country now faces. On this episode of Please Explain, Nathanael Cooper and senior economics correspondent Shane Wright look at the role of the RBA and the calls for a review into its practices. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
After nearly a decade of democratic rule, a military coup in Myanmar on February 1 saw the government overthrown and a state of emergency imposed for one year. The military is now in charge of the country for the first time since 2011. The coup aligned with a general election, which the country’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s NLD party won by a landslide. The military seized power as a new session of parliament was set to open, claiming widespread voter fraud. Today on Please Explain Nathanael Cooper is joined by south-east Asia correspondent Chris Barrett to find out more about the growing unrest in Myanmar. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
On Saturday, Australian fashion industry icon Carla Zampatti died after suffering a serious fall on March 26. Leaders of fashion, politics and the media have paid tribute to the trailblazing pioneer of Australian fashion who’s career spanned more than five decades. Her designs have been worn by the likes of Nicole Kidman and Cate Blanchett, former prime minister Julia Gillard and celebrated chef Nigella Lawson is a fan. Today on Please Explain, Nathanael Cooper and fashion editor Melissa Singer explore the impact and legacy of iconic fashion designer Carla Zampatti. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
After a period of calm around the coronavirus pandemic in Australia, two states have been thrown into uncertainty after the virus leaked into the community again. The new outbreaks have been linked back to hospitals where COVID-19 patients are being treated and spread by un-vaccinated health care workers prompting criticism of Australia’s vaccine rollout which is already well behind schedule. Today on Please Explain, as Queensland and New South Wales grapple with the impacts of the latest coronavirus outbreak, Nathanael Cooper is joined by Mary Ward to look at what has brought us here. 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 7th, 2021
Release Period
Daily
Episodes
358
Avg. Episode Length
16 minutes
Explicit
No
Order
Episodic
Language
English

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