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The Columnist writes about a new survey that shows most Australians can't cook, and talks to one of Australia’s best storytellers — Adam Shand — about why he can do most things but still can’t boil an egg.   Tell Justin your story at justinsmi
Shane Warne is dead. The Columnist writes about why Warnie meant so much to us, and he speaks with entertainment reporter Peter Ford about the thousands of messages he got from the spin king over the years.  Tell Justin your story at justinsmi
The first rule of Fight Club is never talk about fight club. The first rule of censorship is to make people afraid to speak. The Columnist writes about the Chinese government rewriting of a cult movie, and two examples of free speech getting tr
Following violent protests at Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance, former Prime Minister Tony Abbott supported the louts. The Columnist calls on him to resign his commission on the board of the Australian War Memorial.  Tell Justin your story at
There’s a push to drop the compulsory prayer in parliament, and The Columnist writes about why it should go and picks a fight with someone who’s praying it stays.  Tell Justin your story at [email protected] The Columnist is a podca
After a couple of embarrassing political radio interviews, there’s been a shift in power from the AM stations to the FM. And The Columnist wrote about what it might mean to politicians who just thought it was all a bit of fun.  Tell Justin you
Only in Australia can a backbench MP for a minor party become the Acting Prime Minister in 24 hours. The Columnist writes about the crazy and blustering world of Barnaby Joyce, and talks with Seven News political editor Mark Riley. Tell Justin
The Australian government has been keeping a family in detention on Christmas Island for years. One of the children has become sick. The Columnist talks to the people trying to free them, and he writes about the deep shame that comes with locki
The trams of Melbourne are a beautiful thing, but they’re more dangerous than ever before. The Columnist has been writing about this risky icon.  Tell Justin your story at [email protected] The Columnist is a podcast designed to hel
In a Melbourne court, two modern day slave owners have been granted bail. The Columnist wrote about how the system buggered it up so badly.   Tell Justin your story at [email protected] The Columnist is a podcast designed to help u
After a long battle, there’s finally going to be a royal commission into the suicides of Australian veterans. The Columnist has been part of the fight, but he discovers that it’s from over.  Tell Justin your story at [email protected]
The people who give out the Order of Australian honours have had a bad run, and The Columnist thinks they're only one stuff-up away from destruction. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The Columnist is weary of the Prime Minister explaining what his job isn’t, rather than what it is. And hours after his column was published, the PM hosted one of the worst political press conferences in living memory.  Tell Justin your story
The Columnist went to the March 4 Justice. Not to write and not to talk, just to listen.  WARNING: This episode contains discussion of rape and sexual assault.  Tell Justin your story at [email protected] The Columnist is a podcast
This time last year, we could have used a laugh, but the cancelling of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival added to our COVID induced disappointments. Now it’s back, and The Columnist talks with Festival Director Susan Provan and comedi
The Columnist writes about Facebook — the tech giant who switched off Australia’s news feeds with all the sophistication of a nanna unplugging a kettle. And he spoke with former Facebook boss of Australia and New Zealand, Stephen Scheeler.  Te
The Australian Prime Minister holds a press conference after an allegation of rape surfaces against a former Liberal staff member. At the press conference, he mentions his daughters, and he gets belted for using the “father of daughters” line.
After the Margaret Court debate, there could not be two more opposing sides than Shane Stone — the Chair of the Order of Australia Council — and the Columnist — who broke the story of Court’s award days before the official announcement. But the
The Columnist broke a major story when he revealed the plans to award a controversial sportsperson with Australia’s highest honour.  Tell Justin your story at [email protected] The Columnist is a podcast designed to help us understa
An iconic Australian brand has changed its name, following a long campaign over its racist double-meaning. The Columnist went searching for the people who carried the same name.  Tell Justin your story at [email protected] The Colum
Seven horses have been killed in the running of the Melbourne Cup in just the last seven years. The Columnist writes about how the “race that stops a nation” might just stop if it doesn’t keep fixed.  Tell Justin your story at justinsmithwords
The Columnist writes about the election that history will not forget, and the tale of two juniors — one is about to be President and the other certainly plans to.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
After viewing shocking CCTV footage, The Columnist writes about another injustice in our courts. And he meets a woman who has found a mighty voice. Tell Justin your story at [email protected] The Columnist is a podcast designed to h
With COVD restrictions lifting in his home town, The Columnist speaks with a hairdresser who’s just been fined $10,000 for opening on the weekend.  Tell Justin your story at [email protected] The Columnist is a podcast designed to h
The Caribbean country of Barbados is soon to become a republic. The Columnist wonders why we can’t find the passion to do the same in Australian, and he talks with the former High Commissioner of Barbados to the UK.  Tell Justin your story at
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