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The gulf between Victoria and the Federal Government is widening as bickering over the pace and priorities of the state’s reopening gets personal. And in senate estimates, the spotlight on a dodgy land deal is prompting fresh calls for a federal anti-corruption body. ABC Political Editor Andrew Probyn joins Fran and PK in the Party Room to dissect the latest developments in #auspol
The Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian are both under incredible pressure. The COVID-19 pandemic has lifted them to national prominence but they’re now both embroiled in accountability issues. Both premiers have survived no confidence motions but are they dispensable or too good to lose? This week Laura Tingle, chief political correspondent with 7.30 joins the Party Room to discuss leadership, integrity and judgement, along with the same old political fights over tax cuts contained in the Federal Budget.
The big sell is on, with the PM and his ministers hitting the airwaves to promote the government’s big-spending budget. But while business is largely on board, unions, community and welfare groups have taken aim at #Budget2020, slamming a lack of support for women and older workers. So what are the economic consequences of the Coalition’s policy choices, and how will the politics play out? Shane Wright, Senior Economics Correspondent with The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, joins Fran and PK on The Party Room.
Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has handed down a budget clearly aimed at getting us all spending. The Government’s economic blueprint includes tax cuts, business investment allowances, an asset write-off and hiring incentives, and will rack up nearly a trillion dollars in net debt. But the Opposition says it delivers insufficient bang for the money spent, with women and older workers left out. In this bonus episode of the Party Room, Fran and PK give their initial assessments of #Budget2020
The Federal Government is laying the groundwork for a budget aimed at rebooting an economy, badly bruised by the coronavirus shutdown. An $18 billion investment in technology to reduce carbon emissions and a $4.5 billion upgrade of the National Broadband Network have already been announced. Wage subsidies, tax cuts and infrastructure are all going to be in the mix too, but will we see the kind of structural reforms economists are crying out for?
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?
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?
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.
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.
Barley was first. Then it was beef. Now, it's wine.
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.
The Federal Government has released figures from Treasury indicating additional restrictions in Victoria will have a huge cost to the national GDP. It's just one of the horror numbers this week from the continuing coronavirus crisis in Victoria. We've also continued to set new daily records for the number of new cases. To help break it all down, PK and Fran and joined by The Australian Financial Review's national affairs columnist Jennifer Hewitt.
With dire numbers coming out of Victoria and a devastating death toll mounting in aged care centres, governments are scrambling to contain COVID-19. Meanwhile, new Closing The Gap targets have been signed off. And Foreign Minister Marise Payne and Defence Minister Linda Reynolds head to the US for AUSMIN talks. To unpack it all, Fran and PK are joined by Peter Hartcher, political editor and international editor of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.
With dire numbers coming out of Victoria and a devastating death toll mounting in aged care centres, governments are scrambling to contain COVID-19. Meanwhile, new Closing The Gap targets have been signed off. And Foreign Minister Marise Payne and Defence Minister Linda Reynolds head to the US for AUSMIN talks. To unpack it all, Fran and PK are joined by Peter Hartcher, political editor and international editor of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.
As budgetary holes go, this is a big one. Australia's budget deficit has hit almost $86 billion last financial year, with the Treasurer Josh Frydenberg revealing the biggest blow to the bottom line since World War II. Coronavirus is being squarely blamed for the budgetary disaster. Luckily The Party Room is back just in time to help break it all down and guide you thought it all. Fran and PK are joined today by Insiders' host David Speers.
As coronavirus restrictions continue to leave thousands of Australians out of work, the Federal Government is racing to keep up with the virus and #flattenthecurve.
Panic buying, event cancellations and looking down the barrel of recession. With the coronavirus putting strain on the community, this health crisis is going to cause serious political and economic problems. Political editor of the Sunday News Corp papers Annika Smethurst joins PK and guest host David Speers.
How does the Morrison Government's $17.6 billion stimulus package affect you? Is it the shot in the arm our economy needs to survive coronavirus and a recession? While the Prime Minister danced around what the pandemic means for the promised Budget surplus, it now seems unlikely. Editor of Guardian Australia Lenore Taylor joins Fran and PK to go through what stimulus means for you.
A lot has happened since The Party Room was at WOMAdelaide last year. Remember those predictions that Labor would win Government? As it turns out, wrong wrong wrong. But never afraid to admit it, The Party Room returns to WOMAdelaide in 2020 to make good. This is a special episode for International Women's Day. Fran and PK talk domestic violence with the Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young and the sports rorts saga with Federal Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie. Plus a whole lot more!
While Australians have been busy buying up toilet paper, our leaders have been battling it out for control of the political message. Anthony Albanese wants to keep the sports rorts saga in the spotlight, but Scott Morrison says Australians are more concerned about coronavirus. Fran and PK are joined by Jennifer Hewett, National Affairs Columnist at the Australian Financial Review.
While Australians have been busy buying up toilet paper, our leaders have been battling it out for control of the political message. Anthony Albanese wants to keep the sports rorts saga in the spotlight, but Scott Morrison says Australians are more concerned about coronavirus. Fran and PK are joined by Jennifer Hewett, National Affairs Columnist at the Australian Financial Review.
Is Coronavirus about to put an end to the Government promised Budget surplus? Has Labor scored an own goal by announcing its climate policy without saying how it'll work? And if that's not enough, the sports funding controversy is never far away. Fran and PK are joined this week by the ABC's political editor Andrew Probyn.
How much do you really know about the sacking of Gough Whitlam on November 11, 1975? You've probably heard his famous "well may we say" speech made on the day he was dismissed. But do you properly understand the extraordinary events leading up to the most dramatic day in Australian political history? How did it happen? For this bonus episode of The Party Room, award-winning ABC journalist Alex Mann joins Fran and PK to tell them all about his new podcast The Eleventh. It's all about the story about what happened November 11, 1975. Listen to The Eleventh for free now on Apple Podcasts, your favourite podcast app, RSS, or find it on the ABC Listen app.
On The Party Room this week, Fran and PK wonder what the Government is up to on climate change. A possible new climate policy has been reported in the papers, but the PM is refusing to say if it's actually a thing. Sydney Morning Herald political and international editor Peter Hartcher joins them to offer his two cents on how he reckons China has played Australia on Coronavirus. And why do politicians always say "that's a really good question"? Are they just being polite or is there another reason?
Guerrilla warfare has broken out in the Nationals' party room. On Monday, Llew O'Brien quit the LNP and defected to the Liberals. Then in a surprise and embarrassing twist for the Government, he was elected as Parliament's Deputy Speaker with Labor's help. And it's not over for the Nats, with talk of another leadership spill. 7.30's Chief Political Correspondent Laura Tingle joins The Party Room podcast this week.
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Created by
ABC Radio
Podcast Status
Active
Started
Apr 8th, 2016
Latest Episode
Oct 22nd, 2020
Release Period
Weekly
Episodes
192
Avg. Episode Length
28 minutes
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