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Everything you need to know about Australian public policy in just 20 minutes. Grattan Institute is dedicated to developing high quality public policy for Australia’s future. Our podcasts cover a range of public policy topics focusing on the main issues facing Australia. Our podcasts concentrate on budget policy, economic growth, energy, health, institutional reform, household finances, school education, transport and cities.
 
The Lowy Institute is an independent, nonpartisan international policy think tank located in Sydney, Australia. The Institute provides high-quality research and distinctive perspectives on foreign policy trends shaping Australia and the world. We host podcasts with high-level guest speakers as well as our own experts. Essential listening for anyone seeking to better understand foreign policy challenges!
 
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Australia’s governance is going backwards. Without change, there is little prospect for many substantial policy reforms that would increase Australian prosperity. Should we pine for the golden years of Australian policy reform, or is there a way forward from here? Listen to Grattan’s founding CEO, John Daley, in conversation with Kat Clay, Head of …
 
In this episode of Lowy Institute Conversations, Director of Public Opinion and Foreign Policy Natasha Kassam talks with Michelle Grattan, Chief Political Correspondent at the Conversation, and Katharine Murphy, Political Editor of Guardian Australia. They discuss how Australian foreign policy has played a changing role in Australian politics, how …
 
Social media giant Instagram has bowed to public pressure, introducing default privacy protections for its teenage users. Now, younger users who sign up will automatically be given a "private" account, which means the account holder has to approve people who want to follow and see their content.
 
Five years after a Royal Commission revealed systemic abuse at youth detention centres, the Northern Territory Government has been forced to pay $35 million dollars in compensation. Critics say it's a lie that the Territory government is enacting the Commission's recommendations.
 
At the age of 14, Aussie skateboarding star Poppy Starr Olsen became the number one female bowl skater in the country, Now aged 21 and ranked fourth in the world, the Newcastle local is eyeing off an Olympic medal in Tokyo and is the subject of a documentary, 'Tall Poppy: Story of a Skater'.
 
The COVID disaster payments have been increased to a similar level as JobKeeper, but it's as if the Federal Government was "shamed" by the NSW Government into providing the extra support. The Political Editor for Channel Ten and columnist for The Australian Peter Van Onselen joins RN Breakfast to discuss the latest developments in federal politics.…
 
With Greater Sydney's lockdown extended until at least the end of August, the state and federal governments are increasing their COVID Disaster Payments for hundreds of thousands of businesses.There's been some criticism surrounding the eligibility criteria of the payments, but Senator Bridget McKenzie says that during this pandemic, she'd rather b…
 
Qantas is currently surveying staff to see how many are vaccinated against COVID-19 and CEO Alan Joyce says the company is considering making the jab mandatory for its aviation workers. The company has also warned its employees that if lockdowns continue, it will have to consider standing more staff down.…
 
This week, the US Congress has heard disturbing testimony from police officers who defended the Capitol Building during the January 6 riots.A new book from Washington Post journalists Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker says at the time, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, feared President Trump would attempt a "Reichstag mo…
 
ASIC chair Joe Longo says confronting the pandemic and easing the escalating economic crisis is the biggest immediate challenge for the corporate regulator, saying it's "all hands on deck". In an exclusive interview, Mr Longo defended ASIC's decision to scrap its criminal pursuit of wealth manager AMP and warns the rise of cryptocurrencies is "a si…
 
Come Saturday, at least some tradies will be able to return to work with the government allowing most construction to resume. Building workers who live in the 8 local government areas with the tightest restrictions are not allowed to work, but outside of those areas, some building work can go ahead under strict COVID safe measures.…
 
In this episode of Lowy Institute Conversations, Research Fellow, Jennifer Hsu talks with Sophie McNeill, Australia researcher for Human Rights Watch and formerly an investigative reporter with ABC TV’s Four Corners program. They discuss how the Chinese government, despite being thousands of kilometres from Australia, has sought to influence and ce…
 
The Perth Casino Royal Commission is looking whether Crown, which owns and operates the Burswood casino, is suitable to hold a gaming licence in Western Australia. It handed its interim report to the state government last month but that report hasn't yet been made public.
 
Thousands of home care workers, who provide support for vulnerable older Australians in their homes, remain unvaccinated months into the rollout. One agency says just 5 per cent of its staff are fully vaccinated and providers are urging the government to help them protect their workforce and clients.…
 
A poll out in the Australian Financial Review shows voters in NSW think their Premier is doing a better job than the Prime Minister at handling the pandemic, but NSW's outbreak has shifted the political attitude about COVID control measures - the new 'gold standard' is the hard and fast lockdown. The chief political correspondent with The Financial…
 
Authorities in Sydney are renewing calls for people living in hotspot areas to get their COVID-19 vaccine after the state recorded 172 new cases yesterday - the highest number since the outbreak began. Professor Kristine Macartney says it's "absolutely critical" people in hotspot areas get vaccinated to give the state the best chance of coming out …
 
So far at the Tokyo Olympics, two teams - Bermuda and Philippines - have won their first ever Olympic gold medals.But one of the big stories of the Games is Kosovo, which has announced itself as a judo powerhouse in only its second Olympics, thanks to the work of a judoka whose career was interrupted by civil war.…
 
Western Sydney has become an area of particular concern in the NSW outbreak, including a unit block in Blacktown, which has been sent into lockdown after six residents tested positive. More than 100 people have been barred from leaving the complex and police and security have been stationed outside until further notice.…
 
Over the weekend, the women's 4x100 metre relay team won Australia's first Gold Medal in the pool - even breaking their own world record. The team made up of Bronte Campbell, Cate Campbell, Emma McKeon and Meg Harris finished in a stunning three minutes and 29.78 seconds ahead of Canada and the USA.
 
Channel 7's investment in the broadcast rights of the Tokyo Olympics are dominating ratings and breaking streaming records. But while Channel 7 is seeing a boost, other TV channels are also getting audiences - could the Olympics be bringing people back to free-to-air television?
 
Children as young as 10 can be jailed in Australia but Indigenous and human rights advocates have long been campaigning to change that, pushing to raise the age from 10 to 14.But a year ago, a meeting of Australian attorneys-general decided to defer a decision on raising the age of criminality and no commitment to reform has been made since.…
 
There are calls for vaccine generosity as New South Wales records two more deaths from the Delta outbreak. Infection control expert Professor Mary-Louise McLaws says that Pfizer doses should go to NSW and Victoria because their outbreaks represent more than half of all Australian cases to date, and says this would also benefit other states and terr…
 
Labor's learned the lessons from the last election and has simplified its approach to tax policy; they're not going to go to the next election with a high tax message. The chief political correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age David Crowe joins RN Breakfast to discuss the latest developments in federal politics.…
 
After months of internal debate, Labor has agreed to support the third stage tax cuts and has formally dumped the planned changes to negative gearing and capital gains that it took the last two elections. Shadow Finance Minister Katy Gallagher says the policies will give voters clarity and certainty during the turmoil of the COVID-19 pandemic.…
 
Should people with solar panels on their roof be charged if they pump electricity into the grid during times when there's already an abundance of supply? That's part of a controversial set of proposals from the Australian Energy Market Commission, and new research finds the majority of Australians support the idea.…
 
The government of Iran is struggling to contain growing anger over water shortages, as protests in the country's south-west entered their second week.The shortage is being blamed on government mismanagement of resources in Khuzestan Province, and an expert says this should serve as a warning to other nations.…
 
Tobacco giant Philip Morris has announced it will stop selling cigarettes in Britain within the next ten years. The company says it wants to phase out traditional cigarette smoking and offer less harmful alternatives as part of a long-term strategy to rebrand itself as a 'wellness company', but the announcement has been met with scepticism.…
 
More than 50 specialist Australian firefighters are travelling to Canada to help exhausted and overstretched fire services across the country. An extended drought and heatwaves across north-western America is causing dangerous fire conditions in British Columbia and Ontario provinces, where hundreds of separate fires have broken out and thousands o…
 
The United Nations says it's closely monitoring the escalating political crisis in Tunisia after the country's President sacked the Prime Minister and suspended Parliament.The political turmoil follows weeks of violent protests in several Tunisian cities over the government's handling of the COVID pandemic and the economy.…
 
New South Wales has recorded two more deaths as it battles the country's worst outbreak of the Delta variant, with Premier Gladys Berejiklian asking other states to hand over more Pfizer doses to rush vaccines to COVID hotspots. Immunologist and Nobel laureate, Peter Doherty says that vaccines can provide assistance but take at least four to eight …
 
Coalition MP George Christensen has voiced support for the illegal anti-lockdown rallies in Sydney and Melbourne, saying that the civil disobedience is "moral" and "the only response to laws that restrict freedom".Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce says while he doesn't agree with George Christensen, has has every right to express such views.…
 
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