A High Court decision ruling indefinite detention unlawful – leading to the release of 148 immigration detainees, some of whom are criminals – has sparked weeks of toxic political debate about refugees. In the last few days, the government raced to pass new immigration laws that will put an end to it, but the style of debate has already caused damage. So, what have we learned from the debacle, and did Australia miss an opportunity to have a conversation about our hardline immigration policy? Today, contributing editor of The Politics for The Monthly online, Rachel Withers, on how parliament ended the year on ugly scenes. Socials: Stay in touch with us on Twitter and Instagram Guest: Contributing editor of The Politics for The Monthly online, Rachel Withers
The ceasefire between Israel and Hamas is well and truly over, with the war expanding to include southern Gaza, where many have already fled to escape the destruction in the north. Meanwhile, prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu finds himself in disagreement with Israel’s biggest supporter, the US, over what should happen after the war ends. So how significant is tension between the US and Israel? And could it limit how long the conflict can go on? Today, Middle East correspondent for The Economist Gregg Carlstrom, on the reality of the war since the ceasefire ended. Socials: Stay in touch with us on Twitter and Instagram Guest: Middle East correspondent for The Economist Gregg Carlstrom
It had been over 10 years since anyone in the state of Tasmania was sentenced to prison for protesting. But that all changed when Colette Harmsen faced court this year. After racking up 22 arrests, a magistrate put her behind bars. Even as an increasing number of climate protestors face prosecution, Colette’s story shows that some activists aren’t backing down. Today, contributor to The Saturday Paper Elfy Scott, on the woman who isn’t deterred by jail time and whether direct action leads to meaningful change. You can read Elfy Scott’s piece in The Saturday Paper this coming weekend. Socials: Stay in touch with us on Twitter and Instagram Guest: Contributor to The Saturday Paper, Elfy Scott
In Australia, where a person went to school increasingly tells a story about their privilege, class and academic opportunity. While the majority of Australians go through the public school system, pending research reveals that the majority of our politicians did not. So, which politicians went to private schools, and is their lack of lived experience in public education holding back reforms to the sector? Today, national correspondent for The Saturday Paper, Mike Seccombe, on why the gap between public and private schools in Australia is widening. Socials: Stay in touch with us on Twitter and Instagram Guest: National correspondent for The Saturday Paper, Mike Seccombe
In searching for the truth, the defamation trial between Bruce Lehrmann and Network Ten has been defined by the discovery of lies. In the witness box, Lehrmann admitted to lying multiple times over the course of the saga. Lehrmann says the lies don’t change his biggest claim – that he did not sexually assault Brittany Higgins – but the evidence has revealed new insights into that night in Canberra in 2019 that have reverberated through the media, law and politics ever since. Today, senior reporter for The Saturday Paper Rick Morton, on the lies, the truth and the reputations hanging in the balance. Socials: Stay in touch with us on Twitter and Instagram Guest: Senior reporter for The Saturday Paper, Rick Morton.
A 14th century monastery in Bhutan might be the least likely place to find a hive of busy Wikipedia editors, but for Bunty Avieson, it was the perfect setting for a project in improving media literacy among local nuns, and preserving an under-documented culture online. The rigours of editing Wikipedia offered a new path of enlightenment for both the teacher and her class of Bhutanese nuns, as they worked to bring the country’s culture and traditions to local as well as global readers. Today, senior lecturer in Media at the University of Sydney, Bunty Avieson will be reading her piece from a recent edition of The Saturday Paper. Socials: Stay in touch with us on Twitter and Instagram Guest: Senior lecturer in Media at the University of Sydney, Bunty Avieson
Around the turn of the century, Rupert’s empire hits a peak. But he’s about to face two of the biggest crises of his career - the phone hacking scandal and the downfall of Roger Ailes. To survive them he'll use his two most loyal assets - his sons, Lachlan and James. Paddy investigates the fraught relationship between Rupert and his two potential heirs. He explains how Lachlan ultimately won out, while James abandoned the family altogether.
Over the past few years, Australia’s immigration detention policy, which was once the feature of political debates and elections, has stopped making front page news. That’s until a recent high court decision deemed Australia’s indefinite detention policy unlawful, leading to the release of over 140 people who had been in indefinite immigration detention. It’s a decision that has sparked a scramble among Labor to come up with an immigration policy that is legal. Today, columnist for The Saturday Paper Paul Bongiorno on calls for more accountability in Australia’s hardline immigration regime. Socials: Stay in touch with us on Twitter and Instagram Guest: Columnist for The Saturday Paper, Paul Bongiorno.
Australia has one of the most expensive housing markets in the world, with values soaring much faster than wages. This has altered Australian society, increased inequality and profoundly changed the relationship between generations. So, where did things go so wrong, and can we ever go back to normal? Today, finance journalist and author of the latest Quarterly Essay, ‘The Great Divide on Australia’s housing mess and how to fix it’, Alan Kohler. Socials: Stay in touch with us on Twitter and Instagram Guest: Finance journalist, Alan Kohler.
Critics say Australia may be the world’s most secretive democracy, with a patchwork of laws and obstacles standing in the way of transparency and press freedom. The Albanese government has recognised this, releasing a review to clean up Australia’s secrecy laws. So, will it fix them, or is it just a band-aid solution? Today, chief political correspondent for The Saturday Paper Karen Middleton, on Australia’s secrecy laws and whether the government’s overhaul will go far enough. Socials: Stay in touch with us on Twitter and Instagram Guest: Chief political correspondent for The Saturday Paper, Karen Middleton
The first brief ceasefire has taken effect in the war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. As the shooting stops, families are being reunited, as hostages are freed and civilian prisoners are released from behind bars. But meanwhile, decisions are being made about when and how the fighting will resume. Today, contributor to The Saturday Paper and Middle East correspondent for The Economist Gregg Carlstrom, on the ceasefire, how long it could hold and what will happen when the war continues. Socials: Stay in touch with us on Twitter and Instagram Guest: Contributor to The Saturday Paper and Middle East correspondent for The Economist Gregg Carlstrom.
At the shareholders meetings for News Corp and Fox Corporation this month, for the first time, Rupert Murdoch wasn’t the star of the show. The meetings signified that the transition of power from the 92-year old mogul to his eldest son, Lachlan, is complete. So, how has Lachlan used his first moments of power? And what were Rupert Murdoch’s parting words to end his 70-year-long media career? Today, host of Schwartz Media podcast Rupert: The Last Mogul and contributor to The Saturday Paper, Paddy Manning, on what’s in store for the next era of the Murdoch empire. Socials: Stay in touch with us on Twitter and Instagram Guest: Author of The Successor, Paddy Manning.
By the 1990s, Rupert is cemented as one of the world’s most powerful and divisive men, but his unrelenting drive is beginning to take a toll. As Rupert makes his home in America, Paddy takes a closer look at two of his most consequential relationships. There is his alliance with the man behind Fox News, Roger Ailes. Then there is his 30-year marriage to his second wife, Anna Murdoch. One will lift Rupert to new heights of influence; the other will crumble, but not without a parting shot.
As climate change threatens to sink small and vulnerable countries, large and powerful ones are seeing an opportunity. The climate crisis is giving them the chance to increase their influence, access to valuable resources and military reach. As Australia enters a new agreement with one of our pacific neighbours facing climate disaster – are we really helping them, or are we just helping ourselves? Today, national correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe, on the agreement between Australia and Tuvalu. Socials: Stay in touch with us on Twitter and Instagram Guest: National correspondent for The Saturday Paper, Mike Seccombe
Israel’s government has agreed to a four-day ceasefire with Hamas in exchange for the release of 50 hostages held in Gaza – but promises to push ahead with military operations after the pause ends. The agreement falls short of the total ceasefire that protesters have been calling for. In Australia, the government has found itself delicately balancing its support for Israel with its concerns over the civilian death toll from the war. So, is the government striking the right balance or is it equivocating? Today, chief political correspondent for The Saturday Paper Karen Middleton, on the protests, the parliament and the challenges facing Foreign Minister Penny Wong. Socials: Stay in touch with us on Twitter and Instagram Guest: Chief political correspondent for The Saturday Paper, Karen Middleton
David McBride is the first Australian who could face jail in relation to alleged Australian war crimes in Afghanistan. But McBride isn’t who committed these crimes, he’s just the person who leaked documents containing allegations to journalists. Last week, after a dramatic attempt to keep his legal defence alive, McBride ultimately decided to plead guilty. Today, contributor to The Saturday Paper Chris Wallace, on what the failure of David McBride’s case means for truth and transparency in Australia. Socials: Stay in touch with us on Twitter and Instagram Guest: Contributor to The Saturday Paper, Chris Wallace
The royal commission into the robo-debt scheme delivered 57 recommendations to the government in July. Four months later, the Albanese government has given its response, insisting it is acting to ensure that nothing like the "shameful" robo-debt scandal ever happens again. The government says it has accepted, in full or in principle, “all 56” of the commissioner’s recommendations. So why has the government chosen to not only ignore the last recommendation, but to pretend it doesn’t exist? Today, senior reporter for The Saturday Paper Rick Morton on a serious flaw in the robo-debt response. Socials: Stay in touch with us on Twitter and Instagram Guest: Senior reporter for The Saturday Paper, Rick Morton.
In the spring of 2012, an unarmed Afghan villager, Ali Jan, was allegedly kicked off a cliff by Ben Roberts-Smith, who then purportedly directed another soldier to execute him. That allegation was central to the landmark defamation action brought by Roberts-Smith, where the court found it to be “substantially true”. Roberts-Smith has appealed that decision and the allegations have never been proven to a standard that would be required in a criminal trial. The government has said it plans to compensate the families of victims of alleged Afghanistan war crimes, but 11 years after his murder, Ali Jan’s widow says she’s still awaiting justice. Today, contributor to The Saturday Paper Michelle Dimasi on what Australia owes the family of Ali Jan. Socials: Stay in touch with us on Twitter and Instagram Guest: Contributor to The Saturday Paper, Michelle Dimasi.
Today on the show, Author and founder of AIME (the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience) Jack Manning Bancroft. Published on the day of the referendum for an Indigenous Voice to Parliament, Jack’s piece is a statement on the continuing power of Indigenous knowledge systems, despite the long shadow of a failed referendum outcome. Jack will read his story, ‘The Indigenous Knowledges Systems Lab’.. Socials: Stay in touch with us on Twitter and Instagram Guest: Founder of AIME, Jack Manning Bancroft
Off-the-record lunches, handwritten notes and a bouquet of red roses mark Rupert’s secret friendship with Britain’s most controversial PM, Margaret Thatcher. She helps drive Rupert to become the most powerful media mogul in the commonwealth. Together they will stoke wars against enemies both foreign and within. With Thatcher’s support, Rupert will pull off his most daring piece of business, and arguably the most cruel. Paddy pieces together the evidence that binds them together and examines the scars they left behind.