Episodes 44

February 3, 2020

The summer bushfires have shocked Australia and the world. Q+A returns with new host Hamish Macdonald for an important conversation in Queanbeyan about how these communities are recovering and what they want from our leaders. Joining him live from Bega are: Kristy McBain, Mayor of Bega Valley Shire; Andrew Constance, Member for Bega; Victor Steffensen, Indigenous fire practitioner; Cheryl McCarthy, Far South Coast Director, Surf Life Saving NSW; Michael Mann, renowned US climate scientist; and Jim Molan, Liberal Senator for NSW.

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February 10, 2020

Hamish Macdonald hosts a conversation on climate solutions. Joining him live in Melbourne to discuss how businesses and individuals are tackling the climate challenge are: Osher Günsberg, TV and radio host; Jennifer Westacott, Business Council of Australia CEO; Sophia Hamblin Wang, Sustainability entrepreneur; Matt Evans, chef and farmer; and Audrey Zibelman, Australian Energy Market Operator CEO. There is also a musical performance from Paul Kelly.

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Trust

February 17, 2020

Joining Hamish Macdonald in Melbourne to discuss the topic of trust are: Katie Allen, Liberal MP for Higgins; Clare O'Neil, Shadow Minister for Innovation, Technology and the Future of Work; Jacqui Lambie, Independent Senator; Jack Manning Bancroft, Founder and CEO of Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience; and Simon McKeon, Investment banker and former Australian of the Year. Hamish also interviews Simon Longstaff of The Ethics Centre.

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February 24, 2020

The Coronavirus has brought Australia's relationship with China into sharp focus. Hamish Macdonald examines the implications for our economy, region and community with: Wang Xining, Minister and Deputy Head of Mission, Chinese Embassy; Stan Grant, writer and journalist, who spent ten years reporting from China; Raina MacIntyre, Global Biosecurity head, Kirby Institute; Jason Yat-sen Li, investor and President of the Chinese Australian Forum; and Vicky Xu, journalist and researcher.

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Joining Hamish Macdonald in Melbourne to discuss what it means to be an Australian in the 21st century are: Nova Peris, Olympian and former politician; Tarang Chawla, writer and anti-violence campaigner; Marlee Silva, founder of the Indigenous female empowerment network "Tiddas 4 Tiddas"; and Lehmo, comedian and broadcaster.

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March 9, 2020

Hamish Macdonald presents an hour of topical debate from Sydney where he discusses the current issues facing the Australian education system. Joining him to discuss the topic are: Tanya Plibersek, Shadow Minister for Education; Adrian Piccoli, Director, Gonski Institute and former Deputy Leader of the NSW Nationals; Eddie Woo, a high school Maths teacher and Internet sensation; John Collier, Principal of St Andrew's Cathedral School; and Vy Tran, Year 12 student from Mac.Robertson Girls’ High School.

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Hamish Macdonald hosts a special debate from Melbourne focussed on the coronavirus. Joining him on the panel to discuss this are: Richard Colbeck, Minister for Aged Care, Youth and Sport; Katy Gallagher, Shadow Minister for Finance; Bill Bowtell, Adjunct Professor, UNSW and Strategic Health Policy Adviser; Dr Mukesh Haikerwal, GP and former President of the AMA; Sam Mostyn, business and sustainability advisor.

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March 23, 2020

As the coronavirus continues to dominate headlines, Hamish Macdonald presents an hour of topical debate from Sydney with a panel of medical professionals. Answering questions are: Dr Norman Swan, presenter, RN and Coronacast; Professor Sharon Lewin, a leading infectious diseases expert and Director of the Doherty Institute; and Professor Paul Kelly, Deputy Chief Medical Officer. Also features a musical performance by Bridie Connell and Tom Cardy.

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March 30, 2020

Joining Hamish Macdonald in Sydney to discuss the repercussions of the coronavirus on Australia are: Nicki Hutley, economist at Deloitte Access Economics; Matt Comyn, CEO and Managing Director of Commonwealth Bank; Jennifer Westacott, CEO of the Business Council of Australia; and Josh Pyke, singer/songwriter. Also answering some viewer questions is Michael Sukkar, Assistant Treasurer and Minister for Housing, and Linda Burney, Shadow Minister for Families and Social Services.

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Joining Hamish Macdonald in Sydney to discuss the latest developments surrounding the coronavirus and share their experiences dealing with the pandemic are: Dr Stephen Parnis, Emergency Doctor and Former AMA Vice President; Danielle Austin, Senior Nurse and Disaster Manager at St Vincent's Hospital; Dr Vyom Sharma, General Practitioner; Dr Lucy Morgan, Respiratory Physician, Nepean Hospital; Katie Allen, Liberal Member for Higgins; Chris Bowen, Shadow Minister for Health; and John Hall, President of the Rural Doctors Association of Australia. Also features a musical performance from G Flip.

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April 13, 2020

Joining Hamish Macdonald to discuss coping mechanisms for enduring the social isolation required during the coronavirus pandemic are: Matt Preston, food critic and author; Craig Foster, Refugee advocate and former Socceroos captain; Julie McCrossin, broadcaster and comedian; John Anderson, Former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia; and Christine Morgan, CEO of the National Mental Health Commission. Also includes a live cross to author and former teacher, Gabbie Stroud, and special appearances from Costa Georgiadis and The Wiggles.

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April 20, 2020

Joining Hamish Macdonald to discuss what the future holds for Australians in the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic are: Nev Power, Executive Chairman of the National COVID-19 Coordination Commission; Sally McManus, Australian Council of Trade Unions Secretary; Simon Longstaff, Executive Director of The Ethics Centre; Gigi Foster, economist, UNSW; and Jodie McVernon, an epidemiologist at the Doherty Institute.

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April 27, 2020

Joining Hamish Macdonald to discuss the impact on the world of education during the current COVID-19 pandemic are: Nick Coatsworth, Deputy Chief Medical Officer; Lisa Jackson Pulver, Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of Sydney; Mark Scott, Secretary, NSW Department of Education; Lian Davies, Principal, Whittlesea Secondary College; with a live cross to Dan Tehan, Minister for Education.

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May 4, 2020

Hamish Mcdonald chairs a debate on how the world will carry on after the coronavirus pandemic passes. Joining him to discuss this topic are: Dave Sharma, Liberal Member for Wentworth and Former Diplomat; Penny Wong, Shadow Foreign Minister; Michael Fullilove, Executive Director, Lowy Institute; and Elaine Pearson, Australia Director, Human Rights Watch. Also includes a pre-recorded interview with Nicholas Burns, former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs during George W. Bush's presidency.

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May 11, 2020

Joining Hamish Macdonald in the studio to discuss the easing of Australia's quarantine conditions are: Dan Andrews, Premier of Victoria, Gladys Berejiklian, Premier of New South Wales, and Annastacia Palaszczuk, Premier of Queensland. Also includes a live performance by Marlon Williams.

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May 18, 2020

Hamish Macdonald chairs a debate on the post-pandemic impact on young Australians. Will it be harder to find work, buy a home, get a degree? How will their way of life change? The young have paid a high economic price for this crisis, so has the time come to address the intergenerational debt? Joining Hamish to discuss these points and more are: Yael Stone, actor and climate advocate; Sophie Johnston, Youth Commissioner, National Youth Commission; Tim Fung, CEO and co-founder of Airtasker; Danielle Wood, economist at the Grattan Institute; and Innes Willox, CEO of the Australian Industry Group.

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May 25, 2020

Hamish Macdonald chairs a discussion about how Australia's future could be reimagined in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Joining him on the panel to share their thoughts and ideas are: Lucy Turnbull, Former Lord Mayor of Sydney; Jordan Nguyen, engineer, futurist and broadcaster; Alan Finkel, Australia's Chief Scientist; Rae Johnston, Science and Technology Editor for NITV; and Genevieve Bell, anthropologist and AI specialist. Also joining the discussion are women's advocate, Georgie Dent and CEO of AIME, Jack Manning Bancroft.

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June 1, 2020

The Federal Government has unveiled its roadmap for Australia's energy future, shifting focus from coal to gas. Will the new energy plan benefit all Australians now and into the future? Joining Hamish Macdonald to discuss this and more are: Matt Canavan, Queensland Nationals Senator; Zali Stegall, Independent MP for Warringah; Joel Fitzgibbon, Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Resources; Zoe Whitton, Citibank and Investor Group on Climate Change; and Sophia Hamblin Wang, sustainability entrepreneur.

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Hard Truths

June 8, 2020

In the wake of the international Black Lives Matter demonstrations and Australia's economy entering recession for the first time in 29 years, Hamish Macdonal chairs a discussion about racism and the government's response to the ongoing pandemic. On the panel are: Andrew Bragg, Liberal Senator for NSW; Jim Chalmers, Shadow Treasurer; Nakkiah Lui, Actor, Writer and Gamillaroi and Torres Strait Islander woman; Nyadol Nyuon, Commercial Litigator with Arnold Bloch Leibler and Community Advocate; and Meyne Wyatt, Wongutha-Yamatji man, raised in Kalgoorlie, writer and actor.

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June 15, 2020

Joining Hamish Macdonald to discuss how the world of sport will deal with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic are: Andrew Abdo, Interim NRL CEO; Brendon Gale, Richmond Football Club CEO; Tracey Holmes, Sports broadcaster and journalist; Bruce Djite, Director of Football, Adelaide United and former A-League player; and Sharni Layton, World Champion Australian Netballer and AFLW All-Australian.

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June 22, 2020

Secrets, spies and hidden trials. How do we balance national security with your right to know? Joining Hamish Macdonald to discuss this and more are: Dennis Richardson, Former Director-General of ASIO; Nick Xenophon, Lawyer and former Senator; Annika Smethurst, News Corp journalist and AFP raid victim; Clinton Fernandes, National security analyst; and Jacinta Carroll, Counter-terrorism expert.

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June 29, 2020

Claims of sexual harassment have rocked the High Court, youth unemployment is skyrocketing and the cancel culture debate looks like going nowhere. All this against a backdrop of a serious COVID spike in Victoria. Joining guest host Virginia Trioli to discuss all this and more are: Paul Fletcher, Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts; Bill Shorten, Shadow Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme; Katie Noonan, musician, producer, composer and artistic director; Yasmin Poole, writer and youth advocate; Sue Morphet, President, Chief Executive Women.

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In politics, the voters of Eden-Monaro are heading to the polls on Saturday in a by-election touted as a test of voter confidence in Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Opposition leader Anthony Albanese in these uncertain economic times. Meanwhile, the arts and media have been rocked by claims of racism in institutions and on our screens, and new research suggests the coronavirus pandemic has seen a spike in alcohol consumption by Australian women. Joining Hamish Macdonald to discuss these topics and more are: Shaun Micallef, Television host; Brooke Boney, Today Show entertainment reporter; Christopher Pyne, Former Liberal MP; and Terri Butler, Shadow Minister for the Environment and Water.

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July 13, 2020

Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard joins Hamish Macdonald for a special Q+A live from Sydney. The only woman to hold the top job in Australia, she discusses her time as Prime Minister and how she is tackling the challenge of being an ex-PM.

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July 20, 2020

As life opens up for much of Australia, the two most populated states are battling to contain a growing number of COVID cases. Victoria is now cut off from all states, with several areas in complete lockdown, AFL teams are fleeing north and businesses facing loss upon loss. The Government says more financial help is on the way, but how long can the country afford this stop-start scenario? Joining Hamish to discuss this are: Sarah Henderson, Liberal Senator for Victoria; Adam Bandt, Leader of the Australian Greens; Margy Osmond, CEO of the Tourism and Transport Forum; Jodie McVernon, Epidemiologist, Doherty Institute; and L-FRESH the LION, Hip Hop artist from south-west Sydney. Also includes a live cross to Michael Gunner, Chief Minister of the Northern Territory.

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July 27, 2020

The pandemic has already taken a terrible economic toll and the recovery will take longer than first predicted. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says we are in the “fight of our lives”, with Australia recording the largest budget deficit in modern history. So who will benefit, who will lose out, and will it be enough to keep our hardest hit sectors going? On the panel to discuss this and more are: Bill Bowtell, Adjunct Professor, UNSW and Strategic Health Policy Adviser; Gigi Foster, economist, UNSW; George Megalogenis, author and journalist; Cassandra Goldie, CEO of Australian Council of Social Service; and Karen Soo, Executive Officer at the Haymarket Chamber of Commerce. With a live cross to: Simon Birmingham, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment and Katy Gallagher, Shadow Minister for Finance.

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The Frontline

August 3, 2020

Hamish Macdonald is joined by a panel of frontline workers and medical experts leading the fight against COVID. On the panel are: Kerryn Phelps, Former AMA President and City of Sydney councillor; Lucy Morgan, Respiratory physician, Nepean Hospital; Vyom Sharma, General Practitioner; and Abbey Fistrovic, Clinical Nurse Specialist. With a live cross to: Andrew Laming, Liberal Member for Bowman, and Ged Kearney, Shadow Assistant Minister for Aged Care.

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August 10, 2020

With stage 3 restrictions now in effect across the rest of Victoria, what is the impact for one of Australia's key states? Joining Hamish Macdonald to discuss this and more are: Tim Wilson, Victorian Liberal MP; Kimberley Kitching, Victorian Labor Senator; Dinesh Palipana, Emergency doctor and disability advocate; Michele O’Neil, ACTU President; and Paul Waterson, CEO, Australian Venue Co. Also joining the program: Killian Ashe, Psychiatrist, Royal Melbourne Hospital

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August 17, 2020

The pandemic has fast turned Australia into two countries - the COVID states, and the COVID-free states, with border closures now a brutal necessity. So, how does Australia stay united? Also, it is vital we can trust our sources of news and information during a pandemic. Conspiracy theories, fake news and the influence of big tech are all under the microscope, as a new code comes into force requiring the digital giants to pay old media for news content. Will that solve the problems? Joining Hamish to discuss all of this are: Barnaby Joyce, Nationals Member for New England; Michelle Rowland, Shadow Communications Minister; Antoinette Lattouf, journalist and diversity advocate; Niki Savva, columnist and author; Ziggy Ramo, musician; and Sinead Boucher, Chief executive and owner of Stuff Ltd.

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August 24, 2020

Increasing numbers of young Australians are fearful for their future due to facing unemployment, underemployment, drained savings and superannuation accounts, bigger debts, a disrupted school life and serious mental health challenges. Joining Hamish Macdonald to discuss the best way forward are: Scott Yung, Education entrepreneur; Ahmed Hassan, co-founder and Executive Director of Youth Activating Youth; Kate McBride, a farmer from Western NSW; and Hamani Tanginoa, University student and musician. Also includes a live cross to: Andrew Bragg, Liberal Senator for NSW; Anika Wells, Labor MP for Lilley; and Jordon Steele-John, Greens Senator for WA.

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August 31, 2020

This week Hamish Macdonald draws on the collective wisdom of some highly respected Australians. How do their life experiences shape what they take away from this COVID-19 crisis? Where do they think our focus should be right now? How do they imagine our future? How should we tackle the big issues facing the country at this time? Discussing these questions and more are: Kerry O'Brien, journalist and author; Jillian Broadbent, Chancellor, University of Wollongong and leading businesswoman; Colin Barnett, Former Premier of WA and Adjunct Professor at UWA; Ray Minniecon, pastor; and Ronni Kahn, CEO and Founder, OzHarvest.

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Border Wars

September 7, 2020

The political battle over state borders is heating up. The Premiers are standing firm but the Prime Minister wants interstate travel to resume by Christmas. Hard border closures are helping contain COVID cases but have caused massive problems for business, health care workers and families in need of medical attention. So, who’s got the power when it counts? Are we getting the balance right when it comes to restricting free travel in the name of public health? To discuss this with Hamish Macdonald are: Michael McCormack, Deputy Prime Minister; Kristina Keneally, Shadow Home Affairs Minister; Dr Omar Khorshid, Australian Medical Association President; Kim Rubenstein, legal scholar and citizenship expert; and Tania de Jong, social and business entrepreneur.

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September 14, 2020

Loneliness is predicted to be the next public health epidemic of the 21st century. What sort of politics could make us feel more connected? Does technology bring us together or keep us apart? Joining Hamish Macdonald to discuss these questions and more are: Gus Worland, Gotcha4Life Founder; Sarah Wilson, author and TV presenter; Hugh Mackay, psychologist and author; Michelle Lim, Scientific Chair, Ending Loneliness Together; and Rosemary Kayess, Associate Director, Disability Innovation Institute UNSW.

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September 21, 2020

President Trump's handling of COVID-19 has been widely condemned and racial tensions have sparked protests in many American cities. Six weeks out from the election and polls suggest Democratic nominee Joe Biden is leading the race, but Trump has form when it comes to defying predictions. To discuss the upcoming election with Hamish Macdonald are: Kim Hoggard, Former advisor to Presidents Ronald Reagan and George HW Bush; Barbara Heineback, Former First Lady White House Press Officer; Cole Brown, Author; John Ruddick, Author; and Kylie Morris, Journalist and former Washington D.C. correspondent.

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September 28, 2020

After the devastating impact of bushfires and COVID-19, what should our economic recovery plan look like? Where should our priorities lie when it comes to jobs and growth post-pandemic? Joining Hamish Macdonald to discuss this and more are: Mike Cannon-Brookes, Co-founder and co-CEO of Atlassian; Darren Chester, Minister for Veterans' Affairs and Defence Personnel; Mark Butler, Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy; Marian Wilkinson, Investigative journalist and author, The Carbon Club; Yun Jiang, Editor, China Story blog at the Australian National University. Includes a musical performance from Alex the Astronaut.

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October 5, 2020

Next week’s budget will be unlike any other. Australia's gross debt has now soared past a record-breaking $800 billion, and somehow the Government must support the economy and plan a recovery amidst a pandemic still throwing up unknowns. Joining Hamish Macdonald to discuss how the Government is going to meet the challenge are: Naomi Simson, Founder of RedBalloon; Jane Hume, Assistant Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation; Jim Chalmers, Shadow Treasurer; Jane Halton, health expert and former head of Australia’s Finance Department; and Nicki Hutley, economist from Deloitte Access Economics.

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October 12, 2020

It’s a tricky time to be in Opposition, while we’re consumed by the pandemic and those leading us through it. Now, Labor’s leader has pledged to change tack and start providing an alternative. This week is a one-on-one special with the man who wants to be Prime Minister - Anthony Albanese. Also includes a musical performance by Sarah Blasko.

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October 19, 2020

Tech designers have control over how billions of us think and act, and some of them have started sounding the alarm on their own creations. Reports show higher social media use is now linked to a decline in mental health. Political disinformation campaigns on social platforms are on the rise, undermining democracy in some countries. So how do we stop social media from reprogramming our lives and take back control? Is government regulation the way to go? Joining Hamish Macdonald to discuss these questions are: Tristan Harris, Former Google Design Ethicist and star of “The Social Dilemma”; Marc Fennell, tech reporter and author; Julie Inman Grant, eSafety Commissioner; Matt Ford and Jack Steele, The Inspired Unemployed; Sally Rugg, Executive Director at change.org; and Jocelyn Brewer, Cyberpsychologist.

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In these challenging times, who holds the powerful to account? Are the standards of our political leaders slipping as we grapple with the COVID crisis? Also, how do we achieve a more ethical Australia? Could we embed ethics into all levels of society? Joining Hamish Macdonald on the panel to discuss these topics are: Ken Henry, Former Treasury Secretary; Dave Sharma, Liberal Member for Wentworth; Tanya Plibersek, Shadow Minister for Education; Simon Longstaff, Executive Director, The Ethics Centre; and Dani Larkin, Lawyer, Uluru Dialogue Leadership Group.

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November 2, 2020

America is bitterly divided, the economy is in trouble and COVID-19 is still ravaging the population. The polls and history are against Trump, voters tend to punish sitting presidents during recessions but there's never been a presidential race quite like this one. Will Trump once again defy his critics and the predictions and secure a second term? Joining Hamish Macdonald to discuss this are: Kim Hoggard, Former senior Republican White House staffer; Damien Cave, Australian Bureau Chief, New York Times; Salvatore Babones, Political sociologist, University of Sydney; Lydia Khalil, International Security Expert; Greg Sheridan, Foreign Editor, The Australian.

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November 9, 2020

This week, the topics include the US election, implications of the Queensland election, the 45th anniversary of Gough Whitlam’s dismissal, the Integrity Commission proposal, and national secrets. Joining Hamish Macdonald to discuss these are: Malcolm Turnbull, Former Prime Minister of Australia; Bob Carr, Former Labor Foreign Minister; Jenny Hocking, Author, The Palace Letters; Paul Kelly, Editor-at-large, The Australian; and Jan Fran, Media Commentator and Broadcaster.

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November 16, 2020

It's been a big week - allegations of sexual misconduct and a toxic culture for women in Canberra, Donald Trump clinging to power in a bizarre post-election campaign, Labor spats over climate policy, and a potential vaccine breakthrough. Joining Hamish Macdonald to discuss these topics are: Barnaby Joyce, Nationals Member for New England; Helen Haines, Independent Member for Indi; Emma Husar, Former Labor MP; Rutger Bregman, historian and author, Humankind and Utopia for Realists; and Jane Caro, writer and novelist.

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November 23, 2020

COVID has hit Australia’s poorest the hardest, and young people are struggling to find work in the coronavirus recession. Yet Labor struggles to hold onto its grassroots heartland in these areas, and the NSW Liberal party faces questions over secret land deals and thwarted plans for a light rail extension. Who has the answers for areas like these so crucial to the Australian COVID recovery? Joining Hamish Macdonald for this discussion are: Stuart Ayres, NSW Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney; Richard Marles, Deputy Opposition Leader; Dai Le, Fairfield City Councillor; Amani Haydar, artist, lawyer and writer; Amanda Rose, Founding Director of Western Sydney Women.

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2020 brought us drought, bushfires and the chaos of a pandemic. COVID and the accompanying recession has changed the world, and all of us - in some ways for the worse, and in some for the better. All against a backdrop of the most extraordinary US Presidential election in living memory, and an alarming deterioration in our relations with China. Joining Hamish Macdonald to reflect on the events of the past year are: Jimmy Barnes, Rock legend and author; Kristy McBain, Labor Member for Eden-Monaro; Michael Yabsley, Former NSW Liberal MP; Rita Therese, Sex worker, artist and writer; and Lavina Lee, International relations expert.

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