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The best analysis and discussion about Australian politics. Presented by Eddy Jokovich and David Lewis, we go to all the places the mainstream media doesn't want to go.

Latest Episodes

The New Year Of Political Corruption And Solutions For Parliamentary Reform

Another year, another round of political corruption to deal with. Scott Morrison claimed "a miracle" caused him to win the 2019 election but, as with most claims of divine intervention, that old human frailty of vice and corruption proved to be the real answer. The Liberal–National Government had a cash splash fund of almost $500 million dollars to throw at marginal and Coalition-held seats – funding programs that had no guidelines, no application forms, little oversight, and a rorting scheme that Vladimir Putin could be proud of.And if that wasn't enough, the Australian Federal Police dropped the forgery case against Angus Taylor: nothing to see here, please move along. It's obvious the Liberal–National Government is too close to the AFP – the AFP investigates the issues that are favourable to the government, but ignores the issues that are unfavourable to the government. It's not the way an open and democratic system should operate, and trust in government is plummeting even further.So what can be done about this? We commence our series on solutions to a sick democracy, and make suggestions for how to improve accountability in the parliament: an independent speaker and ditching the Dorothy Dix questions. That would be a good start.

44 MIN1 w ago
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The New Year Of Political Corruption And Solutions For Parliamentary Reform

Climate Change Again, The Angus Beauty Myth Turns Ugly, Goodbye 2019

The climate change debate is heating up to a temperature even hotter than the NSW bushfires. Just as the Prime Minister has decided to take a holiday somewhere in the Pacific and instructing the media not to report that he was actually on leave. To their shame, many in media acceded to the Prime Minister's wish: so much for the Your Right To Know campaign. What a facade.People are angry about climate change, but it's not just the conservative side of politics that is suffering the opprobrium: the biggest howls of abuse at the recent climate change rally in the centre of Sydney was reserved for the Labor leader, Anthony Albanese, even though Labor isn't the government. This is a problem for Labor, but how will they deal with this issue?The year began with a lie, and ended with a lie. Angus Taylor, the Minister who is the gift to the Opposition that just keeps on giving, decided to just keep lying about seeing Naomi Wolf at Oxford in 1991, even though she left three years before. Even when faced with irrefutable evidence, the government doubles down and keeps up with the fabrication. They're worse than troublesome kindergarten kids that can just never give up the lie.And did someone mention new books? Yes, we have a new book coming out: Divided Opinions, coming out in January 2020. It's a review of the 2019 year in politics. It's must. have material. Keep a look out for on our website.

29 MIN2019 DEC 20
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Climate Change Again, The Angus Beauty Myth Turns Ugly, Goodbye 2019

Forged Democracy, Labor Reviews Itself, And Climate Change Politics Fired Up

Democracy fell down a few rungs when Energy Minister, Angus Taylor, used forged documents to attack an opponent. Did he know they were forged? Did he forge the documents himself? Answers to these questions need to be provided. Why has public trust in the political processes dived so dramatically since 2013? Hint: That's when Tony Abbott became Prime Minister, but are there other factors contributing to this demoralising issue?The Labor Party has released its review into the 2019 Federal Election, and are busy assessing why they lost and how they can improve their chances in the 2022 election. Will they be successful? Labor always seems to need a charismatic leader to take them on the path away from the wilderness. Is Anthony Albanese the one to do this?While half of Australia has been burning, conservative political leaders have been quick to blame "inner-city, chardonnay, latte-sipping, raving lunatics". But let's not play politics, the Prime Minister and NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, said so. And "today is not the day" to make the link between climate change and severe bushfire activity. Just because. Climate change politics is at its most destructive level ever, and the Liberal–National Party fiddle while New South Wales and Queensland burn away. Something needs to change.

37 MIN2019 NOV 13
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Forged Democracy, Labor Reviews Itself, And Climate Change Politics Fired Up

Mr Morrison Goes To Washington, QAnon And Celebrity Politics

Scott Morrison has been to Washington and back, and a State Dinner was held in his honour. While grandstanding and hurling insults at China might not be the best way to protect a $40 billion per year export market, there must be wiser heads within the government providing advice, and they certainly would know what they are doing. Wouldn't they? There was much talk about the entourage at the US State Dinner – it certainly didn't comprise the "quiet Australians" that won the surprise victory at the 2019 election for the Liberals, but the captains of industry and some of the wealthiest people in Australia. And who wasn't there also caused problems for Scott Morrison – his mentor, Brian Houston, wasn't permitted to attend the dinner by the US State Department. Still under investigation for failing to report child sexual abuse allegations against his father, this was something even this White House administration couldn't tolerate. And under this administration, that's really saying so...

30 MIN2019 OCT 19
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Mr Morrison Goes To Washington, QAnon And Celebrity Politics

Impending Economic Disaster, A Compassionate Conservative And We Need To Talk About Albo

There's a disaster facing the Australian economy and, unfortunately, the best the Liberal–National Government can do is blame the Labor Party – even though they haven't been in office since 2013 – or blame the Reserve Bank of Australia, or talk about the Sea of Tranquility which, according to the planetary atlas, is somewhere near the dark side of the moon. Why is Josh Frydenberg talking up the first current account surplus in 44 years? Or the 2.6% increase in employment numbers? Because the economy is tanking and the Government needs distractions, left, right and centre. Anything to avoid responsibility.The “compassionate conservative" does seem like a contradiction of terms. And it is. You can virtually add “compassionate” to anything to make it seem better and so it is with a wide range of harsh and destructive neo-liberal social policies that the LNP Government wants to introduce. The Indue cashless welfare card, drug testing of social security recipients. Masking it as a ...

32 MIN2019 SEP 11
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Impending Economic Disaster, A Compassionate Conservative And We Need To Talk About Albo

Unfunded Empathy, Taking Sides, Diversionary Nuclear And S44 Solutions

We are very impressed to hear there is a new part of the political lexicon: unfunded empathy. It's the bureaucratic way of saying: "get %$knF!!" and we are just wondering how many focus groups were needed to test this one, because it's an absolute beauty. It helped to dismiss calls for a raise in Newstart spontaneously and, simultaneously, protects the Coalition’s golden $7 billion Budget surplus. With, of course, a little help from friends in the media, who were eager to splash the ‘dole bludger’ story for a few days: mission accomplished.Another stunning piece of political sloganeering reappeared, with the Prime Minister asking: “whose side are you on?". It's a loaded question, it's divisive, but it works a treat. It's what conservative politicians love to do – use seemingly innocuous statements that become something a long more sinister. "For all of us" [but not for them]. "We're on your side" [but not theirs]. You are either with us, or against us. You have to choose.But wi...

40 MIN2019 AUG 6
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Unfunded Empathy, Taking Sides, Diversionary Nuclear And S44 Solutions

Bonus Episode: Why Democracy Is Broken (David Lewis interviews Kim Wingerei)

Democracy is being held hostage by the adversarial nature of party politics. The people deserve better and a democracy upgrade is long overdue. Is democracy broken? Do we need a blueprint for change? If it's broken, how do we fix it?Kim Wingerei is an author and political commentator, and discusses his book with the co-host of New Politics, David Lewis. Why Democracy Is Broken: A Blueprint for Change offers directions and solutions that we all need to consider for a better democratic future and a political system that acts in the interests of all people.

17 MIN2019 JUL 17
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Bonus Episode: Why Democracy Is Broken (David Lewis interviews Kim Wingerei)

Surprise Agendas, Mandates And Codes Of Conduct

Surprised by their surprise 2019 election victory, the Liberal-National Party is searching for an agenda to implement over the next term of Parliament, and trying to convince the public it's all about religious freedom, industrial relations, cutting red tape, green tape, and every other colour of tape. The only problem is that this is as surprising as their surprise election victory. These are issues barely discussed during the election campaign. The LNP won the election, but do they really need to let people know what they plan to do beforehand? Depends on who you talk to.Mandates? Do these still exist? Tony Abbott had a massive victory in 2013, but proceeded to implement all of the ideas he'd never spoken about with the electorate. And he suffered. Scott Morrison has a bare one (or two) seat majority and he already is saying he has a mandate to introduce his massive tax cut package, which provides huge benefits to high-income earners in the year 2025 and beyond. Is he correct? Aga...

37 MIN2019 JUL 3
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Surprise Agendas, Mandates And Codes Of Conduct

The 2019 Federal Election Wrap-Up, Politics For Sale, And Parliament 46

Apologies if our 2019 Election Wrap-Up special episode is late but we had to wait until every postal vote had been received and counted, and see if there was any sign of a late swing. Of which, there was none. The Liberal–National Party has been returned to government for a third consecutive term and we really cannot think of a more undeserving government. But, that's democracy in action: the electorate chose more of the same, and it seems they couldn't stomach the idea of Bill Shorten as Prime Minister of Australia.Was it Bill Shorten, or were there other factors in play? Elections are never won or lost on just the one issue, and we think it was a combination of media indifference to Labor, too many policy targets, and the small matter of $80 million worth of advertising racked up by Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party. The Liberal–National Party won the social media infowars – by a long shot – and it's an issue all parties will need to look at in future elections.The opinio...

50 MIN2019 JUN 7
Comments
The 2019 Federal Election Wrap-Up, Politics For Sale, And Parliament 46

Who Wins The 2019 Election Final Countdown?

It's the final week of Election 2019 and Labor is still in the best position to win the election. We're not saying anything controversial here: Labor has been ahead in the polls for almost three years, the Liberal–National Party is divided and has been an omnishamble in government, and is lacking meaningful policy offerings to the public.And if it's not the polls, have a look at the betting markets: Labor is now paying Winx-like odds to win on Saturday night [and please, gamble responsibly; and vote responsibly too].Of course, anything can still happen in this final week of the campaign. Will the Murdoch empire manufacture some kind of scandal that is just believable enough to throw Labor completely off balance? Bring it on Rupert, it probably won't make too much difference. Using Bill Shorten’s mother to attack Bill Shorten was a low-road strategy, but we have to remember: when the conservatives can't win fair, they use every tactic available to them, legal or not.“Deserving” d...

35 MIN2019 MAY 15
Comments
Who Wins The 2019 Election Final Countdown?

Latest Episodes

The New Year Of Political Corruption And Solutions For Parliamentary Reform

Another year, another round of political corruption to deal with. Scott Morrison claimed "a miracle" caused him to win the 2019 election but, as with most claims of divine intervention, that old human frailty of vice and corruption proved to be the real answer. The Liberal–National Government had a cash splash fund of almost $500 million dollars to throw at marginal and Coalition-held seats – funding programs that had no guidelines, no application forms, little oversight, and a rorting scheme that Vladimir Putin could be proud of.And if that wasn't enough, the Australian Federal Police dropped the forgery case against Angus Taylor: nothing to see here, please move along. It's obvious the Liberal–National Government is too close to the AFP – the AFP investigates the issues that are favourable to the government, but ignores the issues that are unfavourable to the government. It's not the way an open and democratic system should operate, and trust in government is plummeting even further.So what can be done about this? We commence our series on solutions to a sick democracy, and make suggestions for how to improve accountability in the parliament: an independent speaker and ditching the Dorothy Dix questions. That would be a good start.

44 MIN1 w ago
Comments
The New Year Of Political Corruption And Solutions For Parliamentary Reform

Climate Change Again, The Angus Beauty Myth Turns Ugly, Goodbye 2019

The climate change debate is heating up to a temperature even hotter than the NSW bushfires. Just as the Prime Minister has decided to take a holiday somewhere in the Pacific and instructing the media not to report that he was actually on leave. To their shame, many in media acceded to the Prime Minister's wish: so much for the Your Right To Know campaign. What a facade.People are angry about climate change, but it's not just the conservative side of politics that is suffering the opprobrium: the biggest howls of abuse at the recent climate change rally in the centre of Sydney was reserved for the Labor leader, Anthony Albanese, even though Labor isn't the government. This is a problem for Labor, but how will they deal with this issue?The year began with a lie, and ended with a lie. Angus Taylor, the Minister who is the gift to the Opposition that just keeps on giving, decided to just keep lying about seeing Naomi Wolf at Oxford in 1991, even though she left three years before. Even when faced with irrefutable evidence, the government doubles down and keeps up with the fabrication. They're worse than troublesome kindergarten kids that can just never give up the lie.And did someone mention new books? Yes, we have a new book coming out: Divided Opinions, coming out in January 2020. It's a review of the 2019 year in politics. It's must. have material. Keep a look out for on our website.

29 MIN2019 DEC 20
Comments
Climate Change Again, The Angus Beauty Myth Turns Ugly, Goodbye 2019

Forged Democracy, Labor Reviews Itself, And Climate Change Politics Fired Up

Democracy fell down a few rungs when Energy Minister, Angus Taylor, used forged documents to attack an opponent. Did he know they were forged? Did he forge the documents himself? Answers to these questions need to be provided. Why has public trust in the political processes dived so dramatically since 2013? Hint: That's when Tony Abbott became Prime Minister, but are there other factors contributing to this demoralising issue?The Labor Party has released its review into the 2019 Federal Election, and are busy assessing why they lost and how they can improve their chances in the 2022 election. Will they be successful? Labor always seems to need a charismatic leader to take them on the path away from the wilderness. Is Anthony Albanese the one to do this?While half of Australia has been burning, conservative political leaders have been quick to blame "inner-city, chardonnay, latte-sipping, raving lunatics". But let's not play politics, the Prime Minister and NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, said so. And "today is not the day" to make the link between climate change and severe bushfire activity. Just because. Climate change politics is at its most destructive level ever, and the Liberal–National Party fiddle while New South Wales and Queensland burn away. Something needs to change.

37 MIN2019 NOV 13
Comments
Forged Democracy, Labor Reviews Itself, And Climate Change Politics Fired Up

Mr Morrison Goes To Washington, QAnon And Celebrity Politics

Scott Morrison has been to Washington and back, and a State Dinner was held in his honour. While grandstanding and hurling insults at China might not be the best way to protect a $40 billion per year export market, there must be wiser heads within the government providing advice, and they certainly would know what they are doing. Wouldn't they? There was much talk about the entourage at the US State Dinner – it certainly didn't comprise the "quiet Australians" that won the surprise victory at the 2019 election for the Liberals, but the captains of industry and some of the wealthiest people in Australia. And who wasn't there also caused problems for Scott Morrison – his mentor, Brian Houston, wasn't permitted to attend the dinner by the US State Department. Still under investigation for failing to report child sexual abuse allegations against his father, this was something even this White House administration couldn't tolerate. And under this administration, that's really saying so...

30 MIN2019 OCT 19
Comments
Mr Morrison Goes To Washington, QAnon And Celebrity Politics

Impending Economic Disaster, A Compassionate Conservative And We Need To Talk About Albo

There's a disaster facing the Australian economy and, unfortunately, the best the Liberal–National Government can do is blame the Labor Party – even though they haven't been in office since 2013 – or blame the Reserve Bank of Australia, or talk about the Sea of Tranquility which, according to the planetary atlas, is somewhere near the dark side of the moon. Why is Josh Frydenberg talking up the first current account surplus in 44 years? Or the 2.6% increase in employment numbers? Because the economy is tanking and the Government needs distractions, left, right and centre. Anything to avoid responsibility.The “compassionate conservative" does seem like a contradiction of terms. And it is. You can virtually add “compassionate” to anything to make it seem better and so it is with a wide range of harsh and destructive neo-liberal social policies that the LNP Government wants to introduce. The Indue cashless welfare card, drug testing of social security recipients. Masking it as a ...

32 MIN2019 SEP 11
Comments
Impending Economic Disaster, A Compassionate Conservative And We Need To Talk About Albo

Unfunded Empathy, Taking Sides, Diversionary Nuclear And S44 Solutions

We are very impressed to hear there is a new part of the political lexicon: unfunded empathy. It's the bureaucratic way of saying: "get %$knF!!" and we are just wondering how many focus groups were needed to test this one, because it's an absolute beauty. It helped to dismiss calls for a raise in Newstart spontaneously and, simultaneously, protects the Coalition’s golden $7 billion Budget surplus. With, of course, a little help from friends in the media, who were eager to splash the ‘dole bludger’ story for a few days: mission accomplished.Another stunning piece of political sloganeering reappeared, with the Prime Minister asking: “whose side are you on?". It's a loaded question, it's divisive, but it works a treat. It's what conservative politicians love to do – use seemingly innocuous statements that become something a long more sinister. "For all of us" [but not for them]. "We're on your side" [but not theirs]. You are either with us, or against us. You have to choose.But wi...

40 MIN2019 AUG 6
Comments
Unfunded Empathy, Taking Sides, Diversionary Nuclear And S44 Solutions

Bonus Episode: Why Democracy Is Broken (David Lewis interviews Kim Wingerei)

Democracy is being held hostage by the adversarial nature of party politics. The people deserve better and a democracy upgrade is long overdue. Is democracy broken? Do we need a blueprint for change? If it's broken, how do we fix it?Kim Wingerei is an author and political commentator, and discusses his book with the co-host of New Politics, David Lewis. Why Democracy Is Broken: A Blueprint for Change offers directions and solutions that we all need to consider for a better democratic future and a political system that acts in the interests of all people.

17 MIN2019 JUL 17
Comments
Bonus Episode: Why Democracy Is Broken (David Lewis interviews Kim Wingerei)

Surprise Agendas, Mandates And Codes Of Conduct

Surprised by their surprise 2019 election victory, the Liberal-National Party is searching for an agenda to implement over the next term of Parliament, and trying to convince the public it's all about religious freedom, industrial relations, cutting red tape, green tape, and every other colour of tape. The only problem is that this is as surprising as their surprise election victory. These are issues barely discussed during the election campaign. The LNP won the election, but do they really need to let people know what they plan to do beforehand? Depends on who you talk to.Mandates? Do these still exist? Tony Abbott had a massive victory in 2013, but proceeded to implement all of the ideas he'd never spoken about with the electorate. And he suffered. Scott Morrison has a bare one (or two) seat majority and he already is saying he has a mandate to introduce his massive tax cut package, which provides huge benefits to high-income earners in the year 2025 and beyond. Is he correct? Aga...

37 MIN2019 JUL 3
Comments
Surprise Agendas, Mandates And Codes Of Conduct

The 2019 Federal Election Wrap-Up, Politics For Sale, And Parliament 46

Apologies if our 2019 Election Wrap-Up special episode is late but we had to wait until every postal vote had been received and counted, and see if there was any sign of a late swing. Of which, there was none. The Liberal–National Party has been returned to government for a third consecutive term and we really cannot think of a more undeserving government. But, that's democracy in action: the electorate chose more of the same, and it seems they couldn't stomach the idea of Bill Shorten as Prime Minister of Australia.Was it Bill Shorten, or were there other factors in play? Elections are never won or lost on just the one issue, and we think it was a combination of media indifference to Labor, too many policy targets, and the small matter of $80 million worth of advertising racked up by Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party. The Liberal–National Party won the social media infowars – by a long shot – and it's an issue all parties will need to look at in future elections.The opinio...

50 MIN2019 JUN 7
Comments
The 2019 Federal Election Wrap-Up, Politics For Sale, And Parliament 46

Who Wins The 2019 Election Final Countdown?

It's the final week of Election 2019 and Labor is still in the best position to win the election. We're not saying anything controversial here: Labor has been ahead in the polls for almost three years, the Liberal–National Party is divided and has been an omnishamble in government, and is lacking meaningful policy offerings to the public.And if it's not the polls, have a look at the betting markets: Labor is now paying Winx-like odds to win on Saturday night [and please, gamble responsibly; and vote responsibly too].Of course, anything can still happen in this final week of the campaign. Will the Murdoch empire manufacture some kind of scandal that is just believable enough to throw Labor completely off balance? Bring it on Rupert, it probably won't make too much difference. Using Bill Shorten’s mother to attack Bill Shorten was a low-road strategy, but we have to remember: when the conservatives can't win fair, they use every tactic available to them, legal or not.“Deserving” d...

35 MIN2019 MAY 15
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Who Wins The 2019 Election Final Countdown?
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