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The Party Room

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The Party Room

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Want to know what's really going on in Parliament House? Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas give you the political analysis that matters and explain what it means for you.

Latest Episodes

What to expect from the biggest budget of our lifetime

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?

35 min3 d ago
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What to expect from the biggest budget of our lifetime

Divisions deepen in National Cabinet

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?

31 min1 w ago
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Divisions deepen in National Cabinet

How Victorians really feel about the lockdown

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?

32 min2 w ago
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How Victorians really feel about the lockdown

A recession is here. How will the Government respond?

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.

27 min3 w ago
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A recession is here. How will the Government respond?

Could we be at the polls again within the next 12 months?

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.

30 minAUG 27
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Could we be at the polls again within the next 12 months?

Wine joins barley in the beef with China

Barley was first. Then it was beef. Now, it's wine.

34 minAUG 20
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Wine joins barley in the beef with China

Lots of COVID. Lots more blame.

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.

30 minAUG 13
Comments
Lots of COVID. Lots more blame.

Melbourne's shutdown and the huge economic cost

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.

29 minAUG 6
Comments
Melbourne's shutdown and the huge economic cost

An unfolding disaster in aged care

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.

27 minJUL 30
Comments
An unfolding disaster in aged care

An eye-watering hit to the budget

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.

30 minJUL 23
Comments
An eye-watering hit to the budget

Latest Episodes

What to expect from the biggest budget of our lifetime

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?

35 min3 d ago
Comments
What to expect from the biggest budget of our lifetime

Divisions deepen in National Cabinet

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?

31 min1 w ago
Comments
Divisions deepen in National Cabinet

How Victorians really feel about the lockdown

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?

32 min2 w ago
Comments
How Victorians really feel about the lockdown

A recession is here. How will the Government respond?

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.

27 min3 w ago
Comments
A recession is here. How will the Government respond?

Could we be at the polls again within the next 12 months?

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.

30 minAUG 27
Comments
Could we be at the polls again within the next 12 months?

Wine joins barley in the beef with China

Barley was first. Then it was beef. Now, it's wine.

34 minAUG 20
Comments
Wine joins barley in the beef with China

Lots of COVID. Lots more blame.

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.

30 minAUG 13
Comments
Lots of COVID. Lots more blame.

Melbourne's shutdown and the huge economic cost

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.

29 minAUG 6
Comments
Melbourne's shutdown and the huge economic cost

An unfolding disaster in aged care

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.

27 minJUL 30
Comments
An unfolding disaster in aged care

An eye-watering hit to the budget

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.

30 minJUL 23
Comments
An eye-watering hit to the budget
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