Follow the Money

The Australia Institute’s Follow the Money podcast explains Australia’s big economic issues in plain English. We bust myths, dissect politics, interpret econobabble and help you sound really smart at your next dinner party, with host Ebony Bennett.

August 2017

July 2017

May 2017

April 2017

Unpacking The Energy Debate

featuring Ebony Bennett and Richard Denniss

In episode 17 of Follow The Money, we tackle the current energy debate, including the South Australian blackouts, the war on renewables, what Christmas prawns have to do with baseload power and why the way we heat hot water offends our Chief Economist Richard Denniss.  Host: Deputy Director Ebony Bennett // @ebony_bennett Contributors: Chief Economist Richard

February 2017

Conservatives And Climate Change With Bob Inglis

featuring Ebony Bennett

Follow The Money this week features former Republican Congressman for South Carolina, Bob Inglis on his Australian tour, hosted by The Australia Institute. Bob Inglis is a very rare bird indeed. He’s a real conservative – Christian, Southern, ‘small-government’, you name it. But his greatest passion is tackling climate change. You heard right! Inglis has

January 2017

SUMMER SPECIAL Sam Dastyari

featuring Ebony Bennett and Ben Oquist

Follow The Money summer specials continue with an absolute pearler from the first Politics in the Pub last year (2016) featuring charasmatic, controversial Senator, Sam Dastyari. Richard Denniss described it as ‘the best Politics in the Pub speach yet.’ Senatory Dastyari opened with the omission that he was ‘A product of the Labor machine’. And

SUMMER SPECIAL President Tong

featuring Ebony Bennett

Welcome to our third Follow The Money summer special! It’s still probably scorching hot if you’re somewhere in Australia, but it’s even hotter in Kiribati. This weeks special features the ‘Hero of the Pacific’, President Anote Tong.  President Tong visited Australia as a guest of The Australia Institute ahead of the Paris Climate meeting. He

December 2016

Pocket Money: The Adani Coal Mine

featuring Ebony Bennett, Richard Denniss and Rod Campbell

In a special mini-episode we’ve dubbed “Pocket Money” we take a look at the recent developments with Adani’s Carmichael coal mine in Queensland’s Galilee Basin. It’s a straight discussion, without our usual bells and whistles so that we could respond quickly and if you like it, we’ll probably do more of these Pocket Money episodes

November 2016

Nuclear Dumps

featuring Ebony Bennett, Richard Denniss and Rod Campbell

How much is a hole in the ground worth? Australia has considered building a nuclear waste dump many times over the decades. Each time, the proposal has fallen through. This time, in South Australia, proponents are making $100 billion dollar claims. Richard and Rod take a look at those claims and the economics of building

Economic Models

featuring Ebony Bennett, Rod Campbell and Richard Denniss

Economic models are like a lot of things in life: What you get out of them depends on what you put in. But therein lies the problem. When reporting focuses on the ‘findings’ without looking at what assumptions underpin politically influential economic models, it leaves us vulnerable to what Richard calls the ‘peak-stupid of econobabble’.

October 2016

Interest Rates

featuring Ebony Bennett, Richard Denniss and Matt Grudnoff

Interest rates may be one of the most discussed and least understood area of economics in Australia. Our Chief Economist and Senior Economist discuss the whats and whys of Reserve Bank policy and how interest rates really effect people and the broader economy. Contributors: Richard Denniss – @RDNS_TAI  Matt Grudnoff – @MattGrudnoff Ebony Bennett – @ebony_bennett.  Produced by

September 2016

No New Coal Mines

featuring Ebony Bennett, Richard Denniss and Rod Campbell

Can Australia live without coal? Episode 7 of Follow the Money looks at the economics of coal and how a moratorium on new mines would help stop the boom and inevitable bust cycle, and instead create a smooth transition to a low carbon future.  Contributors: Richard Denniss – @RDNS_TAI  Rod Campbell – @R_o_d_C  Ebony Bennett – @ebony_bennett.  Produced by

May 2016

April 2016

Cui Bono

featuring Ebony Bennett, David Richardson and Richard Denniss

The Australia Institute’s podcast series, Follow the Money, this week takes on Company Tax. What is it? How much does it raise? Who pays it? Who is saying that we should cut it, and ‘cui bono’ – who benefits? Contributors: Richard Denniss – @RDNS_TAI  Dave Richardson – not on twitter! Ebony Bennett – @ebony_bennett Produced by Jennifer

March 2016

Econobabble

featuring Ebony Bennett and Richard Denniss

Episode four of Follow The Money is a special edition – In conversation with Richard Denniss about the subject and title of his new book: Econobabble. So what is econobabble? Ebony Bennett talks to Richard Denniss about why we shouldn’t be afraid of upsetting ‘the markets’ and how you can call commentators on their bullsh*t. 

Double Negative

featuring Matt Grudnoff and Cameron Amos

Episode three of The Australia Institute’s exciting new podcast series Follow The Money looks at Negative Gearing. You can subscribe to Follow The Money on iTunes.  Contributors: Matt Grudnoff @MattGrudnoff Cameron Amos @CamAmos_  Frank Keany @FJKeany Find us on Twitter/Facebook.   More on Negative Gearing – recent papers from The Australia Institute: Top Gears: How negative gearing and the capital gains tax

February 2016

Super Duper

featuring Richard Denniss and Matt Grudnoff

The second episode of The Australia Institute’s exciting new podcast series Follow The Money looks at Australia’s superannuation system. You can subscribe to Follow The Money on iTunes.  Contributors: Richard Denniss @RDNS_TAI Matt Grudnoff @MattGrudnoff Francis Keaney @FJKeany Find us on Twitter/Facebook. More on Super – recent papers from The Australia Institute: A Super Waste of Money Tax Concessions

January 2016

Mining Boom-tish

featuring Richard Denniss and Rod Campbell

The first episode of The Australia Institute’s exciting new podcast series Follow The Money looks at the economics behind Australia’s mining boom. You can subscribe to Follow The Money on iTunes.  Contributors: Richard Denniss  Rod Campbell Francis Keaney Find us on Twitter/Facebook. In Follow The Money, The Australia Institute explains the economy in plain English. We’ll bust some economic

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