February 2024

The Push to Stop Pork Barrelling

featuring Ebony Bennett and Bill Browne

Independent MP Helen Haines has introduced a bill to Parliament designed to prevent pork-barreling, where taxpayer money is allocated according to where it is needed to win votes, not where the public needs it most. This was recorded on Tuesday 27th February 2024 and things may have changed since recording. australiainstitute.org.au // @theausinstitute Guest: Bill Browne,

How John Howard Ruined Housing

featuring Greg Jericho

The Right to Disconnect is attracting criticism from business groups and others, saying it will reduce productivity. Well, it won’t. And do they mean productivity, or profits? Also, how negative gearing and the capital gains tax discount delivered massive tax breaks to the rich at the expense of affordable housing for the rest of Australia.

The Right to Disconnect

featuring Ebony Bennett and Jim Stanford

Federal Parliament is set to pass new industrial relations laws, including the ‘right to disconnect.’ This means that workers will legally be able to ignore calls outside of work hours. This was recorded on Tuesday 13th February 2024 and things may have changed since recording. australiainstitute.org.au // @theausinstitute Guest: Dr Jim Stanford, Director, the Centre for

Stage 3 Tax Cuts reform: “The biggest and most honest piece of tax reform in decades”

featuring Ebony Bennett and Matt Grudnoff

It’s been a week for the books in Australian Politics history, with Prime Minister Anthony Albanese announcing changes to the highly-criticised Stage 3 tax cuts. Which got the media, and the opposition, into a bit of a frenzy. So what’s changed, and how will it affect you? This was recorded on Tuesday 30th January 2024

January 2024

The War On Waste with Craig Reucassel | Summer Series

featuring Ebony Bennett and Nina Gbor

Our summer podcast series brings you some of the best conversations from our webinars and live events in 2023. 7 years ago, The ABC’s groundbreaking environmental series War On Waste firmly placed the nation’s attention on Australia’s waste issues and solutions. The new season investigated recycling in Australia, brought to light new waste topics, challenged

Global Financial Crisis 15 Years On: What Have We Learned? with Wayne Swan | Summer Series

featuring Ebony Bennett and Greg Jericho

Our summer podcast series brings you some of the best conversations from our webinars and live events in 2023. On 15 September 2008 came the collapse of Lehmann Brothers, the largest bankruptcy in US history. This set off a chain reaction and had a massive impact on the Australia financial system and economy. Across the

Ending Native Forest Logging with Bob Brown | Summer Series

featuring Ebony Bennett and Polly Hemming

Our summer podcast series brings you some of the best conversations from our webinars and live events in 2023. Australia’s native forests are not only home to some of our most vulnerable and threatened species, they hold critical cultural and ecological value. While native forest logging is being phased out in Western Australia and Victoria,

Isabella Weber: The Economics and Politics of Seller’s Inflation | Summer Series

featuring Ebony Bennett and Jim Stanford

Our summer podcast series brings you some of the best conversations from our webinars and live events in 2023. What if we’re thinking about inflation wrong? Join renowned economist Isabella Weber, Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst for a discussion about the economics and politics of seller’s inflation. This was recorded

December 2023

Profits v Wages, what’s driving inflation? – Rerun | Summer Series

featuring Ebony Bennett and Richard Denniss

Our summer podcast series brings you some of the best conversations from our webinars and live events in 2023. This episode, we’re listening back to one of our most popular episodes from the year with our Executive Director Richard Denniss, digging into the cycle of corporate profits, inflation, and low wages. This was recorded on

Australia cares too much about Budget surplus

featuring Greg Jericho

The Government has released the MYEFO, or Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook, or as we call it, Easter for economists. It’s projecting a very small deficit of around $1 billion. But does that really matter? Greg Jericho is Chief Economist at the Australia Institute and the Centre for Future Work and popular columnist of Grogonomics

GDP figures are out, and it’s not good

featuring Greg Jericho

GDP figures out this week show that while Australia is clinging to slight economic growth, under the surface a recession is already being seen. Greg Jericho is Chief Economist at the Australia Institute and the Centre for Future Work and popular columnist of Grogonomics with Guardian Australia. In Dollars & Sense, each week, Greg Jericho

‘Thylacine of the Sea’ vs. the Salmon Industry

featuring Ebony Bennett and Eloise Carr

The Maugean skate, native to Macquarie Harbour, is running out of time. It’s facing extinction, due in large part to the Tasmanian salmon industry. This was recorded on Monday 4th December 2023 and things may have changed since recording. australiainstitute.org.au // @theausinstitute Guest: Eloise Carr, Senior Fellow and Contributing Editor, the Australia Institute // @GeneveraE Host:

November 2023

Clive Palmer of…Singapore?

featuring Ebony Bennett and Stephen Long

Clive Palmer, one of Australia’s richest men, is suing Australia for $41.3bn, claiming it breached the ASEAN free trade agreement in relation to coal exploration permits. But he’s doing so…as a foreign investor? Stephen Long explains how Clive Palmer’s controversial legal strategies challenge Australia’s trade agreements and environmental laws. Stephen Long is a Senior Fellow

The Economy’s Growing, but Households are Poorer

featuring Greg Jericho

Economic data can tell us a lot about what’s happening in the economy and society, but it’s easy to get lost in data. Introducing the Australia Institute’s brand new podcast, Dollars & Sense, with Greg Jericho, Chief Economist at the Australia Institute and the Centre for Future Work and popular columnist of Grogonomics with Guardian

How to Investigate Research Misconduct

featuring Ebony Bennett and Kristen Scicluna

Australia is one of the few countries with a developed research sector that does not have a research integrity watchdog, instead relying on research institutions to initiate and oversee investigations into their own researchers. This was recorded on Wednesday 15th November 2023 and things may have changed since recording. The Australia Institute // @theausinstitute Guest:

October 2023

Is Consultant a ‘Profession?’

featuring Ebony Bennett, Rod Campbell and Bill Browne

As the Senate Inquiry into the management and assurance of integrity by consulting services continues, Labor senator Deb O’Neill and Greens senator Barbara Pocock have been applying the pressure to consulting firms in the hotseat. This was recorded on Wednesday 4th October 2023 and things may have changed since recording. The Australia Institute // @theausinstitute

September 2023

The Special (Economic) Relationship: Australia and the US

featuring Ebony Bennett and Joey Herlihy

The Australia-America economic relationship is one of the world’s most consequential, worth over $2 trillion, yet few understand its depth and scale. This was recorded on Thursday 3rd August 2023 and things may have changed since recording. The Australia Institute // @theausinstitute Guest: Joey Herlihy, Research Intern, International & Security Affairs program, the Australia Institute

Dead in the Water

featuring Ebony Bennett and Kate McBride

A new deal to save the Murray-Darling basin has been brokered by Federal Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek, following another mass fish kill, and a survey finding not a single adult Murray Cod in the Lower Darling-Bakka. This was recorded on Tuesday 5th September 2023 and things may have changed since recording. The Australia Institute //

August 2023

An Eventful Trip to Fiji

featuring Ebony Bennett and Polly Hemming

The Labor Government has been campaigning for Australia to host COP31, the UN climate conference, in partnership with a Pacific Island nation. But Pacific Islanders have several concerns, mainly due to Australia’s track record with new fossil fuels, and lacklustre climate policy. This was recorded on Wednesday 30th August 2023 and things may have changed