The year 2020 brought us drought, bushfires, the chaos of a pandemic and an economic recession that has changed the world, and all of us. All against a backdrop of a US election and deteriorating relations with China. Panellists: 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.
Western Sydney is booming, now the third largest economy in Australia. But coronavirus COVID-19 has hit hard - especially jobs - and it's a scenario faced by outer suburbs in many major cities where population booms but infrastructure lags. Panellists: Stuart Ayres, NSW minister for jobs, investment, tourism and Western Sydney; Richard Marles, deputy federal opposition leader; Dai Le, Fairfield city councillor; Amani Haydar, artist, lawyer and writer; and Amanda Rose, founding director of Western Sydney Women.
Its been a big week: allegations of sexual misconduct and a toxic culture for women in Canberra, Trump clings to power in a bizarre post-election campaign, Labor spats over climate policy and a potential vaccine breakthrough. Panelists: 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.
Hamish Macdonald hosts a panel discussing Joe Biden's US election win, the 45th anniversary of Gough Whitlam's dismissal, the 2020 Queensland election, the proposed federal integrity commission and national secrets. Panellists: 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.
It's the contest that's captivating the world: Donald Trump v Joe Biden. Who will win the US election and what does it mean for Australia? Will Trump once again defy his critics and the predictions and secure a second term? Panellists: 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; and Greg Sheridan, foreign editor, The Australian.
In these challenging times, who holds the powerful to account? Are the standards of our leaders slipping? With public trust in our politicians and institutions at an all-time low, how do we achieve a more ethical Australia? Panellists: Ken Henry, former Treasury secretary; Dave Sharma, Liberal member for Wentworth; Tanya Plibersek, shadow minister for education; Simon Longstaff, executive director, the Ethics Centre; Dani Larkin, lawyer, Uluru Dialogue Leadership Group.
We post, tweet, like and share - but what are the consequences of our growing dependence on social media? With concerns over mental health and political disinformation, how do we retain the positive aspects of connectivity? Panellists: Tristan Harris, former Google design ethicist and star of Netflix's The Social Dilemma; Marc Fennell, technology reporter and author; Julie Inman Grant, e-safety commissioner; Matt Ford and Jack Steele, The Inspired Unemployed; Sally Rugg, executive director, Change.org; and Jocelyn Brewer, cyberpsychologist.
One-on-one with the man who wants to be prime minister - Anthony Albanese. He takes your questions on how he'd lead Australia out of the pandemic, plus his alternative agenda including free childcare for low-income earners.
It's one of the most important budgets in our history. How will the federal government meet the challenge of the pandemic recession? How long will financial support remain in place? What is the plan to get Australia working again? Panellists: Naomi Simson, founder, 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, Deloitte Access Economics.
After the devastating impact of bushfires and COVID-19, what should our economic recovery plan look like? The government's Technology Roadmap sets out a gas-led recovery. All as Australia braces for the next bushfire season. Panellists: 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; with a musical performance from Alex the Astronaut.
Q and A brings together some key figures to explore what's shaping the US presidential election. Will Donald Trump be elected for four more years? New polls have Joe Biden in front but the president has form defying predictions. Panellists: 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 DC correspondent.
The pandemic has cut us off from our communities, workplaces and each other. We interact online more, but our sense of isolation is growing. Loneliness is predicted to be the next public health epidemic of the 21st century. Panellists: 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.
The political battle over state borders is heating up. Hard border closures are helping contain coronavirus COVID-19 cases but have caused massive problems for business, health care workers and families in need of medical attention. Panellists: 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.
We draw on the collective wisdom of some highly respected Australians. How do their life experiences shape what they take away from the COVID-19 crisis? Where do they think our focus should be? How do they imagine our future? Panellists: Kerry O'Brien, journalist and author; Jillian Broadbent, University of Wollongong chancellor and leading businesswoman; Colin Barnett, adjunct professor at the University of Western Australia and former premier of Western Australia; Ray Minniecon, pastor; and Ronni Kahn, CEO and founder, OzHarvest.
This episode of Q and A looks at the social, economic and emotional impact of the pandemic on our youth who will have to deal with the effects for years to come. Panellists include Scott Yung, education entrepreneur; Ahmed Hassan, co-founder and executive director of Youth Activating Youth; Kate McBride, farmer, Western NSW; and Hamani Tanginoa, university student and musician. With a live cross to Andrew Bragg, Liberal senator for NSW, Anika Wells, Labor MP for Lilley and Jordon Steele-John, Greens senator for WA.
The pandemic has turned Australia in two parts: the states opening up and those locked down. With border closures in place, how do we stay united? In the time of COVID it's vital we trust our media and sources of information. Panellists: 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.
The impact of Victoria's state of disaster: Will businesses survive and what powers do police and state government have? How will border closures impact the nation? How do we look after our mental and emotional wellbeing? Panellists: 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.
Hamish Macdonald is joined by a panel of frontline workers and medical experts leading the fight against coronavirus COVID-19. What are the lessons learned so far? Were we too complacent? How are hospitals and frontline staff holding up? Panellists: Kerryn Phelps, City of Sydney councillor and former AMA president; 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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