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Katharine Murphy in conversation with Ben Oquist

The Australia Institute
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Katharine Murphy in conversation with Emma Dawson

Per Capita
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Katharine Murphy in conversation with Karen Middleton

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Katharine Murphy in conversation with Paul Barclay

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Judith Brett on 7am

Judith Brett on 7am

Australia’s economy is at a crossroads. Its current dependence on coal has its roots in a model built on wool exports, and it needs to change.

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Judith Brett on RN Breakfast

Judith Brett on RN Breakfast

As the Federal Government plans Australia's post-covid economic recovery, it looks like fossil fuels could play a key role.

That would be a mistake, according to the author of the latest Quarterly Essay, which argues Australia's long reliance on simple exports like wool, and more recently coal, is partially to blame for our failure to develop a thriving manufacturing sector.

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Judith Brett on Tripl J “The Grapevine”

Judith Brett on Tripl J “The Grapevine”

Dylan and Kulja talk to Judith Brett about Quarterly Essay ‘The Coal Curse: Resources, Climate, and Australia’s Future’, and more.

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Judith Brett on ABC's The Drum

Judith Brett on ABC's The Drum

The panel discuss the spike of coronavirus cases in Victoria, COVID-19 and the Australian psyche, challenges faced by the rest of the world with the coronavirus pandemic, and our countries' reliance on the coal industry.

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CRY ME A RIVER review in The Australian

CRY ME A RIVER review in The Australian

The Murray-Darling Basin is often in the news and seldom for the right reasons. It is troubled by drought and climate change and the unquenchable thirst of agriculture. Yet belief in it is an article of faith for politicians, causing regular scraps over its management and its future.

In Cry Me A River, journalist and author Margaret Simons chronicles the results of her decision to take a close look at it herself. As she writes, except in times of drought, the Murray-Darling Basin “is a mighty thing”. It covers more than a million square kilometres and encompasses 77,000km of rivers, 2.6 million people, 40 Aboriginal nations and 120 species of waterbirds.

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Margaret Simons on Big Ideas

Margaret Simons on Big Ideas

The Murray Darling Basin covers 4 states. The water from it is the life source for millions of people, their communities, crops, and the natural environment. But it has been in poor shape for a long time. Margaret Simons travelled through the basin - our food and fibre bowl - talking to locals, irrigators, bureaucrats, and scientists, to get the lowdown. She spoke to Paul Barclay.

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Margaret Simons on The Readings Podcast

Margaret Simons on The Readings Podcast

Margaret Simons chats with author Don Watson about her new Quarterly Essay: Cry Me A River - The Tragedy of the Murray-Darling Basin. This conversation was recorded online during the Covid-19 crisis.

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Margaret Simons on Late Night Live

Margaret Simons on Late Night Live

Between fish kills, state rivalries, drought and climate change, the Murray-Darling Basin is a mess. So how have we gotten it so wrong, for so long, and will we ever be able to get it right?

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Peter Hartcher on ABC Radio National

Peter Hartcher on ABC Radio National

China has accused some Australian politicians of hysteria in their response to claims that Beijing tried to plant a spy in the Federal Parliament.

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Peter Hartcher on ABC 7.30

Peter Hartcher on ABC 7.30

 

This week Peter Hartcher, the international editor of The Sydney Morning Herald, is releasing a Quarterly Essay called Red Flag about China's attempts to garner influence in Australia, and how our government should respond to it.

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Peter Hartcher on 7am Podcast

Peter Hartcher on 7am Podcast

Xi Jinping’s ambitions for China are paranoid and expansionist. His mindset mirrors that of the guerrilla fighters in the Chinese Civil War.

 

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Peter Hartcher in The Sydney Morning Herald “Power and Paranoia: Why the Chinese government aggressively pushes beyond its borders”

Peter Hartcher in The Sydney Morning Herald “Power and Paranoia: Why the Chinese government aggressively pushes beyond its borders”

Chinese government-backed patriots living in Australia are aggressively pursuing their homeland’s geopolitical agenda. The good news: new laws help address this. The bad news: they’re not being enforced.

 

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Peter Hartcher in The Sydney Morning Herald “‘Insidious’: Former ASIO boss warns on Chinese interference in Australia”

Peter Hartcher in The Sydney Morning Herald “‘Insidious’: Former ASIO boss warns on Chinese interference in Australia”

Former ASIO boss Duncan Lewis has said the Chinese government is seeking to “take over” Australia's political system through its “insidious” foreign interference operations.

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Quarterly Essay high-school writing competition winner: “Breaking pink and blue boxes”

Quarterly Essay high-school writing competition winner: “Breaking pink and blue boxes”

What is the first thing you do when you meet someone new? Before you even walk up to them and ask their name? Based on aspects of their appearance and body language alone, you make an assumption about their gender.

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