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The Double Disillusionists
37 minutes | Feb 28, 2017
As Newspoll Giveth, Newspoll Might Just Taketh Away
As the Coalition rushes towards yet another spill, pundits everywhere are wondering exactly which alternative PM can somehow doing a better job of selling the same unpopular policies. Tony Abbott? Peter Dutton? Julie Bishop? Scott Morrison? Scott Morrison's lump of coal? (And there's no guest this week, we're saving 'em for the live show next week - book now at giantdwarf.com.au!)
40 minutes | Feb 21, 2017
Great Highly-Paid Job, Michael Sukkar (with Richard Cooke)
This week's podcast asks whether we can afford housing and burnimgcoal burning as Richard Cooke (The Monthly) joins us to explain why the Coalition might be tricking Labor into that ol' creeping socialism – and his grand plan to invade WA. ALSO FEATURING lots of plugs for our LIVE SHOWS, just announced for 7 March and 4 April! Book at giantdwarf.com.au!
37 minutes | Feb 14, 2017
Baby, It's Coal Outside (with Maddie Palmer)
Ever get the sense that our parliamentarians are fiddling while Australia burns... even more coal? Then again, those lumps ARE fun to play with in Parliament! Dom, APS and writer/broadcaster Maddie Palmer wonder why the Coalition is so determined to run to the right with Forrest Gump-like speed and mental acuity. And consider where the WA Nationals fit into that increasingly crowded sector of our political spectrum.
40 minutes | Feb 6, 2017
Cory Reactor Meltdown (with Dee Madigan)
Parliament's back in action, and so are we for another year of #auspol a-banterin'! Political strategist Dee Madigan (Gruen, PM Live) joins APS and Dom to make sense of Cory Bernardi's departure from the Liberal Party and assess the ever-louder spill rumours – with Dutton rumoured to be loading his spud gun, can the PM stick around for a full term?
49 minutes | Dec 20, 2016
A Very Double Disillusioned Christmas (with Alice Workman and Dan Ilic)
What a year. No, really, what a year. In our final episode for 2016, Dan Ilic (Fusion) and Alice Workman (BuzzFeed) join APS and Dom from LA* and Canberra respectively to look back on a year strangely full of elections, and strangely devoid of substantive change, both home and abroad, when Canberrans were forced to roll, roll, roll towards freedom... Catch you all in 2017 when the politickin' resumes, and in the meantime, have a great pointedly non-Christian holiday/pro-Christmas uprising. And thanks for listening in 2016. * He was back for Christmas anyway, but it sounds more glamorous if we suggest he flew home specially.
49 minutes | Dec 5, 2016
Race, #Rod4PM and the rise of Trump (with Ruby Hamad and Mark Di Stefano)
As the repercussions from Donald Trump's victory continue, Ruby Hamad (Daily Life) explains why she thinks Peter Dutton should resign, and Mark Di Stefano (Buzzfeed) gives a masterclass on how to get a hashtag trending – and what better hashtag than #Rod4PM? Recorded live at Giant Dwarf on 24 November – look out for more live shows in 2017.
38 minutes | Nov 14, 2016
Explain the Swamp
APS and Dom talk Trump. For more on what his election means for Australia, join us in person, along with Mark Di Stefano (Buzzfeed) and Jacqueline Maley (Fairfax), at Giant Dwarf in Sydney on Thu 24 November - tickets via giantdwarf.com.au.
32 minutes | Nov 2, 2016
The Shear Genius of Rod Culleton (with Jacqueline Maley)
Sure, senators are getting referred to the High Court with dizzying rapidity, and we'll discuss that – but the big news is that the Australian Border Force has a podcast, available in both audible AND TRANSCRIPT form. Fairfax's Jacqueline Maley joins Dom and APS – in a wig freshly-shorn from a sheep's belly – to help us judge. (Image - Tom Roberts depicts young barristers preparing for court...)
42 minutes | Oct 26, 2016
When The Solicitors-General Talk (with Jane Gilmore)
Two Commonwealth Legal Officers... now, only one will survive. Well, neither is a genuine possibility. Writer Jane Gilmore joins Dom and APS to mull over the legal imbroglio, Tony Abbott's recent adventures and housing affordability. Or, more accurately, unaffordability.
41 minutes | Oct 18, 2016
It Just Wasn't Bob Day's Day (with Maddie Palmer)
WhatsApp this week, you ask? We're discussing the rise of One Nation in the polls, the fall of Family First Senator Bob Day and the cabinet's penchant for group chats. APS and DK are joined this week by Maddie Palmer - in less crappy audio than ever before! Yippee!
41 minutes | Oct 11, 2016
Can An Election Mend A Broken Heart? (with Lee Zachariah)
Lee Zachariah wrote the book 'Double Dissolution' about his adventures on the campaign trail for Vice while his own marriage was falling apart. He joins APS and Dom to tell us what it's like chasing our leaders around the country when your heart is on the other side of the world.(NB - Dom's audio is slightly glitchy - sorry - will fix next time!)
36 minutes | Sep 27, 2016
Whither/Wither The Plebiscite? (with Mark Humphries)
This week, it's nearly all about the plebiscite. Fortunately, Mark Humphries (The Feed, The Chaser) joins APS and Dom to make surprisingly firm pronouncements about what's going to happen. Also, everyone has a book out (except Dom).
50 minutes | Sep 21, 2016
What If A Senator Quit And Nobody Noticed (with Alice Workman)
Ever ghosted? That is, left a party without telling anyone? Stephen Conroy just did that to the Senate. Plus, the Exciting Adventures of George Christensen and the increasingly clouded fate of the plebiscite. With Buzzfeed Political Reporter Alice Workman.
38 minutes | Aug 17, 2016
The Empirical Evidence for Squat Toilets (with Charles Firth)
Charles Firth (Chaser Quarterly) joins APS and Dom for our most scatological and empirical episode yet, courtesy of One Nation's new senators. We also wade into the Great Pairing Stoush and ponder the future of mandatory detention.
34 minutes | Aug 11, 2016
Stop Making Census (with Alex Lee)
Returning post their post-election hiatus, APS and Dom are back with special guest Alex Lee (The Checkout, The Chaser's Election Desk) to size up the minty-fresh new-old government. Which given the Census and the damning reports leaked from Nauru, isn't having the greatest of weeks.
31 minutes | Jul 5, 2016
There's Never Been A More Exciting Time To Go To The Pub
Looking back on Saturday's election result, APS and Dom conclude that they need a drink. So they head to the pub to try and make sense of a night when the biggest winner was probably Pauline Hanson... and fail comprehensively.(Sorry about the background noise, by the way.)
50 minutes | Jun 27, 2016
The Brexit Instability Crisis Disaster Episode (with Mark Humphries)
This week, The Feed's Mark Humphries joins Andrew P Street and Dom Knight for a wander through the rubble of post-Brexit democracy. How much are we looking forward to our own non-binding vote now, kids? Plus, does anyone at Labor HQ have Liberal mates, or even any kind of mates?
34 minutes | Jun 23, 2016
Scare Campaigns And ScoMophobia, Oh My!
As the parties become increasingly shrill and desperate, APS and Dom ponder which scare campaign is scaringest and which phobia is phobiest. No guest this week because of horribly slow internet where Dom is (although there is birdsong and ambient music!) BUT lots of plugs for our live event at Giant Dwarf on 7 July...
42 minutes | Jun 13, 2016
Preferences, Privilege and Palmer (with Jacqueline Maley)
As politicians' tempers fray, SMH columnist Jacqueline Maley joins APS and Dom to look back on more innocent days, when Clive Palmer's car collection was the talk of Capital Hill. Plus - Senator Hinch?
42 minutes | Jun 2, 2016
Bring Out The Half-Time Oranges (with Dee Madigan)
It's about halfway through the campaign, so campaign guru Dee Madigan joins APS + Dom to run the rule over the parties' efforts so far. She tells us what their pitches should be, why they're working or otherwise, and makes a bold prediction. (Photo andrew_B on Flickr)
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