In this episode, we explore the pressing matters facing the Parliament this week. First up, the aftermath of the Royal Commission into the Robodebt Scheme, its impact on the political landscape, and the responses from key figures such as former Prime Minister Scott Morrison – who is in state of denial over his role in this saga – and current Minister Leader Bill Shorten. We analyse the findings of the commission and the implications it may have for the government.
Another leader under pressure is the Liberal Party leader, Peter Dutton, as calls for a Royal Commission into immigration detention gain momentum. We discuss the recent revelations surrounding a major contract with a corrupt businessman and comments made by Dutton, raising questions about transparency and accountability.
We look at the latest environmental news, examining UNESCO’s decision to defer listing the Great Barrier Reef on the “in danger” list. While the Labor government’s efforts to address climate change and greenhouse emissions are acknowledged, there are concerns about the approval of coal mines and gas exploration licenses. Are these actions are enough to protect the environment adequately? No, there needs to be more action to reduce global warming and greenhouse gas emissions.
This episode also delves into the three-day Senate inquiry into sexual consent laws in Australia, its significance in reducing sexual violence against women, and the need for consistent laws across jurisdictions. But, as usual, more needs to be done.
Finally, we explore the potential impact of the Housing Australia Future Fund Bill on the political landscape and the likelihood of an early election and the historical context of double-dissolution elections in Australia. As much as the mainstream media is agitating for an early election, we just can’t see it happening any time soon.
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