Reforming education, Dunkley, and reflections on the Morrison disaster

In this episode, we explore the latest developments in Australian politics, from ambitious education reforms to the end of an era in disastrous Liberal Party leadership.

First up, we unpack the recently released Universities Accord final report by the Labor government, a comprehensive plan aimed at reshaping higher education over the next few decades. From increasing the number of university-educated Australians to addressing HECS fees and funding, the report outlines ambitious goals but leaves questions about teaching quality and industrial relations unanswered and how to avoid conservative forces destroying the reforms when they return to office at some point in the future.

We also look at Scott Morrison’s valedictory speech in parliament, marking the end of a disastrous era in Australian politics, a level of damage which will take years to correct and repair. With reflections on his tenure and its place within the broader Howard era, we consider the implications of his departure for Australian politics. Is he Australia’s worst prime minister? We’d rank him at number 31, much to the relief of supporters of Billy McMahon.

Finally, we look at upcoming by-election in Dunkley. As the Coalition gains ground in some polls and Labor faces a crucial test in the by-election, we examine the potential ramifications for both parties and the future of governance in Australia. And should we say goodbye to by-elections?

Join us as we dissect these key developments and explore what lies ahead in Australian politics.

Song listing:

  1. ‘Godless’, The Dandy Warhols.
  2. ‘Don’t You (Forget About Me)’, Karlie McKinnon.
  3. ‘Praise You’, Fat Boy Slim.

Music interludes:

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