Peacock Politics

Peacock Politics

Go behind Canberra’s closed doors. Adam Peacock asks politicians and leading commentators to cut the crap and to explain simply how the Australian political system functions, why it was set up the way it was and if they think it needs an ov

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Ministers

All ministers are politicians but not necessarily experts in their assigned area - a health minister usually isn't a doctor and an education minister doesn't need to have been a teacher. So how do ministers have the authority to make decisions that are in the best public interest? Adam Peacock is joined by Labor MP Jason Clare to discuss how ministers are elected, what it takes to be good at the job, and all the ego and ambition that gets mixed in with it.    

Ministers

All ministers are politicians but not necessarily experts in their assigned area - a health minister usually isn't a doctor and an education minister doesn't need to have been a teacher. So how do ministers have the authority to make decisions that are in the best public interest? Adam Peacock is joined by Labor MP Jason Clare to discuss how ministers are elected, what it takes to be good at the job, and all the ego and ambition that gets mixed in with it.    

33:47

EP08 - S5

3 Mar 21

Chief of Staff

They are the person behind the politician. The one to help them think, devise strategy and run their office: The Chief of Staff. Adam Peacock is joined by former Chief of Staff to state premiers and Prime Ministers, Clive Mathieson to discuss the huge impact this role has on how a politician performs.   

Chief of Staff

They are the person behind the politician. The one to help them think, devise strategy and run their office: The Chief of Staff. Adam Peacock is joined by former Chief of Staff to state premiers and Prime Ministers, Clive Mathieson to discuss the huge impact this role has on how a politician performs.   

29:55

EP07 - S5

1 Mar 21

Speech Writing

Some of the greatest moments in political history are no accident, and an impactful speech from a leader can inspire change. Adam Peacock talks to Terry Szuplat, former speechwriter to one of the 21st Century’s great orators, President Barack Obama to learn about the art of a great speech; from concept to delivery and everything in between. 

Speech Writing

Some of the greatest moments in political history are no accident, and an impactful speech from a leader can inspire change. Adam Peacock talks to Terry Szuplat, former speechwriter to one of the 21st Century’s great orators, President Barack Obama to learn about the art of a great speech; from concept to delivery and everything in between. 

35:26

EP06 - S5

24 Feb 21

Local Government

We hear plenty about the main show in Canberra and state politics, but what does local government mean in the Australian political landscape? Deputy Lord Mayor of City of Sydney, Jess Scully joins Adam Peacock to chat about the importance of local government, how it perhaps affects us more than state or federal politics and the tricky nature of being neighbours with the people that did or didn't vote you in. 

Local Government

We hear plenty about the main show in Canberra and state politics, but what does local government mean in the Australian political landscape? Deputy Lord Mayor of City of Sydney, Jess Scully joins Adam Peacock to chat about the importance of local government, how it perhaps affects us more than state or federal politics and the tricky nature of being neighbours with the people that did or didn't vote you in. 

34:10

EP05 - S5

22 Feb 21

China

The superpower base seems to be shifting and our northern neighbour China is becoming increasingly influential. Adam Peacock chats to former ambassador to China Geoff Raby to discuss to rise of China, from the delicate political balance to how the relationship touches our day to day existence.

China

The superpower base seems to be shifting and our northern neighbour China is becoming increasingly influential. Adam Peacock chats to former ambassador to China Geoff Raby to discuss to rise of China, from the delicate political balance to how the relationship touches our day to day existence.

26:42

EP04 - S5

17 Feb 21

Debt

We hear a lot about it, but what actually is government debt? Adam Peacock sits down with acclaimed journalist Shane Wright to find out what happens when Australia’s balance sheet is in the red and how much it affects our daily lives.

Debt

We hear a lot about it, but what actually is government debt? Adam Peacock sits down with acclaimed journalist Shane Wright to find out what happens when Australia’s balance sheet is in the red and how much it affects our daily lives.

24:45

EP03 - S5

15 Feb 21

State Governments

What do the state governments mean in the grand scheme of Australian politics? Host Adam Peacock sits down with former Premier of Western Australia, Geoff Gallop to find out the role of state governments in the Australian political system, how the balance between state and federal works and what the pandemic has exposed.

State Governments

What do the state governments mean in the grand scheme of Australian politics? Host Adam Peacock sits down with former Premier of Western Australia, Geoff Gallop to find out the role of state governments in the Australian political system, how the balance between state and federal works and what the pandemic has exposed.

37:19

EP02 - S5

10 Feb 21

Governor General

Who has the final say in the big decisions that govern Australia? Host Adam Peacock speaks to former Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove, about the role of the Governor General, the scope of their power, and how much it actually effects the way our country functions.

Governor General

Who has the final say in the big decisions that govern Australia? Host Adam Peacock speaks to former Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove, about the role of the Governor General, the scope of their power, and how much it actually effects the way our country functions.

39:51

EP01 - S5

8 Feb 21


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