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Post News in Five

From The Saturday Paper and LiSTNR comes Post: News in Five, a daily podcast bringing you the top five news headlines in just five minutes. It means you’ll know what’s going on, why it’s going on and where it’s going next in the time it tak

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Season 1


States asked to cap coal prices, cash rate hits 10-year high, ‘rock chicks’ find ancient treasure

The Albanese government has requested that NSW and Queensland impose their own coal price caps, and is open to offering compensation to the states for any lost royalties,  The Reserve Bank of Australia has lifted interest rates by 0.25%, in its eighth straight rate rise, and a climate activist sentenced to 15 months’ jail for a protest on the Sydney Harbour Bridge is the niece of a senior minister in the NSW government who voted for anti-protest laws used to imprison her. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

States asked to cap coal prices, cash rate hits 10-year high, ‘rock chicks’ find ancient treasure

The Albanese government has requested that NSW and Queensland impose their own coal price caps, and is open to offering compensation to the states for any lost royalties,  The Reserve Bank of Australia has lifted interest rates by 0.25%, in its eighth straight rate rise, and a climate activist sentenced to 15 months’ jail for a protest on the Sydney Harbour Bridge is the niece of a senior minister in the NSW government who voted for anti-protest laws used to imprison her. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

04:29

EP129 - S1

6 Dec 22

Robo-debt architects ‘co-wrote’ inquiry, rush to legislate against activists, Albanese catches Covid

Senior bureaucrats believed they had been given the opportunity to “effectively co-write” a federal watchdog’s report into the robo-debt scheme, Newly unearthed documents have revealed a “scramble” to rubber-stamp the NSW bill that led to the controversial jailing of a climate activist and Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has tested positive for Covid-19 for a second time. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Robo-debt architects ‘co-wrote’ inquiry, rush to legislate against activists, Albanese catches Covid

Senior bureaucrats believed they had been given the opportunity to “effectively co-write” a federal watchdog’s report into the robo-debt scheme, Newly unearthed documents have revealed a “scramble” to rubber-stamp the NSW bill that led to the controversial jailing of a climate activist and Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has tested positive for Covid-19 for a second time. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

04:49

EP128 - S1

5 Dec 22

Higgins to sue Reynolds, Albanese’s approval hits record, COVIDSafe link to lobbying scandal

Lawyers for Brittany Higgins have indicated that a civil case will be launched against the Commonwealth and former Liberal minister Linda Reynolds, Anthony Albanese has ended the parliamentary year on a high and an inquiry into Stuart Robert’s links to a lobbying firm will look into the contract for the COVIDSafe app. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Higgins to sue Reynolds, Albanese’s approval hits record, COVIDSafe link to lobbying scandal

Lawyers for Brittany Higgins have indicated that a civil case will be launched against the Commonwealth and former Liberal minister Linda Reynolds, Anthony Albanese has ended the parliamentary year on a high and an inquiry into Stuart Robert’s links to a lobbying firm will look into the contract for the COVIDSafe app. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

05:17

EP127 - S1

4 Dec 22

IR bill survives filibuster, decision on Lehrmann charges, Territories’ assisted dying ban lifted

Labor’s industrial relations bill cleared the senate on Thursday night, after enduring a marathon filibuster effort from Liberal senator Michaelia Cash, the Crown prosecutor is to make an unexpected statement this morning about the trial of the man accused of sexually assaulting Brittany Higgins, with the charges reportedly on the verge of being dropped and the federal parliament has lifted a ban on territories enacting voluntary assisted dying laws. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

IR bill survives filibuster, decision on Lehrmann charges, Territories’ assisted dying ban lifted

Labor’s industrial relations bill cleared the senate on Thursday night, after enduring a marathon filibuster effort from Liberal senator Michaelia Cash, the Crown prosecutor is to make an unexpected statement this morning about the trial of the man accused of sexually assaulting Brittany Higgins, with the charges reportedly on the verge of being dropped and the federal parliament has lifted a ban on territories enacting voluntary assisted dying laws. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

04:44

EP126 - S1

1 Dec 22

Unrepentant Morrison rejects censure, Parliament agrees to anti-corruption body, Albanese presses US on Assange

Former PM Scott Morrison has railed against what he described as “political intimidation” in his historic censure by parliament over his secret ministries, Australia has passed legislation for a federal anti-corruption commission and PM Anthony Albanese has revealed he has personally lobbied the US government to drop its charges against WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Unrepentant Morrison rejects censure, Parliament agrees to anti-corruption body, Albanese presses US on Assange

Former PM Scott Morrison has railed against what he described as “political intimidation” in his historic censure by parliament over his secret ministries, Australia has passed legislation for a federal anti-corruption commission and PM Anthony Albanese has revealed he has personally lobbied the US government to drop its charges against WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

05:07

EP125 - S1

30 Nov 22

Nationals fracture over Voice, one Liberal to censure Morrison, gas price cap in the pipeline

The Nationals have fractured over the party’s opposition to the Indigenous Voice to Parliament, Scott Morrison has thanked his party for formally deciding not to support a censure motion against him expected this morning and Anthony Albanese and his cabinet are set to endorse a plan to reduce gas prices that includes a price cap. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Nationals fracture over Voice, one Liberal to censure Morrison, gas price cap in the pipeline

The Nationals have fractured over the party’s opposition to the Indigenous Voice to Parliament, Scott Morrison has thanked his party for formally deciding not to support a censure motion against him expected this morning and Anthony Albanese and his cabinet are set to endorse a plan to reduce gas prices that includes a price cap. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

05:07

EP124 - S1

29 Nov 22

Huge fines for cyber breaches, UN says reef ‘in danger’, Morrison set for censure

Federal parliament has passed new data protection laws in response to a wave of cybercrimes, UN-backed report has concluded that the Great Barrier Reef should be placed on a list of world heritage sites in danger and former prime minister Scott Morrison is set to face a censure motion over his decision to secretly appoint himself to additional ministerial portfolios. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Huge fines for cyber breaches, UN says reef ‘in danger’, Morrison set for censure

Federal parliament has passed new data protection laws in response to a wave of cybercrimes, UN-backed report has concluded that the Great Barrier Reef should be placed on a list of world heritage sites in danger and former prime minister Scott Morrison is set to face a censure motion over his decision to secretly appoint himself to additional ministerial portfolios. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

04:55

EP123 - S1

28 Nov 22

Crossbench reshapes IR bill, Andrews cruises to third term, sensitive data for sale

Labor’s landmark industrial relations changes will become law after deals were reached with independent senator David Pocock and the Greens, Premier Daniel Andrews has declared Victoria as Australia’s “most progressive state”, after securing a comfortable election victory and Sensitive data stolen from millions of Australians is being hawked on an easily found web forum. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Crossbench reshapes IR bill, Andrews cruises to third term, sensitive data for sale

Labor’s landmark industrial relations changes will become law after deals were reached with independent senator David Pocock and the Greens, Premier Daniel Andrews has declared Victoria as Australia’s “most progressive state”, after securing a comfortable election victory and Sensitive data stolen from millions of Australians is being hawked on an easily found web forum. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

04:32

EP122 - S1

27 Nov 22

Secret ministries report drops, Liberal lobbying triggers inquiry, Victorian parties bank on surplus

An investigation into Scott Morrison’s secret ministries is due today amid revelations he refused to give evidence, as Josh Frydenberg hits out at the former prime minister, the Albanese government has ordered an investigation in the wake of reports that senior Liberal frontbencher Stuart Robert gave secret advice to a lobbying firm, as further allegations emerge over the scandal and both the Labor and Liberal parties have promised budget surpluses exceeding $1bn by 2025-2026 if they win Saturday’s Victorian election. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Secret ministries report drops, Liberal lobbying triggers inquiry, Victorian parties bank on surplus

An investigation into Scott Morrison’s secret ministries is due today amid revelations he refused to give evidence, as Josh Frydenberg hits out at the former prime minister, the Albanese government has ordered an investigation in the wake of reports that senior Liberal frontbencher Stuart Robert gave secret advice to a lobbying firm, as further allegations emerge over the scandal and both the Labor and Liberal parties have promised budget surpluses exceeding $1bn by 2025-2026 if they win Saturday’s Victorian election. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

05:49

EP121 - S1

24 Nov 22

Liberal MP’s link to lobbyist, whistleblower upgrade falls short, food security plan push

Leaked emails reveal Coalition MP Stuart Robert has been secretly providing advice to a lobbying firm that helps companies win lucrative government contracts and obtain access to politicians, Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus is set to introduce whistleblower legislation next week that falls short of measures proposed in a new report and Grocery prices in Australia could jump another 7% by this time next year, amid calls for a national food security plan. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Liberal MP’s link to lobbyist, whistleblower upgrade falls short, food security plan push

Leaked emails reveal Coalition MP Stuart Robert has been secretly providing advice to a lobbying firm that helps companies win lucrative government contracts and obtain access to politicians, Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus is set to introduce whistleblower legislation next week that falls short of measures proposed in a new report and Grocery prices in Australia could jump another 7% by this time next year, amid calls for a national food security plan. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

05:18

EP120 - S1

23 Nov 22

Climate driving rate rises, earthquakes hit Indonesia and Solomons, crossbench secures EV concessions

The Reserve Bank governor Philip Lowe has warned climate change is fuelling increasingly volatile interest rates, the death toll from an earthquake in Indonesia has risen to 268 and Labor has agreed to amend its low-emissions vehicle plan to prioritise fully electric cars for tax cuts over hybrids. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Climate driving rate rises, earthquakes hit Indonesia and Solomons, crossbench secures EV concessions

The Reserve Bank governor Philip Lowe has warned climate change is fuelling increasingly volatile interest rates, the death toll from an earthquake in Indonesia has risen to 268 and Labor has agreed to amend its low-emissions vehicle plan to prioritise fully electric cars for tax cuts over hybrids. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

05:32

EP119 - S1

22 Nov 22

FIFA bans inclusive armbands, Wilkie drive to expose coal scam, unions push for menstrual leave

The football World Cup launch has been overshadowed by a crackdown on protests against host nation Qatar’s homosexuality laws, Teal MPs are backing Andrew Wilkie’s call for an inquiry and Australian unions will launch a national campaign for menstrual and menopause leave. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

FIFA bans inclusive armbands, Wilkie drive to expose coal scam, unions push for menstrual leave

The football World Cup launch has been overshadowed by a crackdown on protests against host nation Qatar’s homosexuality laws, Teal MPs are backing Andrew Wilkie’s call for an inquiry and Australian unions will launch a national campaign for menstrual and menopause leave. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

05:25

EP118 - S1

21 Nov 22

COP27 agrees to disaster fund, Trump spurns Twitter invite, police probe MP’s ‘red mist’ speech

The COP27 summit has concluded with a global agreement to set up a fund to help poor countries hit by climate impacts, but Australia has been criticised for holding firm to fossil fuels, Elon Musk has announced that Donald Trump can rejoin Twitter, but the former US president declared he had no plans to return to the platform and Daniel Andrews has rejected the “Americanisation” of politics, after an independent MP told a crowd she wanted the Victorian premier turned into “red mist”. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to thae newsletter.

COP27 agrees to disaster fund, Trump spurns Twitter invite, police probe MP’s ‘red mist’ speech

The COP27 summit has concluded with a global agreement to set up a fund to help poor countries hit by climate impacts, but Australia has been criticised for holding firm to fossil fuels, Elon Musk has announced that Donald Trump can rejoin Twitter, but the former US president declared he had no plans to return to the platform and Daniel Andrews has rejected the “Americanisation” of politics, after an independent MP told a crowd she wanted the Victorian premier turned into “red mist”. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to thae newsletter.

05:11

EP117 - S1

20 Nov 22

Court convicts trio in MH17 downing, Myanmar frees Australian aide, Amazon backs Neighbours return

Three men have been convicted of murder for their role in shooting down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine, killing 298 people including 38 Australians, Myanmar’s military junta has released the Australian economist Sean Turnell, a former adviser to ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi, as part of a mass prisoner amnesty and The COP27 climate summit is expected to stretch beyond its Friday deadline, with countries at an impasse over how to pay for climate impacts and whether to wind down fossil fuels. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Court convicts trio in MH17 downing, Myanmar frees Australian aide, Amazon backs Neighbours return

Three men have been convicted of murder for their role in shooting down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine, killing 298 people including 38 Australians, Myanmar’s military junta has released the Australian economist Sean Turnell, a former adviser to ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi, as part of a mass prisoner amnesty and The COP27 climate summit is expected to stretch beyond its Friday deadline, with countries at an impasse over how to pay for climate impacts and whether to wind down fossil fuels. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

05:35

EP116 - S1

17 Nov 22

Higher education reboot, Trump announces presidential run, Deliveroo quits Australia

Labor has unveiled plans for an overhaul of higher education, including a review of the former Coalition government’s controversial scheme that vastly increased fees for humanities students, Donald Trump has announced he is running to become US president, amid conservative unrest over his role in an underwhelming midterms election performance by Republicans and Deliveroo has announced it is quitting the Australian market, leaving 15,000 local riders out of work. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Higher education reboot, Trump announces presidential run, Deliveroo quits Australia

Labor has unveiled plans for an overhaul of higher education, including a review of the former Coalition government’s controversial scheme that vastly increased fees for humanities students, Donald Trump has announced he is running to become US president, amid conservative unrest over his role in an underwhelming midterms election performance by Republicans and Deliveroo has announced it is quitting the Australian market, leaving 15,000 local riders out of work. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

05:25

EP115 - S1

16 Nov 22

Albanese meets Xi in Bali, Djokovic ban to be overturned and youth guards violence ignored.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has met with Chinese President Xi Jinping, in a diplomatic breakthrough after years of escalating tensions between the two countries and tennis star Novak Djokovic is set to be granted a visa to compete in next year's Australian Open, just 10 months into a three-year ban on entering Australia. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Albanese meets Xi in Bali, Djokovic ban to be overturned and youth guards violence ignored.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has met with Chinese President Xi Jinping, in a diplomatic breakthrough after years of escalating tensions between the two countries and tennis star Novak Djokovic is set to be granted a visa to compete in next year's Australian Open, just 10 months into a three-year ban on entering Australia. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

06:01

EP114 - S1

15 Nov 22

World reaches 8bn people, First National Survivors’ Day, floodwaters rise in NSW

The world population is forecast to hit 8bn people today, but the rate of growth is slowing globally, Australia today marks its first National Survivors’ Day for survivors of sexual abuse, amid reports that the Catholic church is pressuring alleged victims to accept paltry payouts and wild weather has seen floodwaters rise once again in NSW, while swathes of SA have been left without power. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

World reaches 8bn people, First National Survivors’ Day, floodwaters rise in NSW

The world population is forecast to hit 8bn people today, but the rate of growth is slowing globally, Australia today marks its first National Survivors’ Day for survivors of sexual abuse, amid reports that the Catholic church is pressuring alleged victims to accept paltry payouts and wild weather has seen floodwaters rise once again in NSW, while swathes of SA have been left without power. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

05:11

EP113 - S1

14 Nov 22

China reaches out to Albanese, Democrats secure the senate, GST deal blows budget hole

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has spoken face-to-face with China’s second-most powerful politician, Democrats have held on to control of the US senate and remain an outside chance to retain the house and a GST deal the former Morrison government made with WA is on track to cost 10 times more than originally forecast. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

China reaches out to Albanese, Democrats secure the senate, GST deal blows budget hole

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has spoken face-to-face with China’s second-most powerful politician, Democrats have held on to control of the US senate and remain an outside chance to retain the house and a GST deal the former Morrison government made with WA is on track to cost 10 times more than originally forecast. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

05:43

EP112 - S1

13 Nov 22

Hackers reveal abortion data, masks back on in Queensland, visa rush for Myanmar refugees

Home Affairs Minister Clare O’Neil has vowed to hunt down the Medibank hackers, after the group leaked data allegedly detailing information on patients who’ve had abortions. A leading epidemiologist has called for other states to follow Queensland in strengthening Covid safeguards, as cases and hospitalisations climb in the latest wave. And the federal government has announced it will prioritise Myanmar nationals living in Australia for protection visas, and will review its program to help Afghans fleeing the Taliban. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Hackers reveal abortion data, masks back on in Queensland, visa rush for Myanmar refugees

Home Affairs Minister Clare O’Neil has vowed to hunt down the Medibank hackers, after the group leaked data allegedly detailing information on patients who’ve had abortions. A leading epidemiologist has called for other states to follow Queensland in strengthening Covid safeguards, as cases and hospitalisations climb in the latest wave. And the federal government has announced it will prioritise Myanmar nationals living in Australia for protection visas, and will review its program to help Afghans fleeing the Taliban. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

05:29

EP111 - S1

10 Nov 22

Democrats resist red wave, Medibank hackers release files, Zuckerberg slashes workforce

A predicted Republican “red wave” has largely failed to materialise in the US midterms, but the party is set to secure the house of representatives, with the Democrats favoured to retain the senate, Hackers have begun sharing customer data stolen from Medibank Private, including health records such as drug addiction treatments and Facebook parent Meta is laying off 11,000 people, with CEO Mark Zuckerberg citing faltering revenue and broader tech industry woes. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Democrats resist red wave, Medibank hackers release files, Zuckerberg slashes workforce

A predicted Republican “red wave” has largely failed to materialise in the US midterms, but the party is set to secure the house of representatives, with the Democrats favoured to retain the senate, Hackers have begun sharing customer data stolen from Medibank Private, including health records such as drug addiction treatments and Facebook parent Meta is laying off 11,000 people, with CEO Mark Zuckerberg citing faltering revenue and broader tech industry woes. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

05:05

EP110 - S1

9 Nov 22

Putin’s war accelerating climate crisis, booster plea as new strain arrives, soft plastics stockpiled

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has condemned Russia’s invasion of his country for exacerbating the “catastrophic” effects of climate change, Experts have expressed concern over the low uptake of vaccine boosters and Labor senator Glenn Sterle has come under fire for referring to Bridget McKenzie as a “naughty little girl” during an argument in senate estimates. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Putin’s war accelerating climate crisis, booster plea as new strain arrives, soft plastics stockpiled

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has condemned Russia’s invasion of his country for exacerbating the “catastrophic” effects of climate change, Experts have expressed concern over the low uptake of vaccine boosters and Labor senator Glenn Sterle has come under fire for referring to Bridget McKenzie as a “naughty little girl” during an argument in senate estimates. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

05:14

EP109 - S1

8 Nov 22

Musk tweets Republican support, Australia fails to pay climate bill, Coalition report panned sports rorts

Musk tweets Republican support, Australia fails to pay climate bill, Coalition report panned sports rorts, Australia has fallen billions of dollars short of its “fair share” of climate funding for developing countries and a secret report by the former Coalition government into the sports rorts scandal has been released under FOI laws. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Musk tweets Republican support, Australia fails to pay climate bill, Coalition report panned sports rorts

Musk tweets Republican support, Australia fails to pay climate bill, Coalition report panned sports rorts, Australia has fallen billions of dollars short of its “fair share” of climate funding for developing countries and a secret report by the former Coalition government into the sports rorts scandal has been released under FOI laws. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

05:10

EP108 - S1

7 Nov 22

Climate compo tops COP27, Labor concessions on IR bill, Dutton link to migrant scandal

The COP27 UN climate summit has made a delayed start, the Albanese government has agreed to amend its industrial relations bill in response to concerns and Clare O’Neil will push for an inquiry into widespread visa rorting, blaming her predecessor Peter Dutton. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Climate compo tops COP27, Labor concessions on IR bill, Dutton link to migrant scandal

The COP27 UN climate summit has made a delayed start, the Albanese government has agreed to amend its industrial relations bill in response to concerns and Clare O’Neil will push for an inquiry into widespread visa rorting, blaming her predecessor Peter Dutton. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

04:43

EP107 - S1

6 Nov 22

Industries swamped by cybercrime, robo-debt collector wins more work, Australian mines African politics

Cybercrime is surging in Australia, with one reported every seven minutes, as attacks spread to defence and real estate. A controversial debt-collection company that won significant government business under the illegal robo-debt scheme scored two more lucrative contract renewals from Services Australia before the federal election. And a lobbying firm led by Australian right-wing political strategist Sir Lynton Crosby agreed to help mining companies plan secret campaigns to influence elections in Africa. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Industries swamped by cybercrime, robo-debt collector wins more work, Australian mines African politics

Cybercrime is surging in Australia, with one reported every seven minutes, as attacks spread to defence and real estate. A controversial debt-collection company that won significant government business under the illegal robo-debt scheme scored two more lucrative contract renewals from Services Australia before the federal election. And a lobbying firm led by Australian right-wing political strategist Sir Lynton Crosby agreed to help mining companies plan secret campaigns to influence elections in Africa. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

05:06

EP106 - S1

3 Nov 22

Labor eyes fossil fuel tax hike, thousands march for Turvey, inquiry hears Morrison pushed robo-debt

Treasurer Jim Chalmers has signalled changes to fossil fuel taxes, as new data reveals little improvement in the Petroleum Resource Rent Tax take, Cassius Turvey’s mother has led thousands in a march through Perth, amid a national day of action across Australia in honour of her 15-year-old son and Scott Morrison pushed forward with the robo-debt scheme when he was Social Services minister, despite legal advice warning of potential issues, an inquiry has heard. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Labor eyes fossil fuel tax hike, thousands march for Turvey, inquiry hears Morrison pushed robo-debt

Treasurer Jim Chalmers has signalled changes to fossil fuel taxes, as new data reveals little improvement in the Petroleum Resource Rent Tax take, Cassius Turvey’s mother has led thousands in a march through Perth, amid a national day of action across Australia in honour of her 15-year-old son and Scott Morrison pushed forward with the robo-debt scheme when he was Social Services minister, despite legal advice warning of potential issues, an inquiry has heard. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

04:59

EP105 - S1

2 Nov 22

New warnings on gambling ads, RBA defends rate rise regimen, concerns over Rolfe’s use of force

The Albanese government has unveiled new restrictions on gambling ads, as a protest struck Australia’s largest gambling event in the Melbourne Cup. The Reserve Bank of Australia is prepared to accelerate rate rises further over summer to counter inflation, after delivering another lift to the cash rate on Tuesday. And the NT coroner has heard that the police officer who killed Kumanjayi Walker had a track record of “concerning behaviour”, including not turning on his body camera and making arrests that resulted in injuries. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

New warnings on gambling ads, RBA defends rate rise regimen, concerns over Rolfe’s use of force

The Albanese government has unveiled new restrictions on gambling ads, as a protest struck Australia’s largest gambling event in the Melbourne Cup. The Reserve Bank of Australia is prepared to accelerate rate rises further over summer to counter inflation, after delivering another lift to the cash rate on Tuesday. And the NT coroner has heard that the police officer who killed Kumanjayi Walker had a track record of “concerning behaviour”, including not turning on his body camera and making arrests that resulted in injuries. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

04:43

EP104 - S1

1 Nov 22

China baulks at B-52s in NT, robo-debt legal advice ignored, Bolsonaro silent after defeat

China has criticised plans by the US to build hangars in the NT for its nuclear-capable B-52 bombers, warning the move “may trigger an arms race in the region”. Government departments failed to obtain high-level external legal advice about robo-debt before the scheme’s implementation, despite internal warnings from their own lawyers. And Jair Bolsonaro has gone silent in the wake of his Brazilian election loss to Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, escalating fears he will follow through on his claims he would not accept defeat. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

China baulks at B-52s in NT, robo-debt legal advice ignored, Bolsonaro silent after defeat

China has criticised plans by the US to build hangars in the NT for its nuclear-capable B-52 bombers, warning the move “may trigger an arms race in the region”. Government departments failed to obtain high-level external legal advice about robo-debt before the scheme’s implementation, despite internal warnings from their own lawyers. And Jair Bolsonaro has gone silent in the wake of his Brazilian election loss to Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, escalating fears he will follow through on his claims he would not accept defeat. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

05:08

EP103 - S1

31 Oct 22

Robo-debt architects face inquiry, incarceration jail rate doubles, Seoul crush kills 151

The robo-debt royal commission will start calling witnesses today, as the first week of public hearings for the inquiry gets under way. Australia’s incarceration rate has doubled in the last three decades, with the spike costing each taxpayer an additional $140 a year. And a human trafficking syndicate has exploited flaws in the Australian immigration system that allows it to run an illegal sex racket.  Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Robo-debt architects face inquiry, incarceration jail rate doubles, Seoul crush kills 151

The robo-debt royal commission will start calling witnesses today, as the first week of public hearings for the inquiry gets under way. Australia’s incarceration rate has doubled in the last three decades, with the spike costing each taxpayer an additional $140 a year. And a human trafficking syndicate has exploited flaws in the Australian immigration system that allows it to run an illegal sex racket.  Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

05:01

EP102 - S1

30 Oct 22

Labor bill offers flexible hours, power costs need short circuit, Medibank urged to pay hacker

Labor will introduce its industrial relations bill to parliament today, with the legislation aiming to boost employee flexibility and wages as inflation pressures escalate. There are calls for Labor to act to ease energy prices, after the federal budget projected an increase of more than 50% to energy bills in the coming years. And shares in Medibank have crashed after the company revealed all its customers had been exposed in a recent hack, with one expert urging the health insurance giant to pay a ransom. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Labor bill offers flexible hours, power costs need short circuit, Medibank urged to pay hacker

Labor will introduce its industrial relations bill to parliament today, with the legislation aiming to boost employee flexibility and wages as inflation pressures escalate. There are calls for Labor to act to ease energy prices, after the federal budget projected an increase of more than 50% to energy bills in the coming years. And shares in Medibank have crashed after the company revealed all its customers had been exposed in a recent hack, with one expert urging the health insurance giant to pay a ransom. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

04:47

EP100 - S1

26 Oct 22

Budget braces against economic headwinds, wellbeing gets seat at the table, climate change costed in

Treasurer Jim Chalmers has centred his first budget around a five-point plan to address cost-of-living pressures, the federal budget commits to measuring Australia’s wellbeing and the costs of climate change impacts will be factored in. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Budget braces against economic headwinds, wellbeing gets seat at the table, climate change costed in

Treasurer Jim Chalmers has centred his first budget around a five-point plan to address cost-of-living pressures, the federal budget commits to measuring Australia’s wellbeing and the costs of climate change impacts will be factored in. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

06:19

EP99 - S1

25 Oct 22

Billionaire Sunak becomes British PM, NT seeks funds to protect women, Medicare watchdog toothless

Rishi Sunak will become the UK’s third prime minister in seven weeks, after winning the Tory leadership contest. The Northern Territory government has called for an increased share of domestic violence funding, with First Nations women being murdered at up to 12 times the national average. And the watchdog responsible for policing Medicare investigates just 0.07% of health professionals each year and is chronically underfunded, an investigation has found. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Billionaire Sunak becomes British PM, NT seeks funds to protect women, Medicare watchdog toothless

Rishi Sunak will become the UK’s third prime minister in seven weeks, after winning the Tory leadership contest. The Northern Territory government has called for an increased share of domestic violence funding, with First Nations women being murdered at up to 12 times the national average. And the watchdog responsible for policing Medicare investigates just 0.07% of health professionals each year and is chronically underfunded, an investigation has found. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

05:18

EP98 - S1

24 Oct 22

Budget retrieves $10bn from pork barrel, US jailer wins Nauru contract, pledge to cut methane by 30%

The Albanese government will bank $10bn in savings in the upcoming budget from its “rorts and waste” drive, with a raft of Coalition grants to be axed. A controversial private prisons operator has been awarded a lucrative contract to manage offshore detention, as Australia is criticised for its handling of domestic detention centres. And the federal government has confirmed Australia will sign up to a global pledge to reduce methane emissions by 30% by 2030. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Budget retrieves $10bn from pork barrel, US jailer wins Nauru contract, pledge to cut methane by 30%

The Albanese government will bank $10bn in savings in the upcoming budget from its “rorts and waste” drive, with a raft of Coalition grants to be axed. A controversial private prisons operator has been awarded a lucrative contract to manage offshore detention, as Australia is criticised for its handling of domestic detention centres. And the federal government has confirmed Australia will sign up to a global pledge to reduce methane emissions by 30% by 2030. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

05:30

EP97 - S1

23 Oct 22

Truss resigns amid Tory chaos, Queensland approves coal expansion, big boost to Pacific aid

Liz Truss has become the shortest-serving prime minister in UK history, resigning after just six weeks in office. A Queensland coal project has secured final approval to begin development, as Victoria announces a renewables plan that will accelerate the demise of its coal-fired power plants. And Greens senator Lidia Thorpe has resigned as the party’s deputy leader in the senate following revelations she failed to disclose a relationship with a former bikie boss. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Truss resigns amid Tory chaos, Queensland approves coal expansion, big boost to Pacific aid

Liz Truss has become the shortest-serving prime minister in UK history, resigning after just six weeks in office. A Queensland coal project has secured final approval to begin development, as Victoria announces a renewables plan that will accelerate the demise of its coal-fired power plants. And Greens senator Lidia Thorpe has resigned as the party’s deputy leader in the senate following revelations she failed to disclose a relationship with a former bikie boss. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

05:30

EP96 - S1

20 Oct 22

$2.4bn for NBN expansion, MPs rue West Jerusalem call, Jury weighs Lehrmann trial

Labor will commit $2.4bn in the upcoming budget to expand the national broadband network to a further 1.5m homes and businesses. The funding will give more people the option of upgrading their copper connections to full-fibre, delivering faster internet speeds. And the Albanese government has faced criticism from one of its own MPs and crossbenchers representing Jewish areas over its decision to drop Australia’s recognition of West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

$2.4bn for NBN expansion, MPs rue West Jerusalem call, Jury weighs Lehrmann trial

Labor will commit $2.4bn in the upcoming budget to expand the national broadband network to a further 1.5m homes and businesses. The funding will give more people the option of upgrading their copper connections to full-fibre, delivering faster internet speeds. And the Albanese government has faced criticism from one of its own MPs and crossbenchers representing Jewish areas over its decision to drop Australia’s recognition of West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

05:22

EP95 - S1

19 Oct 22

Athletes muscle out fossil fuels, corruption body could target journalists, Ukraine plunged into darkness

Athletes across sports are resisting fossil fuel-linked company sponsorships, as momentum builds against key endorsement deals in cricket, AFL and netball. Submissions to a parliamentary inquiry into national anti-corruption commission legislation have warned it could impede journalism and set the bar too high for public hearings. And much of Ukraine has been left without power, as Russian air attacks hit one third of the country’s power stations. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Athletes muscle out fossil fuels, corruption body could target journalists, Ukraine plunged into darkness

Athletes across sports are resisting fossil fuel-linked company sponsorships, as momentum builds against key endorsement deals in cricket, AFL and netball. Submissions to a parliamentary inquiry into national anti-corruption commission legislation have warned it could impede journalism and set the bar too high for public hearings. And much of Ukraine has been left without power, as Russian air attacks hit one third of the country’s power stations. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

04:55

EP94 - S1

18 Oct 22

Reynolds denies coaching Lehrmann defence, Truss tax plan reversed, AMA calls Medicare rorts a ‘slur’

Coalition senator Linda Reynolds has denied that she attempted to “coach” defence lawyers during the cross-examination of her former staffer Brittany Higgins. UK Prime Minister Liz Truss has had almost the entirety of her plan to cut taxes on the wealthy and corporations reversed by her own chancellor, as members of her party call on her to resign over the controversial measures. And the Australian Medical Association has hit out at media reports of Medicare fraud as an “unjustified slur” against doctors. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Reynolds denies coaching Lehrmann defence, Truss tax plan reversed, AMA calls Medicare rorts a ‘slur’

Coalition senator Linda Reynolds has denied that she attempted to “coach” defence lawyers during the cross-examination of her former staffer Brittany Higgins. UK Prime Minister Liz Truss has had almost the entirety of her plan to cut taxes on the wealthy and corporations reversed by her own chancellor, as members of her party call on her to resign over the controversial measures. And the Australian Medical Association has hit out at media reports of Medicare fraud as an “unjustified slur” against doctors. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

05:16

EP93 - S1

17 Oct 22

Defence deployed to Victoria floods, national plan to end domestic violence, Medicare billions lost to fraud

Victoria’s rivers have continued to swell, leaving thousands cut off and without electricity, as federal assistance is announced for victims. Federal and state governments have vowed to end violence against women and children within a generation, but the plan is not backed by specific funding or targets. Billions of dollars are being rorted from Medicare each year by doctors making mistakes or charging for services that didn’t happen. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Defence deployed to Victoria floods, national plan to end domestic violence, Medicare billions lost to fraud

Victoria’s rivers have continued to swell, leaving thousands cut off and without electricity, as federal assistance is announced for victims. Federal and state governments have vowed to end violence against women and children within a generation, but the plan is not backed by specific funding or targets. Billions of dollars are being rorted from Medicare each year by doctors making mistakes or charging for services that didn’t happen. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

05:39

EP92 - S1

16 Oct 22

Floods inundate Victoria, Tasmania; allies boost Ukraine air defence; Hillsong sued

Australia’s relentless flood crisis has spread to Victoria and Tasmania, with a raft of evacuations and dams threatening to overflow across the two states, along with NSW. Western powers have committed to supplying Ukraine with air defence systems, as Russian forces launch missiles and nuclear tensions grow. And the Albanese government is planning to slash private consultancy fees by setting up an internal consulting hub. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Floods inundate Victoria, Tasmania; allies boost Ukraine air defence; Hillsong sued

Australia’s relentless flood crisis has spread to Victoria and Tasmania, with a raft of evacuations and dams threatening to overflow across the two states, along with NSW. Western powers have committed to supplying Ukraine with air defence systems, as Russian forces launch missiles and nuclear tensions grow. And the Albanese government is planning to slash private consultancy fees by setting up an internal consulting hub. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

05:43

EP91 - S1

13 Oct 22

Knitting Nannas unpick protest laws, long Covid clinics swamped, Future Fund retains Russian holdings

Two members of the Knitting Nannas will challenge the NSW government’s anti-protest laws in court, as climate activists explore avenues for action with “less punitive” consequences. An inquiry has heard patients are inundating long Covid clinics, as a new study reveals nearly a third of Covid patients have symptoms for more than four weeks. And Australia’s sovereign wealth fund still retains around $200m dollars of holdings in 19 Russian companies, seven months after vowing to divest. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Knitting Nannas unpick protest laws, long Covid clinics swamped, Future Fund retains Russian holdings

Two members of the Knitting Nannas will challenge the NSW government’s anti-protest laws in court, as climate activists explore avenues for action with “less punitive” consequences. An inquiry has heard patients are inundating long Covid clinics, as a new study reveals nearly a third of Covid patients have symptoms for more than four weeks. And Australia’s sovereign wealth fund still retains around $200m dollars of holdings in 19 Russian companies, seven months after vowing to divest. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

05:38

EP90 - S1

12 Oct 22

Government scraps robo-debt reviews, memorials mark Bali bombing anniversary, alarm over GP shortage

Nearly 200,000 Australians will have their debt reviews wiped, as the federal government scraps all debt recovery efforts associated with the illegal robo-debt scheme. There will be commemorations across Australia and in Bali today, marking 20 years since the Bali bombings that left over 200 people dead. And doctors and medical students are calling for urgent funding and Medicare changes to prevent a shortage of 11,000 general practitioners over the next decade. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Government scraps robo-debt reviews, memorials mark Bali bombing anniversary, alarm over GP shortage

Nearly 200,000 Australians will have their debt reviews wiped, as the federal government scraps all debt recovery efforts associated with the illegal robo-debt scheme. There will be commemorations across Australia and in Bali today, marking 20 years since the Bali bombings that left over 200 people dead. And doctors and medical students are calling for urgent funding and Medicare changes to prevent a shortage of 11,000 general practitioners over the next decade. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

05:29

EP89 - S1

11 Oct 22

Missiles strike Ukrainian cities, study dismisses Coalition-spruiked Covid drug, Murdoch rejects Crikey public interest defence

Russia has launched its biggest wave of missile attacks on Ukrainian cities since the start of the invasion, as its key ally Belarus mobilises its troops. A Covid treatment heavily invested in by the former Morrison government has delivered underwhelming trial results, as vaccine booster uptake dwindles. And Lachlan Murdoch’s alleged failure to disavow “poisonous” Fox News commentary on the US presidential election forms part of Crikey’s defamation defence against the media mogul. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Missiles strike Ukrainian cities, study dismisses Coalition-spruiked Covid drug, Murdoch rejects Crikey public interest defence

Russia has launched its biggest wave of missile attacks on Ukrainian cities since the start of the invasion, as its key ally Belarus mobilises its troops. A Covid treatment heavily invested in by the former Morrison government has delivered underwhelming trial results, as vaccine booster uptake dwindles. And Lachlan Murdoch’s alleged failure to disavow “poisonous” Fox News commentary on the US presidential election forms part of Crikey’s defamation defence against the media mogul. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

05:53

EP88 - S1

10 Oct 22

Defence projects running a century late, Parties ‘weaponise’ taxpayer funds and Albanese retreats from tax cut changes

Defence projects have suffered $6.5bn worth of cost blowouts and are collectively running decades behind schedule, the federal government has revealed and one out of every four dollars in federal government advertising is spent on politicised advertising campaigns, according to a new report. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Defence projects running a century late, Parties ‘weaponise’ taxpayer funds and Albanese retreats from tax cut changes

Defence projects have suffered $6.5bn worth of cost blowouts and are collectively running decades behind schedule, the federal government has revealed and one out of every four dollars in federal government advertising is spent on politicised advertising campaigns, according to a new report. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

06:22

EP87 - S1

9 Oct 22

Government unveils first telco reforms, ATO whistleblower reveals PTSD, literature Nobel winner announced

The federal government has introduced its initial regulatory reforms to address the Optus data hack, as the first arrest is made in connection with the breach. Whistleblower Richard Boyle has told a court he suffers from complex post-traumatic stress disorder from his time employed at the ATO. And French writer Annie Ernaux, author of The Years and Cleaned Out, has been announced as the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Government unveils first telco reforms, ATO whistleblower reveals PTSD, literature Nobel winner announced

The federal government has introduced its initial regulatory reforms to address the Optus data hack, as the first arrest is made in connection with the breach. Whistleblower Richard Boyle has told a court he suffers from complex post-traumatic stress disorder from his time employed at the ATO. And French writer Annie Ernaux, author of The Years and Cleaned Out, has been announced as the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

06:24

EP86 - S1

6 Oct 22

Jobs facing skills shortage double, Ukraine asks Australia to ‘adopt’ region, Higgins takes stand in Lehrmann trial

The number of occupations experiencing a skills shortage in Australia has almost doubled over the past year, according to new data. Australia is considering a plan to rebuild ruined infrastructure in an “adopted” part of Ukraine, as Russia formally signs into law its annexation of Ukrainian territories. Brittany Higgins has taken the stand for the first time in the trial of the man she accuses of having sexually assaulted her, claiming he “made a pass” at her at a previous work event. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Jobs facing skills shortage double, Ukraine asks Australia to ‘adopt’ region, Higgins takes stand in Lehrmann trial

The number of occupations experiencing a skills shortage in Australia has almost doubled over the past year, according to new data. Australia is considering a plan to rebuild ruined infrastructure in an “adopted” part of Ukraine, as Russia formally signs into law its annexation of Ukrainian territories. Brittany Higgins has taken the stand for the first time in the trial of the man she accuses of having sexually assaulted her, claiming he “made a pass” at her at a previous work event. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

05:55

EP85 - S1

5 Oct 22

Chalmers flags changes to tax cuts, Lehrmann accused of lying and Essendon CEO quits after one day

Treasurer Jim Chalmers has flagged potential changes to the stage three tax cuts, pointing to financial turmoil caused by a similar tax cut proposal for the rich in the UK and Bruce Lehrmann has been accused in court of lying about why he attended Parliament House with Brittany Higgins on the night of her alleged rape. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Chalmers flags changes to tax cuts, Lehrmann accused of lying and Essendon CEO quits after one day

Treasurer Jim Chalmers has flagged potential changes to the stage three tax cuts, pointing to financial turmoil caused by a similar tax cut proposal for the rich in the UK and Bruce Lehrmann has been accused in court of lying about why he attended Parliament House with Brittany Higgins on the night of her alleged rape. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

05:53

EP84 - S1

4 Oct 22

Optus reveals full scale of breach, accused Higgins rapist trial begins, report reveals aged care shortfall

Optus has revealed the full scale of the recent data breach and hired a consulting company to run an independent review. After a litany of delays, the trial for the man accused of raping former Liberal Party staffer Brittany Higgins is set to begin in Canberra today. And Australia will have an expected workforce shortfall of more than 100,000 carers within five years, according to a report allegedly buried by the former Morrison government. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Optus reveals full scale of breach, accused Higgins rapist trial begins, report reveals aged care shortfall

Optus has revealed the full scale of the recent data breach and hired a consulting company to run an independent review. After a litany of delays, the trial for the man accused of raping former Liberal Party staffer Brittany Higgins is set to begin in Canberra today. And Australia will have an expected workforce shortfall of more than 100,000 carers within five years, according to a report allegedly buried by the former Morrison government. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

04:54

EP83 - S1

3 Oct 22

ASIO clears Syrian rescue mission, integrity body targets encrypted texts and tear gas triggers Indonesian stampede

The Australian government is planning to rescue dozens of Australian women and children trapped in Syrian detention camps, and Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus has revealed that encrypted text messages on platforms such as WhatsApp and Signal could be tapped by the federal government’s new integrity commission. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

ASIO clears Syrian rescue mission, integrity body targets encrypted texts and tear gas triggers Indonesian stampede

The Australian government is planning to rescue dozens of Australian women and children trapped in Syrian detention camps, and Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus has revealed that encrypted text messages on platforms such as WhatsApp and Signal could be tapped by the federal government’s new integrity commission. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

05:47

EP82 - S1

2 Oct 22

Russia annexes Ukraine regions, push to scrap Covid isolation and Antarctic stations rife with harassment

Russian President Vladimir Putin will announce the formal annexation of four Ukrainian regions today, in a move the UN warns would mark a “dangerous escalation”, and NSW and Tasmania will push to scrap mandatory Covid isolation at today’s national cabinet meeting. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Russia annexes Ukraine regions, push to scrap Covid isolation and Antarctic stations rife with harassment

Russian President Vladimir Putin will announce the formal annexation of four Ukrainian regions today, in a move the UN warns would mark a “dangerous escalation”, and NSW and Tasmania will push to scrap mandatory Covid isolation at today’s national cabinet meeting. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

05:44

EP81 - S1

29 Sep 22

Crossbench alarm over corruption bill, AGL accelerates coal closure, Albanese says Optus should pay

Labor’s assurance that its proposed national anti-corruption body would typically hold hearings in private has secured the in-principle support of the Coalition, but provoked alarm among crossbenchers. AGL is set to announce the closure of two major coal-fired power plants in Victoria and NSW by 2035. And Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has called for Optus to pay for replacement passports for customers who had sensitive data stolen in a hack of the telecommunications company. Post: News in Five is written by Claire Connelly and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Crossbench alarm over corruption bill, AGL accelerates coal closure, Albanese says Optus should pay

Labor’s assurance that its proposed national anti-corruption body would typically hold hearings in private has secured the in-principle support of the Coalition, but provoked alarm among crossbenchers. AGL is set to announce the closure of two major coal-fired power plants in Victoria and NSW by 2035. And Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has called for Optus to pay for replacement passports for customers who had sensitive data stolen in a hack of the telecommunications company. Post: News in Five is written by Claire Connelly and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

05:44

EP80 - S1

28 Sep 22

Hawthorn whistleblower alleges bullying, fossil fuel lobby demands special treatment, cashless welfare card scrapped

A former Hawthorn coach accused his colleagues of using “bullying and intimidation’’ against Indigenous players and running the AFL club like the “Russian Mafia’’. Australia’s oil and gas industry is pushing to water down restrictions in Labor’s proposed reforms to the emissions safeguard mechanism. And the senate has passed legislation to all but abolish the cashless welfare card, but a new income-management system will take its place for some. Post: News in Five is written by Claire Connelly and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Hawthorn whistleblower alleges bullying, fossil fuel lobby demands special treatment, cashless welfare card scrapped

A former Hawthorn coach accused his colleagues of using “bullying and intimidation’’ against Indigenous players and running the AFL club like the “Russian Mafia’’. Australia’s oil and gas industry is pushing to water down restrictions in Labor’s proposed reforms to the emissions safeguard mechanism. And the senate has passed legislation to all but abolish the cashless welfare card, but a new income-management system will take its place for some. Post: News in Five is written by Claire Connelly and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

05:43

EP79 - S1

27 Sep 22

Labor to axe dodgy grants, O’Neil slams Optus for hack, far-right wins Italian election

Labor is set to axe dozens of grants allocated by the former Coalition government, as an audit uncovers that some were awarded to no one in particular. Home Affairs Minister Clare O'Neil has vowed to reform the telecommunications sector after a major Optus hack, with victims eyeing a class action. And Former Paralympian Kurt Fearnley has been appointed chair of the NDIA – the first time someone with a disability has held the role. Post: News in Five is written by Claire Connelly and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Labor to axe dodgy grants, O’Neil slams Optus for hack, far-right wins Italian election

Labor is set to axe dozens of grants allocated by the former Coalition government, as an audit uncovers that some were awarded to no one in particular. Home Affairs Minister Clare O'Neil has vowed to reform the telecommunications sector after a major Optus hack, with victims eyeing a class action. And Former Paralympian Kurt Fearnley has been appointed chair of the NDIA – the first time someone with a disability has held the role. Post: News in Five is written by Claire Connelly and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

05:59

EP78 - S1

26 Sep 22

Optus hack prompts data reform, ADF training under scrutiny, Voice ad campaign launched

New measures are set to be introduced to rapidly inform financial institutions of major data breaches, as a hacker demands a million-dollar ransom for data from a massive Optus hack. An Australian soldier alleges a Defence torture survival course involved simulated child rape and left him with PTSD. And the issues of an Indigenous Voice to Parliament will advise on have been revealed, as a new advertising campaign launches to build support. Post: News in Five is written by Claire Connelly and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Optus hack prompts data reform, ADF training under scrutiny, Voice ad campaign launched

New measures are set to be introduced to rapidly inform financial institutions of major data breaches, as a hacker demands a million-dollar ransom for data from a massive Optus hack. An Australian soldier alleges a Defence torture survival course involved simulated child rape and left him with PTSD. And the issues of an Indigenous Voice to Parliament will advise on have been revealed, as a new advertising campaign launches to build support. Post: News in Five is written by Claire Connelly and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

04:45

EP77 - S1

25 Sep 22

Morrison's one-man body met hundreds of times, Putin AWOL on referendum address, ‘Serial’ subject released

Former prime minister Scott Morrison’s secretive cabinet committee of one appears to have met hundreds of times during the last term of parliament, documents released under freedom of information have revealed. Russian president Vladimir Putin was due to give an address after four occupied areas of Ukraine announced their intention to hold referendums on joining Russia; however, he didn’t show up to deliver a speech that could have heralded a dramatic escalation in the war. And A Baltimore judge has ordered the release of Adnan Syed after overturning his 2000 conviction for the murder of his on-again-off-again girlfriend Hae Min Lee – a case chronicled in the Peabody-award winning podcast “Serial”. Post: News in Five is written by Claire Connelly and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Morrison's one-man body met hundreds of times, Putin AWOL on referendum address, ‘Serial’ subject released

Former prime minister Scott Morrison’s secretive cabinet committee of one appears to have met hundreds of times during the last term of parliament, documents released under freedom of information have revealed. Russian president Vladimir Putin was due to give an address after four occupied areas of Ukraine announced their intention to hold referendums on joining Russia; however, he didn’t show up to deliver a speech that could have heralded a dramatic escalation in the war. And A Baltimore judge has ordered the release of Adnan Syed after overturning his 2000 conviction for the murder of his on-again-off-again girlfriend Hae Min Lee – a case chronicled in the Peabody-award winning podcast “Serial”. Post: News in Five is written by Claire Connelly and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

06:10

EP76 - S1

20 Sep 22

Millions farewell Queen Elizabeth, Floods cut off NSW farmers, Backlash at hospital renaming

An estimated two million people lined the streets of London to bid farewell to Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II. Farmers in north-west NSW are preparing to be cut off after flooding caused the Namoi River to break its banks, inundating rural towns and triggering around 20 rescues. And backlash is mounting over the decision to scrap a Victorian hospital’s Indigenous name in favour of Queen Elizabeth II. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Millions farewell Queen Elizabeth, Floods cut off NSW farmers, Backlash at hospital renaming

An estimated two million people lined the streets of London to bid farewell to Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II. Farmers in north-west NSW are preparing to be cut off after flooding caused the Namoi River to break its banks, inundating rural towns and triggering around 20 rescues. And backlash is mounting over the decision to scrap a Victorian hospital’s Indigenous name in favour of Queen Elizabeth II. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

06:55

EP75 - S1

19 Sep 22

World prepares for Queen’s funeral, Ukrainians search mass grave, rail union ditches Opal action

Today marks the end of the second Elizabethan age, as the world prepares to farewell Britain’s longest-serving monarch in a majestic state funeral. Residents of the Ukrainian town of Izium, recently reclaimed from Russia, are searching for dead relatives at a newly discovered wooded grave site reported to contain hundreds of bodies. The Rail Tram and Bus Union is threatening alternative forms of industrial action after legal action by the NSW government forced workers to abandon their plan to switch off Opal ticket readers at train stations. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

World prepares for Queen’s funeral, Ukrainians search mass grave, rail union ditches Opal action

Today marks the end of the second Elizabethan age, as the world prepares to farewell Britain’s longest-serving monarch in a majestic state funeral. Residents of the Ukrainian town of Izium, recently reclaimed from Russia, are searching for dead relatives at a newly discovered wooded grave site reported to contain hundreds of bodies. The Rail Tram and Bus Union is threatening alternative forms of industrial action after legal action by the NSW government forced workers to abandon their plan to switch off Opal ticket readers at train stations. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

05:49

EP74 - S1

18 Sep 22

Woodside back-pedals on climate, Australia dismisses ‘bespoke’ nuclear subs, Federer announces retirement

Woodside has walked back from carbon capture and storage commitments for an offshore gas megaproject, with activists describing the company’s climate claims as “certifiably insane”. Australia has ruled out pursuing a “bespoke’’ design for its future ­nuclear submarines, with the final design and cost to be known in early 2023. And the Northern Territory Police Commissioner has reacted to “blatantly racist” text messages sent by the officer who killed Indigenous man Kumanjayi Walker. Trigger Warning For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Listeners Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Woodside back-pedals on climate, Australia dismisses ‘bespoke’ nuclear subs, Federer announces retirement

Woodside has walked back from carbon capture and storage commitments for an offshore gas megaproject, with activists describing the company’s climate claims as “certifiably insane”. Australia has ruled out pursuing a “bespoke’’ design for its future ­nuclear submarines, with the final design and cost to be known in early 2023. And the Northern Territory Police Commissioner has reacted to “blatantly racist” text messages sent by the officer who killed Indigenous man Kumanjayi Walker. Trigger Warning For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Listeners Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

06:22

EP73 - S1

15 Sep 22

RBA questioned over supply shocks, Plibersek orders rock art review, ‘Lopsided’ submarine report angers China

An independent review is mulling a revamp of how the Reserve Bank sets and votes on inflation targets, with concerns the body has failed to understand supply shocks from the pandemic and climate change. Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek has commissioned a review of industrial projects threatening ancient Murujuga rock art, but development will be allowed to continue in the meantime. And China has criticised the UN nuclear watchdog for issuing a “lopsided” report that it says ignores the dangers of Australia’s plan to build nuclear submarines. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

RBA questioned over supply shocks, Plibersek orders rock art review, ‘Lopsided’ submarine report angers China

An independent review is mulling a revamp of how the Reserve Bank sets and votes on inflation targets, with concerns the body has failed to understand supply shocks from the pandemic and climate change. Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek has commissioned a review of industrial projects threatening ancient Murujuga rock art, but development will be allowed to continue in the meantime. And China has criticised the UN nuclear watchdog for issuing a “lopsided” report that it says ignores the dangers of Australia’s plan to build nuclear submarines. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

04:56

EP72 - S1

14 Sep 22

Labor revamps Climate Change Authority, Roberts-Smith to attend Queen’s funeral, Star risks losing casino licence

Labor has made new appointments to the Climate Change Authority to counter concerns of excessive business influence, as a new report issues dire climate assessments. Taxpayers could pay for alleged war criminal Ben Roberts-Smith to fly to the UK to attend the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, as Australian invitees for the event are revealed. And Star Entertainment has 14 days to convince authorities why it should not lose its lucrative NSW casino licence, after a damning report concluded it was unsuitable to manage a ­casino. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Labor revamps Climate Change Authority, Roberts-Smith to attend Queen’s funeral, Star risks losing casino licence

Labor has made new appointments to the Climate Change Authority to counter concerns of excessive business influence, as a new report issues dire climate assessments. Taxpayers could pay for alleged war criminal Ben Roberts-Smith to fly to the UK to attend the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, as Australian invitees for the event are revealed. And Star Entertainment has 14 days to convince authorities why it should not lose its lucrative NSW casino licence, after a damning report concluded it was unsuitable to manage a ­casino. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

05:18

EP71 - S1

13 Sep 22

Unrest over Queen public holiday, push to extend Covid payments, Taylor grasslands appeal fails

The period of mourning for the Queen is set to disrupt surgeries, businesses and anti-corruption legislation in Australia, while UK authorities crack down on anti-monarchy protests. State premiers will push to extend pandemic leave payments, as Australia approves its first multi-strain Covid vaccine. And a court has upheld a finding that a company part-owned by Shadow Treasurer Angus Taylor illegally cleared critically endangered grasslands. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Unrest over Queen public holiday, push to extend Covid payments, Taylor grasslands appeal fails

The period of mourning for the Queen is set to disrupt surgeries, businesses and anti-corruption legislation in Australia, while UK authorities crack down on anti-monarchy protests. State premiers will push to extend pandemic leave payments, as Australia approves its first multi-strain Covid vaccine. And a court has upheld a finding that a company part-owned by Shadow Treasurer Angus Taylor illegally cleared critically endangered grasslands. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

04:43

EP70 - S1

12 Sep 22

Australia proclaims new head of state, ‘Golden ticket’ visa under review, Ukraine counterattack makes gains

King Charles III has been officially proclaimed as Australia’s new head of state, with Prime Minister Anthony Albanese rejecting calls to bring forward plans to transition to a republic. The $1bn-a-year “golden ticket” visa scheme is set to be axed, under a review of the nation’s migration system. The Ukrainian military has pushed back Russian forces in a massive counteroffensive, as the country marks 200 days since the start of the invasion. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Australia proclaims new head of state, ‘Golden ticket’ visa under review, Ukraine counterattack makes gains

King Charles III has been officially proclaimed as Australia’s new head of state, with Prime Minister Anthony Albanese rejecting calls to bring forward plans to transition to a republic. The $1bn-a-year “golden ticket” visa scheme is set to be axed, under a review of the nation’s migration system. The Ukrainian military has pushed back Russian forces in a massive counteroffensive, as the country marks 200 days since the start of the invasion. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

05:21

EP69 - S1

11 Sep 22

Queen dies aged 96, senate passes climate bill, Dreyfus hits super trouble

Queen Elizabeth II has died after a 70-year reign, with King Charles III ascending to the throne as the new head of state for Britain and Australia. The federal government’s climate legislation has passed parliament, enshrining a 43% emissions reduction target in law after winning lukewarm support from the crossbench. And Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus is seeking urgent advice after the opposition questioned whether one of his investments breached the ministerial code of conduct. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Queen dies aged 96, senate passes climate bill, Dreyfus hits super trouble

Queen Elizabeth II has died after a 70-year reign, with King Charles III ascending to the throne as the new head of state for Britain and Australia. The federal government’s climate legislation has passed parliament, enshrining a 43% emissions reduction target in law after winning lukewarm support from the crossbench. And Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus is seeking urgent advice after the opposition questioned whether one of his investments breached the ministerial code of conduct. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

05:20

EP68 - S1

8 Sep 22

Indigenous voices to steer referendum, EV plan sparks objections, future leaders grant dumped

The Albanese government has unveiled a working group of First Nations leaders who will guide the referendum to enshrine a Voice to Parliament. They are also facing resistance to its electric vehicles plan from multiple directions, with the Coalition, Greens and independents objecting to elements of the proposal. And Labor has axed a contentious $18m grant to a leadership foundation that the governor-general, David Hurley, personally lobbied the Morrison government to support.  Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Indigenous voices to steer referendum, EV plan sparks objections, future leaders grant dumped

The Albanese government has unveiled a working group of First Nations leaders who will guide the referendum to enshrine a Voice to Parliament. They are also facing resistance to its electric vehicles plan from multiple directions, with the Coalition, Greens and independents objecting to elements of the proposal. And Labor has axed a contentious $18m grant to a leadership foundation that the governor-general, David Hurley, personally lobbied the Morrison government to support.  Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

05:22

EP67 - S1

7 Sep 22

Super charged housing plan, Sogavare attacks election offer, call for film consent warnings

The federal government is moving to address the housing crisis with plans to harness superannuation funds and incentives for pensioners to downsize. Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has hit out at Australia’s offer to help fund an upcoming election, branding it “foreign interference”. And campaigners are calling for Australian film classifications to warn of scenes that contain a lack of consent. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Super charged housing plan, Sogavare attacks election offer, call for film consent warnings

The federal government is moving to address the housing crisis with plans to harness superannuation funds and incentives for pensioners to downsize. Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has hit out at Australia’s offer to help fund an upcoming election, branding it “foreign interference”. And campaigners are calling for Australian film classifications to warn of scenes that contain a lack of consent. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

05:21

EP66 - S1

6 Sep 22

Climate bill to pass senate, Truss succeeds Johnson in UK, Tudge staffer secures payout

Labor’s climate legislation is poised to clear the senate, after key independent crossbencher David Pocock indicated he would support the target even if his amendments are not adopted. Liz Truss will become the UK’s third-ever female prime minister, after being elected by grassroots members of the Conservatives to lead the party and the nation. And the federal government has reached a $650,000 settlement with Liberal staffer Rachelle Miller’s claims of damage and loss suffered while she worked for former cabinet ministers Alan Tudge and Michaelia Cash. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Climate bill to pass senate, Truss succeeds Johnson in UK, Tudge staffer secures payout

Labor’s climate legislation is poised to clear the senate, after key independent crossbencher David Pocock indicated he would support the target even if his amendments are not adopted. Liz Truss will become the UK’s third-ever female prime minister, after being elected by grassroots members of the Conservatives to lead the party and the nation. And the federal government has reached a $650,000 settlement with Liberal staffer Rachelle Miller’s claims of damage and loss suffered while she worked for former cabinet ministers Alan Tudge and Michaelia Cash. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

05:26

EP65 - S1

5 Sep 22

Welfare boost a ‘drop in the ocean’, Coalition records worst ever poll, officer challenges shooting inquest

Social service groups say indexed increases to welfare payments are a “drop in the ocean”, as the Albanese government opts against extending the fuel excise cut. Lawyers for a police officer who killed Indigenous man Kumanjayi Walker have issued a legal challenge to an inquest due to begin today. And the Coalition has equalled its worst-ever result in Newspoll, with its primary vote dropping two points to 31%.  Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Welfare boost a ‘drop in the ocean’, Coalition records worst ever poll, officer challenges shooting inquest

Social service groups say indexed increases to welfare payments are a “drop in the ocean”, as the Albanese government opts against extending the fuel excise cut. Lawyers for a police officer who killed Indigenous man Kumanjayi Walker have issued a legal challenge to an inquest due to begin today. And the Coalition has equalled its worst-ever result in Newspoll, with its primary vote dropping two points to 31%.  Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

05:17

EP64 - S1

4 Sep 22

Labor makes way for multi-bargaining, Uygur abuses detailed by UN, Macron visit to mend bridges

The Albanese government has pledged to bring in early legislation for multi-employer bargaining opposed by big business, in a key announcement made on the first day of the national jobs summit. China has rejected the findings of a UN report detailing human rights abuses against Uygurs and other mostly Muslim ethnic groups in Xinjiang. And planning is under way for French President Emmanuel Macron to visit Australia, as the country re-engages with Australia following the election of Prime Minister Anthony Albanese. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Labor makes way for multi-bargaining, Uygur abuses detailed by UN, Macron visit to mend bridges

The Albanese government has pledged to bring in early legislation for multi-employer bargaining opposed by big business, in a key announcement made on the first day of the national jobs summit. China has rejected the findings of a UN report detailing human rights abuses against Uygurs and other mostly Muslim ethnic groups in Xinjiang. And planning is under way for French President Emmanuel Macron to visit Australia, as the country re-engages with Australia following the election of Prime Minister Anthony Albanese. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

05:34

EP63 - S1

1 Sep 22

Landmark accord for jobs, Covid isolation shortened, fossil fuel subsidies skyrocket

Big business and unions have struck a landmark agreement on workplace relations and ­migration policy reform, ahead of the jobs summit kicking off today. Australia’s national cabinet has shortened the mandatory isolation period for Covid and relaxed mask requirements on planes. Cosmetic surgery practitioners will be policed by a dedicated enforcement unit for the first time, after an independent review highlighted widespread misconduct. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Landmark accord for jobs, Covid isolation shortened, fossil fuel subsidies skyrocket

Big business and unions have struck a landmark agreement on workplace relations and ­migration policy reform, ahead of the jobs summit kicking off today. Australia’s national cabinet has shortened the mandatory isolation period for Covid and relaxed mask requirements on planes. Cosmetic surgery practitioners will be policed by a dedicated enforcement unit for the first time, after an independent review highlighted widespread misconduct. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

05:21

EP62 - S1

31 Aug 22

Jobs summit invite list revealed, sexual violence disclosure soars, research shake-up welcomed

The full list of attendees to the federal government’s jobs summit has been released, with an equal balance of union and business figures. New research has indicated that more than half of Australian women in their 20s have experienced sexual violence — much higher than older women. And a three-person panel of academics will lead a review of the Australian Research Council, in a move welcomed by experts concerned about political interference. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Jobs summit invite list revealed, sexual violence disclosure soars, research shake-up welcomed

The full list of attendees to the federal government’s jobs summit has been released, with an equal balance of union and business figures. New research has indicated that more than half of Australian women in their 20s have experienced sexual violence — much higher than older women. And a three-person panel of academics will lead a review of the Australian Research Council, in a move welcomed by experts concerned about political interference. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

04:59

EP61 - S1

30 Aug 22

Liberal MP calls to scrap tax cuts, Tame reposts Twitter threats, Ice melt’s chilling legacy

A Liberal MP has joined crossbenchers in calling to drop the Stage 3 tax cuts, with new analysis showing the richest 1 per cent of Australians will get as much benefit as the poorest 65 per cent combined. An account allegedly run by the teacher who abused Grace Tame when she was a child has been removed from Twitter after making threats to the former Australian of the Year. And major sea-level rise from the melting of the Greenland ice cap is now inevitable, according to a new study. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Liberal MP calls to scrap tax cuts, Tame reposts Twitter threats, Ice melt’s chilling legacy

A Liberal MP has joined crossbenchers in calling to drop the Stage 3 tax cuts, with new analysis showing the richest 1 per cent of Australians will get as much benefit as the poorest 65 per cent combined. An account allegedly run by the teacher who abused Grace Tame when she was a child has been removed from Twitter after making threats to the former Australian of the Year. And major sea-level rise from the melting of the Greenland ice cap is now inevitable, according to a new study. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

04:57

EP60 - S1

29 Aug 22

Boost to collective bargaining, push to cut Covid isolation, free degrees for nurses

Unions and small businesses have struck an agreement to support multi-employer bargaining at this week’s national jobs summit. National cabinet will this week consider plans to cut the Covid isolation period and ditch mandatory masks on planes and public transport. And the federal government move to recruit US basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal for the Voice to Parliament campaign has been criticised as “insulting” and “ill-advised”. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Boost to collective bargaining, push to cut Covid isolation, free degrees for nurses

Unions and small businesses have struck an agreement to support multi-employer bargaining at this week’s national jobs summit. National cabinet will this week consider plans to cut the Covid isolation period and ditch mandatory masks on planes and public transport. And the federal government move to recruit US basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal for the Voice to Parliament campaign has been criticised as “insulting” and “ill-advised”. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

05:01

EP59 - S1

28 Aug 22

Robo-debt ministers in firing line, Ukraine war hits six months, multi-employer bargaining on cards

Scott Morrison and several senior Coalition figures could be hauled before the robo-debt royal commission, as the terms of the inquiry are unveiled. The Russian invasion of Ukraine shows no signs of ending as the war marks its six month anniversary, with Moscow ordering a significant expansion of troop numbers.  Employment Minister Tony Burke has expressed strong interest in a union proposal for multi-employer bargaining. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Robo-debt ministers in firing line, Ukraine war hits six months, multi-employer bargaining on cards

Scott Morrison and several senior Coalition figures could be hauled before the robo-debt royal commission, as the terms of the inquiry are unveiled. The Russian invasion of Ukraine shows no signs of ending as the war marks its six month anniversary, with Moscow ordering a significant expansion of troop numbers.  Employment Minister Tony Burke has expressed strong interest in a union proposal for multi-employer bargaining. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

05:07

EP58 - S1

25 Aug 22

Labor approves vast fossil fuel permits, China suffers world’s worst heatwave, robo-debt gets royal commission

Crossbench senators have hit out at the Albanese government for opening up nearly 47,000 sq km of Australian waters to oil and gas exploration, arguing the move is at odds with Labor’s own climate targets. China is sweltering through the worst heatwave ever recorded anywhere in the world as Europe endures its most severe drought in five centuries, with rivers drying up across the northern hemisphere. And PM Anthony Albanese will this morning unveil details of a royal commission into the failed robo-debt scheme. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Labor approves vast fossil fuel permits, China suffers world’s worst heatwave, robo-debt gets royal commission

Crossbench senators have hit out at the Albanese government for opening up nearly 47,000 sq km of Australian waters to oil and gas exploration, arguing the move is at odds with Labor’s own climate targets. China is sweltering through the worst heatwave ever recorded anywhere in the world as Europe endures its most severe drought in five centuries, with rivers drying up across the northern hemisphere. And PM Anthony Albanese will this morning unveil details of a royal commission into the failed robo-debt scheme. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

04:51

EP57 - S1

24 Aug 22

Murdoch sues Crikey, Morrison equivocates on inquiry, Labor approves carbon capture sites

News Corp co-chairman Lachlan Murdoch has filed defamation proceedings against Crikey over an article that he says connected him to the 2021 US Capitol riots. Scott Morrison has stopped short of agreeing to participate in a snap inquiry into his secret ministries, saying only that he would take part in any genuine process that attempted to learn the lessons of the pandemic. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Murdoch sues Crikey, Morrison equivocates on inquiry, Labor approves carbon capture sites

News Corp co-chairman Lachlan Murdoch has filed defamation proceedings against Crikey over an article that he says connected him to the 2021 US Capitol riots. Scott Morrison has stopped short of agreeing to participate in a snap inquiry into his secret ministries, saying only that he would take part in any genuine process that attempted to learn the lessons of the pandemic. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

04:55

EP56 - S1

23 Aug 22

Push to reset Cartier watches inquiry, rock art makes way for fertiliser, Crikey publishes Murdoch threats

The Greens have called for the inquiry into the Cartier watches controversy to reconvene, due to revelations of Scott Morrison’s secret appointment to the finance portfolio. Federal environment minister Tanya Plibersek has approved a controversial $4.5bn fertiliser plant that threatens ancient rock art on the Burrup Peninsula. And Crikey has published legal threats made by Lachlan Murdoch against the news outlet, challenging the media mogul to sue for defamation over an article linking the Murdoch’s to the January 6 insurrection in Washington DC. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Push to reset Cartier watches inquiry, rock art makes way for fertiliser, Crikey publishes Murdoch threats

The Greens have called for the inquiry into the Cartier watches controversy to reconvene, due to revelations of Scott Morrison’s secret appointment to the finance portfolio. Federal environment minister Tanya Plibersek has approved a controversial $4.5bn fertiliser plant that threatens ancient rock art on the Burrup Peninsula. And Crikey has published legal threats made by Lachlan Murdoch against the news outlet, challenging the media mogul to sue for defamation over an article linking the Murdoch’s to the January 6 insurrection in Washington DC. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

04:35

EP55 - S1

22 Aug 22

Secret ministries drive republic push, migration matching departures, disability employers sacked

The governor-general’s role in appointing former prime minister Scott Morrison to secret ministries has prompted a Labor frontbencher to call for a national conversation on the republic. Australia’s migration rate remains a fraction of what it was pre-Covid, slowed by an almost equal flow of Australians leaving the country as migrants arriving. And The federal government has shaken up the disability employment services sector, with half of all providers notified that some or all of their services will end due to poor performance. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Secret ministries drive republic push, migration matching departures, disability employers sacked

The governor-general’s role in appointing former prime minister Scott Morrison to secret ministries has prompted a Labor frontbencher to call for a national conversation on the republic. Australia’s migration rate remains a fraction of what it was pre-Covid, slowed by an almost equal flow of Australians leaving the country as migrants arriving. And The federal government has shaken up the disability employment services sector, with half of all providers notified that some or all of their services will end due to poor performance. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

04:32

EP54 - S1

21 Aug 22

Bowen pushes for cleaner fuel, end date set for battery eggs, Uber drives into healthcare

Climate Change Minister Chris Bowen will push for a plan to bring Australia in line with global fuel emission standards at the National Electric Vehicle Summit in Canberra today. Australia will phase out battery-farmed eggs by 2036, following years of protracted negotiations between governments and industry. And Uber has launched a new service in Australia offering transport for patients to clinics and hospitals, prompting concerns about the company obtaining private health information. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Bowen pushes for cleaner fuel, end date set for battery eggs, Uber drives into healthcare

Climate Change Minister Chris Bowen will push for a plan to bring Australia in line with global fuel emission standards at the National Electric Vehicle Summit in Canberra today. Australia will phase out battery-farmed eggs by 2036, following years of protracted negotiations between governments and industry. And Uber has launched a new service in Australia offering transport for patients to clinics and hospitals, prompting concerns about the company obtaining private health information. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

04:40

EP53 - S1

18 Aug 22

Labor consults with big polluters, GG surprised by Morrison’s secrecy, audit condemns vaccine rollout

Labor has launched consultation on cutting the emissions of Australia’s biggest polluters, canvassing plans to grant industry taxpayer-funded support and access to carbon credits. Governor-General David Hurley has distanced himself from the secrecy surrounding the extra ministries he appointed Scott Morrison to while prime minister. And the Morrison government botched the early planning of the Covid vaccine rollout, failed to prioritise at-risk groups, and bungled co-ordination with state governments, a major review has found. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Labor consults with big polluters, GG surprised by Morrison’s secrecy, audit condemns vaccine rollout

Labor has launched consultation on cutting the emissions of Australia’s biggest polluters, canvassing plans to grant industry taxpayer-funded support and access to carbon credits. Governor-General David Hurley has distanced himself from the secrecy surrounding the extra ministries he appointed Scott Morrison to while prime minister. And the Morrison government botched the early planning of the Covid vaccine rollout, failed to prioritise at-risk groups, and bungled co-ordination with state governments, a major review has found. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

04:36

EP52 - S1

17 Aug 22

Morrison’s ministers furious at ‘betrayal’, lame commission continues union pursuit, BHP apologies for sexual harassment

Scott Morrison’s hoarding of secret cabinet portfolios has divided the Coalition, with some senior party figures calling for the former prime minister to resign. The Australian Building and Construction Commission has launched new court actions despite the federal government announcing plans to shut it down. And BHP has issued an apology to staff subjected to sexual harassment, after revealing it had received substantiated reports of more than 100 cases in the past year. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Morrison’s ministers furious at ‘betrayal’, lame commission continues union pursuit, BHP apologies for sexual harassment

Scott Morrison’s hoarding of secret cabinet portfolios has divided the Coalition, with some senior party figures calling for the former prime minister to resign. The Australian Building and Construction Commission has launched new court actions despite the federal government announcing plans to shut it down. And BHP has issued an apology to staff subjected to sexual harassment, after revealing it had received substantiated reports of more than 100 cases in the past year. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

05:12

EP51 - S1

16 Aug 22

Hunt on for Morrison’s secret roles, Hobart to remove premier’s statue, Packer claims Costello on payroll

The Albanese government has ordered a search for documents authorising former prime minister Scott Morrison to secretly take joint control over multiple ministerial portfolios and sought advice on whether it was legal to do so. The statue of Tasmanian premier William Crowther will be taken down, due to his history of mutilating Aboriginals. And the Sydney Morning Herald’s top editorial executive, James Chessell, has hit back at claims by James Packer that Nine chairman Peter Costello acted as a “secret lobbyist”. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Hunt on for Morrison’s secret roles, Hobart to remove premier’s statue, Packer claims Costello on payroll

The Albanese government has ordered a search for documents authorising former prime minister Scott Morrison to secretly take joint control over multiple ministerial portfolios and sought advice on whether it was legal to do so. The statue of Tasmanian premier William Crowther will be taken down, due to his history of mutilating Aboriginals. And the Sydney Morning Herald’s top editorial executive, James Chessell, has hit back at claims by James Packer that Nine chairman Peter Costello acted as a “secret lobbyist”. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

04:40

EP50 - S1

15 Aug 22

Morrison’s secret resources portfolio, organised crime rorting NDIS, Murdoch goes after Crikey

Former prime minister Scott Morrison secretly swore himself in as a second resources minister to kill off a politically damaging NSW gas project, according to new revelations. Senior police have warned that organised crime syndicates are rorting the National Disability Insurance Scheme on a vast scale, by exploiting systemic weaknesses in the program. And Lachlan Murdoch has threatened Crikey with legal action over an article that suggested he and his father Rupert Murdoch were responsible for the riots at the US Capitol last year. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Morrison’s secret resources portfolio, organised crime rorting NDIS, Murdoch goes after Crikey

Former prime minister Scott Morrison secretly swore himself in as a second resources minister to kill off a politically damaging NSW gas project, according to new revelations. Senior police have warned that organised crime syndicates are rorting the National Disability Insurance Scheme on a vast scale, by exploiting systemic weaknesses in the program. And Lachlan Murdoch has threatened Crikey with legal action over an article that suggested he and his father Rupert Murdoch were responsible for the riots at the US Capitol last year. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

05:09

EP49 - S1

14 Aug 22

NSW bans swastika, Pacific islands draw tax dodgers, Palmer cops defamation bill

New South Wales has become the second state to ban Nazi symbols, as an alleged extortion scheme is exposed in a dispute over a far-right tattoo in Melbourne. Supposed residents of small island nations hold a disproportionate amount of wealth in Australian bank accounts, according to new tax office data. And More than 1200 people with a mental impairment are being indefinitely detained in Australia without having been convicted of a criminal offence, according to new analysis. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

NSW bans swastika, Pacific islands draw tax dodgers, Palmer cops defamation bill

New South Wales has become the second state to ban Nazi symbols, as an alleged extortion scheme is exposed in a dispute over a far-right tattoo in Melbourne. Supposed residents of small island nations hold a disproportionate amount of wealth in Australian bank accounts, according to new tax office data. And More than 1200 people with a mental impairment are being indefinitely detained in Australia without having been convicted of a criminal offence, according to new analysis. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

04:51

EP48 - S1

11 Aug 22

China outlines Taiwan takeover, election day boat texts revealed, One Nation’s Voice campaign stifled

The Chinese ambassador to Australia has backed the use of force and re-education to take control of Taiwan, as the superpower halts military exercises around the island. Public servants involved in the announcement of an asylum boat interception on election day privately described it as “astonishing” and “unprecedented”, according to new freedom of information releases. And a mass of website domains registered by One Nation to stifle campaigns for an Indigenous Voice to Parliament are set to be suspended, after falling foul of cyber-squatting rules. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

China outlines Taiwan takeover, election day boat texts revealed, One Nation’s Voice campaign stifled

The Chinese ambassador to Australia has backed the use of force and re-education to take control of Taiwan, as the superpower halts military exercises around the island. Public servants involved in the announcement of an asylum boat interception on election day privately described it as “astonishing” and “unprecedented”, according to new freedom of information releases. And a mass of website domains registered by One Nation to stifle campaigns for an Indigenous Voice to Parliament are set to be suspended, after falling foul of cyber-squatting rules. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

05:19

EP47 - S1

10 Aug 22

Bulk billing in critical condition, Australia failing Afghan refugees, Liberal staffer handed strategic role

A taskforce is set to interrogate concerns that the nation’s bulk-billing system is nearing collapse, as the former Coalition government is accused of misleading the public. New figures reveal that a full year after the fall of Kabul to the Taliban, Australia has only granted protection visas to a fraction of the Afghans it pledged to help. And former defence minister Peter Dutton made a “captain’s call” to deliver a senior Coalition adviser the top job at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Bulk billing in critical condition, Australia failing Afghan refugees, Liberal staffer handed strategic role

A taskforce is set to interrogate concerns that the nation’s bulk-billing system is nearing collapse, as the former Coalition government is accused of misleading the public. New figures reveal that a full year after the fall of Kabul to the Taliban, Australia has only granted protection visas to a fraction of the Afghans it pledged to help. And former defence minister Peter Dutton made a “captain’s call” to deliver a senior Coalition adviser the top job at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

05:08

EP46 - S1

9 Aug 22

ATO reveals tax break winners, Newton-John dies aged 73, Barilaro claims victimhood

New tax office data has shed light on the wealthiest suburbs in Australia, 60 millionaires who paid no tax, and the sectors that benefited the most from JobKeeper. Four-time Grammy winner and the star of Grease, Olivia Newton-John has died at the age of 73. John Barilaro has defended his controversial appointment to a US trade role, with the former NSW deputy premier telling a state parliamentary inquiry he wished he “never had applied”. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

ATO reveals tax break winners, Newton-John dies aged 73, Barilaro claims victimhood

New tax office data has shed light on the wealthiest suburbs in Australia, 60 millionaires who paid no tax, and the sectors that benefited the most from JobKeeper. Four-time Grammy winner and the star of Grease, Olivia Newton-John has died at the age of 73. John Barilaro has defended his controversial appointment to a US trade role, with the former NSW deputy premier telling a state parliamentary inquiry he wished he “never had applied”. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

05:54

EP45 - S1

8 Aug 22

Push to ban kids’ junk food ads, Australia chastised by China, Labor backs aged care pay rise

Independent MP Dr Sophie Scamps is set to propose that the federal government ban junk food advertising to children in a private members’ bill. China has demanded Australia treat its handling of the “Taiwan question with caution”, as opposition defence spokesman Andrew Hastie calls for greater investment in missile capability. The Albanese government will advocate for a pay rise for workers in the aged care sector in its submission to the Fair Work Commission today. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Push to ban kids’ junk food ads, Australia chastised by China, Labor backs aged care pay rise

Independent MP Dr Sophie Scamps is set to propose that the federal government ban junk food advertising to children in a private members’ bill. China has demanded Australia treat its handling of the “Taiwan question with caution”, as opposition defence spokesman Andrew Hastie calls for greater investment in missile capability. The Albanese government will advocate for a pay rise for workers in the aged care sector in its submission to the Fair Work Commission today. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

05:18

EP44 - S1

7 Aug 22

Plibersek puts reef before coalmine, inquiry into missing First Nations women, ACT makes abortions free

Environment minister Tanya Plibersek has proposed blocking a new coalmine backed by billionaire Clive Palmer, on the same day as emissions reduction legislation cleared the lower house. A parliamentary inquiry has been launched to investigate the elevated rates of missing and murdered Indigenous women and children in Australia. And the ACT government is set to make abortions free, as advocates call for similar measures to be rolled out across the country. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Plibersek puts reef before coalmine, inquiry into missing First Nations women, ACT makes abortions free

Environment minister Tanya Plibersek has proposed blocking a new coalmine backed by billionaire Clive Palmer, on the same day as emissions reduction legislation cleared the lower house. A parliamentary inquiry has been launched to investigate the elevated rates of missing and murdered Indigenous women and children in Australia. And the ACT government is set to make abortions free, as advocates call for similar measures to be rolled out across the country. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

05:33

EP43 - S1

4 Aug 22

MPs poised to pass climate bill, Labor cuts ‘unrealistic’ productivity forecast, Albanese details Voice plan

Labor’s climate bill is set to pass the lower house this morning, with the Greens and Liberal MP Bridget Archer indicating they will back the proposal. Treasurer Jim Chalmers has slashed forecast gains in national productivity by a fifth, saying the Coalition based the projections on unrealistic predictions. And PM Anthony Albanese has backed away from plans to only reveal key details about the Voice to Parliament after a referendum. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

MPs poised to pass climate bill, Labor cuts ‘unrealistic’ productivity forecast, Albanese details Voice plan

Labor’s climate bill is set to pass the lower house this morning, with the Greens and Liberal MP Bridget Archer indicating they will back the proposal. Treasurer Jim Chalmers has slashed forecast gains in national productivity by a fifth, saying the Coalition based the projections on unrealistic predictions. And PM Anthony Albanese has backed away from plans to only reveal key details about the Voice to Parliament after a referendum. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

05:27

EP42 - S1

3 Aug 22

Greens push for major gas tax, Betts retells Crows horror camp, warmer ocean to drive more rain

Greens leader Adam Bandt will today outline his party’s position on Labor’s climate target bills, and unveil a cost-of-living package that taxes gas companies to pay for free dental and childcare. Former AFL player Eddie Betts has opened up about a notorious Adelaide Crows camp he said was a cult-like experience that disrespected his Indigenous culture. And much of Australia can expect a rainy spring, with the first back-to-back negative Indian Ocean dipole weather event recorded. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Greens push for major gas tax, Betts retells Crows horror camp, warmer ocean to drive more rain

Greens leader Adam Bandt will today outline his party’s position on Labor’s climate target bills, and unveil a cost-of-living package that taxes gas companies to pay for free dental and childcare. Former AFL player Eddie Betts has opened up about a notorious Adelaide Crows camp he said was a cult-like experience that disrespected his Indigenous culture. And much of Australia can expect a rainy spring, with the first back-to-back negative Indian Ocean dipole weather event recorded. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

05:19

EP41 - S1

2 Aug 22

Banks withhold rate hikes to savers, nuclear subs raise ire in Asia, Wyatt backs Voice referendum

Banks are earning an estimated $600m a month by refusing to pass on the majority of recent interest rate increases to savers, ahead of another major rate hike expected today. Indonesia is lobbying countries at a key UN meeting to obstruct efforts by Australia to obtain ¬nuclear-powered submarines, with Malaysia and China also concerned about the plan. And former Liberal minister for Indigenous Australians Ken Wyatt has backed the Labor government’s campaign for a referendum on a constitutionally recognised Voice to Parliament, while the rest of his party remains divided on the issue. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Banks withhold rate hikes to savers, nuclear subs raise ire in Asia, Wyatt backs Voice referendum

Banks are earning an estimated $600m a month by refusing to pass on the majority of recent interest rate increases to savers, ahead of another major rate hike expected today. Indonesia is lobbying countries at a key UN meeting to obstruct efforts by Australia to obtain ¬nuclear-powered submarines, with Malaysia and China also concerned about the plan. And former Liberal minister for Indigenous Australians Ken Wyatt has backed the Labor government’s campaign for a referendum on a constitutionally recognised Voice to Parliament, while the rest of his party remains divided on the issue. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

06:10

EP40 - S1

1 Aug 22

Labor plans simple Voice choice, Albanese most popular new PM, protest upsets LGBTQ Shrine ceremony

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has revealed his strategy on an Indigenous Voice to Parliament, proposing a broad concept rather than a detailed model in order to avoid the fate of the failed 1999 republic referendum. Albanese has recorded the highest satisfaction rating for an incoming prime minister in the first post-election Newspoll. And a wreath-laying ceremony for LGBTQ veterans who died in combat has been marred by protests, as the RSL backs a decision not to light Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance in rainbow colours. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Labor plans simple Voice choice, Albanese most popular new PM, protest upsets LGBTQ Shrine ceremony

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has revealed his strategy on an Indigenous Voice to Parliament, proposing a broad concept rather than a detailed model in order to avoid the fate of the failed 1999 republic referendum. Albanese has recorded the highest satisfaction rating for an incoming prime minister in the first post-election Newspoll. And a wreath-laying ceremony for LGBTQ veterans who died in combat has been marred by protests, as the RSL backs a decision not to light Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance in rainbow colours. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

05:33

EP39 - S1

31 Jul 22

Nationals’ billion dollar pork barrel, stars align to farewell Ramsay St, Labor drops Aboriginal deportation case

An audit of a $1.15 billion dollars regional grants scheme run by the Nationals found the majority of money went to projects that did not have the most merit, and Coalition seats disproportionately benefited. Australia’s longest-running television soap opera has come to an end, with fans tuning in across the nation to watch a host of former stars return for the 90-minute Neighbours finale. And Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus has abandoned a High Court case pursued by the Coalition that sought to restore the Commonwealth’s power to deport Aboriginal non-citizens.  Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Nationals’ billion dollar pork barrel, stars align to farewell Ramsay St, Labor drops Aboriginal deportation case

An audit of a $1.15 billion dollars regional grants scheme run by the Nationals found the majority of money went to projects that did not have the most merit, and Coalition seats disproportionately benefited. Australia’s longest-running television soap opera has come to an end, with fans tuning in across the nation to watch a host of former stars return for the 90-minute Neighbours finale. And Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus has abandoned a High Court case pursued by the Coalition that sought to restore the Commonwealth’s power to deport Aboriginal non-citizens.  Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

06:10

EP38 - S1

28 Jul 22

Inflation drives cut in growth, Closing the Gap targets widen, Big Four still backing big emitters

Treasurer Jim Chalmers will today reveal significant downgrades in economic forecasts, driven by new data showing Australia is suffering its highest inflation rate in decades. New data reveals only four of the 17 Closing the Gap targets are on track, as the federal government unveils funding to preserve Indigenous culture and languages. And Westpac and NAB have left the door open to financing new oil and gas projects as they detail their respective climate plans. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Inflation drives cut in growth, Closing the Gap targets widen, Big Four still backing big emitters

Treasurer Jim Chalmers will today reveal significant downgrades in economic forecasts, driven by new data showing Australia is suffering its highest inflation rate in decades. New data reveals only four of the 17 Closing the Gap targets are on track, as the federal government unveils funding to preserve Indigenous culture and languages. And Westpac and NAB have left the door open to financing new oil and gas projects as they detail their respective climate plans. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

05:47

EP38 - S1

27 Jul 22

New parliament gets to work, pride protest leaves Manly short, half of Australians have had Covid

The Albanese government will today begin introducing a flurry of legislation to parliament, with climate change, aged care and cashless welfare reforms on the agenda for the first day of question time. The Manly Sea Eagles have been unable to name a full squad for their upcoming NRL clash, after a host of players withdrew over objections to a pride-themed jumper. And nearly half of all adults in Australia had caught Covid-19 by early June, according to a national survey of antibodies in blood donors. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

New parliament gets to work, pride protest leaves Manly short, half of Australians have had Covid

The Albanese government will today begin introducing a flurry of legislation to parliament, with climate change, aged care and cashless welfare reforms on the agenda for the first day of question time. The Manly Sea Eagles have been unable to name a full squad for their upcoming NRL clash, after a host of players withdrew over objections to a pride-themed jumper. And nearly half of all adults in Australia had caught Covid-19 by early June, according to a national survey of antibodies in blood donors. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

05:42

EP37 - S1

26 Jul 22

Parliament opens with climate priority, hospitals record Covid high, retailers turn off facial recognition

New MPs are set to be sworn in on the first day of parliament today, as Labor makes key concessions to win support for its climate legislation. Australia's Covid-19 hospitalisations have hit a new record, while cases and death rates are now the third highest in the world per capita. Bunnings and Kmart have paused use of facial recognition technology in their stores as the privacy watchdog investigates the practice. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Parliament opens with climate priority, hospitals record Covid high, retailers turn off facial recognition

New MPs are set to be sworn in on the first day of parliament today, as Labor makes key concessions to win support for its climate legislation. Australia's Covid-19 hospitalisations have hit a new record, while cases and death rates are now the third highest in the world per capita. Bunnings and Kmart have paused use of facial recognition technology in their stores as the privacy watchdog investigates the practice. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

05:16

EP36 - S1

25 Jul 22

Coalition’s building watchdog muzzled, Russia blows up grain treaty, grants plan frozen by Labor

Unions have lauded the Albanese government’s winding back of a federal construction watchdog's powers, but are less enthused by its openness to negotiating the better-off-overall test. Russian missile strikes on a Ukrainian port have sparked global outrage, coming just one day after Ukraine and Russia agreed to the resumption of vital grain exports. Companies awarded grants under the Coalition’s $1.3bn modern manufacturing initiative have had their funding frozen by the Albanese government. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Coalition’s building watchdog muzzled, Russia blows up grain treaty, grants plan frozen by Labor

Unions have lauded the Albanese government’s winding back of a federal construction watchdog's powers, but are less enthused by its openness to negotiating the better-off-overall test. Russian missile strikes on a Ukrainian port have sparked global outrage, coming just one day after Ukraine and Russia agreed to the resumption of vital grain exports. Companies awarded grants under the Coalition’s $1.3bn modern manufacturing initiative have had their funding frozen by the Albanese government. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

05:18

EP35 - S1

24 Jul 22

Coalition ramps up foot-and-mouth panic, unions fight for right to WFH, Biden tests positive for Covid

Livestock industry leaders have condemned “alarmist” reactions to the discovery of viral fragments of foot-and-mouth disease in Australia, as Coalition leaders call for border closures in response.  Unions are pushing to have the right to work from home included in enterprise bargaining agreements, arguing the measure would help keep workers safe from Covid. And US President Joe Biden has tested positive for Covid and is isolating at home with mild symptoms. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Coalition ramps up foot-and-mouth panic, unions fight for right to WFH, Biden tests positive for Covid

Livestock industry leaders have condemned “alarmist” reactions to the discovery of viral fragments of foot-and-mouth disease in Australia, as Coalition leaders call for border closures in response.  Unions are pushing to have the right to work from home included in enterprise bargaining agreements, arguing the measure would help keep workers safe from Covid. And US President Joe Biden has tested positive for Covid and is isolating at home with mild symptoms. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

05:04

EP34 - S1

21 Jul 22

Children chased for Covid fines, apps gathering kids data, Rio Tinto coughs up $1bn tax bill

Children as young as 10 could be placed in unpaid work programs or extended payment plans to help pay off fines for breaching Covid rules, as pressure grows to forgive accrued debts. An audit of Australia’s most popular entertainment apps for children found they contain risky code that allows businesses to gather data on kids to build profiles that can follow them for life. And mining giant Rio Tinto has agreed to pay nearly $1 billion dollars to the Australian Tax Office, in one of the largest settlements in Australian tax history. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Children chased for Covid fines, apps gathering kids data, Rio Tinto coughs up $1bn tax bill

Children as young as 10 could be placed in unpaid work programs or extended payment plans to help pay off fines for breaching Covid rules, as pressure grows to forgive accrued debts. An audit of Australia’s most popular entertainment apps for children found they contain risky code that allows businesses to gather data on kids to build profiles that can follow them for life. And mining giant Rio Tinto has agreed to pay nearly $1 billion dollars to the Australian Tax Office, in one of the largest settlements in Australian tax history. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

05:45

EP33 - S1

20 Jul 22

London burning in record heat, RBA failures trigger review, work from home urged to curtail Covid

Europe’s extreme heatwave has shifted north, as the UK exceeded 40C for the first time with fires breaking out on the outskirts of London. Treasurer Jim Chalmers will today detail the terms of reference for the first review in decades of the Reserve Bank, which will include the ¬independent central bank’s ¬response to the inflation crisis. Australians have been asked to work from home and wear masks indoors to slow the spread of new Covid subvariants. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

London burning in record heat, RBA failures trigger review, work from home urged to curtail Covid

Europe’s extreme heatwave has shifted north, as the UK exceeded 40C for the first time with fires breaking out on the outskirts of London. Treasurer Jim Chalmers will today detail the terms of reference for the first review in decades of the Reserve Bank, which will include the ¬independent central bank’s ¬response to the inflation crisis. Australians have been asked to work from home and wear masks indoors to slow the spread of new Covid subvariants. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

05:28

EP32 - S1

19 Jul 22

Buried report reveals ecological shock, Aboriginal art swamped by fakes, Morrison preaches against government

A key government report buried by the former Morrison government has found almost every category of the Australian environment is deteriorating. The majority of “Aboriginal” souvenirs on the market are fake according to a new report by the Productivity Commission. And former prime minister Scott Morrison has urged churchgoers not to trust in governments during a sermon at a Pentecostal church. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Buried report reveals ecological shock, Aboriginal art swamped by fakes, Morrison preaches against government

A key government report buried by the former Morrison government has found almost every category of the Australian environment is deteriorating. The majority of “Aboriginal” souvenirs on the market are fake according to a new report by the Productivity Commission. And former prime minister Scott Morrison has urged churchgoers not to trust in governments during a sermon at a Pentecostal church. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

05:07

EP31 - S1

18 Jul 22

Boards stacked with political mates, Labor unrepentant over Covid backflip, heatwave kills 1000 in Europe

Politically connected individuals have been handed one in five lucrative and powerful federal government board positions, according to a new report exposing Australia’s quote “jobs for mates” culture.  Federal Treasurer Jim Chalmers has rejected calls for the government to apologise to casual workers, after retreating from plans to end paid pandemic leave payments.  And more than a thousand deaths have been attributed to a climate change-linked heatwave in Europe, with wildfires sweeping the south of the continent as the UK braces for what could be its hottest ever day. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

Boards stacked with political mates, Labor unrepentant over Covid backflip, heatwave kills 1000 in Europe

Politically connected individuals have been handed one in five lucrative and powerful federal government board positions, according to a new report exposing Australia’s quote “jobs for mates” culture.  Federal Treasurer Jim Chalmers has rejected calls for the government to apologise to casual workers, after retreating from plans to end paid pandemic leave payments.  And more than a thousand deaths have been attributed to a climate change-linked heatwave in Europe, with wildfires sweeping the south of the continent as the UK braces for what could be its hottest ever day. Post: News in Five is written by Max Opray and voiced by Adair Sheppard. Subscribe to Post: News in Five on the LiSTNR app, and head to TheSaturdayPaper.com.au to subscribe to the newsletter.

05:45

EP30 - S1

17 Jul 22


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