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The Briefing

Australia’s fastest growing daily news podcast, The Briefing serves up the latest news headlines and a deep dive into a topic affecting you.  All in under 20 minutes! Hosted by Tom Tilley and co-hosts Jan Fran, Annika Smethurst, Katrina Bl

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Season 2


The Ghislaine Maxwell trial

There are landmark court trials littered through US history….Michael Jackson’s two trials and OJ Simpson.  The Ghislaine Maxwell trial is poised to join them as a watershed hearing in front of the world’s media.   We cross to Seven’s US Bureau Chief Ashlee Mullany who is attending the court case in New York.  We’ve already heard explosive claims and we’re only in the first few days of hearings.   Maxwell is accused of procuring teenage girls for the convicted child sex offender Jeffery Epstein, who took his own life two years ago.  It’s long been suggested Epstein took his life to take his contacts and associates’ names with him.  So, what secrets will be revealed at Maxwell’s trial?  And will she implicate Prince Andrew?  This trial looks set to join the list of notorious trials played out on the world stage.   Todays Headlines Minister stands down after claims of abusive relationship SA introduces testing for NSW arrivals as Covid outbreak grows Victorian pandemic laws pass state parliament IOC holds second call with Shuai as WTA doubles-down on boycott Markle calls for press changes after winning court fight Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

The Ghislaine Maxwell trial

There are landmark court trials littered through US history….Michael Jackson’s two trials and OJ Simpson.  The Ghislaine Maxwell trial is poised to join them as a watershed hearing in front of the world’s media.   We cross to Seven’s US Bureau Chief Ashlee Mullany who is attending the court case in New York.  We’ve already heard explosive claims and we’re only in the first few days of hearings.   Maxwell is accused of procuring teenage girls for the convicted child sex offender Jeffery Epstein, who took his own life two years ago.  It’s long been suggested Epstein took his life to take his contacts and associates’ names with him.  So, what secrets will be revealed at Maxwell’s trial?  And will she implicate Prince Andrew?  This trial looks set to join the list of notorious trials played out on the world stage.   Todays Headlines Minister stands down after claims of abusive relationship SA introduces testing for NSW arrivals as Covid outbreak grows Victorian pandemic laws pass state parliament IOC holds second call with Shuai as WTA doubles-down on boycott Markle calls for press changes after winning court fight Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

21:13

EP280 - S2

2 Dec 21

Could Omicron end the pandemic?

The world is trying to come to grips with the Omicron variant of Covid-19.  It’s spreading like wildfire across the globe. Governments are scrambling to close borders and scientists are rushing to determine just how potent the new strain is.   But could it be a blessing in disguise.  Could Omicron end the pandemic?  Dr Deborah Cromer leads the Infection Epidemiology and Policy Analytics Group at the Kirby Institute, UNSW.  Her job is to determine how effective vaccines are in combatting viruses.   Dr Deborah tells us if and when we’ll know that Omicron may take over from the more-virulent and dangerous Delta strain of the coronavirus….and what we need to do as a society to help make that happen.   Todays Headlines Porter quits parliaments as Hunt resignation expected Epstein accuser to be cross-examined after implicating Maxwell Flooding death in QLD as NSW cleans-up in Central West Omicron detected in 20+ countries as local cases grow NT authorities believe Howard Springs escapees didn’t contact community Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

Could Omicron end the pandemic?

The world is trying to come to grips with the Omicron variant of Covid-19.  It’s spreading like wildfire across the globe. Governments are scrambling to close borders and scientists are rushing to determine just how potent the new strain is.   But could it be a blessing in disguise.  Could Omicron end the pandemic?  Dr Deborah Cromer leads the Infection Epidemiology and Policy Analytics Group at the Kirby Institute, UNSW.  Her job is to determine how effective vaccines are in combatting viruses.   Dr Deborah tells us if and when we’ll know that Omicron may take over from the more-virulent and dangerous Delta strain of the coronavirus….and what we need to do as a society to help make that happen.   Todays Headlines Porter quits parliaments as Hunt resignation expected Epstein accuser to be cross-examined after implicating Maxwell Flooding death in QLD as NSW cleans-up in Central West Omicron detected in 20+ countries as local cases grow NT authorities believe Howard Springs escapees didn’t contact community Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

21:14

EP279 - S2

1 Dec 21

Saxon Mullins’ fight to reform sexual consent laws

In 2013 on a night out in Kings Cross a devastating encounter in a laneway changed the course of Saxon Mullins’ life.      It led to a rape case that went for five years... there were two trials, two appeals and ultimately it was determined that the accused was acquitted after arguing he had reasonable grounds to believe she was consenting.      Now eight years on... Saxon Mullins’ story... has led to a change in the law... that could protect other victims who freeze during sex.     Todays Headlines NSW on alert for Omicron as PM calls for no more lockdowns One in three parliament staff harassed, according to Jenkins review Human remains discovered in VIC camper search Towns evacuated in QLD as flooding continues in NSW Ghislaine Maxwell trial begins in New York Australia hits back at claims of Solomon interference Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

Saxon Mullins’ fight to reform sexual consent laws

In 2013 on a night out in Kings Cross a devastating encounter in a laneway changed the course of Saxon Mullins’ life.      It led to a rape case that went for five years... there were two trials, two appeals and ultimately it was determined that the accused was acquitted after arguing he had reasonable grounds to believe she was consenting.      Now eight years on... Saxon Mullins’ story... has led to a change in the law... that could protect other victims who freeze during sex.     Todays Headlines NSW on alert for Omicron as PM calls for no more lockdowns One in three parliament staff harassed, according to Jenkins review Human remains discovered in VIC camper search Towns evacuated in QLD as flooding continues in NSW Ghislaine Maxwell trial begins in New York Australia hits back at claims of Solomon interference Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

19:40

EP278 - S2

30 Nov 21

The Omicron story so far

The world has a new variant of the Covid-19 virus to contend with.  Omicron was first detected in Botswana and has already been detected in the UK, Hong Kong, the Czech Republic and Australia. States and countries are locking borders to try to contain the spread.      Dr Norman Swan is host of the ABC’s Health Report and the Coronacast podcast.  Dr Swan explains how and why new variants of the virus emerge.  He also explains what’s likely to happen next.    How will the world cope with Omicron?  Will it be more contagious than Delta?  And how likely are we to catch it?    Todays Headlines Border opening delayed as more Omicron cases detected ATAGI reviewing booster timetable following new variant Ghislaine Maxwell trial begins in New York Family of missing Belgian backpacker doubt police claims Twitter co-founder and CEO to step down Renowned Australian actor David Gulpilil dead at 68 Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

The Omicron story so far

The world has a new variant of the Covid-19 virus to contend with.  Omicron was first detected in Botswana and has already been detected in the UK, Hong Kong, the Czech Republic and Australia. States and countries are locking borders to try to contain the spread.      Dr Norman Swan is host of the ABC’s Health Report and the Coronacast podcast.  Dr Swan explains how and why new variants of the virus emerge.  He also explains what’s likely to happen next.    How will the world cope with Omicron?  Will it be more contagious than Delta?  And how likely are we to catch it?    Todays Headlines Border opening delayed as more Omicron cases detected ATAGI reviewing booster timetable following new variant Ghislaine Maxwell trial begins in New York Family of missing Belgian backpacker doubt police claims Twitter co-founder and CEO to step down Renowned Australian actor David Gulpilil dead at 68 Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

16:59

EP277 - S2

29 Nov 21

Western Australians speak their minds on border situation

Western Australia will stay closed for Christmas with its border not reopening until at least late January. WA premier Mark McGowan says waiting to lift restrictions until the state achieves 90% vaccination coverage of people aged 12 and above will save lives.   We asked our listeners what they thought, and we received a mixed response.  Many believe McGowan is a hero keeping West Australians safe….while others say they want to be allowed to travel to see their loved ones like the rest of Australia.   Jenna Clarke is deputy editor The West Australian and presenter on MMM Perth Breakfast.  Jenna tells us what it’s like behind the WA curtain….and if McGowan’s Covid approach is going to cost Prime Minister Scott Morrison seats at the upcoming federal election.   Todays Headlines First Australian Omicron cases recorded in Sydney travellers Social media to be forced to reveal user identities under anti-troll laws Man in custody over alleged Wollongong shootings Woman in custody following Cairns quarantine hotel fire Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

Western Australians speak their minds on border situation

Western Australia will stay closed for Christmas with its border not reopening until at least late January. WA premier Mark McGowan says waiting to lift restrictions until the state achieves 90% vaccination coverage of people aged 12 and above will save lives.   We asked our listeners what they thought, and we received a mixed response.  Many believe McGowan is a hero keeping West Australians safe….while others say they want to be allowed to travel to see their loved ones like the rest of Australia.   Jenna Clarke is deputy editor The West Australian and presenter on MMM Perth Breakfast.  Jenna tells us what it’s like behind the WA curtain….and if McGowan’s Covid approach is going to cost Prime Minister Scott Morrison seats at the upcoming federal election.   Todays Headlines First Australian Omicron cases recorded in Sydney travellers Social media to be forced to reveal user identities under anti-troll laws Man in custody over alleged Wollongong shootings Woman in custody following Cairns quarantine hotel fire Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

22:45

EP276 - S2

28 Nov 21

The time Matt Okine caught the matrix out

You might know Matt Okine as the funny guy who makes up one half of Matt and Alex’s All Day Breakfast. He is also an author, actor and former Triple J presenter. In this chat with Jamila Rizvi, Matt shows more of his thoughtful and sensitive side, speaking about everything from his experience of racism, growing up without his mum and challenges of becoming a parent. Plus he tells Jamila an amazing story about how he's caught the matrix three times. THE WEEKEND LIST with Linda Marigliano: Listen: 30 by Adele Watch: Maid on Netflix Watch: Blue Bayou in cinemas See: Moulin Rouge at Regent Theatre  

The time Matt Okine caught the matrix out

You might know Matt Okine as the funny guy who makes up one half of Matt and Alex’s All Day Breakfast. He is also an author, actor and former Triple J presenter. In this chat with Jamila Rizvi, Matt shows more of his thoughtful and sensitive side, speaking about everything from his experience of racism, growing up without his mum and challenges of becoming a parent. Plus he tells Jamila an amazing story about how he's caught the matrix three times. THE WEEKEND LIST with Linda Marigliano: Listen: 30 by Adele Watch: Maid on Netflix Watch: Blue Bayou in cinemas See: Moulin Rouge at Regent Theatre  

41:48

EP275 - S2

26 Nov 21

The English Channel boat tragedy reveals a bigger story

31 people drowned when a boatload of asylum seekers capsized in the English Channel this week.  The international community all of a sudden became aware of a crisis on the beaches near Calais in France.  People smugglers are loading migrants, looking for a better life, onto inflatable dinghies and sending them to Britain.   Steve Cannane is the ABC’s European correspondent.  He’s met some of the migrants looking and hoping for asylum. He says they’re desperate to get to Great Britain...and with what’s happening in Afghanistan, things are going to get worse before they get better.   So, what can be done about stopping the boats.  It’s a problem Australia faced just a few years ago.  It’s now emerging as a major international crisis as tens of thousands of asylum seekers gather on French beaches, desperate to try to cross the English Channel before winter sets in.   Todays Headlines Australian peacekeepers to arrive in the Solomons PM denies losing control of parliament after MPs force corruption vote NSW to ease mask, QR code rules as Commonwealth spruiks boosters Melbourne pilot charged over camper deaths UK offers to send forces to patrol French coast following migrant deaths Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

The English Channel boat tragedy reveals a bigger story

31 people drowned when a boatload of asylum seekers capsized in the English Channel this week.  The international community all of a sudden became aware of a crisis on the beaches near Calais in France.  People smugglers are loading migrants, looking for a better life, onto inflatable dinghies and sending them to Britain.   Steve Cannane is the ABC’s European correspondent.  He’s met some of the migrants looking and hoping for asylum. He says they’re desperate to get to Great Britain...and with what’s happening in Afghanistan, things are going to get worse before they get better.   So, what can be done about stopping the boats.  It’s a problem Australia faced just a few years ago.  It’s now emerging as a major international crisis as tens of thousands of asylum seekers gather on French beaches, desperate to try to cross the English Channel before winter sets in.   Todays Headlines Australian peacekeepers to arrive in the Solomons PM denies losing control of parliament after MPs force corruption vote NSW to ease mask, QR code rules as Commonwealth spruiks boosters Melbourne pilot charged over camper deaths UK offers to send forces to patrol French coast following migrant deaths Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

18:24

EP274 - S2

25 Nov 21

How did it come to this? The divisive vaccine mandate debate

The debate over vaccine mandates has erupted in a war of words.  Thousands of protestors marched in Australian capital cities last weekend claiming the mandates are overreach and a breach of civil liberties.    So where does the truth lie?  Brad Hudson is from the Nurses Professional Association of Australia providing support for nurses who don’t want to get vaccinated; and Dr Nick Coatsworth is the former deputy chief medical officer and the “face” of the nation’s Covid response and vaccine rollout campaign in taxpayer-funded advertisements.    So where does the balance lie between professions being told they MUST be vaccinated, against the overall necessity to keep the whole community safe?  That’s the question in today’s Briefing....and how did it come to this?    Todays Headlines PM condemns lawbreakers following Christensen comments 80+ backpackers locked-down in Byron Bay Australia to wait until April for NZ reopening NASA launches mission to deflect asteroid ARIA Winners announced  Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

How did it come to this? The divisive vaccine mandate debate

The debate over vaccine mandates has erupted in a war of words.  Thousands of protestors marched in Australian capital cities last weekend claiming the mandates are overreach and a breach of civil liberties.    So where does the truth lie?  Brad Hudson is from the Nurses Professional Association of Australia providing support for nurses who don’t want to get vaccinated; and Dr Nick Coatsworth is the former deputy chief medical officer and the “face” of the nation’s Covid response and vaccine rollout campaign in taxpayer-funded advertisements.    So where does the balance lie between professions being told they MUST be vaccinated, against the overall necessity to keep the whole community safe?  That’s the question in today’s Briefing....and how did it come to this?    Todays Headlines PM condemns lawbreakers following Christensen comments 80+ backpackers locked-down in Byron Bay Australia to wait until April for NZ reopening NASA launches mission to deflect asteroid ARIA Winners announced  Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

19:04

EP273 - S2

24 Nov 21

Could an Australian be the creator of Bitcoin

Who is Satoshi Nakamoto?   The question of who is behind that pseudonym has been one of the biggest mysteries of the financial world for over a decade.  Whoever Nakamoto is, whether it’s an individual or a group, holds the key to a fortune worth billions of dollars and the boasting rights to being the creator of Bitcoin.    A trial is unfolding in the US over who is behind the world’s most famous cryptocurrency.  Paul Vigna, journalist covering bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, and blockchain technology at The Wall Street Journal joins us to talk us through the possible outcomes.   Could an Australian be the creator of Bitcoin, and therefore be entitled to more than $50 billion worth of cryptocurrency?     Todays Headlines Religious discrimination legislation released ahead of parliament debate Federal government to establish Family, Domestic and Sexual Violence Commission WA Premier considering moving family after vaccine threats VIC police make arrest in breakthrough in missing camper case Cooler and wetter summer on the way as La Nina declared Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

Could an Australian be the creator of Bitcoin

Who is Satoshi Nakamoto?   The question of who is behind that pseudonym has been one of the biggest mysteries of the financial world for over a decade.  Whoever Nakamoto is, whether it’s an individual or a group, holds the key to a fortune worth billions of dollars and the boasting rights to being the creator of Bitcoin.    A trial is unfolding in the US over who is behind the world’s most famous cryptocurrency.  Paul Vigna, journalist covering bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, and blockchain technology at The Wall Street Journal joins us to talk us through the possible outcomes.   Could an Australian be the creator of Bitcoin, and therefore be entitled to more than $50 billion worth of cryptocurrency?     Todays Headlines Religious discrimination legislation released ahead of parliament debate Federal government to establish Family, Domestic and Sexual Violence Commission WA Premier considering moving family after vaccine threats VIC police make arrest in breakthrough in missing camper case Cooler and wetter summer on the way as La Nina declared Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

19:43

EP272 - S2

23 Nov 21

The story behind the migrant crisis at the Belarus/Poland border

Thousands of migrants are trapped on the Belarus/Poland border.  The asylum seekers from the Middle East have clashed with border police as even more arrive desperate to be let into the European Union.   But is the crisis being manufactured by Belarussian president Alexander Lukashenko?  His critics say he’s created the problem to make life difficult for EU nations who say he rigged last year’s presidential elections.   Tatsiana Kulakevich is Professor specialising in Eastern Europe at the University of South Florida; and was born and raised in Belarus before moving to the US.  Tatsiana takes us through the history of the build-up to the crisis, and what’s expected to happen to the thousands trapped in an international standoff as a bitterly cold winter sets in.   Todays Headlines Federal government faces growing rebellion over state vax mandates Universities and businesses welcome border opening plan Court ruling on asset sale a win for Caddick investors  Christmas parade tragedy not linked to terrorism: US media Continued scepticism over Peng Shuai and IOC call Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

The story behind the migrant crisis at the Belarus/Poland border

Thousands of migrants are trapped on the Belarus/Poland border.  The asylum seekers from the Middle East have clashed with border police as even more arrive desperate to be let into the European Union.   But is the crisis being manufactured by Belarussian president Alexander Lukashenko?  His critics say he’s created the problem to make life difficult for EU nations who say he rigged last year’s presidential elections.   Tatsiana Kulakevich is Professor specialising in Eastern Europe at the University of South Florida; and was born and raised in Belarus before moving to the US.  Tatsiana takes us through the history of the build-up to the crisis, and what’s expected to happen to the thousands trapped in an international standoff as a bitterly cold winter sets in.   Todays Headlines Federal government faces growing rebellion over state vax mandates Universities and businesses welcome border opening plan Court ruling on asset sale a win for Caddick investors  Christmas parade tragedy not linked to terrorism: US media Continued scepticism over Peng Shuai and IOC call Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

21:11

EP271 - S2

22 Nov 21

Nats What I Reckon!!!

Nats What I Reckon started posting review videos on YouTube 15 years ago.  He has also always loved to cook.  So when we went into lockdown, he decided to combine the two, and his profile exploded. He’s now a bona fide social media superstar with 1.6 million Facebook followers; 383,000 subscribers on YouTube (he’s had more than 20 million views); and 450,000 followers on Instagram.   You won’t believe his back story.   Nats What I Reckon has a new cookbook ‘Death to Jar Sauce’ and he’s all about teaching us how to cook great food and to enjoy spending time in the kitchen. You’re going to love our chat with Nats What I Reckon!!   Todays Headlines IOC holds video call with Peng Shuai and confirms she’s safe and well ADF deployed amid latest NT Covid spike Protests across Australia against vaccine mandates Protests in Europe amid fourth wave of infections Matt Doran apologies Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

Nats What I Reckon!!!

Nats What I Reckon started posting review videos on YouTube 15 years ago.  He has also always loved to cook.  So when we went into lockdown, he decided to combine the two, and his profile exploded. He’s now a bona fide social media superstar with 1.6 million Facebook followers; 383,000 subscribers on YouTube (he’s had more than 20 million views); and 450,000 followers on Instagram.   You won’t believe his back story.   Nats What I Reckon has a new cookbook ‘Death to Jar Sauce’ and he’s all about teaching us how to cook great food and to enjoy spending time in the kitchen. You’re going to love our chat with Nats What I Reckon!!   Todays Headlines IOC holds video call with Peng Shuai and confirms she’s safe and well ADF deployed amid latest NT Covid spike Protests across Australia against vaccine mandates Protests in Europe amid fourth wave of infections Matt Doran apologies Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

22:04

EP270 - S2

21 Nov 21

Shane Jenek is Australia's favourite drag queen

How did Brisbane boy Shane Jenek become Courtney Act, Australia’s most beloved drag queen?  In this chat with Jamila Rizvi we get to know the man behind the drag, who has shot to international fame in recent years with appearances on Ru Paul’s Drag Race and Celebrity Big Brother UK. Shane explains why he wants to hug his childhood self, what it was like writing his new memoir Caught in The Act during lockdown, and why it’s important to have difficult conversations with people you don’t agree with.  THE WEEKEND LIST with Linda Marigliano: Listen: Summer Walker’s Still Over It album Podcast: Guardian Australia’s Australia vs the climate series Watch: Love Life season 2 (Stan) See: THE LUME Melbourne Van Gogh exhibition

Shane Jenek is Australia's favourite drag queen

How did Brisbane boy Shane Jenek become Courtney Act, Australia’s most beloved drag queen?  In this chat with Jamila Rizvi we get to know the man behind the drag, who has shot to international fame in recent years with appearances on Ru Paul’s Drag Race and Celebrity Big Brother UK. Shane explains why he wants to hug his childhood self, what it was like writing his new memoir Caught in The Act during lockdown, and why it’s important to have difficult conversations with people you don’t agree with.  THE WEEKEND LIST with Linda Marigliano: Listen: Summer Walker’s Still Over It album Podcast: Guardian Australia’s Australia vs the climate series Watch: Love Life season 2 (Stan) See: THE LUME Melbourne Van Gogh exhibition

38:36

EP269 - S2

19 Nov 21

One of the victims of the Qatar Airport invasive searches

Today’s story starts back on October 2, 2020, when Qatari authorities grounded planes at Hamad International Airport in Doha after a baby was found abandoned in a bathroom.   The baby had been dumped in a bin.   Following the discovery of the infant, more than 18 women from 10 different flights, including 13 Australians aboard a Sydney-bound Qatar Airways plane, were escorted off planes by armed guards. All women of child-bearing age were ushered into ambulances for physical examinations to determine if they had recently given birth.  None of the victims gave their consent.   Our guest today “Jane” (not her real name) was one of the women subjected to the invasive search. She’s one of seven women suing Qatar airways, the civil aviation authority of Qatar and Doha Airport.   Todays Headlines Victorians welcome new Covid freedoms Wiliiam Tyrrell search continues WTA threatens to cancel China tournaments over Peng Shuai case Denmark to highlight anti-Qatar messages at 2022 World Cup Charles says mother is well as Queen returns to engagements Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

One of the victims of the Qatar Airport invasive searches

Today’s story starts back on October 2, 2020, when Qatari authorities grounded planes at Hamad International Airport in Doha after a baby was found abandoned in a bathroom.   The baby had been dumped in a bin.   Following the discovery of the infant, more than 18 women from 10 different flights, including 13 Australians aboard a Sydney-bound Qatar Airways plane, were escorted off planes by armed guards. All women of child-bearing age were ushered into ambulances for physical examinations to determine if they had recently given birth.  None of the victims gave their consent.   Our guest today “Jane” (not her real name) was one of the women subjected to the invasive search. She’s one of seven women suing Qatar airways, the civil aviation authority of Qatar and Doha Airport.   Todays Headlines Victorians welcome new Covid freedoms Wiliiam Tyrrell search continues WTA threatens to cancel China tournaments over Peng Shuai case Denmark to highlight anti-Qatar messages at 2022 World Cup Charles says mother is well as Queen returns to engagements Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

22:18

EP268 - S2

18 Nov 21

Victoria’s controversial pandemic bill explained

Five million people in Melbourne emerged from lockdown in late October after spending a world record 262 days in lockdown.  The Victorian Parliament is expected to pass strict new laws this week to deal with future pandemics.   Victoria's Health Minister, Martin Foley, insists the legislation "cements this Victorian Parliament and this public health response as the most accountable, transparent and public health-focused system in the Commonwealth".  The Opposition Leader Matthew Guy describes the proposed laws as "an incredible attack on democracy."   The Briefing’s Annika Smethurst who is also The Age newspaper’s Victorian political correspondent, joins us to talk through the laws.  Why they’re dominating news….and what they’ll mean for the Andrews government heading to an election in late 2022.   Todays Headlines Former Labor minister to vote against VIC pandemic laws Police seize car as extra resources deployed in Tyrell search Newborn among latest NT cases as Gunner warns outbreak will worsen Labor promising faster internet for more in NBN revamp Britney Spears speaks out after conservatorship is scrapped Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

Victoria’s controversial pandemic bill explained

Five million people in Melbourne emerged from lockdown in late October after spending a world record 262 days in lockdown.  The Victorian Parliament is expected to pass strict new laws this week to deal with future pandemics.   Victoria's Health Minister, Martin Foley, insists the legislation "cements this Victorian Parliament and this public health response as the most accountable, transparent and public health-focused system in the Commonwealth".  The Opposition Leader Matthew Guy describes the proposed laws as "an incredible attack on democracy."   The Briefing’s Annika Smethurst who is also The Age newspaper’s Victorian political correspondent, joins us to talk through the laws.  Why they’re dominating news….and what they’ll mean for the Andrews government heading to an election in late 2022.   Todays Headlines Former Labor minister to vote against VIC pandemic laws Police seize car as extra resources deployed in Tyrell search Newborn among latest NT cases as Gunner warns outbreak will worsen Labor promising faster internet for more in NBN revamp Britney Spears speaks out after conservatorship is scrapped Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

20:53

EP267 - S2

17 Nov 21

How has Covid impacted the world's oldest profession?

How has Covid impacted the sex industry?  Everyone has had to make changes to cope with the pandemic, but what about when your income is derived from intimacy?   Samantha X is an escort and owner of Samantha’s Angels escort agency.  She tells us she was taking lots of calls during lockdown, from women looking to begin work in the industry.   Fiona Patten is a Member of the Victorian Legislative Council, best known for establishing the Sex Party 15 years ago.  Fiona tells us the pandemic accelerated new technology in the sex industry, enabling workers to engage with their clients in entirely new ways.   Everyone used the word ‘pivot’ during the pandemic.  Well, how has the sex industry pivoted to deal with the challenges it faces….?    Todays Headlines Lockdowns and mask mandates for NT as remote outbreak grows William Tyrrell search focuses on grandmother’s home Flood waters expected to peak in Forbes Simpson Desert family rescued Biden backs in allies at Xi summit Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

How has Covid impacted the world's oldest profession?

How has Covid impacted the sex industry?  Everyone has had to make changes to cope with the pandemic, but what about when your income is derived from intimacy?   Samantha X is an escort and owner of Samantha’s Angels escort agency.  She tells us she was taking lots of calls during lockdown, from women looking to begin work in the industry.   Fiona Patten is a Member of the Victorian Legislative Council, best known for establishing the Sex Party 15 years ago.  Fiona tells us the pandemic accelerated new technology in the sex industry, enabling workers to engage with their clients in entirely new ways.   Everyone used the word ‘pivot’ during the pandemic.  Well, how has the sex industry pivoted to deal with the challenges it faces….?    Todays Headlines Lockdowns and mask mandates for NT as remote outbreak grows William Tyrrell search focuses on grandmother’s home Flood waters expected to peak in Forbes Simpson Desert family rescued Biden backs in allies at Xi summit Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

17:21

EP266 - S2

16 Nov 21

Freed Britney

A court has finally freed Britney Spears from her conservatorship... where her father controlled almost every aspect of her life for 13 years.    This story, which maybe would have been filed under celebrity gossip became a lot more serious when the world found out how much this legal arrangement limited her life... even her fertility. Angela Bishop, Network Ten’s entertainment reporter, says Britney’s life became the focus of three big documentaries and then a court case which finally handed down a verdict on Friday Californian time... the judge ruling that ....the conservatorship is no longer required.   So how did the 13 year long conservatorship come to an end... and what happens next?      Todays Headlines PM defends coal future in gear-up to election McGowan shuts down federal call for early reopening Late changes to VIC pandemic legislation following protests Former Trump advisor Steve Bannon hands himself into FBI Police hope for close to Tyrrell case in latest search effort Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

Freed Britney

A court has finally freed Britney Spears from her conservatorship... where her father controlled almost every aspect of her life for 13 years.    This story, which maybe would have been filed under celebrity gossip became a lot more serious when the world found out how much this legal arrangement limited her life... even her fertility. Angela Bishop, Network Ten’s entertainment reporter, says Britney’s life became the focus of three big documentaries and then a court case which finally handed down a verdict on Friday Californian time... the judge ruling that ....the conservatorship is no longer required.   So how did the 13 year long conservatorship come to an end... and what happens next?      Todays Headlines PM defends coal future in gear-up to election McGowan shuts down federal call for early reopening Late changes to VIC pandemic legislation following protests Former Trump advisor Steve Bannon hands himself into FBI Police hope for close to Tyrrell case in latest search effort Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

19:31

EP265 - S2

15 Nov 21

What about the children?

On today’s episode of the Briefing …what about the children... do we really understand the impact of covid and lockdowns on children under 12.   Counselling services such as Kids Helpline say they’re hearing more from children during the pandemic - and primary school teachers are warning that kids might struggle as stages like NSW and Victoria open up and kids head back to the classroom   We’re joined by the National Children’s Commissioner, Anne Hollonds and our very own audio producer, Cuzz whose children are nervous about heading back out into the post-pandemic world.    Cuzz's daughter Emily joins us to tell us what’s she’s feeling….and Briefing listener Naomi explains what it’s been like for her seven-year-old.    So, in this briefing... have we left the kids behind...    Todays Headlines Queen Elizabeth misses Remembrance Day with back injury QLD border rules to ease after 70% target reached Fans await Britany’s next move after court win Australia wins the T20 World Cup Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

What about the children?

On today’s episode of the Briefing …what about the children... do we really understand the impact of covid and lockdowns on children under 12.   Counselling services such as Kids Helpline say they’re hearing more from children during the pandemic - and primary school teachers are warning that kids might struggle as stages like NSW and Victoria open up and kids head back to the classroom   We’re joined by the National Children’s Commissioner, Anne Hollonds and our very own audio producer, Cuzz whose children are nervous about heading back out into the post-pandemic world.    Cuzz's daughter Emily joins us to tell us what’s she’s feeling….and Briefing listener Naomi explains what it’s been like for her seven-year-old.    So, in this briefing... have we left the kids behind...    Todays Headlines Queen Elizabeth misses Remembrance Day with back injury QLD border rules to ease after 70% target reached Fans await Britany’s next move after court win Australia wins the T20 World Cup Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

20:04

EP264 - S2

14 Nov 21

Yumi Stynes tears open the sealed section on life

Yumi Stynes is best known as the host of the award-winning podcast and new book Ladies We Need to Talk, where she dives headfirst into the tricky topics women often avoid talking about. Yumi invites her guests to share embarrassing and taboo aspects of their lives, and through that sharing to feel better. In this conversation with Jamila Rizvi, Yumi speaks candidly and courageously about everything from her troubled relationship with alcohol, to growing up as a mixed race kid to her very fresh separation from the father of her two youngest children.  THE WEEKEND LIST with Brooke Boney: Watch: Marvel Studios’ Eternals Watch: Vigil (Binge) Read:Monocle magazine Podcast:The Secret Life of Carersepisode with Meredith

Yumi Stynes tears open the sealed section on life

Yumi Stynes is best known as the host of the award-winning podcast and new book Ladies We Need to Talk, where she dives headfirst into the tricky topics women often avoid talking about. Yumi invites her guests to share embarrassing and taboo aspects of their lives, and through that sharing to feel better. In this conversation with Jamila Rizvi, Yumi speaks candidly and courageously about everything from her troubled relationship with alcohol, to growing up as a mixed race kid to her very fresh separation from the father of her two youngest children.  THE WEEKEND LIST with Brooke Boney: Watch: Marvel Studios’ Eternals Watch: Vigil (Binge) Read:Monocle magazine Podcast:The Secret Life of Carersepisode with Meredith

31:24

EP263 - S2

12 Nov 21

The explosion of phone-based scams

Why is everyone being bombarded with scam texts?  We’ve all received a message about a parcel, or a tax bill, a Nigerian prince, or Australian Border Force.   So, what’s with the explosion of phone-based scams? Ian from Clayfield in Brisbane received the DHL text and ended up losing $126 – and even worse, the scammers accessed his credit cards.  Others have lost thousands of dollars.   Delia Rickard is Deputy Chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.  The ACCC has launched ScamWatch to advise us how to protect ourselves and our bank accounts.   It’s Scam Awareness Week.   In this Briefing, why are we being bombarded with scam texts, and what you should do to protect yourself.   Todays Headlines Elon Musk confirms Tesla share sale QLD Premier flags possible restrictions after Gold Coast cases Victoria next in line for flooding after rain hits NSW Dylan Alcott hints at political run US and China come together in final days of COP26 Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

The explosion of phone-based scams

Why is everyone being bombarded with scam texts?  We’ve all received a message about a parcel, or a tax bill, a Nigerian prince, or Australian Border Force.   So, what’s with the explosion of phone-based scams? Ian from Clayfield in Brisbane received the DHL text and ended up losing $126 – and even worse, the scammers accessed his credit cards.  Others have lost thousands of dollars.   Delia Rickard is Deputy Chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.  The ACCC has launched ScamWatch to advise us how to protect ourselves and our bank accounts.   It’s Scam Awareness Week.   In this Briefing, why are we being bombarded with scam texts, and what you should do to protect yourself.   Todays Headlines Elon Musk confirms Tesla share sale QLD Premier flags possible restrictions after Gold Coast cases Victoria next in line for flooding after rain hits NSW Dylan Alcott hints at political run US and China come together in final days of COP26 Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

19:59

EP262 - S2

11 Nov 21

What's with 'Let's Go Brandon'?

'Let’s Go Brandon’ is being called the biggest political meme of the last decade.  The crowd at a NASCAR race in Alabama was chanting “F**k Joe Biden”.  An NBC reporter, during an interview with the race winner Brandon Brown, heard what the crowd was saying and told viewers – and Brandon – they were saying “Let’s Go Brandon”   It’s blown up in the US – and it coincides with a steep decline in Joe Biden’s popularity ratings.  The Australian newspaper’s US correspondent Adam Creighton joins us to explain why.   Adam calls the meme “a catch all for pent up anger about the Biden presidency”   Is mainstream media running cover for Joe Biden.  And what does the fallout from the meme tell us about the left and right of the political spectrum?     Todays Headlines COP26 draft calls for plans to cut 2030 emissions by next year Alleged drug smuggler arrested in dramatic border operation Eastern states warned to prepare for severe rain and flooding Former PM says Australia shouldn’t intervene in Taiwan conflict Socceroos to play at home for the first time in two years Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

What's with 'Let's Go Brandon'?

'Let’s Go Brandon’ is being called the biggest political meme of the last decade.  The crowd at a NASCAR race in Alabama was chanting “F**k Joe Biden”.  An NBC reporter, during an interview with the race winner Brandon Brown, heard what the crowd was saying and told viewers – and Brandon – they were saying “Let’s Go Brandon”   It’s blown up in the US – and it coincides with a steep decline in Joe Biden’s popularity ratings.  The Australian newspaper’s US correspondent Adam Creighton joins us to explain why.   Adam calls the meme “a catch all for pent up anger about the Biden presidency”   Is mainstream media running cover for Joe Biden.  And what does the fallout from the meme tell us about the left and right of the political spectrum?     Todays Headlines COP26 draft calls for plans to cut 2030 emissions by next year Alleged drug smuggler arrested in dramatic border operation Eastern states warned to prepare for severe rain and flooding Former PM says Australia shouldn’t intervene in Taiwan conflict Socceroos to play at home for the first time in two years Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

19:04

EP261 - S2

10 Nov 21

Travis Scott's dangerous history

Eight people were killed at Travis Scott’s Astroworld music festival in the US state of Texas last Friday.  Scott’s history leaves you wondering if he could or should have done more to prevent the tragedy.  There is also a criminal investigation happening.  The investigation follows reports the local police chief visited Scott in his dressing room before the concert warning him trouble was brewing.   Joey Guerra is a music journalist with the Houston Chronicle who was at the gig; and Randy Sorrels is a Houston lawyer who says lawsuits are already being filed by victims and people in the audience.   Where to now for Travis Scott?    And what is it about his music and his gigs that bring back the moshing and intensity that used to come from genres like punk?     Todays Headlines CPM to unveil $1bn technology fund after defending EV u-turn  Australia ranked last on policy in international climate report QLD to put limits on unvaxxed as ACT prepares to relax restrictions  China conducts Taiwan patrol following US visit Tennis champion Dylan Alcott announces retirement Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

Travis Scott's dangerous history

Eight people were killed at Travis Scott’s Astroworld music festival in the US state of Texas last Friday.  Scott’s history leaves you wondering if he could or should have done more to prevent the tragedy.  There is also a criminal investigation happening.  The investigation follows reports the local police chief visited Scott in his dressing room before the concert warning him trouble was brewing.   Joey Guerra is a music journalist with the Houston Chronicle who was at the gig; and Randy Sorrels is a Houston lawyer who says lawsuits are already being filed by victims and people in the audience.   Where to now for Travis Scott?    And what is it about his music and his gigs that bring back the moshing and intensity that used to come from genres like punk?     Todays Headlines CPM to unveil $1bn technology fund after defending EV u-turn  Australia ranked last on policy in international climate report QLD to put limits on unvaxxed as ACT prepares to relax restrictions  China conducts Taiwan patrol following US visit Tennis champion Dylan Alcott announces retirement Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

22:00

EP260 - S2

9 Nov 21

The nun from Dead Man Walking

We love doing episodes suggested by our listeners!  Mel wrote to ask us to track down Sister Helen Prejean….a Catholic nun who has spent her life campaigning to scrap the death penalty.  Sister Helen’s the nun from the Hollywood film, Dead Man Walking.   It took us four months, but we finally had a chance to sit down to talk with this remarkable woman.  Sister Helen tells us why she took up her life-long campaign…..and why she believes President Joe Biden might just be the man to stop the death sentence, once and for all.   You’re going to love our chat with Sister Helen Prejean.   Todays Headlines Commonwealth Future Fuels plan to provide EV charging stations, boost grid Obama warns of Pacific future at COP26 Perth nurse charged over alleged vaccine fraud Darwin remains on alert over super spreader fears Astroworld attendee sues Scott for $1 million Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

The nun from Dead Man Walking

We love doing episodes suggested by our listeners!  Mel wrote to ask us to track down Sister Helen Prejean….a Catholic nun who has spent her life campaigning to scrap the death penalty.  Sister Helen’s the nun from the Hollywood film, Dead Man Walking.   It took us four months, but we finally had a chance to sit down to talk with this remarkable woman.  Sister Helen tells us why she took up her life-long campaign…..and why she believes President Joe Biden might just be the man to stop the death sentence, once and for all.   You’re going to love our chat with Sister Helen Prejean.   Todays Headlines Commonwealth Future Fuels plan to provide EV charging stations, boost grid Obama warns of Pacific future at COP26 Perth nurse charged over alleged vaccine fraud Darwin remains on alert over super spreader fears Astroworld attendee sues Scott for $1 million Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

19:41

EP259 - S2

8 Nov 21

How police will interview four year old Cleo Smith

The nation breathed a collective sigh of relief last Wednesday when four-year-old Cleo Smith was found alive and well.    Detectives arrive in Carnarvon today to begin the lengthy investigation into exactly what occurred in the 18 days she was missing.   We’re joined by Seven’s Ben Downie, who has covered the case since day one; and Dr Celine Van Golde, a psychologist from Sydney University who focuses on the reliability of eyewitness memory in children and adults.   How will police proceed with the delicate task of interviewing Cleo Smith, now the investigation moves to the next phase?     Todays Headlines Pfizer boosters available to all adults from today Wife of missing WA shark victim speaks out as search called off More freedoms for NSW as anti-vax protests condemned Covid “lockout” to last in NT until tonight following weekend outbreak Police open criminal investigation into Houston concert deaths Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

How police will interview four year old Cleo Smith

The nation breathed a collective sigh of relief last Wednesday when four-year-old Cleo Smith was found alive and well.    Detectives arrive in Carnarvon today to begin the lengthy investigation into exactly what occurred in the 18 days she was missing.   We’re joined by Seven’s Ben Downie, who has covered the case since day one; and Dr Celine Van Golde, a psychologist from Sydney University who focuses on the reliability of eyewitness memory in children and adults.   How will police proceed with the delicate task of interviewing Cleo Smith, now the investigation moves to the next phase?     Todays Headlines Pfizer boosters available to all adults from today Wife of missing WA shark victim speaks out as search called off More freedoms for NSW as anti-vax protests condemned Covid “lockout” to last in NT until tonight following weekend outbreak Police open criminal investigation into Houston concert deaths Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

16:56

EP258 - S2

7 Nov 21

Deni Todorovic is doing life in style

You might know Deni Todorovic from their instagram page stylebydeni, where they regularly don fun and playful outfits including colourful evening gowns and tutus. Deni has styled just about every Australian celebrity you can think of, from Delta Goodrem to Samantha Jade.  In this chat Deni joins Jamila Rizvi to discuss what it was like growing up without the words to describe their gender identity, why we all need to break out of our limited binary fashion choices, and how they’ve come to understand what it means to be a religious and spiritual queer person. THE WEEKEND LIST:   Watch:Morning Wars (Apple TV)   Read:Love & Virtue by Diana Reid   Read:Consumed by Aja Barber   Podcast:Brooke and Linda’s Dream Club

Deni Todorovic is doing life in style

You might know Deni Todorovic from their instagram page stylebydeni, where they regularly don fun and playful outfits including colourful evening gowns and tutus. Deni has styled just about every Australian celebrity you can think of, from Delta Goodrem to Samantha Jade.  In this chat Deni joins Jamila Rizvi to discuss what it was like growing up without the words to describe their gender identity, why we all need to break out of our limited binary fashion choices, and how they’ve come to understand what it means to be a religious and spiritual queer person. THE WEEKEND LIST:   Watch:Morning Wars (Apple TV)   Read:Love & Virtue by Diana Reid   Read:Consumed by Aja Barber   Podcast:Brooke and Linda’s Dream Club

35:14

EP257 - S2

5 Nov 21

What is the Metaverse?

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced last week the social media giant would now be known as Meta, to reflect his vision of dominating the “metaverse”   Jeremy Kaplan is Content Director at Future, the publisher of TechRader.  He says most of us wouldn’t trust Mark Zuckerberg to walk our dog, let alone rule the internet.   So, what IS the Metaverse?  What will it mean for us?  What will the future look like if we’re all linked, socially and digitally?  And is Meta the right company to be running the future of the internet?   Todays Headlines Man charged over Cleo Smith abduction NT records first Covid-19 case Britain approves Covid-19 pill Joe Exotic diagnosed with cancer Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

What is the Metaverse?

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced last week the social media giant would now be known as Meta, to reflect his vision of dominating the “metaverse”   Jeremy Kaplan is Content Director at Future, the publisher of TechRader.  He says most of us wouldn’t trust Mark Zuckerberg to walk our dog, let alone rule the internet.   So, what IS the Metaverse?  What will it mean for us?  What will the future look like if we’re all linked, socially and digitally?  And is Meta the right company to be running the future of the internet?   Todays Headlines Man charged over Cleo Smith abduction NT records first Covid-19 case Britain approves Covid-19 pill Joe Exotic diagnosed with cancer Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

23:18

EP256 - S2

4 Nov 21

Ex school teacher defies music industry gatekeepers

Young Aussie artist AViVA is a perfect example of someone you mightn’t have heard of in the mainstream, but who has had her emo/pop songs downloaded billions of times.  She’s had nearly 70 million views of her debut single Grrrls on YouTube.   AViVA’s story is remarkable because she’s managed to forge a career, and a very successful career, without going down the traditional path of signing record deals and working with record labels.  In this Briefing, AViVA tells us about her determination to play by her own rules.   We talk about AViVA’s new book, Self/less set in a world, halfway between A Handmaid’s Tale and 1984…. when ‘outsiders’ learn to be creative on their own terms.    Learning to express yourself how YOU want to.     TODAY'S HEADLINES WA police release footage of Cloe Smith rescue French ambassador slams Morrison over SMS leaks Morrison visits Australian troops on return from Glasgow Baldwin hits back at claims of chaos on Rust set Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

Ex school teacher defies music industry gatekeepers

Young Aussie artist AViVA is a perfect example of someone you mightn’t have heard of in the mainstream, but who has had her emo/pop songs downloaded billions of times.  She’s had nearly 70 million views of her debut single Grrrls on YouTube.   AViVA’s story is remarkable because she’s managed to forge a career, and a very successful career, without going down the traditional path of signing record deals and working with record labels.  In this Briefing, AViVA tells us about her determination to play by her own rules.   We talk about AViVA’s new book, Self/less set in a world, halfway between A Handmaid’s Tale and 1984…. when ‘outsiders’ learn to be creative on their own terms.    Learning to express yourself how YOU want to.     TODAY'S HEADLINES WA police release footage of Cloe Smith rescue French ambassador slams Morrison over SMS leaks Morrison visits Australian troops on return from Glasgow Baldwin hits back at claims of chaos on Rust set Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

21:02

EP255 - S2

3 Nov 21

Breaking news: Cleo Smith is found alive and well

Police in Western Australia have found missing four-year-old Cleo Smith.   Officers broke into a locked house in the town of Carnarvon, 900 kilometres north of Perth, about 1am local time (4am AEDT) where they found the young girl in one of the rooms. Cleo was reunited with her parents, Ellie Smith and Jake Gliddon, shortly after.   TODAY'S HEADLINES Cleo Smith is found alive and well Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

Breaking news: Cleo Smith is found alive and well

Police in Western Australia have found missing four-year-old Cleo Smith.   Officers broke into a locked house in the town of Carnarvon, 900 kilometres north of Perth, about 1am local time (4am AEDT) where they found the young girl in one of the rooms. Cleo was reunited with her parents, Ellie Smith and Jake Gliddon, shortly after.   TODAY'S HEADLINES Cleo Smith is found alive and well Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

03:48

EP254 - S2

2 Nov 21

ICAC and Gladys Berejiklian: Was it just a bad boyfriend

Gladys Berejiklian stunned the people of NSW on October 1st by announcing her resignation. The state’s Independent Commission Against Corruption had announced it was investigating Ms Berejiklian over grants provided to her then-boyfriend Daryl Maguire’s electorate. After two days of astounding testimony Ms Berejiklian will move to the next phase of her life.   The Australian’s NSW parliamentary reporter Yoni Bashan has covered the 11 days of ICAC hearings. He details the untruths, surprises, twists and turns in a remarkable story.   Gladys Berejiklian led NSW through the Covid crisis and just as life was returning to normal, she stood aside amid accusations of pork-barrelling and hiding a relationship which may cast a shadow over her legacy as Premier.   TODAY'S HEADLINES World leaders commit to curb deforestation Australia leads new initiative to address island climate change At least 25 killed in Kabul hospital attack Musk billions could fight global hunger Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

ICAC and Gladys Berejiklian: Was it just a bad boyfriend

Gladys Berejiklian stunned the people of NSW on October 1st by announcing her resignation. The state’s Independent Commission Against Corruption had announced it was investigating Ms Berejiklian over grants provided to her then-boyfriend Daryl Maguire’s electorate. After two days of astounding testimony Ms Berejiklian will move to the next phase of her life.   The Australian’s NSW parliamentary reporter Yoni Bashan has covered the 11 days of ICAC hearings. He details the untruths, surprises, twists and turns in a remarkable story.   Gladys Berejiklian led NSW through the Covid crisis and just as life was returning to normal, she stood aside amid accusations of pork-barrelling and hiding a relationship which may cast a shadow over her legacy as Premier.   TODAY'S HEADLINES World leaders commit to curb deforestation Australia leads new initiative to address island climate change At least 25 killed in Kabul hospital attack Musk billions could fight global hunger Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

23:02

EP253 - S2

2 Nov 21

How to know if you’re lonely

In today’s Briefing, we’ll learn just how much better life could be if we properly understood loneliness... because it’s connected to so many things that go wrong in our lives, like drug addiction, violence, crime Dr Michelle Lim from Swinburne University is chair of Ending Loneliness Together - a national network of organisations working through collaborative action, research & policy to address loneliness in Australia. Lockdown has ended….the community is opening up.  But what if I’m still in personal lockdown?  How do I know if I’m lonely?   Loneliness - what it feels like, how difficult it is to identify, and the remedies to alleviate its impact on our daily lives.     TODAY'S HEADLINES PM Scott Morrison addresses COP26 in Glasgow Morrison concedes scrapping sub deal damaged relationship with France Gladys Berejiklian finishes giving evidence at ICAC hearing Norwegian bikini rule scrapped 10,000 expected at Flemington for the Melbourne Cup Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

How to know if you’re lonely

In today’s Briefing, we’ll learn just how much better life could be if we properly understood loneliness... because it’s connected to so many things that go wrong in our lives, like drug addiction, violence, crime Dr Michelle Lim from Swinburne University is chair of Ending Loneliness Together - a national network of organisations working through collaborative action, research & policy to address loneliness in Australia. Lockdown has ended….the community is opening up.  But what if I’m still in personal lockdown?  How do I know if I’m lonely?   Loneliness - what it feels like, how difficult it is to identify, and the remedies to alleviate its impact on our daily lives.     TODAY'S HEADLINES PM Scott Morrison addresses COP26 in Glasgow Morrison concedes scrapping sub deal damaged relationship with France Gladys Berejiklian finishes giving evidence at ICAC hearing Norwegian bikini rule scrapped 10,000 expected at Flemington for the Melbourne Cup Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

23:18

EP252 - S2

1 Nov 21

Are we risk-takers or not? An American weighs in

When Damien Cave brought his young family to Sydney to set up the New York Times’ Australian Bureau, they encountered the local pursuits of Nippers and surfing – and a completely different approach to risk that changed the way they lived their lives. Damien is the New York Times’ Australian correspondent.   He has always been fascinated by risk.   Having covered the war in Iraq and moved to Mexico City with two babies in nappies, he and his wife Diana thought they understood something about the subject.  Then they arrived in Australia......   TODAY'S HEADLINES World leaders agree to carbon neutrality by ‘around mid-century’ Singapore tourists next step in reopening Gladys Berejilklian to return to ICAC today Rapid Antigen Tests available from today Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

Are we risk-takers or not? An American weighs in

When Damien Cave brought his young family to Sydney to set up the New York Times’ Australian Bureau, they encountered the local pursuits of Nippers and surfing – and a completely different approach to risk that changed the way they lived their lives. Damien is the New York Times’ Australian correspondent.   He has always been fascinated by risk.   Having covered the war in Iraq and moved to Mexico City with two babies in nappies, he and his wife Diana thought they understood something about the subject.  Then they arrived in Australia......   TODAY'S HEADLINES World leaders agree to carbon neutrality by ‘around mid-century’ Singapore tourists next step in reopening Gladys Berejilklian to return to ICAC today Rapid Antigen Tests available from today Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

20:50

EP251 - S2

31 Oct 21

Steph Claire Smith on motherhood and measuring up

Steph Claire Smith isn’t your average model turned fitness influencer.  Boasting over one million followers on social media, the 27-year-old uses her platform to champion how healthy doesn't need to be hard, which inspired the business empire she co-founded with her best friend Laura Henshaw, Keep It Cleaner.   She's also navigating becoming a new mum through the pandemic, showing the raw and realistic sides of the journey with her followers as she embraces imperfections and celebrates flaws.    Jamila Rizvi sits down with Steph to talk about her business ventures, motherhood, the trappings of the modelling and fitness industries and the pressures they put on young women.   THE WEEKEND LIST with Tait McGregor:   Watch: Hacks (Stan) Watch: The Great Kiwi Bake Off (Apple TV) Listen: Essential Vinyl with Ed Sheeran (LiSTNR) Cook: Chunky chocolate chip peanut butter cookies (Keep It Cleaner)

Steph Claire Smith on motherhood and measuring up

Steph Claire Smith isn’t your average model turned fitness influencer.  Boasting over one million followers on social media, the 27-year-old uses her platform to champion how healthy doesn't need to be hard, which inspired the business empire she co-founded with her best friend Laura Henshaw, Keep It Cleaner.   She's also navigating becoming a new mum through the pandemic, showing the raw and realistic sides of the journey with her followers as she embraces imperfections and celebrates flaws.    Jamila Rizvi sits down with Steph to talk about her business ventures, motherhood, the trappings of the modelling and fitness industries and the pressures they put on young women.   THE WEEKEND LIST with Tait McGregor:   Watch: Hacks (Stan) Watch: The Great Kiwi Bake Off (Apple TV) Listen: Essential Vinyl with Ed Sheeran (LiSTNR) Cook: Chunky chocolate chip peanut butter cookies (Keep It Cleaner)

29:09

EP250 - S2

29 Oct 21

Why Dave Chappelle and Hannah Gadsby are clashing

What’s behind the stoush between Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby and the US superstar Dave Chapelle?   It’s all about Chappelle’s Netflix comedy special, The Closer.    Netflix has stood by its decision to air The Closer despite Chappelle slurring members of the LGBTIQ community – particularly the trans community.  Its CEO Ted Sarandos said that content on-screen doesn’t directly translate to real-world harm, and he also named the other shows they produced that promote inclusivity and diversity including... Sex Education, Orange Is the New Black AND Aussie comedianHannah Gadsby – Gadsby struck back with a vengeance.  She didn’t like being used by Netflix to justify The Closer.   We’re joined by Variety’s senior entertainment and media writer, Matt Donnelly who secured an interview with Sarandos where he conceded he “screwed up” in managing Netflix staffs’ concerns about the special.  But he won’t be binning it.   This is a fascinating story about big media, comedy in 2021….. and how the actions of one of the planet’s biggest corporate players has two the world’s biggest comedians, facing off.   TODAY'S HEADLINES PM to touch down in Rome as Canberra net zero ructions continue Proposed voter ID laws labelled “racist” Berejiklian to face ICAC after day of bombshell evidence Covid restrictions ease again in Victoria  Australia Post boosting staff, facilities ahead of Christmas rush Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

Why Dave Chappelle and Hannah Gadsby are clashing

What’s behind the stoush between Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby and the US superstar Dave Chapelle?   It’s all about Chappelle’s Netflix comedy special, The Closer.    Netflix has stood by its decision to air The Closer despite Chappelle slurring members of the LGBTIQ community – particularly the trans community.  Its CEO Ted Sarandos said that content on-screen doesn’t directly translate to real-world harm, and he also named the other shows they produced that promote inclusivity and diversity including... Sex Education, Orange Is the New Black AND Aussie comedianHannah Gadsby – Gadsby struck back with a vengeance.  She didn’t like being used by Netflix to justify The Closer.   We’re joined by Variety’s senior entertainment and media writer, Matt Donnelly who secured an interview with Sarandos where he conceded he “screwed up” in managing Netflix staffs’ concerns about the special.  But he won’t be binning it.   This is a fascinating story about big media, comedy in 2021….. and how the actions of one of the planet’s biggest corporate players has two the world’s biggest comedians, facing off.   TODAY'S HEADLINES PM to touch down in Rome as Canberra net zero ructions continue Proposed voter ID laws labelled “racist” Berejiklian to face ICAC after day of bombshell evidence Covid restrictions ease again in Victoria  Australia Post boosting staff, facilities ahead of Christmas rush Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

22:39

EP249 - S2

28 Oct 21

Why were there bullets on the set? Alec Baldwin disaster

The film industry was in shock last week when a director of photography was shot dead on the set of a movie in New Mexico.  The shot was fired by Hollywood legend Alec Baldwin.   On today’s Briefing we ask the question everyone wants answered – how could such a thing happen?   Marc Malkin is senior editor at Variety and host of the 'Just for Variety' podcast.  Marc talks about Baldwin’s future….and explains what the fallout will be from the incident.  We’re also joined by John Bowring, an Australian armourer and gunsmith who has worked on thousands of film sets.  John explains HOW the accident occurred and why it will happen again.   On today’s Briefing…we go behind the scenes of the Alec Baldwin shooting in New Mexico.   TODAY'S HEADLINES Booster doses look set to be to be available to all Australians after Pfizer approval US offers to let Assange serve time in Australian prison MP with Premier’s “ear” to face ICAC today Rift over tennis tournament jabs widens as Andrews doubles down US police providing update on Rust set shooting Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

Why were there bullets on the set? Alec Baldwin disaster

The film industry was in shock last week when a director of photography was shot dead on the set of a movie in New Mexico.  The shot was fired by Hollywood legend Alec Baldwin.   On today’s Briefing we ask the question everyone wants answered – how could such a thing happen?   Marc Malkin is senior editor at Variety and host of the 'Just for Variety' podcast.  Marc talks about Baldwin’s future….and explains what the fallout will be from the incident.  We’re also joined by John Bowring, an Australian armourer and gunsmith who has worked on thousands of film sets.  John explains HOW the accident occurred and why it will happen again.   On today’s Briefing…we go behind the scenes of the Alec Baldwin shooting in New Mexico.   TODAY'S HEADLINES Booster doses look set to be to be available to all Australians after Pfizer approval US offers to let Assange serve time in Australian prison MP with Premier’s “ear” to face ICAC today Rift over tennis tournament jabs widens as Andrews doubles down US police providing update on Rust set shooting Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

22:06

EP248 - S2

27 Oct 21

Japan’s Harry & Meghan: a princess gives up her title for love

The world’s media is comparing the saga surrounding yesterday’s marriage of Japan’s Princess Mako and commoner Kei Komuro to the Harry & Meghan story.  Japanese tabloids have long been obsessed with the country’s royals, but the fact this latest scandal is gathering international attention suggests growing interest in the family.   Dr Tom Baudinette is an expert in Japanese culture and senior lecturer at Macquarie University.   In this intriguing episode of the Briefing, Dr Baudinette explains the key source of controversy in the whole saga is whether Komuro is a worthy husband for a royal.  He explains why the wedding is dividing the Japanese people.   TODAY'S HEADLINES Government bets on tech in 2050 net zero roadmap SA announces Christmas opening as WA threatens to crack-down on travel More revelations at NSW ICAC hearings over Berejiklian's relationship Crown get another chance with licence despite ‘disgraceful’ conduct South African player withdraws from T20 tournament over anti-racism order Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

Japan’s Harry & Meghan: a princess gives up her title for love

The world’s media is comparing the saga surrounding yesterday’s marriage of Japan’s Princess Mako and commoner Kei Komuro to the Harry & Meghan story.  Japanese tabloids have long been obsessed with the country’s royals, but the fact this latest scandal is gathering international attention suggests growing interest in the family.   Dr Tom Baudinette is an expert in Japanese culture and senior lecturer at Macquarie University.   In this intriguing episode of the Briefing, Dr Baudinette explains the key source of controversy in the whole saga is whether Komuro is a worthy husband for a royal.  He explains why the wedding is dividing the Japanese people.   TODAY'S HEADLINES Government bets on tech in 2050 net zero roadmap SA announces Christmas opening as WA threatens to crack-down on travel More revelations at NSW ICAC hearings over Berejiklian's relationship Crown get another chance with licence despite ‘disgraceful’ conduct South African player withdraws from T20 tournament over anti-racism order Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

21:14

EP247 - S2

26 Oct 21

Why the microchip shortage could ruin Christmas

The world is facing a shortage of vital semiconductor microchips.  You might not be able to find the tech gift you were planning on buying for your family this Christmas.    Tech author, Futurist and host of LiSTNR’s The Next Billion Seconds podcast Mark Pesce, tells us the problem will get a lot worse before it gets better.  It’s going to affect just about every industry in the economy – including tech, cars, health and communications.    How will affect ordinary Australians?  And will the microchip shortage ruin Christmas?    TODAY'S HEADLINES Government to review net zero impact on regions but stays silent on negotiations Berejiklian should have revealed relationship, says Barilaro Confusion over tennis vaccine stance following email leak UK government resists calls for Covid ‘Plan B’ World leaders condemn Sudan coup Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

Why the microchip shortage could ruin Christmas

The world is facing a shortage of vital semiconductor microchips.  You might not be able to find the tech gift you were planning on buying for your family this Christmas.    Tech author, Futurist and host of LiSTNR’s The Next Billion Seconds podcast Mark Pesce, tells us the problem will get a lot worse before it gets better.  It’s going to affect just about every industry in the economy – including tech, cars, health and communications.    How will affect ordinary Australians?  And will the microchip shortage ruin Christmas?    TODAY'S HEADLINES Government to review net zero impact on regions but stays silent on negotiations Berejiklian should have revealed relationship, says Barilaro Confusion over tennis vaccine stance following email leak UK government resists calls for Covid ‘Plan B’ World leaders condemn Sudan coup Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

21:31

EP246 - S2

25 Oct 21

Why the Nationals finally caved on net zero

Today’s Briefing is a deep dive on the politics playing out in Canberra between the Coalition partners.    The National Party has agreed to the government’s net zero targets ahead of the COP26 summit in Glasgow.  It means Australia will aim for net zero carbon emissions by 2050.   Annika Smethurst explains exactly what went on behind closed doors; and what it means for the future of the Coalition.  So much weighs on the decision, particularly with a federal election looming in the new year.   TODAY'S HEADLINES Nationals agree to work with government on net zero More freedoms for Victorians on Friday Police issue alert for mystery driver in Cleo Smith search Vigil held for cinematographer killed on Baldwin set Colombia’s most wanted caught in jungle raid Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

Why the Nationals finally caved on net zero

Today’s Briefing is a deep dive on the politics playing out in Canberra between the Coalition partners.    The National Party has agreed to the government’s net zero targets ahead of the COP26 summit in Glasgow.  It means Australia will aim for net zero carbon emissions by 2050.   Annika Smethurst explains exactly what went on behind closed doors; and what it means for the future of the Coalition.  So much weighs on the decision, particularly with a federal election looming in the new year.   TODAY'S HEADLINES Nationals agree to work with government on net zero More freedoms for Victorians on Friday Police issue alert for mystery driver in Cleo Smith search Vigil held for cinematographer killed on Baldwin set Colombia’s most wanted caught in jungle raid Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

19:20

EP245 - S2

24 Oct 21

Get your geek on with Lawrence Leung

Lawrence Leung is a Melbourne-based comedian, writer and actor who, as it turns out, has a very surprising past!     He was once a teenage goth who wore all white make-up and an origami crow on his shoulder to high school parties. There was also the time he jumped out of a plane and completed a Rubik’s cube before engaging his parachute.   Jamila Rizvi gets to know Lawrence’s old phases, plus his thoughts on representation and parenting.     THE WEEKEND LIST with Tait McGregor:  Listen: Juno by Remi Wolf  Read: Daring to Fly: The TV Star on Facing Fear and Finding Joy on a Deadline by Lisa Millar  Watch: Barry (Binge)  Cook: Alphabet cake (thecookingfoodie.com) 

Get your geek on with Lawrence Leung

Lawrence Leung is a Melbourne-based comedian, writer and actor who, as it turns out, has a very surprising past!     He was once a teenage goth who wore all white make-up and an origami crow on his shoulder to high school parties. There was also the time he jumped out of a plane and completed a Rubik’s cube before engaging his parachute.   Jamila Rizvi gets to know Lawrence’s old phases, plus his thoughts on representation and parenting.     THE WEEKEND LIST with Tait McGregor:  Listen: Juno by Remi Wolf  Read: Daring to Fly: The TV Star on Facing Fear and Finding Joy on a Deadline by Lisa Millar  Watch: Barry (Binge)  Cook: Alphabet cake (thecookingfoodie.com) 

26:00

EP244 - S2

22 Oct 21

Australia’s first ‘stealthing’ law

Stealthing is the act of removing a condom mid-sex, without the partner’s knowledge.  It’s become an issue of debate since the term was coined in the US back in 2017.   The Australian Capital Territory has become the first jurisdiction in the country to make stealthing a crime.  The ACT’s Attorney-General Shane Rattenbury joins us to talk through his motivation to legislate against stealthing.   We’re also joined by the writer, Mary Madigan, who wrote about her personal experience back in 2019.   While the ACT is the first state or territory to make stealthing a crime, it’s hopefully only a matter of time before other states follow.    On today’s Briefing….what is stealthing…and what you need to know if it happens to you.   TODAY'S HEADLINES Melburnians cheer in end to lockdown Nationals present demands to PM, paving way to net zero within weeks QLD authorities struggle to trace movements of ICU Uber driver $1M reward issued in Cleo Smith search Ruszczyk Damond could be released by next year following re-sentencing Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

Australia’s first ‘stealthing’ law

Stealthing is the act of removing a condom mid-sex, without the partner’s knowledge.  It’s become an issue of debate since the term was coined in the US back in 2017.   The Australian Capital Territory has become the first jurisdiction in the country to make stealthing a crime.  The ACT’s Attorney-General Shane Rattenbury joins us to talk through his motivation to legislate against stealthing.   We’re also joined by the writer, Mary Madigan, who wrote about her personal experience back in 2019.   While the ACT is the first state or territory to make stealthing a crime, it’s hopefully only a matter of time before other states follow.    On today’s Briefing….what is stealthing…and what you need to know if it happens to you.   TODAY'S HEADLINES Melburnians cheer in end to lockdown Nationals present demands to PM, paving way to net zero within weeks QLD authorities struggle to trace movements of ICU Uber driver $1M reward issued in Cleo Smith search Ruszczyk Damond could be released by next year following re-sentencing Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

20:39

EP243 - S2

21 Oct 21

Dan Ilic's Times Square campaign to embarrass Scott Morrison

Australian comedian Dan Ilic has started a  crowdfunding campaign to fund Times Square billboards to embarrass Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the Commonwealth Government over their inaction on climate change.   The campaign has exploded!  As Dan explains, he started out wanting to raise $12,500 and has now raised more than $200,000!     Dan’s campaign reached Times Square in New York, London and Glasgow.  He’s a campaigner for climate change....and for comedians and the way they can change the world   TODAY'S HEADLINES ADF supporting Smith search as police concerned by tent evidence Nationals leader promises progress on net zero negotiations ‘Incredulous’ Baird says should have known of Berejiklian relationship Suspects at large after father & son killed in Sydney gang violence Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

Dan Ilic's Times Square campaign to embarrass Scott Morrison

Australian comedian Dan Ilic has started a  crowdfunding campaign to fund Times Square billboards to embarrass Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the Commonwealth Government over their inaction on climate change.   The campaign has exploded!  As Dan explains, he started out wanting to raise $12,500 and has now raised more than $200,000!     Dan’s campaign reached Times Square in New York, London and Glasgow.  He’s a campaigner for climate change....and for comedians and the way they can change the world   TODAY'S HEADLINES ADF supporting Smith search as police concerned by tent evidence Nationals leader promises progress on net zero negotiations ‘Incredulous’ Baird says should have known of Berejiklian relationship Suspects at large after father & son killed in Sydney gang violence Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

22:07

EP242 - S2

20 Oct 21

What ‘net zero’ actually means

Everyone’s talking about ‘net zero’.  What does it actually mean?  And …why is the Prime Minister Scott Morrison so reluctant to commit to a net zero policy?   The world’s attention will turn to Glasgow next month when the United Nations COP26 gathers to discuss plans to reduce emissions to protect the planet.  Professor Will Steffen is a climate change expert and researcher at the Australian National University, Canberra.  Professor Steffen explains what net zero is, and how Australia can play its part in reducing carbon globally.   Ordinary Australians are happy to play their part in reducing emissions and fighting climate change.  Why is the Commonwealth Government so slow to act…….?   TODAY'S HEADLINES Search for missing WA toddler continues as mother speaks out WA rules out opening border to NSW, VIC in time for Christmas Andrews targets tennis star, promising no reprieve for unvaxxed NSW assisted-dying bill delayed until 2022 Cowra considering Big Chris Hemsworth landmark after star agrees to spruik town Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

What ‘net zero’ actually means

Everyone’s talking about ‘net zero’.  What does it actually mean?  And …why is the Prime Minister Scott Morrison so reluctant to commit to a net zero policy?   The world’s attention will turn to Glasgow next month when the United Nations COP26 gathers to discuss plans to reduce emissions to protect the planet.  Professor Will Steffen is a climate change expert and researcher at the Australian National University, Canberra.  Professor Steffen explains what net zero is, and how Australia can play its part in reducing carbon globally.   Ordinary Australians are happy to play their part in reducing emissions and fighting climate change.  Why is the Commonwealth Government so slow to act…….?   TODAY'S HEADLINES Search for missing WA toddler continues as mother speaks out WA rules out opening border to NSW, VIC in time for Christmas Andrews targets tennis star, promising no reprieve for unvaxxed NSW assisted-dying bill delayed until 2022 Cowra considering Big Chris Hemsworth landmark after star agrees to spruik town Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

22:03

EP241 - S2

19 Oct 21

Superstar astronaut, now author Chris Hadfield

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield was commander of the International Space Station.  He became famous when he published videos of experiments he conducted in space.   Chris has released his first novel....a murder mystery set in space, against the backdrop of the cold war.    He joins us to talk about his very first day in space, his journey of discovery as a writer and about our collective journey to battle climate change.     TODAY'S HEADLINES QLD calls on young people to get vaccinated as border plans unveiled Tasmania lockdown ends, but masks remain mandatory Morrison to push ahead with net zero in spite of Nationals NT Chief Minister in Twitter spat with Ted Cruz Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell dies from Covid-19 complications Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

Superstar astronaut, now author Chris Hadfield

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield was commander of the International Space Station.  He became famous when he published videos of experiments he conducted in space.   Chris has released his first novel....a murder mystery set in space, against the backdrop of the cold war.    He joins us to talk about his very first day in space, his journey of discovery as a writer and about our collective journey to battle climate change.     TODAY'S HEADLINES QLD calls on young people to get vaccinated as border plans unveiled Tasmania lockdown ends, but masks remain mandatory Morrison to push ahead with net zero in spite of Nationals NT Chief Minister in Twitter spat with Ted Cruz Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell dies from Covid-19 complications Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

21:07

EP240 - S2

18 Oct 21

The hidden value of psychics

Today’s briefing investigates the world of psychics and asks the fundamental question - are they dangerous charlatans or do they actually provide some real value.       Writer Gary Nunn investigates his own testing relationship with psychics and reveals their secret and surprising influence over a range of powerful cliques, from business to law enforcement.        Gary’s new book is called The Psychic Tests and it takes him on a journey of discovery as he investigates psychics working with his own sister, to a stock broking firm, all the way up to a US president.      TODAY'S HEADLINES Nationals to take their time on net zero deliberations Melbourne lockdown to lift on Friday for fully vaxxed Restrictions easing NSW as state becomes first to reach 80% dose coverage Police not ruling out foul play in search for missing WA child Caddick’s partner says missing fraudster was murdered Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

The hidden value of psychics

Today’s briefing investigates the world of psychics and asks the fundamental question - are they dangerous charlatans or do they actually provide some real value.       Writer Gary Nunn investigates his own testing relationship with psychics and reveals their secret and surprising influence over a range of powerful cliques, from business to law enforcement.        Gary’s new book is called The Psychic Tests and it takes him on a journey of discovery as he investigates psychics working with his own sister, to a stock broking firm, all the way up to a US president.      TODAY'S HEADLINES Nationals to take their time on net zero deliberations Melbourne lockdown to lift on Friday for fully vaxxed Restrictions easing NSW as state becomes first to reach 80% dose coverage Police not ruling out foul play in search for missing WA child Caddick’s partner says missing fraudster was murdered Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

23:00

EP239 - S2

17 Oct 21

Dr Yves Rees, the trans historian leaning into the messiness of gender identity

Dr Yves Rees (they/them) is an award-winning writer, podcaster and historian.      When Yves was 30-years-old, they came to the understanding that they’re trans. After being called Anne for their three decades on this earth, Yves had to not only grapple with their own knowledge that they were not a woman - but other people’s reactions as well.    Jamila Rizvi and Yves discuss their new memoir ‘All About Yves’, which tells their journey of re-becoming, at the same time laying bare the messiness of gender and identity through the lens of history.     THE WEEKEND LIST with Tait McGregor:  Watch: Sex Education (Netflix)  Watch: Maid (Netflix)  Listen: Optimist by FINNEAS  Cook: Toasted Sesame Cookies (FOOD52) 

Dr Yves Rees, the trans historian leaning into the messiness of gender identity

Dr Yves Rees (they/them) is an award-winning writer, podcaster and historian.      When Yves was 30-years-old, they came to the understanding that they’re trans. After being called Anne for their three decades on this earth, Yves had to not only grapple with their own knowledge that they were not a woman - but other people’s reactions as well.    Jamila Rizvi and Yves discuss their new memoir ‘All About Yves’, which tells their journey of re-becoming, at the same time laying bare the messiness of gender and identity through the lens of history.     THE WEEKEND LIST with Tait McGregor:  Watch: Sex Education (Netflix)  Watch: Maid (Netflix)  Listen: Optimist by FINNEAS  Cook: Toasted Sesame Cookies (FOOD52) 

28:57

EP238 - S2

15 Oct 21

Immunocompromised: the forgotten people

Simone, a Briefing listener, reached out to ask us to do an episode on the plight of immunocompromised Australians.   Many have terminal illness, or are not able to mingle freely in the community because of their condition.  So what does their future hold?   We invited Simone to join the Briefing panel in talking to Dr Sarah Sasson, a Clinical Immunologist at the Kirby Institute at UNSW.  Dr Sarah tells us things are looking up.  While Simone is right to have concerns, the future is a lot brighter than it may have looked, even a few months ago.   In this Briefing, we explore the future for Australians with reduced immunity – a critical debate about the future of those we love who are already battling dangerous health conditions.   TODAY'S HEADLINES Wealthy warn investors will abandon Australia without net zero target Prince William calls out billionaire space race Victoria holds course on reopening as mandatory jabs come into effect Fears up to 600 given Covid exemptions by QLD anti-vaxxer Half-shredded Banksy artwork goes back under the hammer Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

Immunocompromised: the forgotten people

Simone, a Briefing listener, reached out to ask us to do an episode on the plight of immunocompromised Australians.   Many have terminal illness, or are not able to mingle freely in the community because of their condition.  So what does their future hold?   We invited Simone to join the Briefing panel in talking to Dr Sarah Sasson, a Clinical Immunologist at the Kirby Institute at UNSW.  Dr Sarah tells us things are looking up.  While Simone is right to have concerns, the future is a lot brighter than it may have looked, even a few months ago.   In this Briefing, we explore the future for Australians with reduced immunity – a critical debate about the future of those we love who are already battling dangerous health conditions.   TODAY'S HEADLINES Wealthy warn investors will abandon Australia without net zero target Prince William calls out billionaire space race Victoria holds course on reopening as mandatory jabs come into effect Fears up to 600 given Covid exemptions by QLD anti-vaxxer Half-shredded Banksy artwork goes back under the hammer Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

23:46

EP237 - S2

14 Oct 21

Malcolm Turnbull’s campaign to change Australia’s energy future: Part Two

Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is determined to change Australia’s energy future.   He’s teamed up with mining magnate and billionaire Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest, to lobby here and overseas for governments to adopt green hydrogen energy.  Mr Turnbull says it’s Australia’s future….and we can lead the way globally in reducing emissions and contributing to reversing global warming.   Mr Turnbull will head to the UN’s climate summit in Glasgow in November.  We’re still not sure whether Prime Minister Scott Morrison will attend.    In the second instalment of our interview, we ask about the right-wing climate change deniers….and if Mr Turnbull will resent Scott Morrison’s moves to take Australia to net zero emissions, a move that ultimately ended Mr Turnbull’s prime ministership.   TODAY'S HEADLINES NSW urges Commonwealth to do more on climate change Victoria approaches early escape from lockdown AZ production to wind up as Pfizer applies for child jabs Bali to reopen but not for Australians William Shatner reaches the final frontier as the oldest person in space Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

Malcolm Turnbull’s campaign to change Australia’s energy future: Part Two

Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is determined to change Australia’s energy future.   He’s teamed up with mining magnate and billionaire Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest, to lobby here and overseas for governments to adopt green hydrogen energy.  Mr Turnbull says it’s Australia’s future….and we can lead the way globally in reducing emissions and contributing to reversing global warming.   Mr Turnbull will head to the UN’s climate summit in Glasgow in November.  We’re still not sure whether Prime Minister Scott Morrison will attend.    In the second instalment of our interview, we ask about the right-wing climate change deniers….and if Mr Turnbull will resent Scott Morrison’s moves to take Australia to net zero emissions, a move that ultimately ended Mr Turnbull’s prime ministership.   TODAY'S HEADLINES NSW urges Commonwealth to do more on climate change Victoria approaches early escape from lockdown AZ production to wind up as Pfizer applies for child jabs Bali to reopen but not for Australians William Shatner reaches the final frontier as the oldest person in space Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

19:47

EP236 - S2

13 Oct 21

Malcolm Turnbull’s campaign to change Australia’s energy future: Part One

Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is determined to change Australia’s energy future.   He’s teamed up with mining magnate and billionaire Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest, to lobby here and overseas for governments to adopt green hydrogen energy.  Mr Turnbull says it’s Australia’s future….and we can lead the way globally in reducing emissions and contributing to reversing global warming.   Mr Turnbull will head to the UN’s climate summit in Glasgow in November.  We’re still not sure whether Prime Minister Scott Morrison will attend.    We learn what Mr Turnbull plans to do in Glasgow, and the message he believes an absent Scott Morrison will send to the rest of the world.   TODAY'S HEADLINES Federal cabinet to meet on plan for net zero Perrottet to consider early reopening as vax coverage approaches 80% Albanese refuses to comment on branch stacking MP’s future Australian made rover to launch to moon as part of NASA mission Socceroos 11-match winning streak brought to an end Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

Malcolm Turnbull’s campaign to change Australia’s energy future: Part One

Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is determined to change Australia’s energy future.   He’s teamed up with mining magnate and billionaire Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest, to lobby here and overseas for governments to adopt green hydrogen energy.  Mr Turnbull says it’s Australia’s future….and we can lead the way globally in reducing emissions and contributing to reversing global warming.   Mr Turnbull will head to the UN’s climate summit in Glasgow in November.  We’re still not sure whether Prime Minister Scott Morrison will attend.    We learn what Mr Turnbull plans to do in Glasgow, and the message he believes an absent Scott Morrison will send to the rest of the world.   TODAY'S HEADLINES Federal cabinet to meet on plan for net zero Perrottet to consider early reopening as vax coverage approaches 80% Albanese refuses to comment on branch stacking MP’s future Australian made rover to launch to moon as part of NASA mission Socceroos 11-match winning streak brought to an end Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

25:09

EP235 - S2

12 Oct 21

Space tourism: how long before ordinary Aussies blast off?

Briefing listener, Laura, contacted us asking for an episode on the commercial space race….and in particular, when Australians should expect to be able to fly on rockets at an affordable price.   Professor Alan Duffy is an astronomer at Swinburne and Lead Scientist of the Royal Institution of Australia.  He says there are three main players – Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic; Elon Musk’s Space X; and Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin. They’re billionaire’s competing for dominance in the burgeoning space tourism sector.   So how long will it be before Australians can afford to blast off into space?  And when seats are commonplace, how much will it cost.   TODAY'S HEADLINES Nation’s eyes on NSW as state becomes first to live with Covid Melbourne men accused of WA Grand Final breach to face court Government, families disappointed by release of Afghan soldier-killer Prince Charles calls on Morrison to attend Glasgow climate summit Brisbane to get new NRL team Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

Space tourism: how long before ordinary Aussies blast off?

Briefing listener, Laura, contacted us asking for an episode on the commercial space race….and in particular, when Australians should expect to be able to fly on rockets at an affordable price.   Professor Alan Duffy is an astronomer at Swinburne and Lead Scientist of the Royal Institution of Australia.  He says there are three main players – Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic; Elon Musk’s Space X; and Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin. They’re billionaire’s competing for dominance in the burgeoning space tourism sector.   So how long will it be before Australians can afford to blast off into space?  And when seats are commonplace, how much will it cost.   TODAY'S HEADLINES Nation’s eyes on NSW as state becomes first to live with Covid Melbourne men accused of WA Grand Final breach to face court Government, families disappointed by release of Afghan soldier-killer Prince Charles calls on Morrison to attend Glasgow climate summit Brisbane to get new NRL team Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

21:03

EP234 - S2

11 Oct 21

Are we headed for a global economic meltdown?

Financial markets are jittery with at least four critical economic fault lines developing across the globe….Covid-19, the Evergrande crisis in China, the US fiscal cliff and concerns over rising inflation.    James Thompson writes the daily Chanticleer column at the Australian Financial Review.  We ask what’s driving the uncertainty…and if average Australians have anything to be worried about.   They say if a butterfly flaps its wings in China, the rest of the world hears it.  So what’s ahead….and are we headed for a global economic meltdown.   TODAY'S HEADLINES Freedom Day dawns for NSW Farmers to call for Kyoto Protocol payback War of words between China, Taiwan and Tony Abbott US hold first meetings with Taliban, but no recognition for new government Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

Are we headed for a global economic meltdown?

Financial markets are jittery with at least four critical economic fault lines developing across the globe….Covid-19, the Evergrande crisis in China, the US fiscal cliff and concerns over rising inflation.    James Thompson writes the daily Chanticleer column at the Australian Financial Review.  We ask what’s driving the uncertainty…and if average Australians have anything to be worried about.   They say if a butterfly flaps its wings in China, the rest of the world hears it.  So what’s ahead….and are we headed for a global economic meltdown.   TODAY'S HEADLINES Freedom Day dawns for NSW Farmers to call for Kyoto Protocol payback War of words between China, Taiwan and Tony Abbott US hold first meetings with Taliban, but no recognition for new government Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

19:06

EP233 - S2

10 Oct 21

Harley Breen, the comedian who grew up without television and now graces our screens

Harley Breen has graced some of Australia’s most important comedy stages, fronted some of the country’s flagship radio shows and appeared on our screens as a revered host.   He now embarks on a new gig as the co-host of Network Ten’s Making It Australia with Susie Youssef – a reality show that celebrates craftsmanship from pottery to crotchet and more.   Jamila Rizvi discovers that Harley’s journey to his public-facing profession is a far cry from where he began in a household with little access to music and television.    THE WEEKEND LIST with Tait McGregor: Listen: ‘Lunchtime’ by Spacey Jane Listen: ‘New Mum, Who Dis?’ podcast by Ash London Watch:Squid Game (why Jamila's anti-recommended last week was wrong!) Cook: Kale salad with pecorino and walnuts (Smitten Kitchen)

Harley Breen, the comedian who grew up without television and now graces our screens

Harley Breen has graced some of Australia’s most important comedy stages, fronted some of the country’s flagship radio shows and appeared on our screens as a revered host.   He now embarks on a new gig as the co-host of Network Ten’s Making It Australia with Susie Youssef – a reality show that celebrates craftsmanship from pottery to crotchet and more.   Jamila Rizvi discovers that Harley’s journey to his public-facing profession is a far cry from where he began in a household with little access to music and television.    THE WEEKEND LIST with Tait McGregor: Listen: ‘Lunchtime’ by Spacey Jane Listen: ‘New Mum, Who Dis?’ podcast by Ash London Watch:Squid Game (why Jamila's anti-recommended last week was wrong!) Cook: Kale salad with pecorino and walnuts (Smitten Kitchen)

30:29

EP232 - S2

8 Oct 21

Facebook’s week from hell

Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Oculus and Facebook Messenger crashed Tuesday morning. All the Facebook-owned sites were down for six hours.   It’s been described as the company's worst outage since 2008 and Facebook lost $99.75 million in income during the downtime.  The following day a Facebook whistleblower fronted a US Senate inquiry calling on the US government to do more to reign in Facebook.   The Australian newspaper’s technology editor David Swan joins us to consider Facebook’s future. Is it on the wane….?  Will a competitor knock it off its perch…?  Or will Facebook begin to thrive so we can scroll for years and years to come…?   TODAY'S HEADLINES PM, ministers foreshadow social media reform and responsibility for tech giants Accelerated NSW roadmap sparks backlash from teachers and doctors US judge blocks controversial Texas abortion law Kylie Minogue is coming home Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

Facebook’s week from hell

Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Oculus and Facebook Messenger crashed Tuesday morning. All the Facebook-owned sites were down for six hours.   It’s been described as the company's worst outage since 2008 and Facebook lost $99.75 million in income during the downtime.  The following day a Facebook whistleblower fronted a US Senate inquiry calling on the US government to do more to reign in Facebook.   The Australian newspaper’s technology editor David Swan joins us to consider Facebook’s future. Is it on the wane….?  Will a competitor knock it off its perch…?  Or will Facebook begin to thrive so we can scroll for years and years to come…?   TODAY'S HEADLINES PM, ministers foreshadow social media reform and responsibility for tech giants Accelerated NSW roadmap sparks backlash from teachers and doctors US judge blocks controversial Texas abortion law Kylie Minogue is coming home Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

20:26

EP231 - S2

7 Oct 21

Brendan Cowell; Game of Thrones, Avatar 2 ...and a new book

Brendan Cowell’s new novel is called “Plum”.  It delves deep into the life of a former NRL player who’s forced to answer questions about his masculinity, his past and his future.   After starring in Love My Way Brendan’s journey as an actor took him to London where he landed parts in Game of Thrones and Avatar 2.  He says the quintessential Australian male actor is in demand more than ever.   Brendan’s new book is called “Plum” about a former rugby league star who falls on hard times and discovers poetry as a means to reinvigorate his life.   TODAY'S HEADLINES NSW first state or territory to reach 70% vax rate Banking regulator makes first moves on housing market Daniel Andrews refuses to comment on investigation reports Football Australia sets up investigation as abuse allegations continue Zuckerberg hits back at Facebook whistleblower Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

Brendan Cowell; Game of Thrones, Avatar 2 ...and a new book

Brendan Cowell’s new novel is called “Plum”.  It delves deep into the life of a former NRL player who’s forced to answer questions about his masculinity, his past and his future.   After starring in Love My Way Brendan’s journey as an actor took him to London where he landed parts in Game of Thrones and Avatar 2.  He says the quintessential Australian male actor is in demand more than ever.   Brendan’s new book is called “Plum” about a former rugby league star who falls on hard times and discovers poetry as a means to reinvigorate his life.   TODAY'S HEADLINES NSW first state or territory to reach 70% vax rate Banking regulator makes first moves on housing market Daniel Andrews refuses to comment on investigation reports Football Australia sets up investigation as abuse allegations continue Zuckerberg hits back at Facebook whistleblower Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

22:26

EP230 - S2

6 Oct 21

The David Attenborough of the Covid-19 pandemic

Professor Peter Doherty is a Nobel laureate …a world-famous immunologist.  He’s been called the David Attenborough of the Covid-19 pandemic.   He’s patron of the Doherty Institute, which publishes predictions on what’s on the horizon in terms of the pandemic.  The Institute operates under his name.   The 80-year-old has not been content to rest on his laurels….he’s decided to engage with anti-vaxxers on Twitter to dispel myths and propaganda.   Professor Doherty talks to us about what the future looks like post-Covid-19, what he’s learned from the pandemic….and how and why he’s waded into the Twitter swamp to wage war with internet trolls.     TODAY'S HEADLINES New NSW Premier Perrottet sticks with lockdown roadmap QLD hospitals sound alarm on crowding amid funding stoush Facebook whistleblower testifies before US Senate Hundreds rally in ‘Save Australia’ protest at New York consulate      Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

The David Attenborough of the Covid-19 pandemic

Professor Peter Doherty is a Nobel laureate …a world-famous immunologist.  He’s been called the David Attenborough of the Covid-19 pandemic.   He’s patron of the Doherty Institute, which publishes predictions on what’s on the horizon in terms of the pandemic.  The Institute operates under his name.   The 80-year-old has not been content to rest on his laurels….he’s decided to engage with anti-vaxxers on Twitter to dispel myths and propaganda.   Professor Doherty talks to us about what the future looks like post-Covid-19, what he’s learned from the pandemic….and how and why he’s waded into the Twitter swamp to wage war with internet trolls.     TODAY'S HEADLINES New NSW Premier Perrottet sticks with lockdown roadmap QLD hospitals sound alarm on crowding amid funding stoush Facebook whistleblower testifies before US Senate Hundreds rally in ‘Save Australia’ protest at New York consulate      Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

19:29

EP229 - S2

5 Oct 21

Did Gladys have to go?

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian stunned the country in suddenly resigning last Friday.  The state’s Independent Commission Against Corruption is investigating grants awarded to applicants in the rural seat held by Ms Berejiklian’s former boyfriend, Darrel Maguire.   We’re joined by the ABC’s NSW state political reporter, Ashleigh Raper to try to understand why Gladys had to go.    Do these corruption bodies have too much power by costing hard-working politicians their careers?      TODAY'S HEADLINES NSW politics chaos ahead of Premier poll Australia orders experimental Covid pill for virus treatment Glasgow climate minister calls on Australia to attend summit Taiwan ready for war, calling on Australia to help Star Trek actor to join Aussie entrepreneur on latest space flight        Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

Did Gladys have to go?

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian stunned the country in suddenly resigning last Friday.  The state’s Independent Commission Against Corruption is investigating grants awarded to applicants in the rural seat held by Ms Berejiklian’s former boyfriend, Darrel Maguire.   We’re joined by the ABC’s NSW state political reporter, Ashleigh Raper to try to understand why Gladys had to go.    Do these corruption bodies have too much power by costing hard-working politicians their careers?      TODAY'S HEADLINES NSW politics chaos ahead of Premier poll Australia orders experimental Covid pill for virus treatment Glasgow climate minister calls on Australia to attend summit Taiwan ready for war, calling on Australia to help Star Trek actor to join Aussie entrepreneur on latest space flight        Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

21:26

EP228 - S2

4 Oct 21

Is your phone a super-spreader?

A microbiologist is sounding the alarm on the germs living on our smartphones, warning the devices we use every day are carrying deadly bacteria that could wreak havoc in our hospitals and with our biosecurity.    The pandemic has made us all hyper conscious about hand sanitising and cleaning surfaces… but one Aussie microbiologist Dr Lotti Tajouri, from Bond University, is sounding the alarm about a major blind spot in our lives… and it’s actually thing we touch the most - our phones.   We might wash our hands… but then we pick up our phones and touch our face.   And this is a big problem according to an …  he reckons our mobile phones are COVERED in bacteria, viruses and antibiotic resistant super bugs.   TODAY'S HEADLINES Perrottet set to become next NSW Premier NRL overcomes lockdown fears to host Panthers final win Fremantle cargo crew in hospital as Perth records Covid cases Philippines' Duterte pulls out of politics in favour of daughter Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

Is your phone a super-spreader?

A microbiologist is sounding the alarm on the germs living on our smartphones, warning the devices we use every day are carrying deadly bacteria that could wreak havoc in our hospitals and with our biosecurity.    The pandemic has made us all hyper conscious about hand sanitising and cleaning surfaces… but one Aussie microbiologist Dr Lotti Tajouri, from Bond University, is sounding the alarm about a major blind spot in our lives… and it’s actually thing we touch the most - our phones.   We might wash our hands… but then we pick up our phones and touch our face.   And this is a big problem according to an …  he reckons our mobile phones are COVERED in bacteria, viruses and antibiotic resistant super bugs.   TODAY'S HEADLINES Perrottet set to become next NSW Premier NRL overcomes lockdown fears to host Panthers final win Fremantle cargo crew in hospital as Perth records Covid cases Philippines' Duterte pulls out of politics in favour of daughter Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

21:16

EP227 - S2

3 Oct 21

Introducing Brains Trust

Journalist and producer Chris Walker learns about today’s world with provocative, inspiring, meaningful, and funny discussions with a ‘Brains Trust’ of notable Australians (and one very captivating American). Featuring Samantha Armytage, Tommy Little, Abbie Chatfield, Tony Armstrong, Jamila Rizvi, Charlie Pickering, and tech entrepreneur Rob Reid, the conversations are woven together so you can eavesdrop on the ultimate dinner party where the Brain Trust talk about all the topics you SHOULDN’T talk about at the dinner table. Search Brains Trust podcast, or download the LiSTNR app and listen for free

Introducing Brains Trust

Journalist and producer Chris Walker learns about today’s world with provocative, inspiring, meaningful, and funny discussions with a ‘Brains Trust’ of notable Australians (and one very captivating American). Featuring Samantha Armytage, Tommy Little, Abbie Chatfield, Tony Armstrong, Jamila Rizvi, Charlie Pickering, and tech entrepreneur Rob Reid, the conversations are woven together so you can eavesdrop on the ultimate dinner party where the Brain Trust talk about all the topics you SHOULDN’T talk about at the dinner table. Search Brains Trust podcast, or download the LiSTNR app and listen for free

03:47

EP227 - S2

2 Oct 21

Christian Hull, the social media saviour who built a pandemic empire.

Christian Hull has become one of Australia’s most prolific content creators over the past 18 months.     From beginning his expansive career in radio to becoming an online comedy sensation and building a merchandise empire from capitalising on the pandemic sentiment of staying away from people, Christian is a social media chameleon.     Jamila Rizvi discovers the series of surprising events that led Christian to becoming a social media mogul and what the end goal is for the man whose fingers seem to be in a lot of pies.     THE WEEKEND LIST with Tait McGregor:  Watch: Only Murders In The Building (Disney+)  Buy: Holme Beauty primer Listen: DOPAMINE playlist (Spotify)  Don’t Watch: Squid Game (Netflix)  

Christian Hull, the social media saviour who built a pandemic empire.

Christian Hull has become one of Australia’s most prolific content creators over the past 18 months.     From beginning his expansive career in radio to becoming an online comedy sensation and building a merchandise empire from capitalising on the pandemic sentiment of staying away from people, Christian is a social media chameleon.     Jamila Rizvi discovers the series of surprising events that led Christian to becoming a social media mogul and what the end goal is for the man whose fingers seem to be in a lot of pies.     THE WEEKEND LIST with Tait McGregor:  Watch: Only Murders In The Building (Disney+)  Buy: Holme Beauty primer Listen: DOPAMINE playlist (Spotify)  Don’t Watch: Squid Game (Netflix)  

29:38

EP226 - S2

1 Oct 21

Being a pro-vaxxer in Byron

The northern Rivers area of New South Wales is often described as a hive of anti-vaxxers.   Is it true?  And what’s it like to be PRO-vax in places like Byron Bay?   We’re joined by Marylouise McLaws, an epidemiologist from the University of NSW who is urging us all to get the vaccine….to save lives; Michael Lyon, Byron Bay Mayor who has been criticised for sitting on the fence in terms of encouraging locals to get the jab; and Nicqui Yazdi, a Mullumbimby local involved in providing vaccination facts who tells us what it’s like in local communities as pro-vaxxers mingle with those who refuse to get the jab.   In this episode of The Briefing, the backlash faced by pro-vaxxers in the Byron Bay Shire   TODAY'S HEADLINES QLD enters critical period for covid cases as Grand Final numbers slashed Victoria blames illegal AFL final parties for record new case numbers NSW and Victoria on alert for storms and floods following destructive tornado Britney Spears ‘on cloud nine’ after conservatorship win Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

Being a pro-vaxxer in Byron

The northern Rivers area of New South Wales is often described as a hive of anti-vaxxers.   Is it true?  And what’s it like to be PRO-vax in places like Byron Bay?   We’re joined by Marylouise McLaws, an epidemiologist from the University of NSW who is urging us all to get the vaccine….to save lives; Michael Lyon, Byron Bay Mayor who has been criticised for sitting on the fence in terms of encouraging locals to get the jab; and Nicqui Yazdi, a Mullumbimby local involved in providing vaccination facts who tells us what it’s like in local communities as pro-vaxxers mingle with those who refuse to get the jab.   In this episode of The Briefing, the backlash faced by pro-vaxxers in the Byron Bay Shire   TODAY'S HEADLINES QLD enters critical period for covid cases as Grand Final numbers slashed Victoria blames illegal AFL final parties for record new case numbers NSW and Victoria on alert for storms and floods following destructive tornado Britney Spears ‘on cloud nine’ after conservatorship win Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 

20:29

EP225 - S2

30 Sep 21

Do vaccine mandates create more problems than they solve….?

We’re all being encouraged to roll up our sleeves to receive the Covid-19 vaccine.  Some industries have introduced mandates.  Companies like Qantas, SPC and others say all staff MUST get the vaccine.   So, do vaccine mandates create more problems than they solve?  What if you don’t want to get the jab?  Can you be forced to get it?   We’re joined by Ben Davis from the Australian Workers Union to discuss the mandate in the Victorian construction industry and Hugh de Kretser, Executive Director at the Human Rights Law Centre to discuss the legal minefield of health mandates.   The vaccine mandate debate on today’s Briefing.   TODAY'S HEADLINES Turnbull calls on Morrison to attend Glasgow summit, reveals conversation with Macron VIC Health Dept. facing millions in fines after being charged over Covid hotel scandal Argentinian rugby players' trip to Byron Bay puts test at risk DFAT urges Australians to renew passports ahead of expected surge Danish artist pockets over $100k in blank canvas prank Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU  YouTube: http://bit.ly/TheBriefingSUBSCRIBE

Do vaccine mandates create more problems than they solve….?

We’re all being encouraged to roll up our sleeves to receive the Covid-19 vaccine.  Some industries have introduced mandates.  Companies like Qantas, SPC and others say all staff MUST get the vaccine.   So, do vaccine mandates create more problems than they solve?  What if you don’t want to get the jab?  Can you be forced to get it?   We’re joined by Ben Davis from the Australian Workers Union to discuss the mandate in the Victorian construction industry and Hugh de Kretser, Executive Director at the Human Rights Law Centre to discuss the legal minefield of health mandates.   The vaccine mandate debate on today’s Briefing.   TODAY'S HEADLINES Turnbull calls on Morrison to attend Glasgow summit, reveals conversation with Macron VIC Health Dept. facing millions in fines after being charged over Covid hotel scandal Argentinian rugby players' trip to Byron Bay puts test at risk DFAT urges Australians to renew passports ahead of expected surge Danish artist pockets over $100k in blank canvas prank Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU  YouTube: http://bit.ly/TheBriefingSUBSCRIBE

19:06

EP224 - S2

29 Sep 21

Larrimah: Australia’s unsolved outback mystery

The disappearance of Paddy Moriarty from the outback town of Larrimah in 2017 has puzzled police and amateur sleuths alike.   Investigative reporters Caroline Graham and Kylie Stevenson have spent years on the case and are telling the story so far in their new book, Larrimah.   Caroline and Kylie join us on The Briefing to share the mysterious story of Paddy’s case and to shed light on the equally mysterious town where it all played out.   TODAY'S HEADLINES QLD calling for calm as cases rise ahead of NRL grand final Covid cash to be phased out as home testing plans confirmed Confusion in NSW over vax certification Gabby Petito's family call for Brian Laundrie to hand himself in Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU  YouTube: http://bit.ly/TheBriefingSUBSCRIBE

Larrimah: Australia’s unsolved outback mystery

The disappearance of Paddy Moriarty from the outback town of Larrimah in 2017 has puzzled police and amateur sleuths alike.   Investigative reporters Caroline Graham and Kylie Stevenson have spent years on the case and are telling the story so far in their new book, Larrimah.   Caroline and Kylie join us on The Briefing to share the mysterious story of Paddy’s case and to shed light on the equally mysterious town where it all played out.   TODAY'S HEADLINES QLD calling for calm as cases rise ahead of NRL grand final Covid cash to be phased out as home testing plans confirmed Confusion in NSW over vax certification Gabby Petito's family call for Brian Laundrie to hand himself in Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU  YouTube: http://bit.ly/TheBriefingSUBSCRIBE

20:30

EP223 - S2

28 Sep 21

A new warning from the man who predicted Black Summer

During the Black Summer bushfires, Former NSW fire chief and long-time volunteer firefighter Greg Mullins emerged as a critical voice in the debate about how Australia should respond.   Now, in a new book, Greg is sharing his experiences from a career spent fighting fires and a warning of what’s to come.   On today’s episode, he breaks down what it’s like to face a mega-fire and shines a light on the hard truths of human-caused climate change and what we should do about it.   TODAY'S HEADLINES NSW issues warning to unvaccinated as extended roadmap released PM uncommitted on attending Glasgow climate summit Trump administration considered kidnapping, killing Julian Assange: report UK gripped by fuel shortage Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU  YouTube: http://bit.ly/TheBriefingSUBSCRIBE

A new warning from the man who predicted Black Summer

During the Black Summer bushfires, Former NSW fire chief and long-time volunteer firefighter Greg Mullins emerged as a critical voice in the debate about how Australia should respond.   Now, in a new book, Greg is sharing his experiences from a career spent fighting fires and a warning of what’s to come.   On today’s episode, he breaks down what it’s like to face a mega-fire and shines a light on the hard truths of human-caused climate change and what we should do about it.   TODAY'S HEADLINES NSW issues warning to unvaccinated as extended roadmap released PM uncommitted on attending Glasgow climate summit Trump administration considered kidnapping, killing Julian Assange: report UK gripped by fuel shortage Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU  YouTube: http://bit.ly/TheBriefingSUBSCRIBE

20:12

EP222 - S2

27 Sep 21

What will the world look like post Covid-19

Australia hit the milestone 50 percent double-dose vaccine rate last Friday.  It means we're just around the corner from getting our freedoms back.   We can finally start to wonder what life will be like once the pandemic is over. Dr Elizabeth Yuko is a bioethicist and writer specialising in health and the intersection of bioethics and popular culture.  Dr Elizabeth wrote recently for the Readers Digest about what life will be like….and Dr Nisha Makkar, is a Sydney paediatrician who is now based in Europe.  Dr Nisha went from strict lockdowns in Sydney’s southwest, to dining al fresco in Rome….!! What will life be like post-pandemic for things like romance, travel and work.  Dare to dream people….freedom’s coming!!!   TODAY'S HEADLINES Returning PM promises climate plan ahead of Glasgow summit Australia not considering Taliban ambassador for Canberra: PM VIC to trial business reopening with passports for fully vaxxed NSW backtracks on regional travel as lockdown rules eased Footy wrap  Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU  YouTube: http://bit.ly/TheBriefingSUBSCRIBE

What will the world look like post Covid-19

Australia hit the milestone 50 percent double-dose vaccine rate last Friday.  It means we're just around the corner from getting our freedoms back.   We can finally start to wonder what life will be like once the pandemic is over. Dr Elizabeth Yuko is a bioethicist and writer specialising in health and the intersection of bioethics and popular culture.  Dr Elizabeth wrote recently for the Readers Digest about what life will be like….and Dr Nisha Makkar, is a Sydney paediatrician who is now based in Europe.  Dr Nisha went from strict lockdowns in Sydney’s southwest, to dining al fresco in Rome….!! What will life be like post-pandemic for things like romance, travel and work.  Dare to dream people….freedom’s coming!!!   TODAY'S HEADLINES Returning PM promises climate plan ahead of Glasgow summit Australia not considering Taliban ambassador for Canberra: PM VIC to trial business reopening with passports for fully vaxxed NSW backtracks on regional travel as lockdown rules eased Footy wrap  Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU  YouTube: http://bit.ly/TheBriefingSUBSCRIBE

18:57

EP221 - S2

26 Sep 21

AJ Clementine on gender transitioning, her social media journey and penning her first book.

Across Instagram, YouTube and TikTok, AJ Clementine has almost 2 million followers, educating her audience on her transgender experience. AJ began her transition at the age of sixteen and at eighteen was formally diagnosed with gender dysphoria. At 22 she underwent gender reassignment surgery after spending 18 months on a waitlist.   Her new book Girl, Transcending is the story of a woman finding her way in the world, with promise and purpose. It shines a light on AJ’s part to self-acceptance and hopefully does the same for her many readers and fans, as Jamila Rizvi discovers.   THE WEEKEND LIST with Tait McGregor: Listen: Electric Easy podcast by QCODE Cook: Irish Soda Bread Watch: Little Fires Everywhere (Apple TV)

AJ Clementine on gender transitioning, her social media journey and penning her first book.

Across Instagram, YouTube and TikTok, AJ Clementine has almost 2 million followers, educating her audience on her transgender experience. AJ began her transition at the age of sixteen and at eighteen was formally diagnosed with gender dysphoria. At 22 she underwent gender reassignment surgery after spending 18 months on a waitlist.   Her new book Girl, Transcending is the story of a woman finding her way in the world, with promise and purpose. It shines a light on AJ’s part to self-acceptance and hopefully does the same for her many readers and fans, as Jamila Rizvi discovers.   THE WEEKEND LIST with Tait McGregor: Listen: Electric Easy podcast by QCODE Cook: Irish Soda Bread Watch: Little Fires Everywhere (Apple TV)

23:15

EP220 - S2

24 Sep 21

Will Covid flip the long-running trend in Australian break-ups?

The divorce rate has been in decline in Australia for the last twenty years, but Covid has changed all that.   In this Briefing, we’re joined by Jack Whelan, cofounder of The Seperation Guide who tells an astonishing story about the increase in people trying to find out how to break free from their relationships.    Laura Smith, a mother who recently split with her husband, tells us about the pressure Covid placed on her relationship and why her husband decided to walk out on her and her daughter.   Has Covid flipped the long-running trend in divorce rates in Australia…?   TODAY'S HEADLINES Australia on track to open borders by Christmas Melbourne protestor tests positive to COVID-19 Three members of a Tamil family granted a 12 month bridging visa Aussie stars in cliff diving final Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU  YouTube: http://bit.ly/TheBriefingSUBSCRIBE

Will Covid flip the long-running trend in Australian break-ups?

The divorce rate has been in decline in Australia for the last twenty years, but Covid has changed all that.   In this Briefing, we’re joined by Jack Whelan, cofounder of The Seperation Guide who tells an astonishing story about the increase in people trying to find out how to break free from their relationships.    Laura Smith, a mother who recently split with her husband, tells us about the pressure Covid placed on her relationship and why her husband decided to walk out on her and her daughter.   Has Covid flipped the long-running trend in divorce rates in Australia…?   TODAY'S HEADLINES Australia on track to open borders by Christmas Melbourne protestor tests positive to COVID-19 Three members of a Tamil family granted a 12 month bridging visa Aussie stars in cliff diving final Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU  YouTube: http://bit.ly/TheBriefingSUBSCRIBE

22:48

EP219 - S2

23 Sep 21

What happened to Gabby Petito?

Gabby Petito and her fiancé Brian Laundrie headed off on the trip of a lifetime, a van adventure across the US, last month.  They’re social media influencers with more than a million followers between them.   Laundrie arrived home without Gabby earlier this month, while her reported her missing on September 11.  Her body was found at a national park in Wyoming last weekend.  Laundrie is now missing.   We’re joined by Walt Buteau, a reporter from WFLA TV in Florida who tells us police have now confirmed the cause of Gabby’s death was homicide.  The search for Laundrie has been escalated.  What made a seemingly happy couple detach and destroy their idyllic life?   TODAY'S HEADLINES More aftershocks expected after Victorian earthquake Melbourne police brace for more protests PM Morrison meets with US military officials in Pentagon  Sydney hospital outbreak includes ICU nurse Trump suing niece and NY Times Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU  YouTube: http://bit.ly/TheBriefingSUBSCRIBE

What happened to Gabby Petito?

Gabby Petito and her fiancé Brian Laundrie headed off on the trip of a lifetime, a van adventure across the US, last month.  They’re social media influencers with more than a million followers between them.   Laundrie arrived home without Gabby earlier this month, while her reported her missing on September 11.  Her body was found at a national park in Wyoming last weekend.  Laundrie is now missing.   We’re joined by Walt Buteau, a reporter from WFLA TV in Florida who tells us police have now confirmed the cause of Gabby’s death was homicide.  The search for Laundrie has been escalated.  What made a seemingly happy couple detach and destroy their idyllic life?   TODAY'S HEADLINES More aftershocks expected after Victorian earthquake Melbourne police brace for more protests PM Morrison meets with US military officials in Pentagon  Sydney hospital outbreak includes ICU nurse Trump suing niece and NY Times Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU  YouTube: http://bit.ly/TheBriefingSUBSCRIBE

22:39

EP218 - S2

22 Sep 21

Part 2: Annika investigates The Accidental Prime Minister

Tom sits down with his co-host Annika Smethurst to take a deep dive into what motivates Scott Morrison, the man Annika has dubbed ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’.   In this episode we hear about Morrison’s ability to make and sell difficult decisions, and his journey through the ranks of big business.   This is a fascinating discussion about the Scott Morrison’s rise to the highest office in the land.  Annika answers the question we all want to know, ‘will Scott Morrison win the election scheduled for the new year?’   TODAY'S HEADLINES Victoria police prepare for more protests after second day of chaos Pfizer for kids by the end of the year as Australia seeks data QLD border bubble paused following latest northern NSW lockdown PM begins New York meetings as sub fallout continues Trudeau scrapes back in early election gamble Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU  YouTube: http://bit.ly/TheBriefingSUBSCRIBE

Part 2: Annika investigates The Accidental Prime Minister

Tom sits down with his co-host Annika Smethurst to take a deep dive into what motivates Scott Morrison, the man Annika has dubbed ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’.   In this episode we hear about Morrison’s ability to make and sell difficult decisions, and his journey through the ranks of big business.   This is a fascinating discussion about the Scott Morrison’s rise to the highest office in the land.  Annika answers the question we all want to know, ‘will Scott Morrison win the election scheduled for the new year?’   TODAY'S HEADLINES Victoria police prepare for more protests after second day of chaos Pfizer for kids by the end of the year as Australia seeks data QLD border bubble paused following latest northern NSW lockdown PM begins New York meetings as sub fallout continues Trudeau scrapes back in early election gamble Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU  YouTube: http://bit.ly/TheBriefingSUBSCRIBE

21:02

EP217 - S2

21 Sep 21

Part 1: Annika investigates The Accidental Prime Minister

Annika Smethurst’s new book on Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been released.   Annika is a Briefing co-host and Walkley-award winning journalist.   Tom sits down with Annika to take a deep dive into what motivates Scott Morrison, the man Annika has dubbed ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’.   This is a fascinating discussion about the Scott Morrison’s rise to the highest office in the land.  We learn about his childhood and what he was like at school.   Did his friends see him as a future PM – and how did he chart his pathway to the Lodge?  And what is the one skill he shares with Bill Clinton?   TODAY'S HEADLINES Victoria shuts down construction for two weeks following violent protest Acting PM Joyce backs Christian Porter for return to cabinet NSW Premier warns against complacency, says cases will surge Search continues for missing fiance in Petito case Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU  YouTube: http://bit.ly/TheBriefingSUBSCRIBE

Part 1: Annika investigates The Accidental Prime Minister

Annika Smethurst’s new book on Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been released.   Annika is a Briefing co-host and Walkley-award winning journalist.   Tom sits down with Annika to take a deep dive into what motivates Scott Morrison, the man Annika has dubbed ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’.   This is a fascinating discussion about the Scott Morrison’s rise to the highest office in the land.  We learn about his childhood and what he was like at school.   Did his friends see him as a future PM – and how did he chart his pathway to the Lodge?  And what is the one skill he shares with Bill Clinton?   TODAY'S HEADLINES Victoria shuts down construction for two weeks following violent protest Acting PM Joyce backs Christian Porter for return to cabinet NSW Premier warns against complacency, says cases will surge Search continues for missing fiance in Petito case Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU  YouTube: http://bit.ly/TheBriefingSUBSCRIBE

20:23

EP216 - S2

20 Sep 21

Deepfakes: the sinister side of AI

Deepfakes have been called the modern version of photoshopping… and they use a form of artificial intelligence called ‘Deep Learning’ to make fake images that look so real.   Dr Mushhuda Glencross from the University of Queensland joins us to explain what they are, how they work, how to spot one… and why it can happen to anyone. But there’s a more sinister side to deepfakes.  Noelle Martin was 18 when she was horrified to discover countless, doctored, sexualised images of herself online.   Noelle has since become an activist and law reform campaigner on the issue, as well as the 2019 Young West Australian of the year.   TODAY'S HEADLINES PM calls time on blind trust saga following Porter resignation Victoria unveils road out of lockdown NSW lifts restrictions for hotspot LGAs First all-civilian space mission touches down Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU  YouTube: http://bit.ly/TheBriefingSUBSCRIBE

Deepfakes: the sinister side of AI

Deepfakes have been called the modern version of photoshopping… and they use a form of artificial intelligence called ‘Deep Learning’ to make fake images that look so real.   Dr Mushhuda Glencross from the University of Queensland joins us to explain what they are, how they work, how to spot one… and why it can happen to anyone. But there’s a more sinister side to deepfakes.  Noelle Martin was 18 when she was horrified to discover countless, doctored, sexualised images of herself online.   Noelle has since become an activist and law reform campaigner on the issue, as well as the 2019 Young West Australian of the year.   TODAY'S HEADLINES PM calls time on blind trust saga following Porter resignation Victoria unveils road out of lockdown NSW lifts restrictions for hotspot LGAs First all-civilian space mission touches down Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU  YouTube: http://bit.ly/TheBriefingSUBSCRIBE

22:13

EP215 - S2

19 Sep 21

Jessica Rowe and the diagnosis that changed her life

Jamila Rizvi sat down with Australian journalist, TV presenter, author, and now podcast host, Jessica Rowe to talk about how she finds little moments of joy through lockdowns, her personal experiences and incredible work in the mental health space, and her new LiSTNR show, The Jess Rowe Big Talk Show!  Content Warning: Jess and Jamila go deep on several mental health topics, if this brings up issues for you, help is available by calling Lifeline 13 11 14 for a safe place to talk day and night.   THE WEEKEND LIST: Watch: Dave (Binge) Eat: Aquafaba Meringues(recipe at sbs.com.au) Read:Dear Son by Thomas Mayor Sent in by listener Cathy: All My Friends Are Racist (ABC iView)Thanks, Cathy! 

Jessica Rowe and the diagnosis that changed her life

Jamila Rizvi sat down with Australian journalist, TV presenter, author, and now podcast host, Jessica Rowe to talk about how she finds little moments of joy through lockdowns, her personal experiences and incredible work in the mental health space, and her new LiSTNR show, The Jess Rowe Big Talk Show!  Content Warning: Jess and Jamila go deep on several mental health topics, if this brings up issues for you, help is available by calling Lifeline 13 11 14 for a safe place to talk day and night.   THE WEEKEND LIST: Watch: Dave (Binge) Eat: Aquafaba Meringues(recipe at sbs.com.au) Read:Dear Son by Thomas Mayor Sent in by listener Cathy: All My Friends Are Racist (ABC iView)Thanks, Cathy! 

32:54

EP214 - S2

17 Sep 21

How will our pets fare when lockdown lifts?

We all love our pets, and they’re loving having us around all the time.  What’s going to happen when lockdown ends, and we’re no at home all the time?    The Today Show’s resident vet Dr Katrina Warren is one of Australia’s most-loved veterinarians.    Dr Katrina explains what our pets are thinking; how best to manage their anxiety; and steps to take to make life easier for them.   She also has excellent advice for people thinking of buying a pet.   This episode could change your pet’s life, and yours.   TODAY'S HEADLINES AUKUS deal angers China and France Victoria to ease lockdown restrictions from Saturday QLD legalises voluntary assisted dying Biloela family lifeline extended in visa reprieve Damond family ‘heartbroken’ after conviction overturned Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU  YouTube: http://bit.ly/TheBriefingSUBSCRIBE

How will our pets fare when lockdown lifts?

We all love our pets, and they’re loving having us around all the time.  What’s going to happen when lockdown ends, and we’re no at home all the time?    The Today Show’s resident vet Dr Katrina Warren is one of Australia’s most-loved veterinarians.    Dr Katrina explains what our pets are thinking; how best to manage their anxiety; and steps to take to make life easier for them.   She also has excellent advice for people thinking of buying a pet.   This episode could change your pet’s life, and yours.   TODAY'S HEADLINES AUKUS deal angers China and France Victoria to ease lockdown restrictions from Saturday QLD legalises voluntary assisted dying Biloela family lifeline extended in visa reprieve Damond family ‘heartbroken’ after conviction overturned Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU  YouTube: http://bit.ly/TheBriefingSUBSCRIBE

22:47

EP213 - S2

16 Sep 21

Why you should give a f**k about farming

The farming sector has been through one of the worst droughts in living memory.  It is now preparing to reap a record harvest, while struggling to find workers amid state-by-state border closures.   Farming impacts our lives on so many levels, from the food we eat to the environment we will leave behind for our children and grandchildren.   Gabrielle Chan is a journalist and author of Why You Should Give A F**K About Farming.  Gabi tells us about being a city girl who ended up on a farm west of Canberra, and how her new perspective shed light on the importance of farming and the entire agriculture sector.  Basically, why we all should give a f**k about farming.   TODAY'S HEADLINES Australia to build nuclear submarines, sign new defence pact with UK and US PM seeking advice on Christian Porter blind trust defence fund Victorian police brace for protests as NSW lifts Sydney curfew British High Court to serve papers in Prince Andrew intervention Chanel Contos to host consent education forum Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU  YouTube: http://bit.ly/TheBriefingSUBSCRIBE

Why you should give a f**k about farming

The farming sector has been through one of the worst droughts in living memory.  It is now preparing to reap a record harvest, while struggling to find workers amid state-by-state border closures.   Farming impacts our lives on so many levels, from the food we eat to the environment we will leave behind for our children and grandchildren.   Gabrielle Chan is a journalist and author of Why You Should Give A F**K About Farming.  Gabi tells us about being a city girl who ended up on a farm west of Canberra, and how her new perspective shed light on the importance of farming and the entire agriculture sector.  Basically, why we all should give a f**k about farming.   TODAY'S HEADLINES Australia to build nuclear submarines, sign new defence pact with UK and US PM seeking advice on Christian Porter blind trust defence fund Victorian police brace for protests as NSW lifts Sydney curfew British High Court to serve papers in Prince Andrew intervention Chanel Contos to host consent education forum Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU  YouTube: http://bit.ly/TheBriefingSUBSCRIBE

20:59

EP212 - S2

15 Sep 21

The Cool Down: elite athletes calling for climate action

Australians want our government to do more to fight climate change.  Australians also love their sport.   Former Wallaby captain David Pocock has established the Cool Down; over 400 athletes who have lent their name to a campaign to pressure our politicians to do something about climate change.   We’re joined by Liz Ellis, the former Australian netball skipper, who has lent her voice to the campaign.  Liz talks passionately about how and why Australia can be a world leader in the climate change debate, and why sport is the perfect way to show the world we mean business.   TODAY'S HEADLINES NSW encouraged by falling cases as modelling backs keeping restrictions Victoria roadmap to be unveiled on Sunday Hospitality owners claim legal minefield awaits vaccination push Canada PM vows to stop hospital protests Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU  YouTube: http://bit.ly/TheBriefingSUBSCRIBE

The Cool Down: elite athletes calling for climate action

Australians want our government to do more to fight climate change.  Australians also love their sport.   Former Wallaby captain David Pocock has established the Cool Down; over 400 athletes who have lent their name to a campaign to pressure our politicians to do something about climate change.   We’re joined by Liz Ellis, the former Australian netball skipper, who has lent her voice to the campaign.  Liz talks passionately about how and why Australia can be a world leader in the climate change debate, and why sport is the perfect way to show the world we mean business.   TODAY'S HEADLINES NSW encouraged by falling cases as modelling backs keeping restrictions Victoria roadmap to be unveiled on Sunday Hospitality owners claim legal minefield awaits vaccination push Canada PM vows to stop hospital protests Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU  YouTube: http://bit.ly/TheBriefingSUBSCRIBE

18:44

EP211 - S2

14 Sep 21

The Texas abortion laws rocking the U.S.

The U.S. state of Texas has introduced strict new abortion laws banning terminations after just six weeks of pregnancy.   Dr David Smith is associate professor in American Politics at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney.   Professor Smith takes us through why the laws were implemented and the incredible way they have been legislated, encouraging a form of anti-abortion vigilantism.      TODAY'S HEADLINES Victoria to launch construction Covid compliance blitz NSW defends Sydney lockdown as regional restrictions return Farmers warn of labor shortage ahead of record harvest Authorities arrest Indonesia terror leader Alcott first male player to complete tennis golden slam Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU  YouTube: http://bit.ly/TheBriefingSUBSCRIBE

The Texas abortion laws rocking the U.S.

The U.S. state of Texas has introduced strict new abortion laws banning terminations after just six weeks of pregnancy.   Dr David Smith is associate professor in American Politics at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney.   Professor Smith takes us through why the laws were implemented and the incredible way they have been legislated, encouraging a form of anti-abortion vigilantism.      TODAY'S HEADLINES Victoria to launch construction Covid compliance blitz NSW defends Sydney lockdown as regional restrictions return Farmers warn of labor shortage ahead of record harvest Authorities arrest Indonesia terror leader Alcott first male player to complete tennis golden slam Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU  YouTube: http://bit.ly/TheBriefingSUBSCRIBE

21:27

EP210 - S2

13 Sep 21

Curtis McGrath: a Paralympic dual gold medallist

We spoke with Curtis McGrath on the morning of the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Paralympics.  His story is incredible.  He was a soldier in Afghanistan and lost both legs when an improvised explosive device detonated.  Curtis told his mates not to worry, he’d be competing at the Paralympics in no time.    He won two gold medals at the Paralympics in Tokyo   Curtis tells us how he keeps motivated, and how he makes the most of his ability.   TODAY'S HEADLINES Extra Moderna doses arrive as PM calls for child vaccinations NSW eases Covid rules as Premier ends daily press conferences UK ditches plans for vaccine passports FBI show 9/11 hijackers worked with Saudi officials in declassified report Win for Wallabies as Riccardo takes first F1 win in three years Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU  YouTube: http://bit.ly/TheBriefingSUBSCRIBE

Curtis McGrath: a Paralympic dual gold medallist

We spoke with Curtis McGrath on the morning of the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Paralympics.  His story is incredible.  He was a soldier in Afghanistan and lost both legs when an improvised explosive device detonated.  Curtis told his mates not to worry, he’d be competing at the Paralympics in no time.    He won two gold medals at the Paralympics in Tokyo   Curtis tells us how he keeps motivated, and how he makes the most of his ability.   TODAY'S HEADLINES Extra Moderna doses arrive as PM calls for child vaccinations NSW eases Covid rules as Premier ends daily press conferences UK ditches plans for vaccine passports FBI show 9/11 hijackers worked with Saudi officials in declassified report Win for Wallabies as Riccardo takes first F1 win in three years Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU  YouTube: http://bit.ly/TheBriefingSUBSCRIBE

18:25

EP209 - S2

12 Sep 21

Dispelling vaccine myths with Dr Nick Coatsworth

Last week we published back-to-back episodes featuring Dr Nick Coatsworth.   Tom, Jan, Annika, Katrina and Antoinette have spoken to Dr Nick many times….and we just felt it was time to get him back on the Briefing, to dispel a series of vaccine conspiracies...once and for all.   So as a special one-off feature ….we’ve put those two briefings back to back for you   A special Sunday edition of the Briefing…..  

Dispelling vaccine myths with Dr Nick Coatsworth

Last week we published back-to-back episodes featuring Dr Nick Coatsworth.   Tom, Jan, Annika, Katrina and Antoinette have spoken to Dr Nick many times….and we just felt it was time to get him back on the Briefing, to dispel a series of vaccine conspiracies...once and for all.   So as a special one-off feature ….we’ve put those two briefings back to back for you   A special Sunday edition of the Briefing…..  

19:08

EP208 - S2

11 Sep 21

Rebel Wilson, the philanthropic Aussie superstar who went from law student to one of the brightest in comedy.

Rebel Wilson is best known on our screens as Pitch Perfect’s Fat Amy bringing our unique Australian humour to a global stage.    But prior to breaking into the big time, she was law student studying acting in night classes at Sydney’s Australian Theatre For Young People – a training ground she’s giving back to with a $1 million donation.     Jamila Rizvi and Rebel discuss her malaria-induced prophecy to pursue acting, making space for herself in the industry, her relationship with the media and her Year of Health alongside her generous donation.     THE WEEKEND LIST with Tait McGregor" Read: Work. Love. Body by Future Women, edited by Jamila Rizvi and Helen McCabe Watch: Worth (Netflix)

Rebel Wilson, the philanthropic Aussie superstar who went from law student to one of the brightest in comedy.

Rebel Wilson is best known on our screens as Pitch Perfect’s Fat Amy bringing our unique Australian humour to a global stage.    But prior to breaking into the big time, she was law student studying acting in night classes at Sydney’s Australian Theatre For Young People – a training ground she’s giving back to with a $1 million donation.     Jamila Rizvi and Rebel discuss her malaria-induced prophecy to pursue acting, making space for herself in the industry, her relationship with the media and her Year of Health alongside her generous donation.     THE WEEKEND LIST with Tait McGregor" Read: Work. Love. Body by Future Women, edited by Jamila Rizvi and Helen McCabe Watch: Worth (Netflix)

34:04

EP207 - S2

10 Sep 21

9/11: an Australian’s story of resilience

We all remember where we were on September 11, 2001.  To mark the 20th anniversary of the terror attacks, we’re joined by an Australian man who lost his mother on that fateful day.   Simon Kennedy’s mum Yvonne was a passenger on Flight 77 which crashed into the Pentagon.    This is not only a story about what happened on September 11, it’s an amazing story about a man who has learned to forgive …and to honour the woman who devoted her life to him.   TODAY'S HEADLINES NSW freedom roadmap revealed PM defends government’s Pfizer negotiations and UK climate demand New defence ties with Indonesia and France Afghan test set to be cancelled over Taliban’s women cricket stance Ardern scolds Kiwis for hospital sexcapades during Covid Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU  YouTube: http://bit.ly/TheBriefingSUBSCRIBE

9/11: an Australian’s story of resilience

We all remember where we were on September 11, 2001.  To mark the 20th anniversary of the terror attacks, we’re joined by an Australian man who lost his mother on that fateful day.   Simon Kennedy’s mum Yvonne was a passenger on Flight 77 which crashed into the Pentagon.    This is not only a story about what happened on September 11, it’s an amazing story about a man who has learned to forgive …and to honour the woman who devoted her life to him.   TODAY'S HEADLINES NSW freedom roadmap revealed PM defends government’s Pfizer negotiations and UK climate demand New defence ties with Indonesia and France Afghan test set to be cancelled over Taliban’s women cricket stance Ardern scolds Kiwis for hospital sexcapades during Covid Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU  YouTube: http://bit.ly/TheBriefingSUBSCRIBE

22:06

EP206 - S2

9 Sep 21

RUOK? How to help children navigate the pandemic

Today is RUOK Day.  We all know the impact the pandemic is having on our mental health.  Everyone is stressed and under pressure.  But what about our children.  Are the kids OK?   Dr Louise Williams is senior clinical psychologist at The Rosy Room in southeast Queensland.  Dr Louise joins us to help children navigate the pandemic.   Katrina and Antoinette ask about simple advice and pointers to provide support for the children and teenagers in our lives.     On today’s Briefing, to mark RUOK Day, we find out how to help children navigate the pandemic.   TODAY'S HEADLINES Regional restrictions to be eased in NSW and VIC Plans in place to allow international travel from November Commonwealth ignored approaches by Pfizer Paris terror trials begin Man charged over Australian woman’s death in Georgia Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU  YouTube: http://bit.ly/TheBriefingSUBSCRIBE

RUOK? How to help children navigate the pandemic

Today is RUOK Day.  We all know the impact the pandemic is having on our mental health.  Everyone is stressed and under pressure.  But what about our children.  Are the kids OK?   Dr Louise Williams is senior clinical psychologist at The Rosy Room in southeast Queensland.  Dr Louise joins us to help children navigate the pandemic.   Katrina and Antoinette ask about simple advice and pointers to provide support for the children and teenagers in our lives.     On today’s Briefing, to mark RUOK Day, we find out how to help children navigate the pandemic.   TODAY'S HEADLINES Regional restrictions to be eased in NSW and VIC Plans in place to allow international travel from November Commonwealth ignored approaches by Pfizer Paris terror trials begin Man charged over Australian woman’s death in Georgia Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU  YouTube: http://bit.ly/TheBriefingSUBSCRIBE

21:02

EP205 - S2

8 Sep 21

The new hustle: don’t work harder, just work better

It seems everyone these days has a side hustle…a project they’re hoping will provide a future beyond their day-to-day nine-to-five grind.   And then the pandemic arrived to redefine where and how we work.    Emma Isaacs is founder of Business Chicks and author of the new book, The New Hustle: Don’t work harder, just work better.  She urges us all to re-think how we approach work….and to make the most of the new parameters of work and ambition.   Don’t work harder, just work better.  It’s the new hustle.   TODAY'S HEADLINES State v state over Pfizer vaccine allocation Taliban appoints interim government National Women’s Safety Summit closes PM under fire for lockdown Sydney trip Myanmar opposition urges citizen revolt against Junta Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU  YouTube: http://bit.ly/TheBriefingSUBSCRIBE

The new hustle: don’t work harder, just work better

It seems everyone these days has a side hustle…a project they’re hoping will provide a future beyond their day-to-day nine-to-five grind.   And then the pandemic arrived to redefine where and how we work.    Emma Isaacs is founder of Business Chicks and author of the new book, The New Hustle: Don’t work harder, just work better.  She urges us all to re-think how we approach work….and to make the most of the new parameters of work and ambition.   Don’t work harder, just work better.  It’s the new hustle.   TODAY'S HEADLINES State v state over Pfizer vaccine allocation Taliban appoints interim government National Women’s Safety Summit closes PM under fire for lockdown Sydney trip Myanmar opposition urges citizen revolt against Junta Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU  YouTube: http://bit.ly/TheBriefingSUBSCRIBE

24:21

EP204 - S2

7 Sep 21

Dispelling the vaccine myths with Dr Nick (Part 2)

This is our second episode in a two-part podcast with Dr Nick Coatsworth.   It’s time to dispel the vaccination conspiracies once and for all.   With 60 percent of the nation back in lockdown - and vaccinations now the key to our future, and freedom, the voices of vaccine hesitancy get louder and louder.   In this two-part podcast, we pose the questions that need answering.  Dr Nick dismisses the conspiracies one by one.   TODAY'S HEADLINES Sydney prepares for 2000 cases a day next week Missing Hunter Valley three-year-old found alive PM concedes Australia has ‘problem’ with women as Safety Summit begins  Taliban claims total control over Afghanistan with Panjshir Valley win Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU  YouTube: http://bit.ly/TheBriefingSUBSCRIBE

Dispelling the vaccine myths with Dr Nick (Part 2)

This is our second episode in a two-part podcast with Dr Nick Coatsworth.   It’s time to dispel the vaccination conspiracies once and for all.   With 60 percent of the nation back in lockdown - and vaccinations now the key to our future, and freedom, the voices of vaccine hesitancy get louder and louder.   In this two-part podcast, we pose the questions that need answering.  Dr Nick dismisses the conspiracies one by one.   TODAY'S HEADLINES Sydney prepares for 2000 cases a day next week Missing Hunter Valley three-year-old found alive PM concedes Australia has ‘problem’ with women as Safety Summit begins  Taliban claims total control over Afghanistan with Panjshir Valley win Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU  YouTube: http://bit.ly/TheBriefingSUBSCRIBE

17:33

EP203 - S2

6 Sep 21

Dispelling the vaccine myths with Dr Nick (Part 1)

We’ve spoken to Dr Nick Coatsworth before about vaccinations - and some of you may feel like you’re listening to a broken record….   With 60 percent of the nation back in lockdown - and vaccinations now the key to our future, and freedom, the voices of vaccine hesitancy get louder and louder.   In this two-part podcast, we’re going to pose the questions that need answering.  Once and for all.   TODAY'S HEADLINES Covid case numbers expected to peak this week Shark kills surfer at Coffs Harbour Four killed in suicide bombing Pakistan/Afghan border Search widens for missing Hunter Valley boy Paralympics winds up in Tokyo Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU  YouTube: http://bit.ly/TheBriefingSUBSCRIBE  

Dispelling the vaccine myths with Dr Nick (Part 1)

We’ve spoken to Dr Nick Coatsworth before about vaccinations - and some of you may feel like you’re listening to a broken record….   With 60 percent of the nation back in lockdown - and vaccinations now the key to our future, and freedom, the voices of vaccine hesitancy get louder and louder.   In this two-part podcast, we’re going to pose the questions that need answering.  Once and for all.   TODAY'S HEADLINES Covid case numbers expected to peak this week Shark kills surfer at Coffs Harbour Four killed in suicide bombing Pakistan/Afghan border Search widens for missing Hunter Valley boy Paralympics winds up in Tokyo Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU  YouTube: http://bit.ly/TheBriefingSUBSCRIBE  

18:59

EP202 - S2

5 Sep 21

Carrie Bickmore is reuniting with 9/11 victims, two decades on.

Carrie Bickmore is one of Australia’s most recognisable newsreaders, helming 'The Project' every weeknight while commanding the Hit Network’s radio drive show 'The Carrie & Tommy Show'.   She has an impressive portfolio beyond the Carrie we see on our screens, earning an Order of Australia for raising over $18 million for brain cancer research with her charity ‘Carrie’s Beanies for Brain Cancer’.   Jamila Rizvi sits down with Carrie to discuss her career as a journalist and host of 'The Project', the journey of grief, and her upcoming 9/11 special with Network Ten to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the event.    THE WEEKEND LIST with Tait McGregor:  WATCH: The Newsroom (Binge) WATCH: The Newsreader (ABC iview) DOWNLOAD: Headspace app COOK: Blender Beetroot Brownies (Alice Zaslavsky)

Carrie Bickmore is reuniting with 9/11 victims, two decades on.

Carrie Bickmore is one of Australia’s most recognisable newsreaders, helming 'The Project' every weeknight while commanding the Hit Network’s radio drive show 'The Carrie & Tommy Show'.   She has an impressive portfolio beyond the Carrie we see on our screens, earning an Order of Australia for raising over $18 million for brain cancer research with her charity ‘Carrie’s Beanies for Brain Cancer’.   Jamila Rizvi sits down with Carrie to discuss her career as a journalist and host of 'The Project', the journey of grief, and her upcoming 9/11 special with Network Ten to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the event.    THE WEEKEND LIST with Tait McGregor:  WATCH: The Newsroom (Binge) WATCH: The Newsreader (ABC iview) DOWNLOAD: Headspace app COOK: Blender Beetroot Brownies (Alice Zaslavsky)

27:27

EP201 - S2

3 Sep 21

Life is tough (but so are you)

Briony Benjamin had just started a new job.  A few months later, she started to feel unwell. She felt crappy for a year without any known reason. Doctors told her she was just stressed and should rest more and learn to meditate, but it turned out she had cancer.    Briony was diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at the age of 31. Unsure of what was to come, she turned the camera on herself and started documenting her journey resulting in a short video, You Only Get One Life, which went viral.   Her new book, Life Is Tough (But So Are You), Briony shares what the experience taught her about navigating tricky times and finding the new path into your next awesome chapter.   TODAY'S HEADLINES Over-60s urged to get vaccine as Delta numbers soar New study raises Covid concerns for children Eight dead as Hurricane Ida rainfall heads north ABBA announces new album, virtual concerts Paralympians to receive same medal payment as Olympians Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU  YouTube: http://bit.ly/TheBriefingSUBSCRIBE  

Life is tough (but so are you)

Briony Benjamin had just started a new job.  A few months later, she started to feel unwell. She felt crappy for a year without any known reason. Doctors told her she was just stressed and should rest more and learn to meditate, but it turned out she had cancer.    Briony was diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at the age of 31. Unsure of what was to come, she turned the camera on herself and started documenting her journey resulting in a short video, You Only Get One Life, which went viral.   Her new book, Life Is Tough (But So Are You), Briony shares what the experience taught her about navigating tricky times and finding the new path into your next awesome chapter.   TODAY'S HEADLINES Over-60s urged to get vaccine as Delta numbers soar New study raises Covid concerns for children Eight dead as Hurricane Ida rainfall heads north ABBA announces new album, virtual concerts Paralympians to receive same medal payment as Olympians Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU  YouTube: http://bit.ly/TheBriefingSUBSCRIBE  

22:16

EP200 - S2

2 Sep 21

The General running Australia's vaccine rollout

We’re all being urged to get a Covid vaccine so the nation can reach the critical milestones of 70 and 80 percent vaccination.  They’re the targets state and territory governments have to hit before we can transition out of lockdowns and back to life pre-Covid 19.   Prime Minister Scot Morrison appointed Lieutenant General John Frewen as coordinator of the National COVID Vaccine Taskforce.  It’s General Frewen’s job to get as many vaccines to as many people as possible.   In this Briefing, we talk about getting vaccines to regional hotspots; the NEXT stage of the Covid roadmap to freedom; and whether we’ll be required to get booster shots next year and beyond….   TODAY'S HEADLINES Victoria abandons zero case policy Urgent virus warning for regional NSW Companies under fire for profits while receiving JobKeeper Piers Morgan cleared by authorities over Meghan comments Silver for Dylan Allcott and Heath Davidson in quad doubles Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU  YouTube: http://bit.ly/TheBriefingSUBSCRIBE

The General running Australia's vaccine rollout

We’re all being urged to get a Covid vaccine so the nation can reach the critical milestones of 70 and 80 percent vaccination.  They’re the targets state and territory governments have to hit before we can transition out of lockdowns and back to life pre-Covid 19.   Prime Minister Scot Morrison appointed Lieutenant General John Frewen as coordinator of the National COVID Vaccine Taskforce.  It’s General Frewen’s job to get as many vaccines to as many people as possible.   In this Briefing, we talk about getting vaccines to regional hotspots; the NEXT stage of the Covid roadmap to freedom; and whether we’ll be required to get booster shots next year and beyond….   TODAY'S HEADLINES Victoria abandons zero case policy Urgent virus warning for regional NSW Companies under fire for profits while receiving JobKeeper Piers Morgan cleared by authorities over Meghan comments Silver for Dylan Allcott and Heath Davidson in quad doubles Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU  YouTube: http://bit.ly/TheBriefingSUBSCRIBE

21:11

EP199 - S2

1 Sep 21

Did Banjo Patterson whitewash the Man from Snowy River?

Australia has the largest wild horse population in the world with numbers estimated in the range of half a million. In the Outback they’re regularly culled by helicopter and nobody bats an eyelid - the battle between those who are opposed to the horses being culled, and those who say they’re ruining the pristine alpine environment they call home.   Walkley-award winning journalist Anthony Sharwood has written a new book, the Brumby Wars.   He paints the picture of a culture war between those who want the brumbies culled and those who want them protected   And… Anthony unearths new evidence that reignites old claims The Man From Snowy River – is part of whitewashed history. As in the... stockman from Banjo Paterson’s poem – was actually, originally, an Indigenous man.   TODAY'S HEADLINES Western NSW focus of new Covid crisis Victoria records two Covid deaths at restrictions to ease 500,000 Covid vaccines arriving from Singapore Taliban celebrates as last US flight leaves Kabul Alcott through to Paralympic gold decider Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU  YouTube: http://bit.ly/TheBriefingSUBSCRIBE

Did Banjo Patterson whitewash the Man from Snowy River?

Australia has the largest wild horse population in the world with numbers estimated in the range of half a million. In the Outback they’re regularly culled by helicopter and nobody bats an eyelid - the battle between those who are opposed to the horses being culled, and those who say they’re ruining the pristine alpine environment they call home.   Walkley-award winning journalist Anthony Sharwood has written a new book, the Brumby Wars.   He paints the picture of a culture war between those who want the brumbies culled and those who want them protected   And… Anthony unearths new evidence that reignites old claims The Man From Snowy River – is part of whitewashed history. As in the... stockman from Banjo Paterson’s poem – was actually, originally, an Indigenous man.   TODAY'S HEADLINES Western NSW focus of new Covid crisis Victoria records two Covid deaths at restrictions to ease 500,000 Covid vaccines arriving from Singapore Taliban celebrates as last US flight leaves Kabul Alcott through to Paralympic gold decider Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU  YouTube: http://bit.ly/TheBriefingSUBSCRIBE

21:46

EP198 - S2

31 Aug 21

The Poor Economist (Part 2)

This is the second instalment in our interview with the Poor Economist, a young Australian who grew up below the poverty line before moving to a career in economics and policy.   Alison Pennington is a Senior Economist at The Australian Institute – a progressive thinktank and recently she has opened up about her experience growing up in poverty.   In this second of two episodes, Allison talks about policy she’d like to see implemented to help the poor. She’s talking about “the most fundamental need” of the economy being addressing human need.  Part 2 of our chat with the Poor Economist.   TODAY'S HEADLINES US warns of terror threats as it prepares to leave Afghanistan NSW braces for October to be worst Covid month Mental health crisis looms as lockdowns linger Hurricane Ida eases as it travels across southern US Table tennis gold for Australia at Tokyo Paralympics Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU  YouTube: http://bit.ly/TheBriefingSUBSCRIBE

The Poor Economist (Part 2)

This is the second instalment in our interview with the Poor Economist, a young Australian who grew up below the poverty line before moving to a career in economics and policy.   Alison Pennington is a Senior Economist at The Australian Institute – a progressive thinktank and recently she has opened up about her experience growing up in poverty.   In this second of two episodes, Allison talks about policy she’d like to see implemented to help the poor. She’s talking about “the most fundamental need” of the economy being addressing human need.  Part 2 of our chat with the Poor Economist.   TODAY'S HEADLINES US warns of terror threats as it prepares to leave Afghanistan NSW braces for October to be worst Covid month Mental health crisis looms as lockdowns linger Hurricane Ida eases as it travels across southern US Table tennis gold for Australia at Tokyo Paralympics Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU  YouTube: http://bit.ly/TheBriefingSUBSCRIBE

17:24

EP197 - S2

30 Aug 21

The Poor Economist (Part 1)

Poor and economist, two words you don’t often hear in the same sentence. But this week we’re looking into what it’s like growing up below the poverty line and moving into a typically middle-class career.   Alison Pennington is a Senior Economist at The Australian Institute – a progressive thinktank and recently she has opened up about her experience growing up in poverty.   Many of us know what it’s like to stress about money, but what is it like to grow up in a genuine working class environment? Well in this two-part special on The Briefing, we’re talking to ‘The Poor Economist’.   TODAY'S HEADLINES US drone strike takes out suicide bombers in Kabul Victoria to extend lockdown as Delta case numbers climb Hurricane Ida approaching US coast Coalition dips in latest Newspoll Another strong day for Aussies at Tokyo Paralympics Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU  YouTube: http://bit.ly/TheBriefingSUBSCRIBE

The Poor Economist (Part 1)

Poor and economist, two words you don’t often hear in the same sentence. But this week we’re looking into what it’s like growing up below the poverty line and moving into a typically middle-class career.   Alison Pennington is a Senior Economist at The Australian Institute – a progressive thinktank and recently she has opened up about her experience growing up in poverty.   Many of us know what it’s like to stress about money, but what is it like to grow up in a genuine working class environment? Well in this two-part special on The Briefing, we’re talking to ‘The Poor Economist’.   TODAY'S HEADLINES US drone strike takes out suicide bombers in Kabul Victoria to extend lockdown as Delta case numbers climb Hurricane Ida approaching US coast Coalition dips in latest Newspoll Another strong day for Aussies at Tokyo Paralympics Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU  YouTube: http://bit.ly/TheBriefingSUBSCRIBE

20:07

EP196 - S2

29 Aug 21

Annika Smethurst - Political reporter, author and co-host of the Briefing

Political reporter and author and co-host of The Briefing Annika Smethurst joins Jamila in this captivating conversation.   Annika is a double Walkley Award Winner, and has worked in the press gallery at parliament house in Canberra and now covers state politics for The Age newspaper in Melbourne. In 2019 she became the accidental poster girl for press freedom when her house was raided by the Australian federal police over a story she wrote.   In today’s episode she sits down with Jamila to talk about, what drew her to journalism, losing her innocence after the AFP raided her home, and her new book ‘The Accidental Prime Minister‘ the first biography of Scott Morrison as PM.   THE WEEKEND LIST:  App:  Gartic Phone Watch:The Chair on Netflix Watch: Dr Death on Stan Scroll:Please hate these things on Instagram

Annika Smethurst - Political reporter, author and co-host of the Briefing

Political reporter and author and co-host of The Briefing Annika Smethurst joins Jamila in this captivating conversation.   Annika is a double Walkley Award Winner, and has worked in the press gallery at parliament house in Canberra and now covers state politics for The Age newspaper in Melbourne. In 2019 she became the accidental poster girl for press freedom when her house was raided by the Australian federal police over a story she wrote.   In today’s episode she sits down with Jamila to talk about, what drew her to journalism, losing her innocence after the AFP raided her home, and her new book ‘The Accidental Prime Minister‘ the first biography of Scott Morrison as PM.   THE WEEKEND LIST:  App:  Gartic Phone Watch:The Chair on Netflix Watch: Dr Death on Stan Scroll:Please hate these things on Instagram

28:14

EP195 - S2

27 Aug 21

Is the pandemic a game changer for stay-at-home Dads?

With Tom about to take time off to welcome his first child, we thought we’d look at how the pandemic is influencing the traditional roles in the home.   Mark Tamhane is an ABC reporter and stay- at-home father with six children. Madonna King is a journalist and author. Madonna has written 12 books; three of them focusing on what our teen girls are thinking but not telling us...and also the important roles fathers play in their children's lives.   We all know a dad who’s spending more time at home with the family as a result of the pandemic.  Well, on today’s Briefing, could the pandemic be a game changer for stay-at-home dads?   TODAY'S HEADLINES Death toll rising as two massive explosions rock Kabul airport Covid restrictions to ease in NSW as case numbers soar Woman pulled from boot of car trying to sneak into QLD Huge truck strike to cripple retail industry More medals for Australia at the Paralympics Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU  YouTube: http://bit.ly/TheBriefingSUBSCRIBE

Is the pandemic a game changer for stay-at-home Dads?

With Tom about to take time off to welcome his first child, we thought we’d look at how the pandemic is influencing the traditional roles in the home.   Mark Tamhane is an ABC reporter and stay- at-home father with six children. Madonna King is a journalist and author. Madonna has written 12 books; three of them focusing on what our teen girls are thinking but not telling us...and also the important roles fathers play in their children's lives.   We all know a dad who’s spending more time at home with the family as a result of the pandemic.  Well, on today’s Briefing, could the pandemic be a game changer for stay-at-home dads?   TODAY'S HEADLINES Death toll rising as two massive explosions rock Kabul airport Covid restrictions to ease in NSW as case numbers soar Woman pulled from boot of car trying to sneak into QLD Huge truck strike to cripple retail industry More medals for Australia at the Paralympics Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU  YouTube: http://bit.ly/TheBriefingSUBSCRIBE

21:43

EP194 - S2

26 Aug 21

Regional Australia's race against Delta

Regional NSW and Victoria are currently in lockdown as the Delta variant of the Covid virus spreads across rural Australia.     We’re joined by Dr John Hall, President of the Regional Doctors Association of Australia who tells us the challenge is getting personell across borders and into remote communities; and Dubbo Mayor Stephen Lawrence, who says he’s fearful of what the crisis means for remote Indigenous communities.    The next few weeks will be critical. Today on The Briefing, regional Australia’s race against Delta.    TODAY'S HEADLINES US confirms August 31 withdrawal from Afghanistan States firm up borders to battle Delta NSW’s hospitals at breaking point; HSC delay considered Aussies score first gold medals at Paralympics Kanye West changing his name Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU  YouTube: http://bit.ly/TheBriefingSUBSCRIBE 

Regional Australia's race against Delta

Regional NSW and Victoria are currently in lockdown as the Delta variant of the Covid virus spreads across rural Australia.     We’re joined by Dr John Hall, President of the Regional Doctors Association of Australia who tells us the challenge is getting personell across borders and into remote communities; and Dubbo Mayor Stephen Lawrence, who says he’s fearful of what the crisis means for remote Indigenous communities.    The next few weeks will be critical. Today on The Briefing, regional Australia’s race against Delta.    TODAY'S HEADLINES US confirms August 31 withdrawal from Afghanistan States firm up borders to battle Delta NSW’s hospitals at breaking point; HSC delay considered Aussies score first gold medals at Paralympics Kanye West changing his name Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU  YouTube: http://bit.ly/TheBriefingSUBSCRIBE 

21:30

EP193 - S2

25 Aug 21

The new rule infuriating Aussies overseas

The federal government has introduced a new rule requiring Australians who live overseas to apply to return.  One of our listeners asked us to get to the bottom of the story.       We’re joined by Karen Andrews, the federal minister for Home Affairs who explains the reasons for the stricter rules.      Why are there stringent rules in place for Australians returning home ….and those who live overseas who want to come back home, to visit their loved ones?      TODAY'S HEADLINES Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts dead at 80 Taliban urges US to stop evacuating Afghans Sydney hospital forced into Covid ‘crisis’ mode NAPLAN results show little Covid impact on literacy and numeracy The Paralympics underway in Tokyo Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU  YouTube: http://bit.ly/TheBriefingSUBSCRIBE 

The new rule infuriating Aussies overseas

The federal government has introduced a new rule requiring Australians who live overseas to apply to return.  One of our listeners asked us to get to the bottom of the story.       We’re joined by Karen Andrews, the federal minister for Home Affairs who explains the reasons for the stricter rules.      Why are there stringent rules in place for Australians returning home ….and those who live overseas who want to come back home, to visit their loved ones?      TODAY'S HEADLINES Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts dead at 80 Taliban urges US to stop evacuating Afghans Sydney hospital forced into Covid ‘crisis’ mode NAPLAN results show little Covid impact on literacy and numeracy The Paralympics underway in Tokyo Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU  YouTube: http://bit.ly/TheBriefingSUBSCRIBE 

20:58

EP192 - S2

24 Aug 21

An incredible Australian Paralympic story

Curtis McGrath, OAM is an Australian para canoeist who took up canoeing competitively after having both of his legs amputated as a result of a mine blast while serving in the Australian Army in Afghanistan.    Curtis joins us just days before heading to Tokyo to defend his gold medal he won at the Rio Paralympics.    The Games begin tonight.    TODAY'S HEADLINES Stay the course: PM’s plan to re-open Australia Berejiklian: Covid-zero is unattainable Pfizer vaccine approved in the US Qantas vaccine incentive campaign The Paralympics kick off tonight in Tokyo Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU  YouTube: http://bit.ly/TheBriefingSUBSCRIBE 

An incredible Australian Paralympic story

Curtis McGrath, OAM is an Australian para canoeist who took up canoeing competitively after having both of his legs amputated as a result of a mine blast while serving in the Australian Army in Afghanistan.    Curtis joins us just days before heading to Tokyo to defend his gold medal he won at the Rio Paralympics.    The Games begin tonight.    TODAY'S HEADLINES Stay the course: PM’s plan to re-open Australia Berejiklian: Covid-zero is unattainable Pfizer vaccine approved in the US Qantas vaccine incentive campaign The Paralympics kick off tonight in Tokyo Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU  YouTube: http://bit.ly/TheBriefingSUBSCRIBE 

20:45

EP191 - S2

23 Aug 21

The Prince Andrew Virginia Giuffre case explained

Virginia Giuffre, one of Jeffrey Epstein's longtime accusers, is suing Prince Andrew, saying the royal sexually assaulted her when she was 17. Giuffre, who now lives in Australia, filed a civil suit in the Manhattan federal court. She claims she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew on three occasions at properties owned by Epstein.    Adam Klasfeld is a journalist and managing editor at Law & Crime,he also hosts a law/crime podcast called ‘Objection’.  Adam joins us to talk about the case and how it’s likely to play out in court.  Guiffre is suing under a New York State law permitting alleged victims of childhood sexual abuse to file civil claims that might otherwise be blocked by statutes of limitations.    Reports out of the UK say the prince could be served the papers personally as early as this weekend.    TODAY'S HEADLINES WA Premier blames NSW for Covid crisis New restrictions begin today across NSW Border clash completes weekend of protests 300 Australians evacuated and security warnings issued at Kabul Airport Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU  YouTube: http://bit.ly/TheBriefingSUBSCRIBE 

The Prince Andrew Virginia Giuffre case explained

Virginia Giuffre, one of Jeffrey Epstein's longtime accusers, is suing Prince Andrew, saying the royal sexually assaulted her when she was 17. Giuffre, who now lives in Australia, filed a civil suit in the Manhattan federal court. She claims she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew on three occasions at properties owned by Epstein.    Adam Klasfeld is a journalist and managing editor at Law & Crime,he also hosts a law/crime podcast called ‘Objection’.  Adam joins us to talk about the case and how it’s likely to play out in court.  Guiffre is suing under a New York State law permitting alleged victims of childhood sexual abuse to file civil claims that might otherwise be blocked by statutes of limitations.    Reports out of the UK say the prince could be served the papers personally as early as this weekend.    TODAY'S HEADLINES WA Premier blames NSW for Covid crisis New restrictions begin today across NSW Border clash completes weekend of protests 300 Australians evacuated and security warnings issued at Kabul Airport Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU  YouTube: http://bit.ly/TheBriefingSUBSCRIBE 

20:51

EP190 - S2

22 Aug 21

Turia Pitt is persistent, pragmatic, hilarious and Hard Work.

In 2011, Turia Pitt was competing in an ultramarathon through Western Australia's Kimberley region, when she was trapped in a bushfire. She suffered burns to 65 percent of her body. Turia defied doctors’ expectations to not only survive but to thrive. Today she is a best-selling author, podcaster, motivational speaker and mum. She sits down with Jamila Rizvi to talk about how her accident set her on a new path of success, rehabilitation, building a family and how she’s beaten her crippling fear of public speaking. Check out Turia Pitt's new podcast: 'Turia Pitt Is Hard Work'! THE WEEKEND LIST with Tait McGregor: Watch:Ted Lasso (Apple TV+) Watch:Question Everything (ABC TV and ABC iView) Do: Order hot chocolate from the Yarra Valley Hot Chocolate Festival Listen:When Facing The Things We Turn Away From by Luke Hemmings

Turia Pitt is persistent, pragmatic, hilarious and Hard Work.

In 2011, Turia Pitt was competing in an ultramarathon through Western Australia's Kimberley region, when she was trapped in a bushfire. She suffered burns to 65 percent of her body. Turia defied doctors’ expectations to not only survive but to thrive. Today she is a best-selling author, podcaster, motivational speaker and mum. She sits down with Jamila Rizvi to talk about how her accident set her on a new path of success, rehabilitation, building a family and how she’s beaten her crippling fear of public speaking. Check out Turia Pitt's new podcast: 'Turia Pitt Is Hard Work'! THE WEEKEND LIST with Tait McGregor: Watch:Ted Lasso (Apple TV+) Watch:Question Everything (ABC TV and ABC iView) Do: Order hot chocolate from the Yarra Valley Hot Chocolate Festival Listen:When Facing The Things We Turn Away From by Luke Hemmings

32:38

EP189 - S2

20 Aug 21

The comedian we need right now – Sam Simmons

Australian comedian Sam Simmons was feeling like the rest of Aussies in lockdown....a little bored, lonely and sad.  So, he decided to do something about it.    He’s taking calls from random strangers each day – what he calls ‘talksies’, and he’s changing peoples’ lives.  Between midday and 1pm AEST each day, he takes calls on 0431 281 879.      On today’s Briefing, what an extroverted introvert does in lockdown.    TODAY'S HEADLINES PM Morrison says Aussies will reunite for Christmas  Glimmer of hope for NSW hospitality industry  Taliban stopping Australians from leaving Kabul  AstraZeneca vaccine renamed   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU  YouTube: http://bit.ly/TheBriefingSUBSCRIBE 

The comedian we need right now – Sam Simmons

Australian comedian Sam Simmons was feeling like the rest of Aussies in lockdown....a little bored, lonely and sad.  So, he decided to do something about it.    He’s taking calls from random strangers each day – what he calls ‘talksies’, and he’s changing peoples’ lives.  Between midday and 1pm AEST each day, he takes calls on 0431 281 879.      On today’s Briefing, what an extroverted introvert does in lockdown.    TODAY'S HEADLINES PM Morrison says Aussies will reunite for Christmas  Glimmer of hope for NSW hospitality industry  Taliban stopping Australians from leaving Kabul  AstraZeneca vaccine renamed   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU  YouTube: http://bit.ly/TheBriefingSUBSCRIBE 

18:39

EP188 - S2

19 Aug 21

Aussie soldiers react to Taliban victory in Afghanistan

The Taliban has stormed back to power in Afghanistan.  The images of people falling from aircraft this week have left the world in shock.   Heston Russell is a retired major who served in four tours to Afghanistan with the 2nd Commando Regiment.  He joins us to talk about what it means to ex-servicemen and women who now watch on as their dedication and commitment amounts to nothing.   Glenn Kolomeitz is a lawyer and former Lieutenant Colonel, who also served in Afghanistan.  He represents more than 700 Afghan civilians who worked with the allied forces.  They’re now on a Taliban kill list.   On today’s Briefing, why is Australia washing its hands of its responsibilities....to its veterans...and the Afghan people who served alongside them?   TODAY'S HEADLINES More flights to Afghanistan after chaos leaves evacuees stranded  John Howard defends Afghan invasion as fight against terror, slams Western withdrawal NSW Government defends lockdown measures as cases soar Fears Melbourne numbers will rise after run of mysterious cases R Kelly trial underway in NY   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU  YouTube: http://bit.ly/TheBriefingSUBSCRIBE 

Aussie soldiers react to Taliban victory in Afghanistan

The Taliban has stormed back to power in Afghanistan.  The images of people falling from aircraft this week have left the world in shock.   Heston Russell is a retired major who served in four tours to Afghanistan with the 2nd Commando Regiment.  He joins us to talk about what it means to ex-servicemen and women who now watch on as their dedication and commitment amounts to nothing.   Glenn Kolomeitz is a lawyer and former Lieutenant Colonel, who also served in Afghanistan.  He represents more than 700 Afghan civilians who worked with the allied forces.  They’re now on a Taliban kill list.   On today’s Briefing, why is Australia washing its hands of its responsibilities....to its veterans...and the Afghan people who served alongside them?   TODAY'S HEADLINES More flights to Afghanistan after chaos leaves evacuees stranded  John Howard defends Afghan invasion as fight against terror, slams Western withdrawal NSW Government defends lockdown measures as cases soar Fears Melbourne numbers will rise after run of mysterious cases R Kelly trial underway in NY   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU  YouTube: http://bit.ly/TheBriefingSUBSCRIBE 

19:14

EP187 - S2

18 Aug 21

Abandoned: Afghan local speaks to the Briefing

The Taliban stormed into the Afghan capital Kabul at the weekend, just days after allied troops retreated from the city.   We're joined by Sharif Safi, co-founder of the Kabul Peace Forum, an Afghan man in Kabul facing a grim reality.   He's been in Kabul this week ...and is speaking to us from his home just outside the city.   He’s in hiding and fearing for his life.   TODAY'S HEADLINES Taliban promise rights for women, no support for terror in new Afghanistan ADF teams to western NSW as regional Covid cases grow National lockdown for New Zealand after new case detected BHP sells oil and gas business   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU  YouTube: http://bit.ly/TheBriefingSUBSCRIBE 

Abandoned: Afghan local speaks to the Briefing

The Taliban stormed into the Afghan capital Kabul at the weekend, just days after allied troops retreated from the city.   We're joined by Sharif Safi, co-founder of the Kabul Peace Forum, an Afghan man in Kabul facing a grim reality.   He's been in Kabul this week ...and is speaking to us from his home just outside the city.   He’s in hiding and fearing for his life.   TODAY'S HEADLINES Taliban promise rights for women, no support for terror in new Afghanistan ADF teams to western NSW as regional Covid cases grow National lockdown for New Zealand after new case detected BHP sells oil and gas business   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU  YouTube: http://bit.ly/TheBriefingSUBSCRIBE 

16:14

EP186 - S2

17 Aug 21

Tom and Annika interview the Treasurer

Australia had its first recession in almost 30 years last year, as the Covid-19 pandemic wreaked havoc around the world.   We made a quick recovery, but is the Delta variant and the lockdowns it’s causing around the nation putting that at risk?   Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg joins us to explain the economic impact of Delta and what the government’s doing to support livelihoods and help us open back up.   TODAY'S HEADLINES Several dead following chaotic scenes at Kabul airport as UN intervenes Melbourne lockdown tightened, extended as Premier blasts rule-breakers Deadliest day of NSW outbreak as cases rise in the regions Questions over Federer future after withdrawal from US Open   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU  YouTube: http://bit.ly/TheBriefingSUBSCRIBE 

Tom and Annika interview the Treasurer

Australia had its first recession in almost 30 years last year, as the Covid-19 pandemic wreaked havoc around the world.   We made a quick recovery, but is the Delta variant and the lockdowns it’s causing around the nation putting that at risk?   Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg joins us to explain the economic impact of Delta and what the government’s doing to support livelihoods and help us open back up.   TODAY'S HEADLINES Several dead following chaotic scenes at Kabul airport as UN intervenes Melbourne lockdown tightened, extended as Premier blasts rule-breakers Deadliest day of NSW outbreak as cases rise in the regions Questions over Federer future after withdrawal from US Open   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU  YouTube: http://bit.ly/TheBriefingSUBSCRIBE 

19:55

EP185 - S2

16 Aug 21

Why the Delta variant exploded in western Sydney

The Sydney Delta outbreak paralysing Australia’s largest city started in the East, so why is it in the west and south-west that the impact’s been felt the hardest?  Is it the culture?  The landscape?  Or a combination of both?    We’re joined by Bashar Hanna, long-time Fairfield resident and President of Australian Mesopotamian Cultural Association; and Professor Ben Harris-Roxas, Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer in community health at UNSW, who lives in one of the locked-down areas.    How and why has the Delta variant exploded in western Sydney?      TODAY'S HEADLINES Taliban on the brink of victory in Afghanistan as President flees country Young Sydneysiders to be prioritised in Poland Pfizer purchase Victoria battling mystery cases in final week of lockdown Haitians scramble to search and rescue ahead of tropical storm New rules for Sydney as cases continue to grow   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU  YouTube: http://bit.ly/TheBriefingSUBSCRIBE 

Why the Delta variant exploded in western Sydney

The Sydney Delta outbreak paralysing Australia’s largest city started in the East, so why is it in the west and south-west that the impact’s been felt the hardest?  Is it the culture?  The landscape?  Or a combination of both?    We’re joined by Bashar Hanna, long-time Fairfield resident and President of Australian Mesopotamian Cultural Association; and Professor Ben Harris-Roxas, Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer in community health at UNSW, who lives in one of the locked-down areas.    How and why has the Delta variant exploded in western Sydney?      TODAY'S HEADLINES Taliban on the brink of victory in Afghanistan as President flees country Young Sydneysiders to be prioritised in Poland Pfizer purchase Victoria battling mystery cases in final week of lockdown Haitians scramble to search and rescue ahead of tropical storm New rules for Sydney as cases continue to grow   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU  YouTube: http://bit.ly/TheBriefingSUBSCRIBE 

22:21

EP184 - S2

15 Aug 21

Author Amani Haydar on her mother's murder at the hands of her father and how it shaped her parenting.

Amani Haydar lost her mother in a brutal act of violence, perpetrated by her father, in March of 2015.   She was five months pregnant with her first baby at the time. The horror of that experience shaped Amani’s own perception of how she wanted to mother, and how she had been mothered.   Amani spent much of the two years between her mother’s death and her father’s trial, in a daze. She said she hated her father for what he’d stolen from her and that her pain might have become unbearable were it not for her art.   Jamila Rizvi discusses her career change from a commercial litigator to artist and author, generational trauma and the events that turned Amani’s world upside down.    THE WEEKEND LIST with Tait McGregor: Listen: If This Isn’t Nice, I Don’t Know What Is by Still Woozy Watch: Drag Race España (Stan) Watch:The Act (Binge) Do:Melbourne Writers Festival (3 – 12 September)

Author Amani Haydar on her mother's murder at the hands of her father and how it shaped her parenting.

Amani Haydar lost her mother in a brutal act of violence, perpetrated by her father, in March of 2015.   She was five months pregnant with her first baby at the time. The horror of that experience shaped Amani’s own perception of how she wanted to mother, and how she had been mothered.   Amani spent much of the two years between her mother’s death and her father’s trial, in a daze. She said she hated her father for what he’d stolen from her and that her pain might have become unbearable were it not for her art.   Jamila Rizvi discusses her career change from a commercial litigator to artist and author, generational trauma and the events that turned Amani’s world upside down.    THE WEEKEND LIST with Tait McGregor: Listen: If This Isn’t Nice, I Don’t Know What Is by Still Woozy Watch: Drag Race España (Stan) Watch:The Act (Binge) Do:Melbourne Writers Festival (3 – 12 September)

28:03

EP183 - S2

13 Aug 21

We answer your questions on how to survive lockdown

Millions of Australians are in lockdown and wondering how they’re going to survive, mentally and financially.  We asked our social media followers to send in their questions and we asked an expert to answer them.   Dr Jo Mitchell is a clinical psychologist from Melbourne.  Dr Jo provides practical and tangible advice on how we can navigate the weeks ahead.   Join us on the Briefing couch as we discuss ways to manage the ever-increasing pressure of lockdowns.   TODAY'S HEADLINES Canberra enters first lockdown in more than a year NSW asks for extra troops as restrictions tighten Workplace regulator paves the way for mandatory jabs Afghan army chief sacked, Taliban advance on Aussie base Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU  YouTube: http://bit.ly/TheBriefingSUBSCRIBE 

We answer your questions on how to survive lockdown

Millions of Australians are in lockdown and wondering how they’re going to survive, mentally and financially.  We asked our social media followers to send in their questions and we asked an expert to answer them.   Dr Jo Mitchell is a clinical psychologist from Melbourne.  Dr Jo provides practical and tangible advice on how we can navigate the weeks ahead.   Join us on the Briefing couch as we discuss ways to manage the ever-increasing pressure of lockdowns.   TODAY'S HEADLINES Canberra enters first lockdown in more than a year NSW asks for extra troops as restrictions tighten Workplace regulator paves the way for mandatory jabs Afghan army chief sacked, Taliban advance on Aussie base Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU  YouTube: http://bit.ly/TheBriefingSUBSCRIBE 

20:26

EP182 - S2

12 Aug 21


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