The Morning Edition

The Age and Sydney Morning Herald

The Morning Edition (formerly Please Explain) brings you the story behind the story with the best journalists in Australia. Join host Samantha Selinger-Morris from the newsrooms of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, weekdays from 5am.

  • 18 minutes 41 seconds
    How bikies, underworld figures have infiltrated our construction industry

    It is one of the most powerful unions in the country. And has long barracked for rights that are at the core of the Australian Labor Party: decent pay and working conditions.But now, an investigation by The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and 60 Minutes has revealed that underworld figures and bikies have infiltrated the union, and major building projects in Victoria and NSW.

    Today, investigative reporter Nick McKenzie on the sudden resignation of controversial CFMEU boss John Setka, in the wake of these allegations. And whether it’s possible to rid the union of corruption, and a culture of standover tactics and bullying.

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    15 July 2024, 7:01 pm
  • 17 minutes 20 seconds
    The extraordinary fallout of the Trump shooting that rocked the world

    On Sunday morning, Australian time, we woke to the news that Donald Trump was shot at a rally in Pennsylvania. 

    We saw the images of him with blood streaming down his face, and shortly after, his fist raised in a seeming show of triumph. 

    It’s the first time an American president, or presidential candidate, has been shot at in 43 years.

    That was then-American president Ronald Reagan. He nearly died. Afterwards, commentators speculated that his grace under fire helped him solidify the support and affection of the American people. 

    Today, in a special episode, North American correspondent Farrah Tomazin, on what happened in Pennsylvania. And how this might impact the presidential election.

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    14 July 2024, 6:37 am
  • 18 minutes 16 seconds
    Inside Politics: 'Guns for hire' and the power of lobbying in Australia

    They’re worn by the hundreds of lobbyists who are granted access to the building and the politicians who work inside it.It’s a lucrative business - lobbyists charge handsomely to help big firms get access to large federal deals.

    And with billions of dollars of government contracts up for grabs - including $22.7 billion for Labor’s made in Australia plan - a new class of Labor-allied lobbyists has emerged.

    This has heightened concerns about the power of top lobbyists and renewed calls for more transparency about the access they get to the country’s decision makers.

    Today, Chief political correspondent David Crowe talks to Paul Sakkal to discuss this lobbyland and the rise of Labor insiders becoming guns for hire, as well as the emergence of a new group called The Muslim Vote that is also trying to influence politics.

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    12 July 2024, 5:52 am
  • 20 minutes 12 seconds
    ‘Dial up the crazy’: An insider on how to deal with Trump

    Should Donald Trump win the presidential election in November, what might he do? Will he halve the US defence budget, thereby threatening allies, like Australia, that rely on the United States for protection? Or perhaps, as Trump once asked his most senior defence staff, he should “bomb the hell out of Iran?”

    This last anecdote is one that Chris Miller, the one-time defence secretary during the Trump administration, relayed to international and political editor Peter Hartcher, in an interview earlier this week.

    Today, Peter Hartcher, currently on the ground in Washington DC, on what insights Chris Miller gave him about how Donald Trump might go about trying to achieve his goals, during a second term as president.

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    10 July 2024, 7:00 pm
  • 17 minutes 3 seconds
    'Hundreds of times stronger than heroin': A new killer drug is on our streets

    When four people were found dead last week in one home in outer Melbourne, there was one common link. The same synthetic opioid was detected in all four bodies. Since then, government authorities, and various experts have sounded the alarm. A new synthetic drug is on our streets. It’s contaminating other recreational drugs. And it’s hundreds of times stronger than heroin. Today, general practitioner and addictive medicine specialist, Dr Paul MacCartney, on the growing risk of an opioid crisis in Australia.

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    9 July 2024, 7:01 pm
  • 13 minutes 34 seconds
    Middle income earners are now calling debt hotlines in distress

    More Australians than ever are now holding down more than one job. It’s just one example that illustrates the perfect economic storm that surrounds us. A toxic mix of growing mortgage repayments and rents, plus broad inflation.

    So, what’s the way out for those in financial distress? 

    Today, senior economics correspondent Shane Wright on when we might next see an interest rate cut, or rise. And what it means that the Reserve Bank governor has gone a particularly long time, without giving a speech.

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    8 July 2024, 7:01 pm
  • 15 minutes 17 seconds
    A court granted an ex-president immunity from prosecution. And yes, it happened in a democracy.

    Last week, the United States Supreme Court ruled that former presidents are entitled to immunity from prosecution for “official actions” they undertook while occupying the highest office.

    The impact of this historic decision could shred crucial parts of the court cases against Donald Trump, as he vies for presidential election in November.

    Will the court decision mean he is now above the law, or, is there a good reason to protect both former and sitting presidents from prosecution? 

    And with conservative judges behind this ruling, did ideology play a part?

    Today, North American correspondent Farrah Tomazin explains what was behind the decision, and the impact it could have on Trump’s upcoming trials, and even, more broadly, on American democracy.

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    7 July 2024, 7:01 pm
  • 20 minutes 22 seconds
    Inside Politics: Fatima Payman quits Labor over Palestinian statehood

    After a tumultuous couple of weeks in Canberra, senator Fatima Payman has quit the Labor party. On Thursday, Payman emotionally announced her decision to leave the party that helped her gain a senate seat in the 2022 election, saying she had exhausted every option to raise her concerns about the government’s position on Palestinian recognition. Today, political correspondents Paul Sakkal and Angus Thompson talk to Jacqueline Maley about the split between Payman and the Labor party and its ramifications.

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    4 July 2024, 7:00 pm
  • 18 minutes 12 seconds
    How to overcome shame after being scammed

    Nell Geraets is a journalist for The Age and she’d seen all the news about financial scams. That Australians were reporting more scams than ever, and that they were becoming more elaborate, more sophisticated. She was convinced it would never happen to her, or someone she knows. Then her parents were scammed. Today, Nell Geraets on the HSBC investment scam that trapped her parents, the shame they felt by falling victim, and how they overcame it.

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    3 July 2024, 7:01 pm
  • 15 minutes 57 seconds
    Why singles are deleting dating apps

    Fake reviews, bogus conversations with unsuspecting users and exposed private messages - are just some of the goings on at dating app Down, according to a whistleblower. And Down is one of scores of dating apps scrutinised as part of an investigation by The Age that found increasing concerns from consumers and experts about the industry’s conduct. Today, investigative reporter Clay Lucas on dating apps’ last-ditch attempt at survival, as a growing number of users walk away from the apps.

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    2 July 2024, 7:00 pm
  • 12 minutes 17 seconds
    Stage 3 tax cuts: How much money will you get?

    Australians should see more money in their bank accounts at tax time, with the start of what’s called stage 3 tax cuts taking effect from this week.

    But this benefit is looking like it could be wiped out, and quickly, with new research showing that middle income earners will be paying more tax as early as 2025.

    Today, senior economics correspondent Shane Wright explains how much money you could see back in your pocket immediately. And why Australians could be paying more tax in just a couple of years.

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    1 July 2024, 7:01 pm
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