The Professor and The Hack

Network Ten

The Professor and The Hack is a frank, relatable and always entertaining discussion about the state of politics and current affairs from two of the most experienced and trusted sources in Australia. Network 10's resident experts, National Affairs Editor Hugh Riminton (The Hack) and Network Political Editor Peter Van Onselen (The Professor) are second to none when it comes to politics. They leave no stone unturned as they deep dive into what is happening in Australian politics and get to the bottom of what is really going on, always with their distinctive style, insights and a touch of humour.

  • 32 minutes 1 second
    Episode 143: Anticipating The Agenda

    It's February already, which means it's almost time for parliament to start sitting for the year. What can we expect to be on the agenda?

    As the saying goes, in this world nothing is certain except death and taxes. But what about death taxes? Hear Peter’s thoughts on that topic.

    And what is it about the current state of Medicare that has Hugh all a-fluster?

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    2 February 2023, 5:33 am
  • 31 minutes 42 seconds
    Episode 142: No Simple Solution

    This week Hugh and Peter discuss Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s visit to Alice Springs and whether the immediate actions he imposed will be effective in what is a very complex situation.

    They also think about how The Voice is conflated with other issues before surmising the state of politics in New South Wales.

    And what are the pressure points of any potential Medicare reform? 

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    25 January 2023, 4:22 am
  • 35 minutes 49 seconds
    Episode 141: In With The New

    It’s a new year, everyone’s refreshed and raring to go, and The Professor and The Hack are no exceptions.

    So, what can we expect this year? Is it true that ‘inflation’s back because Labor’s back’? Can we look forward to a time when interest rates stop rising or are we headed for a recession? And is it the year of the rat, rabbit or Rabbitoh?

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    19 January 2023, 4:23 am
  • 44 minutes 20 seconds
    Episode 140: A Christmas Cracker!

    In which The Professor and The Hack spread some Christmas cheer throughout the land!

    Hugh and Peter take a look back at the year that was 2022, taking in all the highs and lows, winners and losers, before turning their attention to what’s in store in 2023.

    This episode was also recorded as a video version, so if you want to find out whether PVO did in fact dress for the occasion you can check it out here:

    Merry Christmas to all and see you in the new year!!

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    19 December 2022, 11:20 pm
  • 38 minutes 43 seconds
    Episode 139: Do You Hear What I Hear?

    Well 2022 is drawing to a close, and there’s no doubt it’s been a pretty busy year in politics.

    Will the year end on a high for Anthony Albanese? Where will energy prices be in 2023? What are the key takeaways from the new Australian Election Study? And why will The Professor be donning a shirt next week?

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    8 December 2022, 2:37 am
  • 36 minutes 55 seconds
    Episode 138: Ask No Questions …

    It may have been the last sitting week of parliament for the year, but it’s been a busy one.

    Dan Andrews has kept his seat in Victoria, the National Party has announced it will oppose the Voice referendum, and Scott Morrison and his secret ministries are in the spotlight once again as he becomes the first former prime minister to be censured in Australian political history.

    And as Anthony Albanese visits Gough’s Sydney home 50 years on, we look at the Whitlam legacy.

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    2 December 2022, 3:36 am
  • 30 minutes 59 seconds
    Episode 137: Too Tired To (Vote For The) Party?

    Victoria is headed to the polls this weekend, so what does the future look like for Dan Andrews? We’re seeing major party fatigue amongst voters so will Victorians stick with the devil they know?

    And with wages still way behind inflation and the banks forecasting interest rate rises to the end of this year and beyond, it’s looking like the dragon that needs to be slayed is still evading capture.

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    24 November 2022, 2:05 am
  • 32 minutes 20 seconds
    Episode 136: G20/20 Vision

    Hugh’s been in Bali for the G20 summit and dials in direct from his hotel room to fill us in. So much to talk about, including what the future of trade relations between Australia and China is likely to be on the back of Albanese’s meeting with Xi Jinping. Our prime minister has also formed bonds with a number of his international counterparts, including Narendra Modi and Emanuel Macron, but are we on the right path?

    Closer to home the industrial relations bill gets a bit of a going over. And of course we can’t let this episode go by without discussing Trump’s announcement that he will once again be running for the top job in the US. What's he got to lose?

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    17 November 2022, 3:03 am
  • 36 minutes 8 seconds
    Episode 135: A Window On The World

    There’s a bit of an international flavour this week. As the results of the US midterms start to trickle in, The Professor and The Hack ponder the confidence trick that is Trump. And is Putin likely to put in an appearance at next week’s G20 summit?

    Closer to home we look at the end of the Albanese year, and what could be in store for the government in 2023.

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    10 November 2022, 3:36 am
  • 31 minutes 11 seconds
    Episode 134: The Dragon That Must Be Slayed

    With a quarter of Australian households currently worried about how they are going to pay their bills, is the treasurer right when he says it’s time to slay the inflation dragon? And will it actually happen?

    Further afield, the US is gearing up for next week's midterms, we take a look at the situation in China, and a super spook gives some sound advice.

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    3 November 2022, 1:15 am
  • 31 minutes 16 seconds
    Episode 133: The Budget Special

    The Albanese government has just delivered its budget, the first for Labor in nearly 10 years, and there’s a lot to unpack.

    At a time when we’re experiencing the highest inflation rate in Australia since 1990, Hugh and Peter look at who the winners and losers were in this week's federal budget.

    What happens when economic theory becomes lived reality?

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    27 October 2022, 3:41 am
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