The Party Room - The Party Room

The Party Room - The Party Room


Join RN Breakfast’s Fran Kelly and RN Drive’s Patricia Karvelas as they discuss the winners, losers, voter issues and all the gossip straight from the corridors of Parliament House.


Gonski 2.0, Finkel and citizenship  

In the final week before parliament breaks for winter, PK and Fran discuss the government's manoeuvring on Gonski 2.0, Pauline Hanson's comments on disability and autism, and the Coalition's one big problem with the Finkel report.

Finkel report, clean energy and citizenship  

With the Coalition debating the merits of a clean energy target, Lenore Taylor joins Fran and PK to look at how much of the Finkel report remains politically viable.

Parole reform, Chinese influence and US-Australia relations  

Parole reform, foreign political donations, energy policy: this week there's a whole lot of change and reform being discussed. But should we change the way we deal with the United States, as the chasm widens between what President Trump tweets and what his government puts forward as foreign policy?

National security, One Nation and energy policy  

Parliament was preoccupied with questions of security this week, but there's a battle over energy policy on the horizon. Andrew Probyn joins Fran and PK to talk One Nation and carbon capture.

Labor leak, bank levy and One Nation "brainstorming"  

A leak from Labor about internal divisions over the proposed Medicare levy has drawn attention from the government's post-budget sell. Rafael Epstein joins Patricia to talk about this and more: the government's reset, President Donald Trump's photograph with an orb, and a secret tape of a One Nation meeting.

Budget 2017: Tax, drug testing and Tina Arena  

As the dust settles after the 2017 budget announcement, Laura Tingle joins Fran and Patricia to pick apart the politics.

Budget 2017: Medicare levy, banks tax and fairness  

The morning after the budget, what does it mean for the political landscape? Fran and Patricia break it down in this special budget wrap-up.

Gonski 2.0, budget 2017 and nation building  

The week before the budget is usually filled with leaks and whispers, but this year it was full of announcements. Chris Uhlmann joins Fran and Patricia to talk Gonski 2.0, infrastructure spending and the PM's leadership.

Company tax cuts, housing in the budget and your questions  

Fran and Patricia take your questions about federal politics, and talk about refusing sausages and Family First's Senate seat.

Backflips, fairness and David Marr  

David Marr's joins Fran and Patricia to talk about the week in federal politics.

Long nights in the Senate, 18C and banking inquiry  

Senate arguments heat up in the middle of the night, and Malcolm Turnbull bolsters support within his party by moving on 18C. Fran and PK pull the week's politics apart with Barrie Cassidy.

Snowy Mountains Scheme 2.0, SA energy and WA votes  

What could Labor's landslide victory in Western Australia mean for the future of the Liberal Party? And could the PM's Snowy Mountains Scheme extension be the 'game changer' he's been looking for?

One Nation, WA and Waleed Aly  

Waleed thinks we've seen a 'moment of subtle disintegration for One Nation'. He joins PK and Fran to talk about the impact of the WA election on federal politics.

Penalty rates, 18C and 'throwing the whip away'  

Rafael Esptein tells Fran and PK about the issues that have people calling in: 'how much they get paid and how much it costs for them to buy a house'.

Refugees, housing affordability and Annabel Crabb  

Annabel Crabb joins Fran and PK to pick apart the politics of housing affordability. They also talk refugees, Israel, energy policy, Anna Bligh and Daft Punk.

Closing the Gap, One Nation and Stan Grant  

ABC Indigenous Editor Stan Grant joins Fran and Patricia to analyse this year's Closing the Gap report. They also talk about One Nation and NDIS funding.

Turnbull's QT performance, Cory Bernardi and the year ahead  

Parliament is back and so are Fran and PK: they're joined by Andrew Probyn to talk about the year ahead and what the split in the Liberal Party means for Malcolm Turnbull.

Climate change, leadership and looking forward  

Lenore Taylor joins Fran and Patricia for a look back at the year in politics. They also talk climate change policy and get an update on Tanya Plibersek's election rat.

Compromise, cross-trading and chaos  

Compromise and cross-trading: both were needed to pass the government's Australian Building and Construction Commission legislation this week. But will the backpacker tax mean the end-of-year narrative is one of chaos?

Backpacker tax, Peter Dutton and One Nation  

Some significant policy wins for the government this week, but the politics is still on Labor's side.

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