Critical Line Item with Tom Ravlic

  • How do we get women's financial security right in Australia?

    Coalition Senator Jane Hume delivered a recent speech to the Syndey Institute that touched on a range of issues including the need for women to have a greater sense of financial security. It sparked a reaction from The Parenthood CEO, Georgie Dent, and Georgie laid down a challenge to Australia's politicians: fix early childhood education so it is more affordable and accessible people. She argues a range of benefits flow from getting this right.
  • The final report on consultants to government - Greens perspective

    The final report from the Colbeck committee has 12 recommendations that deal predominantly with cleaning up the mechanics of procurement. Senator Barbara Pocock might agree with the 12 recommendations as a starting base but she wants more to happen to deal with boosting the public sector, disciplining consultants, and dealing with some of the evidence the parliamentary committee heard that she feels needs action.
  • A deep dive into challenges with the property market

    Many conversations are being held about housing and property and Scott O'Neill, the managing director of Rethink Investing, covers a range of issues in this conversation. He touches on the property market, challenges for new entrants and what people need to do to set themselves up.
  • An Australian Greens' perspective on the public service, government procurement and regulation

    Senator Barbara Pocock represents the Australian Greens in the Senate, and she is heavily involved in kicking the tyres of professional services firms as a member of two parliamentary committees. Pocock shares her perspectives on where the Greens think the public service should head as well as how the inquiries into professional services firms are going.
  • A cross bench perspective from the Senate with the ACT's David Pocock

    Consultants and procurement have been at the forefront of parliamentary scrutiny in Australia with and one of the participants in the process of looking at this is Senator David Pocock. He talks in this episode about the various issues the committees are concerned about as well as the issues underlying his concerns about lobbyists and their access to parliament house in Canberra.
  • A view on the Israel-Gaza conflict

    Kenneth Katzman is a national security expert from the Soufan Center in the United States who has spent many decades studying the Middle East, its politics, and American foreign policy as it relates to the region. He shares his take in this podcast on the Israel-Gaza conflict and what he believes is necessary in order to bring some kind of return to negotiation in that region.
  • What factors contributed to the shootings in Wieambilla in December 2022?

    Author John Kerr has a suite of true crime publications to his hame and his most recent book, The Wieambilla Shootings, sets out his take on the death of two police officers and a Wieambilla local when they were gunned down by conspiracy theorists. Kerr talks about the book and some of the implications of the shootings for the broader communmity.
  • 2023 - the year of kicking consulting firm tyres

    Australian Greens' upper house representative Abigail Boyd has cooked up a storm in the NSW parliament as the chair of a committee looking at the way in which consultants are used by the government. The committee is due to report in the new year with only a handful of hearings left. Boyd tells Tom Ravlic that there are a few things the committee will recommend, and some ideas she thinks have merit. What are they? No spoilers - listen up!
  • The writer's craft and the state of contemporary discourse in the public square

    Journalist, author and broadcaster Justin Smith speaks about his three books written in recent years including his most recent yarn, called Good as Gold, and he touches on the things that inspire him as a writer. He gives us a unique perspective into his work as well as a broader chat about the troubles of discourse in the community. Can we actually speak freely and have a proper debate?