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Making sense of Australia’s place in the world, Between the Lines puts contemporary international issues and events into a broader historical context, seeking out original perspectives and challenging accepted wisdoms.

Making sense of Australia’s place in the world, Between the Lines puts contemporary international issues and events into a broader historical context, seeking out original perspectives and challenging accepted wisdoms.

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Melbourne, VIC

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Making sense of Australia’s place in the world, Between the Lines puts contemporary international issues and events into a broader historical context, seeking out original perspectives and challenging accepted wisdoms.

Language:

English


Episodes

Understanding the border dispute between India and China, and the Gillard-Rudd leadership coup ten years on

6/24/2020
Border tensions between China and India The Himalayan border region between China and India has been in dispute since 1962. This month, a violent clash between troops resulted in twenty Indian and an unknown number of Chinese deaths. Will the recent escalation push India away from China for good? Also, the Gillard leadership coup ten years on This week marks the ten-year anniversary of the Labor Party coup to replace Kevin Rudd with Julia Gillard. What is its legacy for Australian politics?

Duration:00:29:07

Geoffrey Blainey on the vandalism of historic statues, and the geopolitics of Coronavirus conspiracies

6/17/2020
Preserving the past Geoffrey Blainey — who coined the term ‘the tyranny of distance’- is one of Australia’s most prolific and well known historians. He discusses Australia’s record on race relations and the removal of historic statues. Also, the geopolitics of Coronavirus conspiracies What do state actors like China and Russia hope to gain from spreading disinformation on the virus? And how do fringe domestic groups like QANON and anti-vaxxers fit in?

Duration:00:29:05

The Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China and a trifecta of troubles in the US

6/10/2020
An anti-China alliance? The Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China brings together politicians from liberal democracies including Canada, Norway, Germany and the US. Labor Senator Kimberly Kitching is the Australian Co-Chair. But as Australia heads into recession, and China increases it's restrictions on Australia trade, might this just make things worse? Also, do America’s mounting domestic woes spell electoral trouble for Trump? This month the US has been beset by trifecta crises. There’s a...

Duration:00:28:57

Australia's balancing act with China, and the woman who became chief of staff to the Prime Minister at 22

5/20/2020
Australia's balancing act: Constraining, not containing China

Duration:00:28:51

Kevin Rudd on anarchy in the post COVID-19 world order, and could stable democracy be a reality in Iraq?

5/13/2020
Who is going to come out on top in the post-COVID world order: China or the US?

Duration:00:28:51

Economics of coronavirus recovery, and Alexander Downer on China

4/29/2020
How do we revive the economy once the pandemic passes? Coronavirus has Australia headed for a deep recession, so what can we do now to plan our way out of it? Is the answer more government intervention and state planning? Or, is now the time to launch a new reform agenda that sharpens the incentives to work, save, invest and hire? And, Alexander Downer: “I don’t know what China’s problem is” Prime Minister Scott Morrison has called for an investigation into the origins of the virus. But...

Duration:00:28:51

Turnbull's legacy, and 75 years after Hitler's death: who did he really see as the enemy?

4/22/2020
Weighing up Turnbull’s legacy This week, former Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull published his memoir A Bigger Picture. In it he settles old scores with colleagues over his 2018 ousting, which he describes as an “act of madness.” What is his legacy, and how will history judge our nation’s twenty ninth Prime Minister? Jacqueline Maley, columnist at The Sydney Morning Herald. Jennifer Oriel, columnist at The Australian And, the death of a führer April 30th marks seventy-five years since Hitler’s...

Duration:00:28:52

Boris Johnson's COVID leadership, and Margaret Thatcher's legacy

4/15/2020
What impact will Boris’ bout of COVID-19 have on his leadership and the nation’s fight against the virus? His former boss, political columnist Charles Moore weighs in. Later in the program Moore discusses his best-selling three volume biography of Margaret Thatcher. Was the Iron Lady really an eco-warrior? Would she have supported Brexit?

Duration:00:29:07

Duterte's coronavirus response, plus Australian PMs and power

4/8/2020
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has told the army to shoot to kill anyone who violates strict COVID-19 lockdowns. Has he gone too far, or is this just more of the strong-man machismo that made him so popular? We talk to Sheila Coronel, Professor of Investigative Journalism at the Columbia Journalism School. Also, why don't Australian prime ministers leave quietly? Australia has had 30 prime ministers since its Federation in 1901. According to political historian Norman Abjorensen they...

Duration:00:29:07

Singapore’s coronavirus advice to Australia, and Max Hastings on the Dambusters

4/1/2020
Hear from the chair of Infection Control at the National University Hospital in Singapore, who says home isolation is impossible to enforce, and everyone who tests positive for coronavirus should be isolated in hospitals or in designated hotels until they recover. Plus, veteran British historian Max Hastings discusses his new history of the World War Two Dambusters raid.

Duration:00:28:57

Viral economics and, is this the end of globalisation?

3/25/2020
Is the government pulling the right levers to mitigate the economic impact of Covid-19. How long can the Australian economy survive shut downs before we tip into irreparable damage?

Duration:00:29:04

COVID-19, Trump and China, and the ALP’s election fiasco

3/18/2020
How the US and China have handled the coronavirus contagion and the secret history of Labor's election debacle.

Duration:00:28:52

Kishore Mahbubani: COVID-19 won’t stop China’s rise

3/11/2020
Kishore Mahbubani says COVID-19 won’t put dent on China’s ascendency, and the US should work out a more thoughtful, long-term strategy for managing China’s rise. Kishore Mahbubani, Distinguished Fellow at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, author of Has China Won? The Chinese Challenge to American Primacy

Duration:00:29:07

Malaysia’s Game of Thrones, and three new cases of political interference in New Zealand

3/4/2020
Has Malaysia’s Machiavelli made his last power play? Ninety four year old Doctor Mahathir Mohamad shocked the world when he resigned as Malaysia’s Prime Minister last month. It was seen by some as a Game of Thrones-style power play to out-manoeuvre rivals. Has it all back fired? Bridget Welsh Senior research associate at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Honorary Research Associate at University of Nottingham Malaysia’s Asia Research Institute (UNARI). Also, China’s “magic...

Duration:00:28:52

What happens if Uncle Sam goes home? And, French politics with The Economist’s Sophie Pedder

2/26/2020
Uncle Sam: homeward bound? From Donald Trump to Bernie Sanders, a growing chorus of voices in the US is calling for a strategy of global retrenchment. But what will long-time allies like Australia do if Uncle Sam goes home? Thomas Wright, director of the Centre on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution and non-resident fellow at Lowy Institute in Sydney. Doug Bandow, senior fellow at the Cato Institute, former special assistant to President Ronald Reagan,...

Duration:00:28:52

A Pacific compact to counter China’s rise; And, does appeasement deserve its bad rap?

2/19/2020
A Pacific compact to counter China’s rise.

Duration:00:29:07

Jokowi visit: can good neighbours become good friends? Andrew Stone on why we need radical economic reform

2/12/2020
Indonesia and Australia: can good neighbours become good friends? Indonesia’s president gave a landmark address to Australia’s parliament this week, calling for an end to divisive identity politics and greater Australian action on climate change. What can Australia do to improve this very important relationship? And, Andrew Stone: making Australia great again Former Chief Economist Andrew Stone has a radical plan to revitalise the Australia economy – tackling everything from energy to...

Duration:00:29:04