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Mike Baird has a mandate. Has he told his wife?

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30 Mar 2015

Mike Baird has a mandate. Has he told his wife?

We had an election and the man in the nice suit with the Colgate smile has won. But, even though he’ll claim a mandate, he hasn’t got one really.

For a start there’s the huge CSG protest vote, that saw a massive swing against the Nationals in country seats. Then there’s the confusion over the poles and the wires – does anyone really understand what’s being sold and why? And there’s been a huge spike in spoilt ballot papers, another sign we didn’t like the choices we were given.

Also this week Matt Grudnoff from the Australia Institute talks about the Trans Pacific Partnership, elements of which could be a massive threat to our democracy. It’s easy to see, right now, why politicians are not getting our respect. 

Running Orders

00:00 Introduction

01:42 The truth on poles and wires

04:58 CSG and the Greens swing

08:03 Ted Cruz + God for President

13:38 Bow Bergdahl faces charges at last

20:45 The Secret TPP Business

38:55 Turnbull’s tips on how to avoid his surveillance law

41:18 Aussie Lynton Crosby teaches Tories to hurt the poor

49:29 Kiwi’s mourning the World Cup final

51:31 New Zealand, a hotbed for tourism

53:44 New Zealand spied on Brazil for WTO job

56:51 Santos and the police – too close for comfort?

01:00:44 The Car Plate Confederate Flag Saga

01:06:28 Salesforce pulls out of Indiana over gay laws

01:10:52 Andreas Lubitz on a quest to be remembered

01:13:29 Where now for Jeremy Clarkson?

01:21:10 What’s the Big Idea -  road pricing, recycled drinks, pop-up airports, the answer for Australia Post


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