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The Abbott Spill: It's Only Just Begun

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09 Feb 2015

The Abbott Spill: It's Only Just Begun

Balls Radio has spotted a new theme song for the Liberal party. For the backbenchers who lost the spill vote, “It’s Only Just Begun”, and for a party led by Malcolm Turnbull and Julie Bishop “working together day by day, together”. It’s a daggy song, but it might just work.


Also this week, with the NSW election just a month away, aside from the Abbott factor, what impact will Mike Baird’s commitment to electricity privatisation have on the poll? We talk with Matt Grudnoff, senior economist at the Australia Institute, on the impact of privatisation, particularly with a natural monopoly like electricity distribution.

That plus our regular contributors: Richard Kazimer in the US, John Dobbie in the UK and David Campbell updating us on New Zealand.

This week's running order

00:00 Gloria’s undying support for Tony

05:10 The new Liberal party theme song

08:15 President says ‘get your kids vaccinated’

12:00 Obama’s new budget (with a deficit)

20:00 Tony, it’s not personal, it’s your policies we hate

21:05 Harry Smith’s plea for public health

23:50 Health spending in context

27:18 Alan Jones still speaking up for Tony

28:15 UKIP facing revolts in the UK

33:00 Difficulty in taxing the Scots

36:00 Milliband threatens tax havens

40:04 NSW Liberal’s Electricity sell-off, with Matt Grudnoff from the Australia Institute

55:02 FCC steps in on net neutrality in the US

58:10 To Kill a Mockingbird – the Sequel

1:02:23 Mysterious millionaire meet-up

1:03:35 Waitangi Day and New Zealand’s new flag

1:09:12 Crapping on about rugby

1:12:20 The fragility of the Australian economy

1:14:40 Prince Charles’ household traumas

1:20:30 The Spill 2 – Coming Soon



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