Acclaimed journalists Karen Middleton and Malcolm Farr join Mark Kenny to pick apart the Australian federal election result. 

After a massive election loss, how will the Liberal Party recover – and will it do so by stepping to the left or the right?

Is the ‘teal wave’ likely to be temporary, or will a more varied electoral map become a permanent feature of Australian politics? And what impact will the make-up of the senate have on the Albanese government’s legislative agenda?

Karen Middleton, Chief Political Correspondent for The Saturday Paper, and Malcolm Farr, former National Political Editor of, join Professor Mark Kenny to discuss the outcome of Australia’s federal election and what it might mean for the country’s future.

Karen Middleton is the Chief Political Correspondent for The Saturday Paper.

Malcolm Farr is the former National Political Editor of

Mark Kenny is a Professor at the ANU Australian Studies Institute. He came to the University after a high-profile journalistic career including six years as chief political correspondent and national affairs editor for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The Canberra Times.

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This podcast is produced by The Australian National University.

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