May 27th, 2015
Episode 194 of 534 episodes
In 1987 the Catholic Church dominated social and political debate in Ireland. When there was a referendum to allow divorce, the vote was a resounding no. Last weekend people across Ireland ignored the pleas of the Catholic Church and voted overwhelmingly to legalise gay marriage. So what has changed in the past 30 years? Ross Gittins is the son of Salvation Army officers and still retains the values passed onto him by both the Army and his parents. He has worked as a journalist for the Sydney Morning Herald for forty years and as the paper's economics editor since 1978. Ross has written what he describes as a tell-all book that reflects on his years of closely observing budgets and politics in Australia.