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Greg Combet: Unions, Labor and Leadership

September 15th, 2014

Episode 54 of 83 episodes

Greg Combet is one of the most influential public figures of his generation. A former leader of the ACTU, and parliamentary secretary and senior minister in the Rudd-Gillard Labor governments, Combet has been at the centre of some of the biggest battles and dramas in recent political history. He led the 2007 campaign against John Howard’s Work Choices and was Minister for Climate Change in Julia Gillard’s second ministry, before surprising many by resigning after the last ALP leadership showdown and retiring from politics in 2013. Join host Sally Warhaft for this Fifth Estate spotlight interview with Greg Combet, where they will discuss the Australian labour movement, the state of our democracy and parliament, the future of the ALP and life after politics for a man many thought a good chance as a future prime minister. Twitter Follow the discussion on Twitter. Post with #FifthEstate. Podcast Missed out? Fret not. Download the podcast: mp3 (31.1mb, 64m46s) The Fifth Estate Since 2012, anthropologist and broadcaster Sally Warhaft has been the Wheeler Centre’s in-house news anchor. Her fortnightly live interview series continues as she reacts to the latest stories whipping up a storm in the media. Every second Tuesday, Sally hosts a dizzying array of guests from the political and cultural world, in a witty and revealing analysis of current affairs. Topical guests are announced in the weeks prior to the events – check our website for updates. 2014 events (all available via podcast on our website) have included Malcolm Fraser on Australia’s dangerous alliance with the US, Bob Carr on the culture of government, international whistleblowers Thomas Drake and Jesselyn Radack, and Anne Summers and Mary Delahunty on women, power and politics.

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