Point of order on the grounds of weirdness. From the Senate to the House of Reps, Australian politics just keeps getting stranger, thanks to leaks, spills and other hazardous accidents. Join the Guardian’s Bridie Jabour in conversation with political editors Mark Di Stefano from BuzzFeed, the ABC’s Chris Uhlmann, long-time political reporter Steve Lewis and writer Jeff Sparrow as they recount – and attempt to explain – some of the latest goings-on in Canberra and beyond.
Steve Lewis (Australian)
Steve Lewis is the co-author with Chris Uhlmann of the best selling Secret City trilogy, including The Marmalade Files, The Mandarin Code and The Shadow Game. The novels were adapted by Matchbox Pictures into the six-part television thriller Secret City, broadcast by Foxtel in mid-2016. Steve was a long time member of the Canberra press gallery and now works as a senior adviser with Newgate Communications, as well as working as a freelance journalist and author.
Chris Uhlmann (Australian)
Chris Uhlmann has been a journalist for nearly thirty years, working across print, online, radio and TV news. He joined ABC in 1998 as a radio host in Canberra before moving into the role of chief political correspondent. He has hosted the flagship program AM and won the 2008 Walkley Award for Broadcast Interviewing. Chris has worked as political editor for ABC news and The 7.30 Report. He set up News 24’s political coverage in 2010 and has hosted 7.30, Insiders and News Breakfast. Chris was appointed the ABC’s political editor in 2015. With Steve Lewis, Chris has co-authored three works of political fiction that have been adapted as a six-part series for Foxtel. Their latest book is The Shadow Game.
Mark Di Stefano (Australian)
Mark Di Stefano is BuzzFeed's political editor. Mark regularly appears as a political commentator on the Channel 7's Sunrise, Channel 10's The Project and on both ABC and Sky News. In 2016, Mark was named Young Journalist of the Year at the Publish Awards.
Jeff Sparrow (Australian)
Jeff Sparrow is a writer, editor, and broadcaster, and an honorary fellow at Victoria University. He writes a fortnightly column for The Guardian Australia and contributes regularly to many other publications, and is a member of the 3RRR Breakfasters radio team. Jeff is the immediate past editor of the literary and cultural journal Overland, and the author of several books, including Communism: A Love Story and Killing: Misadventures In Violence. His latest book is No Way But This: in search of Paul Robeson.
Bridie Jabour (Australian)
Bridie Jabour is assistant news editor at The Guardian Australia where she also writes features and comment. She co-hosts The Guardian podcast Behind the Lines and has covered politics in Queensland, New South Wales and Canberra. Bridie has a Walkley Award at home that is used as a bottle opener, but it doesn't have her name on it.