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How better to make sense of our latest national orgy of democracy than with veteran journo and Festival favourite Barrie Cassidy and his hand-chosen team of the country’s best commentators? At time of writing, we don’t know whether this will be election morning or just another Saturday in our post-election reality, but what we do know is there’s no better panel with which to unpick the state of the national discourse, national politics and nation itself. Joining Barrie are Fran Kelly, Niki Savva and Amy Remeikis. As essential as an election day sausage in bread.

This event is open captioned.

Fran Kelly (Australian)

Fran Kelly

Fran Kelly is one of Australia’s leading political interviewers and commentators. She has earned a reputation as an intelligent, informed and balanced journalist who has been a key contributor to the nation’s political and social debates for the past 25 years. In that time she’s been the ABC’s Europe Correspondent based in London, the political editor for The 7.30 Report and the political correspondent for the prestigious AM program. From 2005 to 2021 Fran presented ABC RN Breakfast, Australia’s leading national morning current affairs radio show.

Niki Savva (Australian)

Niki Savva

Niki Savva is a journalist, author and political commentator. She has written a memoir, So Greek, and two bestselling books on historic events in Australian politics. The Road to Ruin chronicles the removal of Tony Abbott as prime minister, and Plots and Prayers details the coup that overthrew Malcolm Turnbull. Niki writes a weekly column on politics for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. She has appeared regularly on ABC's Insiders for more than a decade.

Amy Remeikis (Australian)

Amy Remeikis

Amy Remeikis is a political reporter with Guardian Australia and regular contributor to Insiders, The Drum, The Project and ABC Radio. Her book, On Reckoning covers how uncomfortable Australia is in dealing with sexual abuse and the fallout from the government's failure to act.

Barrie Cassidy (Australian)

Barrie Cassidy

Barrie Cassidy started out in journalism as a cadet reporter with the Border Mail in Albury. In the 47 years since, he has been a court reporter and police roundsman, a political correspondent, program host, newsreader, radio broadcaster, and foreign correspondent. For over 13 years he was host of the ABC's highly respected political discussion program Insiders, as well as long time host of the sports equivalent, Offsiders. He’s also the author of three books: Private Bill, The Party Thieves and An Ocean of Cricket.