Forget the bad press, Australia is still the standout place to live
This week's conversation takes place in Geraldine's living room.
Eliza is back from Beirut with her family to help her mother-in-law Anne recover from a hip replacement.
The podcast begins with a discussion about Jonathan Holmes' new essay "On Aunty" https://www.mup.com.au/books/on-aunty-paperback-softback
It then shifts to a broader chat about politics and Geraldine's ongoing obsession with finding the 'sensible centre' of the community.
Eliza is becoming increasingly evangelical about Australia the longer she lives overseas. The women discuss this article from the New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/08/opinion/australians-have-more-fun.html and muse about the problems facing Australia. Some of the problems being the cost of living and housing, as discussed in this new book by Peter Mares https://www.textpublishing.com.au/books/no-place-like-home-repairing-australia-s-housing-crisis
Who's going to win the next election? The polls suggest it's a done deal for Labor, but the women aren't so sure. And their opinions of Scott Morrison have changed over time, too.
Geraldine saw this TV show and loved it https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2019/jan/06/brexit-uncivil-war-reviews-andrew-rawnsley-gina-miller-gloria-de-piero-shahmir-sanni
And she recommends this new show on Netflix https://www.netflix.com/au/title/81076756
Eliza saw two movies on the plane which she'd recommend https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wildlife_(film) & https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Front_Runner_(film)
She's looking forward to seeing this drama on SBS On Demand https://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/program/the-bureau
And she's reading this book about the famous murdered war correspondent Marie Colvin https://www.amazon.com/Extremis-Death-Correspondent-Marie-Colvin/dp/0374175594
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Eliza Harvey is the host of Long Distance Call along with her Mum, Geraldine Doogue.
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