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HARDtalk in Australia

BBC's Stephen Sackur is in Australia for a series of interview including Malcolm Turnbull, Clive Palmer and Christis Tsolkias.

BBC’s Stephen Sackur is in Australia for a series of interview with profile Aussies this week on HARDtalk.

The first of these airs tonight with former Opposition Leader, Malcolm Turnbull. This episode was filmed on Wednesday.

HARDtalk is in Australia for a series of interviews to test the political, cultural and economic climate. Though Australia is enjoying an economic boom its people seem dissatisfied with the vision and leadership of the country’s politicians.

Monday February 22
Malcolm Turnbull
Though the country is enjoying an economic boom its people seem dissatisfied with the vision and leadership of the country’s politicians.
Malcolm Turnbull is one of Australia most flamboyant politicians. Not so long ago he was seen as a prime minister in waiting – he was leader of the opposition liberal party until ousted just over a year ago. But is he content to be an MP and a shadow minister or, as Stephen Sackur asks him, does he have ambitions to retake the leadership of the Liberal Party and to become Prime Minister of Australia.

Tuesday March 1
Clive Palmer
Australia’s wealth of natural resources have provided the country with a massive economic boom. Billionaires have been created by the demand for the country’s plentiful commodities such as iron ore, nickel and coal. It is the Chinese market that wants these commodities most.
Clive Palmer has become one of Australia’s richest men on the back of the mining boom, he tells Stephen Sackur of his admiration for the way the Chinese do business, but will the people of Australia come to regret the rise of this mining magnet.

Wednesday March 2
Christos Tsiolkas
Alongside Australia’s prosperity and increased affluence lies a range of unresolved social issues around the areas of race, class and identity. The son of Greek immigrants Christos Tsiolkas is an Australian novelist whose book The Slap has been an international best seller, it paints a dark and uncompromising picture of shifting suburban values and norms. He tells Stephen Sackur why he feels so attached yet so at odds with the country of his birth.

This episode airs at 3:30pm today due to Oscars coverage but HARDtalk resumes at 8:30pm weekdays on BBC World News.

NB: This post will update with other guests across this week.

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