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Talking Business with Alan Kohler

Alan Kohler is the founder of Business Spectator, a business news and financial commentary website. He is also the ABC's finance reporter and founder of the online investing publication Eureka Report.

This month Alan Kohler meets a diverse group of Australian Business personalities from across a broad range of market sectors and discusses their stories, their success & the challenges behind their business.

Mark Hooper CEO at Sigma Healthcare
Discussing the changing role of the local pharmacy. Increasingly in the future it will be about supplementing existing healthcare options which are more convenient and easier to locally access. Pharmacies are expected, with the support of the Federal Government, to become more front-line preventive care specialists offering a range of professional services, returning the pharmacist to the role as a trusted healthcare family advisor.
  Michael Smith Southern Sun Pilot, Adventurer & Entrepreneur
Discusses the Voyage of the Southern Sun. In what was originally planned as a re-tracing of the old 1930s Qantas Flying Boat route from Rose Bay to Southampton & turned into a world trip of 25 countries in 7 months and earned him the prestigious titles of Australian Geographic Adventurer of the Year. Michael is also an astute businessman and entrepreneur who loves old cinema and he lovingly restored, to its former art deco glory, the decrepit Sun Theatre in Melbourne's western suburb of Yarravillle.
Peter Voorhoeve President & CEO of Volvo Group Australia
Discussing a very special milestone with the 60,000th truck rolling off the Brisbane factory’s assembly line. As Toyota and Holden close down their South Australian and Victorian manufacturing plants, Volvo’s continued investment in local vehicle manufacturing is a vote of confidence in the economy and underlines their continued commitment to the Australian trucking and transport industry. Peter chats with Alan about the transport industry, local manufacturing and the future of the Australian automotive industry.
  Tim Harcourt The Airport Economist UNSW
Tim is the first J.W. Nevile Fellow in Economics at the Australian School of Business at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and the chief economist of Australian Global Economics (Ausglobal). Tim analyses the global economy to help Australian companies devise their own international business strategies.Is Japan running out of husbands? Is China running out of wives? Is India-Australia trade more than the 3 c’s: cricket, curry and call centres? Has the Trump & Brexit effect signalled the re-emergence of trade protectionism? If you’d like the answer to these questions and inside tips on how to do business globally tune in to The Airport Economist TV series hosted by Tim Harcourt! Now showing on Sky News Business Channel and Qantas.
Vanessa Stoykov CEO of No More Practice Education & Group CEO of Evolution Media Group
Vanessa discusses why Australians need to unlearn everything they know about money, in order to improve their finances. The most common finance mistakes people and businesses are making. What will happen if Australians don’t improve their financial situation (new research reveals over 80% of Australians could be unable to afford a comfortable retirement at this rate…!). She has two decades of experience focussing on ‘educating the educators’ with new techniques to assist them in better communicating and serving the wider community to better their financial future.
  Dig Howitt President at Cochlear Ltd
Australian company Cochlear, the global leader in implantable hearing solutions, has launched the world’s first and only Made for iPhone cochlear implant sound processor - the Nucleus® 7 Sound Processor. People with a Cochlear Nucleus Implant can now stream sound directly from a compatible iPhone, iPad and iPod touch directly to their sound processor.
Stuart Craig Chief Executive Officer, Asia Pacific, Crestron Electronics
Crestron builds the technology that integrates technology. The technology company helps organisations to optimise their biggest investments spanning people, spaces and technology. Crestron solutions empower people to control entire environments with the push of a button and/or through voice command, integrating systems such as unified communications, AV presentation, IT, lighting, audio and environmental systems such as shades and HVAC. Crestron works with customers/partners across various industry sectors including education, corporate, government and defence, hospitality, retail and residential.
  Jason Wilby Founder and Joint Chief Executive of Huddle Insurance
Jason Wilby is the founder and joint CEO of Insurance disruptor Huddle, an insurance startup using technology to make trust central to its operating model. Jason has a background in finance where he saw trust as a huge issue – insurers don’t trust customers and with fraud costing $2bn every year it’s easy to see why, but consumers equally feel like insurance is one of life’s necessary evils as premiums continue to go up.
Lisa Pagotto Founder & Director of Crooked Compass
Crooked Compass is a boutique tour operator uncovering the world’s best kept secrets through small group touring and customised itineraries. Created to inspire, educate and encourage traveller’s to understand responsible tourism by providing culturally immersive experiences, supporting local communities and projects. Traveller’s see their destination through the eyes of a local, uncovering the side of a destination they didn’t know existed.
  David Vitek Co-Founder, CEO & Executive Director hipages
hipages is Australia’s number one place to hire a trusted tradie. The company was founded in an Aussie garage 13 years ago by two great mates (David and Roby) and is now turning over $37 million a year. hipages is not only Australia’s number one place to hire a tradesperson – it’s also fast becoming one of Australia’s greatest entrepreneurial success stories.
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Qantas Selection

A selection of music sourced exclusively for Qantas listeners.

  • 'So far away' by Tina Arena
  • 'Start Over' by O'Shea
  • 'True Lovers' by Holy Holy
  • 'The Imitation Game' by Alexandre Desplat & London Symphony Orchestra
  • 'Yanada' by The Preatures
  • 'Drive you mad' by Amy Shark
  • 'They Can't tak that away from me' by Elle Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong & The London Symphony Orchestra
  • 'Second Nature' by Neil Finn
  • 'What About Us' by P!NK
  • 'Caroline' by The Belligerents
  • 'Better Days' by Tim Wheatley
  • 'Lose my mind' by Dean Lewis
  • 'Hungry Heart' by Bruce Springsteen
  • 'Regular Touch ' by Vera Blue
  • 'High on Me ' by Guy Sebastian
  • 'You've got the love' by Florence + Machine


  • 'Call On Me' by Starley
  • 'Firewood and Candles' by Paul Kelly
  • 'On Broadway' by George Benson
  • 'Stop Me ' by Mark Ronson ft. Daniel Merriweather
  • 'I can see clearly Now' by Hothouse flowers
  • 'More Mess' by Kungs Ft. Olly Murs & Coely
  • 'Lay Lady Lay' by Bob Dylan
  • 'All of Me ' by Anthony Callea with The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
  • 'Lets Dance' by David Bowie
  • 'Coming Home' by Skylar Grey
  • 'Lanterns ' by Birds of Tokyo
  • 'My Mind is for Sale' by Jack Johnson
  • 'To the wonder' by Aqualung ft. Kina Grannis
  • ' What’s So Funny ‘Bout Peace, Love, and Understanding' by Elvis Costello
  • 'Turandot: Nessun dorma' by Luciano Pavarotti
  • 'Mad World' by Ft Gary Jules
Billboard with Rosie Beaton

Top of the charts music featuring the latest mainstream hits.

  • 'Revenge' by P!Nk ft Eminem
  • 'What lovers Do' by Maroon 5 ft. SZA
  • 'Too Much to Ask' by Niall Horan
  • 'Mystik' by Tash Sultana
  • 'Strip that down' by Liam Payne ft. Quavo
  • 'Young Dumb & Broke' by Kahlid
  • 'Chameleon' by Pnau
  • 'Without you ' by Avicii ft. Sandro Cavazza
  • 'Didn’t Wanna Get So Low But I Had To' by Meg Mac
  • 'Humble ' by Kendrick Lemar
  • 'Back to you' by Louis Tomlinson ft. Bebe Rexha & Digital Farm Animals
  • 'Faking It ' by Calvin Harris ft. Kehlani & Lil Yachty
  • 'Praying ' by Kesha
  • 'All I want ' by UV boi فوق بنفسجي ft Villette
  • 'Rockstar ' by Post Malone ft. 21 Savage
  • 'Collide' by Imogen Clark
  • 'I'm the one ' by DJ Khaled ft Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance The Rapper & Lil Wayne


  • 'Havana ' by Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug
  • 'Too Good at Goodbyes' by Sam Smith
  • 'Dusk Till Dawn' by Zayn ft Sia
  • 'West (Alice Ivy Remix)' by Laykn
  • 'Let you down' by Peking Duk Ft. Icona Pop
  • 'Regular Touch' by Vera Blue
  • 'Mi Gente' by J Balvin & Willy William Feat. Beyonce
  • 'Look What You Made Me Do' by Taylor Swift
  • 'Feels ' by Calvin Harris ft Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean
  • 'Thunder' by Imagine Dragons
  • 'High on Me ' by Guy sebastian
  • 'I fall apart ' by Post Malone
  • 'Sorry not Sorry ' by Demi Lovato
  • 'Let Me Go' by Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso ft. Florida Georgia Line & Watt
  • 'Friends' by Justin Bieber + Bloodpop ft. Julia Michaels
  • 'Lose my mind' by Dean Lewis
  • 'Fallin' by Jessica Mauboy
Qantas Podcasts

Tune into the Qantas Podcasts for the ultimate low-energy entertainment!

  • The Osher Günsberg Podcast
  • The Pass
  • Carrie & Tommy
  • The Em Rusciano Radio Show with Harley Breen
  • Chrissie, Sam & Browny
  • Fitzy & Wippa
  • Kate, Tim & Marty
  • The Grill Team
  • Merrickville with Merrick Watts
  • The Hot Breakfast
  • Hamish & Andy
  • Fifi, Dave, Fev & Byron
  • The Kyle & Jackie O Show
  • Hughsey & Kate
  • Beyondblue’s Relaxation Exercises
  • Kinderling Conversation
  • We Fact Up
  • The Disruptive Entrepreneur
  • The Property Couch
  • The Slow Home Podcast
  • Game On Australia

Additional channels:

  • Air Guitar with Danny Clayton
  • ARIA with Robbie Buck
  • Classics with Angela Catterns
  • The Smile High Club
  • Jazz with James Morrison
  • Big Country with The O'Sheas
  • The Crossroads with Lionel Cole
  • The Spirit with Clare Bowditch
  • Oasis - Flute Spirit
  • Concert Hall with Guy Noble
  • Retro Hits
  • Latin America
  • SBS PopAsia's J-Pop Nation with Shingo Usami
  • SBS PopAsia's C-Pop Central with Michelle Chen
  • SBS PopDesi with Nicholas Brown
  • SBS PopAraby with Patrick Abboud
  • SBS Chill with Janice Petersen
  • SBS PopAsia with Andy Trieu
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