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Comedian Tom Ballard sits down with politicians, activists, thinkers and comedians to try to talk, laugh, cry and argue about politics. You will learn things and get fired up and hear some swearing. Enjoy.
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Apr 7, 2020

Caleb Bond is a 21-year-old political commentator who describes himself as "conservative with a splash of libertarianism". He writes a regular opinion column for the Adelaide Advertiser and regularly appears on Sky News. 

Caleb kindly gave me his time a few weeks ago when I was in town for the Adelaide Fringe (before the PLAGUE HIT US ALL AND LOCKED US IN OUR HOUSES). We had a wide-ranging discussion about his experience of being a young conservative giving his opinions in public, the politicisation of youth, the Opinion Industrial Complex, Newscorp, the idea that people naturally become more conservative as they get older, socialism, free markets, FREEDOM and his stance on drugs. 

My show GRANDILOQUENT has been cancelled at the Brisbane and Melbourne Comedy Festivals: all tickets will be refunded in full 

The show’s season at the Belvoir Theatre in Sydney in June and at the 2020 Edinburgh Fringe Festival are also not going ahead

The live instalment of LIASYO with Andrew Denton at MICF has also been cancelled  

Join the LIASYO Facebook group here please and thank you

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I was on the latest episode of The Little Dum Dum Club

@TheCalebBond

cbond.com.au

ARTICLE: The Strange World of an Australian Conservative Political Commentator by Toby McCasker

Cause of the Week: Youth Insearch (youthinsearch.org.au)

Apr 2, 2020

Gian and Sam host a great podcast called Twink Revolution, which they describe as "cultural and political commentary on current events from a homo-leftist viewpoint". 

They joined me from their isolated apartment in San Francisco to explain how they came to Marxism and queerness (via anarchism and libertarianism), the failures of identity politics, what happened to the Sanders campaign (and how sad we should feel about it) and what the COVID-19 pandemic could mean for the Left. It was all very interesting, very funny and very gay. 

My show GRANDILOQUENT has been cancelled at the Brisbane and Melbourne Comedy Festivals: all tickets will be refunded in full 

The show’s season at the Belvoir Theatre in Sydney in June and at the 2020 Edinburgh Fringe Festival are also not going ahead

The live instalment of LIASYO with Andrew Denton at MICF has also been cancelled  

Join the LIASYO Facebook group here please and thank you

If you’ve got the means please support this show by becoming a Patron

I was on the latest episode of The Little Dum Dum Club

@twinkrev

Sam's twitter is @RevTwinkComrade

twinkrev.com

Twink Revolution's YouTube page

Sam's queer history of socialist nations (starting with the USSR), Gaylag Archipelago

The What's Left? episode on Coronavirus and the Sanders campaign

The People's Republic of Walmart by Leigh Phillips & Michal Rozworski

Cause of the Week: The SF Queer Nightlife Fund (sfqueernightlifefund.org)

Mar 30, 2020

Hello! This week's ep is a bit early: my plan is to (try) to start posting multiple episodes a week if possible. Let's see how we go. 

Sean Kelly is a writer who writes for a range of Australian publications. He's a former adviser to Prime Ministers Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard. 

I've always been a fan of Sean's analysis and writing and was keen to get his thoughts on how COVID-19 is unfolding in Australia, particularly in terms of the Morrison government's response. We take a look back at how the Coalition has tackled the crisis since January (sometimes okay but generally pretty bad!), why Sean thinks it's vital we see the modelling the government is relying on, the possibilities of nationalisation, the threat of "disaster capitalism" and how the ALP has responded to this situation. 

Please note that just after minutes we finished recording, the government announced the $130 billion JobKeeper economic package.

My show GRANDILOQUENT has been cancelled at the Brisbane and Melbourne Comedy Festivals: all tickets will be refunded in full 

The show’s season at the Belvoir Theatre in Sydney in June and at the 2020 Edinburgh Fringe Festival are, at this stage, still going ahead 

The live instalment of LIASYO with Andrew Denton at MICF has also been cancelled  

Join the LIASYO Facebook group here please and thank you

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@mrseankelly 

Sean's writing for the Nine Fairfax papers

Sean's writing for The Monthly

Sean's writing for The Saturday Paper

ARTICLE: Morrison must give us more detail if we are to trust his judgment by Sean Kelly

ARTICLE: Scott Morrison's efforts at hazard reduction by Sean Kelly

ARTICLE: After the Coronavirus, Australia and the world can never be the same again by Katharine Murphy

ARTICLE: Scott Morrison's COVID-19 two-person rule explained from ABC News

ARTICLE: How each state will be enforcing the coronavirus two-person rule on gatherings from midnight from ABC News

Cause of the Week: The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (indigenousliteracyfoundation.org.au)

 

Mar 24, 2020

Emerald Moon is a Brisbane-based Leftist activist and former candidate for the Australian Greens who's passionate about climate action and renters' rights. Emerald ran for the Greens in the safe Liberal seat of Bowman in 2019 and is currently working on the up-coming Brisbane local and Queensland state election. 

Amid the insanity of COVID-19 (I hope you're all okay!), I ask Emerald about how she arrived at her socialist politics, how the Queensland Greens are making real progress with socialist ideas and policies, the truly cooked housing situation in Australia and how we can have a revolution while also practising social distancing. 

My show GRANDILOQUENT has been cancelled at the Brisbane and Melbourne Comedy Festivals: all tickets will be refunded in full 

The show’s season at the Belvoir Theatre in Sydney in June and at the 2020 Edinburgh Fringe Festival are, at this stage, still going ahead 

The live instalment of LIASYO with Andrew Denton at MICF has also been cancelled  

Join the LIASYO Facebook group here please and thank you

If you’ve got the means please support this show by becoming a Patron

I'm on the latest episode of The Bugle with Andy Zaltzman and Nish Kumar, many LAFFS about the virus 

I was on the latest episode of The Little Dum Dum Club live in Adelaide in front of what is now an illegal-sized crowd  

@emeraldxmoon

The Queensland Greens

classwarxxx.bandcamp.com

ARTICLE: The Politics of the Virus by Mick Armstrong

ARTICLE: Here's a mad thought: let's save the real things like, er, the people by Guy Rundle

ARTICLE: What I like about the Coronavirus by Slavoj Zizek

Cause of the Week: Australian Unemployed Workers Union (unemployedworkersunion.com)

Mar 17, 2020

Welp. Gosh. Here we are, then. I hope you're doing okay. 

Amidst the chaos of the global Coronavirus pandemic, previous LIASYO guest Osman Faruqi joins me (via Skype) to reflect on what the hell is happening. Osman is a journalist is the editor of The 7am Podcast for Schwartz Media and has been tweeting and writing a lot about the unfolding situation. 

Here we discuss the most egregious examples of capital exploiting this crisis and the insane contradictions about this economic system it exposes, the Australian government's shitty response and how much needs to change in our society to make sure this kind of thing can never happen again. 

It was a slightly depressing but very cathartic conversation and I hope it gives you some comfort and ferments your (justifiable) rage towards those in power in these wild times. 

My show GRANDILOQUENT has been cancelled at the Brisbane and Melbourne Comedy Festivals: all tickets will be refunded in full 

The show's season at the Belvoir Theatre in Sydney in June and at the 2020 Edinburgh Fringe Festival are, at this stage, still going ahead 

The live instalment of LIASYO with Andrew Denton at MICF has also been cancelled :( 

Join the LIASYO Facebook group here please and thank you

If you’ve got the means please support this show by becoming a Patron

@oz_f

7ampodcast.com.au

ilostmygig.net.au

ARTICLE: Should I keep my children home from school due to Coronavirus? (ABC) 

ARTICLE: Super-rich jet off to disaster bunkers amid Coronavirus outbreak by Rupert Neate

UNICEF's Coronavirus Appeal

Cause of the Week: Support Act (supportact.org.au)

Mar 10, 2020

Michael West is a Walkley Award-winning independent journalist covering the rising power of corporations over Australian democracy. After years working for both NewsCorp and Fairfax, Michael eventually went out on his own to cover the crimes of the corporate world and how big business get away with dodgy shit and poison our politics.

Here Michael lays out his experiences in and philosophy on journalism (plus some insights into Murdoch empire), the conflicts of interest in the big business of media corporations, the state of tax avoidance and political donations in Australia and how it's very clear that the economic creed of neoliberalism and privatisation has failed.  

I’m doing LIASYO live at the 2020 Melbourne Comedy Festival with special guest ANDREW FREAKING DENTON. Tickets are on sale now!

My show ENOUGH is on now the 2020 Adelaide Fringe, tickets available here

My new show GRANDILOQUENT is coming to the 2020 Brisbane Comedy Festival and the 2020 Melbourne International Comedy Festival

GRANDILOQUENT is coming to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August, it’s on sale now 

Join the LIASYO Facebook group here please and thank you

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@michaelwestbiz

Michael's YouTube channel

Michael's writing at The Independent

Dirty Power: Big Coal's Network of Influence over the Coalition government by Michael West and Greenpeace 

ARTICLE: Ranking Australia's billionaires as taxpayers by Michael West 

ARTICLE: Australia's Top 40 Tax Dodgers 2019 

ARTICLE: Liberal party received $4.1m in donations from property tycoon's company by Paul Karp, Christopher Knaus & Nick Evershed

Cause of the Week: Support Michael's site and his journalism (michaelwest.com.au

Mar 4, 2020

Alex Bhatal is a social worker and activist. From 2001 to 2018 she was a six-time Greens candidate for the inner-city seat of Cooper (formerly Batman) but in 2019, Alex quit the party having been subjected to a campaign of abuse and “relentless organisational bullying” for years.

Here Alex lays out for her me her journey into politics, her passion for refugee rights and social work, why the Tampa incident inspired her to join the Greens and her experience of running in the same seat for 17 years. 

I also ask Alex to explain exactly what happened between her and the Darebin branch of the Greens, how bad it got for her and what it tells us about the state of the party today. Alex is extremely frank and honest talking to me about what was clearly a painful time in her life and for that I’m very grateful. 

I’m doing LIASYO live at the 2020 Melbourne Comedy Festival with special guest ANDREW FREAKING DENTON. Tickets are on sale now!

My show ENOUGH is on now the 2020 Adelaide Fringe, tickets available here

My new show GRANDILOQUENT is coming to the 2020 Brisbane Comedy Festival and the 2020 Melbourne International Comedy Festival

GRANDILOQUENT is coming to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August, it’s on sale now 

Join the LIASYO Facebook group here please and thank you

If you’ve got the means please support this show by becoming a Patron

@alexbhathal

alexbhathal.com

ARTICLE: Alex Bhathal and discord in the Greens by Martin McKenzie-Murray

ARTICLE: Batman: How it went wrong for the Greens by Martin McKenzie-Murray

Alex's statement on why she resigned from the Greens

From solidarity.net.au: Alex Bhathal resigns - the latest victim of Greens' drift right

Cause of the Week: Refugee Legal (refugeelegal.org.au)

 

Feb 25, 2020

Oliver Yates is the former CEO of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation. Last year he quit the Liberal Party and ran as an independent candidate for the seat of Kooyong in the 2019 federal election.

Oliver invited me into his house to chat about how his Tory/Liberal MP dad influenced his politics, his experience working at the CEFC, why he left the Liberals, his thoughts on capitalism's role in the climate crisis and why his passion for integrity in politics has fuelled his court challenge over Liberal Party elections signs used at polling booths last year. He also kindly answered my basic questions about the state of renewable technology in Australia today and just how quickly we could move our country to a renewable economy. 

I’m doing LIASYO live at the 2020 Melbourne Comedy Festival with special guest ANDREW FREAKING DENTON. Tickets are on sale now!

I’m bringing my show ENOUGH to the 2020 Adelaide Fringe NEXT WEEK, tickets on sale now

My new show GRANDILOQUENT is coming to the 2020 Brisbane Comedy Festival and the 2020 Melbourne International Comedy Festival

GRANDILOQUENT is coming to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August, it’s on sale now 

Join the LIASYO Facebook group here please and thank you

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@_Oliver_Yates

oliveryates.com

Oliver's podcast Tip of the Iceberg

ARTICLE: Coal Coal Coal and soaring emissions - as a Liberal, I have had enough by Oliver Yates

ARTICLE: Josh Frydenberg, Gladys Liu keep seats after court challenge over election signs

ARTICLE: Former Liberal party state director won't be referred to high court over Chinese election signs 

ARTICLE: The problem with taking politics out of climate change by Jeff Sparrow

Cause of the Week: Fauna & Flora International (fauna-flora.org)

Feb 4, 2020

Jon Piccini is an historian at Australian Catholic University and co-host of the anti-capitalist podcast Living the Dream. He's written books about human rights and the Australian far left in the 60s and 70s and is partial to putting out some spicy tweets on @JonPiccini

Here Jon and I discuss his critique of human rights discourse and how it's seen Australia forget about economic rights, just how "radical" we can say Australia is politically and how our history might suggest that the Green New Deal isn't impossible at all. 

I’m doing LIASYO live at the 2020 Melbourne Comedy Festival with special guest ANDREW FREAKING DENTON. Tickets are on sale now!

I’m performing at Laugh Out Proud at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras on Thursday February 27th

I’m bringing my show ENOUGH to the 2020 Adelaide Fringe in March, tickets on sale now

My new show GRANDILOQUENT is coming to the 2020 Brisbane Comedy Festival and the 2020 Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Join the LIASYO Facebook group here please and thank you

If you’ve got the means please support this show by becoming a Patron

Jessie Whyte's The Morals of the Market on Verso Books

The Far Left in Australia since 1945, edited by Jon Piccini, Evan Smith & Matthew Worley

How Labour Built Neoliberalism: Australia's Accord, the Labour Movement and the Neoliberal Project by Elizabeth Humphreys

ARTICLE: Old left, new left and Australia in the 'long 1968' by Jon Piccini & Evan Smith

ARTICLE: A White Working Man's Country by Jon Piccini

ARTICLE: We need a political vision by Alison Pennington

ARTICLE: Australia Needs a Green New Deal, Not More Centrism by Jon Piccini, Jeremy Poxon & Tash Neenan

ARTICLE: Australia Needs a Green New Deal by Adam Bandt

Cause of the Week: Save Deebing Creek Association (on Facebook here)

Jan 28, 2020

Lidia Thorpe is a Gunai-Gunditjmara woman, First Nations activist, a former Greens MP in the Victorian parliament and the current National Aboriginal lead for Amnesty International. 

In the wake of the Invasion Day rallies that Lidia helped organise over the long weekend, we discuss the emotional toll of January 26th, First Nations sovereignty, the failings of the Uluru Statement and the Victorian Treaty process and what it really means for non-Indigenous Australians to pay the rent. 

I'm doing LIASYO live at the 2020 Melbourne Comedy Festival with special guest ANDREW FREAKING DENTON. Tickets are on sale now!

This Saturday I'm performing at the Midsumma Extravaganza at the Hamer Hall

I'm performing at Laugh Out Proud at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras on Thursday February 27th

I’m bringing my show ENOUGH to the 2020 Adelaide Fringe in March, tickets on sale now

My new show GRANDILOQUENT is coming to the 2020 Brisbane Comedy Festival and the 2020 Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Join the LIASYO Facebook group here please and thank you

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@lidia__thorpe

ARTICLE: Without A Treaty, Australia Day Will Always Be Invasion Day by Lidia Thorpe

ARTICLE: Victoria has chosen spin over substance in its Indigenous treaty whitewash by Lidia Thorpe

ARTICLE: Black power in White Australia: An Interview with Gary Foley by Sian Vate

An ABC explainer on the Victorian treaty process

An explainer on the Uluru Statement from the Heart

The Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation's statement on the treaty process, "Trick or Treaty?" 

Pay the Rent: a Buzzfeed video 

Cause of the Week: Pay The Rent (paytherent.net.au

Jan 21, 2020

Dr. Craig Emerson is a former Labor MP. In the Rudd and Gillard governments he served as Minister for Trade and Competitiveness, Minister for Tertiary Education and Science and Minister for Small Business. Since leaving parliament, Emerson has run his own economic consultancy firm and in 2019, he co-authored the review into Labor's election loss along with Jay Weatherill

In this conversation I ask Craig about the reasons why he studied economics and joined the Labor party, his thoughts on "economic rationalism" (or what we now call neoliberalism), compromise and centrism versus radical policies in the age of the climate crisis, fear campaigns, "international green socialism" and the future prospects of the ALP. 

Join the Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance's Invasion Day Rallies this Sunday

I’m bringing my show ENOUGH to the 2020 Adelaide Fringe in March, tickets on sale now

My new show GRANDILOQUENT is coming to the 2020 Brisbane Comedy Festival and the 2020 Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Join the LIASYO Facebook group here please and thank you

If you’ve got the means please support this show by becoming a Patron

@DrCraigEmerson

craigemersoneconomics.com

ARTICLE: Tribalism is blighting Australia by Craig Emerson

ARTICLE: The Australian Labor Party's Official Election Review Learns All The Wrong Lessons by James Clark

Craig singing "Whyalla Wipeout". Just for old times' sake. 

Cause of the Week: WIRES (wires.org.au

Jan 14, 2020

Daniel Lopez is the commissioning editor for Jacobin magazine, socialist activist, author and tweeter. 

A month on from Corbyn and British Labour's brutal loss and as Australia burns, Daniel and I discuss the state of the Left right now, Anthony Albanese and the Australian Labor Party and the possibilities of a new socialist political party. 

I’m bringing my show ENOUGH to the 2020 Adelaide Fringe in March, tickets on sale now

My new show GRANDILOQUENT is coming to the 2020 Brisbane Comedy Festival and the 2020 Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Join the LIASYO Facebook group here please and thank you

If you’ve got the means please support this show by becoming a Patron

@NoLuckLopez

Daniel's writing for Jacobin magazine

Daniel's book Lukács: Praxis and the Absolute

ARTICLE: AOC's Green New Deal is the socialist solution the world needs by Daniel Lopez

victoriansocialists.org.au

Cause of the Week: The Melbourne School of Continental Philosophy (mscp.org.au)

Dec 17, 2019

Charlie Pickering is a comedian and host of the satirical comedy show The Weekly on the ABC. I used to have one of those, but let's not go into it and start comparing who was "more successful" or "not cancelled". 

Here we chat about the ethics of including political figures in whacky comedy sketches, Charlie's centrist approach to politics, voting for John Howard, his interest in American political history and why he's more excited about Elizabeth Warren's candidacy than Bernie Sanders'.  

I'll be off for the Christmas break but shall return in 2020. Thanks for everything! I love you! Onward, comrades! 

I’m bringing my show ENOUGH to the 2020 Adelaide Fringe in March, tickets on sale now

My new show GRANDILOQUENT is coming to the 2020 Brisbane Comedy Festival and the 2020 Melbourne International Comedy Festival

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@charliepick

charliepickering.com

The Weekly with Charlie Pickering

@theweeklytv

The Yearly is on TONIGHT 8:30pm on ABC 

The Dollop's podcast on Ronald Reagan (Pt 1)

What's Left? episode on The Case Against Warren

Cause of the Week: Reading Out Of Poverty (roop.org.au)

 

Dec 10, 2019

After joining me at the end of the shitshow that was 2016 for the first live edition of the podcast, Greens MP Adam Bandt returned to reflect on how far we have (or haven't) come and what to make of the political year that was 2019.

Recorded in Collingwood at the Easey Street Concert Hall in front of a bloody lovely crowd, this is a funny and important conversation about Scott Morrison, socialism, the climate crisis, the 2019 election, the ALP's pathetic position on coal and the possibilities of a Green New Deal for Australia.

All funds raised went to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (you can support them here toooooo). I'm very thankful to Adam for agreeing to do this again and to everyone who came out to the show. MERRY CHRISTMAS xoxoxo

I’m bringing my show ENOUGH to the 2020 Adelaide Fringe in March, tickets on sale now

My new show GRANDILOQUENT is coming to the 2020 Brisbane Comedy Festival and the 2020 Melbourne International Comedy Festival

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@AdamBandt

adambandt.com

ARTICLE: Setting Kevin Rudd's Environment Record Straight by Adam Bandt

ARTICLE: This is what it looks like when your government sells out the climate for votes by Katharine Murphy

ARTICLE: The crisis in liberalism: why centrist politics can no longer explain the world by Katrina Forrester

Dec 3, 2019

Patricia Cornelius is a celebrated Australian playwright who writes about class, love, capitalism and the cruel things we do to each other. Her plays include LOVESavagesSHITDo Not Go Gentle and Who's Afraid of the Working Class?

In this conversation, Patricia tells me about her working class upbringing, her journey through feminism to Marxism, her time in the radical Melbourne Workers Theatre and reflects on whether today's middle-class and staid theatre can still be a voice for class-conscious politics.

Also we revel in the joy of some filthy swearing. 

Come see me record a LIVE SHOW as Greens MP Adam Bandt returns on Tuesday December 10th, 7pm – all funds raised go to the ASRC

I'm bringing my show ENOUGH to the 2020 Adelaide Fringe in March, tickets on sale now 

My new show GRANDILOQUENT is on at the 2020 Brisbane Comedy Festival in March, tickets on sale now

JOIN THE BRAND NEW LIKE I’M A SIX-YEAR-OLD GROUP ON FACEBOOK! WOW! 

If you’ve got the means please support this show by becoming a Patron

I want to do an AMA episode of the show: please get in touch with your questions, email tom@tomballard.com.au

@pmcorn

ARTICLE: Patricia Cornelius: Not going gently by Harry Windsor

Patricia's piece on swearing for The Wheeler Centre

Anthem is playing at the 2020 Sydney Festival 

Do Not Go Gentle is on at Malthouse Theatre in 2020

SHIT on AustralianPlays.org

Cause of the Week: Ilbijjeri Theatre Company (ilbijerri.com.au)

Nov 26, 2019

Lizzie O'Shea is a lawyer at Maurice Blackburn, writer, broadcaster and socialist activist. She's the author of Future Histories: What Ada Lovelace, Tom Paine and the Paris Commune Can Teach Us About Digital Technology - an examination of radical social movements and theories from history and how they can be applied to technology capitalism. 

Lizzie and I discussed the class action she's working on against Uber's business model, the "datafication of ourselves", how much Facebook and Amazon suck, Australia's awful data encryption laws, what it might mean to break up or nationalise the tech companies and the possibilities of a better world with a better internet. 

Come see me record a LIVE SHOW as Greens MP Adam Bandt returns on Tuesday December 10th, 7pm – all funds raised go to the ASRC

JOIN THE BRAND NEW LIKE I’M A SIX-YEAR-OLD GROUP ON FACEBOOK! WOW! 

If you’ve got the means please support this show by becoming a Patron

I want to do an AMA episode of the show: please get in touch with your questions, email tom@tomballard.com.au

@Lizzie_OShea

lizzieoshea.com

Lizzie's writing for The Guardian

A review of Future Histories on Engineering & Technology 

ARTICLE: Invisible Handcuffs - it's time for workers to throw off the shackles of big tech by Lizzie O'Shea

ARTICLE: The Future Has Arrived by Robert Maharajh

Cause of the Week: The National Justice Project (justice.org.au

Nov 19, 2019

Jon Faine is a veteran broadcaster who was just stepped down as the host of the Mornings show on ABC Local Radio after 23 years in the chair (and a total of 30 years at the national broadcaster). 

Jon kindly let me (back) into his house to have a wide-ranging chat about the state of the media, bias at the ABC, Elizabeth Warren, capitalism, the tech giants, civility, Kevin Bailey and his bladder.  

Come see me record a LIVE SHOW as Greens MP Adam Bandt returns on Tuesday December 10th, 7pm – all funds raised go to the ASRC

JOIN THE BRAND NEW LIKE I’M A SIX-YEAR-OLD GROUP ON FACEBOOK! WOW! 

If you’ve got the means please support this show by becoming a Patron

I want to do an AMA episode of the show: please get in touch with your questions, email tom@tomballard.com.au

Listen to Novara Media AND (please) vote for Jeremy Corbyn

Jon's Farewell to the ABC

ARTICLE: Malcolm Turnbull suggests 'shell out' to help their children buy property

The ABC's #AustraliaTalks

The "infamous" Kevin Bailey sketch from Tonightly

ARTICLE: Don't Trust Elizabeth Warren's Big-Donor Ban by Megan Day

Cause of the Week: The Koorie Heritage Trust (koorieheritagetrust.com.au)

 

Nov 12, 2019

Roz Ward is a queer Marxist academic and activist who was a co-founder of the Safe Schools Coalition. She was publicly attacked for her politics and her role in fighting for Safe Schools by the conservative media, religious lobbyists and members of the Coalition government. 

Here Roz reflects on her experience with the culture war bullshit around that programme and tells me what it taught her, why she's a revolutionary socialist, what she thinks can be achieved through electoral politics, her involvement in the IMARC protests, why All Cops Are Bastards and lawnmowers. 

Come see me record a LIVE SHOW as Greens MP Adam Bandt returns on Tuesday December 10th, 7pm - all funds raised go to the ASRC 

JOIN THE BRAND NEW LIKE I’M A SIX-YEAR-OLD GROUP ON FACEBOOK! WOW! 

If you’ve got the means please support this show by becoming a Patron

I want to do an AMA episode of the show: please get in touch with your questions, email tom@tomballard.com.au

I was on the latest episode of The Bugle 

@roztward

ARTICLE: Roz Ward on clergy hypocrisy and the valorisation of child molesters 

Benjamin Law's Quarterly Essay on the Safe Schools controversy, Moral Panic 101

System Change Not Climate Change: An Anti-Capitalist Conference is on this Saturday at Trades Hall, Melbourne 

victoriansocialists.org.au

Red Flag Radio on podbean

Cause of the Week: Support activists arrested at mining conference on GoFundMe

Nov 5, 2019

This is part two of my conversation with former AFL player and controversial media figure Sam Newman. Part one of the chat is here.

Here we discuss Sam's thoughts on Muslim Australians' failure to "assimilate" into society, what does and doesn't constitute racism, Pauline Hanson and how he hoped to tackle homelessness if he were to become Melbourne Lord Mayor. 

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Check out my podcast with Audible discussing audiobooks, What’s the Story?

I want to do an AMA episode of the show: please get in touch with your questions, email tom@tomballard.com.au

I appeared on the Radio National show The People Vs to discuss the state of comedy with Josh Szepps, Sami Shah, Andrew Doyle & Steph Tisdell 

I'm on the latest edition of The Little Dum Dum Club alongside Wil Anderson

Part One of my chat with Sam

@Origsmartassam

Sam’s Facebook page

Sam’s podcast Sam, Mike & Thommo 

Cause of the Week: The Les Twentyman Foundation (ltfoundation.com.au)

Oct 29, 2019

Sam Newman is a former AFL player for the Geelong Football Club and has been a controversial figure in the Australian media for decades. He's best known for his work on The Footy Show, which he appeared on from 1994 until 2018. 

I find Sam's political positions to be ill-informed and incorrect (I'm pretty sure he feels the same about mine), but I know there are plenty of people out there who agree with him and think he talks a lot of sense when it to comes to political correctness, immigration, Donald Trump and climate change. He also considered running for Lord Mayor of Melbourne last year and received some support in some corners.

In this very wide-ranging, frustrating but civil conversation, I try to get a sense of his thinking and push back where I could. I hope you get something out of it.

Part two will be out next week. 

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Check out my new podcast with Audible, What’s the Story?

I’m coming to Ballarat this Friday November 1st for BallaRatCat Comedy

I’ll be performing at Just For Laughs Sydney at the Opera House this Saturday November 2nd

@Origsmartassam

Sam's Facebook page

Sam's podcast Sam, Mike & Thommo 

ARTICLE: Footy Show host Sam Newman criticised for reckless transphobia 

NASA's article on the Icelandic glacier Myrdalsjokull 

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