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Like I'm A Six-Year-Old

Comedian Tom Ballard sits down with interesting and passionate people to find out what they do and what they believe in. It's kind of like Kitchen Cabinet except Tom can't cook.
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Apr 18, 2019

Simon Holmes à Court is an energy transition expert. He's a Senior Advisor to at the Climate Energy College at Melbourne University, sits on the board of the Smart Energy Council and spends a lot of his time on twitter correcting the likes of Josh Frydenberg and Chris Uhlmann when they say silly wrong things about climate and energy issues issues.

In this conversation (recorded on an unseasonably warm April day), Simon talks me through the influence of fossil fuel money, the dumb culture war between coal and renewables, why he's a climate optimist and what the parties are offering in this climate election.

MAKE SURE YOU'RE ENROLLED TO VOTE BY 8PM TONIGHT PLEASE!!!

You can become a Patron of the show and help cover the basic costs of making this thing happen (please)

My show ENOUGH has just four shows left at the Melbourne Comedy Festival 

Plus I’m doing my play #KWANDA which is also good and funny! Just 2 shows left

ENOUGH is coming to Sydney Comedy Festival for 4 shows only 

@simonahac

Simon's writing at The Guardian

Simon's writing on medium

Article: No, Minister Canavan, coal will not be king for 20 more years

Article: Australia's energy policy is a tangled mess built on a foundation of lies 

Cause of the Week: Margo Kingston's #IndependentsDay for Climate Change Action on chuffed.org

Apr 9, 2019

Greg Larsen is one of the funniest people I've ever met in my whole bloody life. He and I worked together on Tonightly where we made some very silly and naughty comedy together before we were cruelly cancelled by the FASCIST LIBERAL GOVERNMENT.

In this chat I ask Greg to reflect on the Tonightly months, his political punk band The Feminazis, wokeness, debate and the pointlessness of protests.

You can become a Patron of the show and help cover the basic costs of making this thing happen (please)

My show ENOUGH is on at the Melbourne Comedy Festival right now! Hot dang!

Plus I’m doing my play #KWANDA which is also good and funny! Just 4 shows left

ENOUGH is coming to Sydney Comedy Festival for 4 shows only 

My spot at the 2019 Comedy Festival Opening Night Gala

@gregmlarsen

Greg's show Useful Idiot is at Melbourne Comedy Festival NOW

Greg's podcast The Grub

The infamous Tonightly sketch that sparked "Cuntgate"

And this sketch about Germans wanking is one of the funniest things I've ever been involved in

Cause of the Week: Donate to The Australian Greens (greens.org.au/donate

Apr 2, 2019

Sorry about the delayed episode, all! My bad. Comedy Festival is on and all that. Anyway.

Sally McManus has been the Secretary of the Australian Council of Trade Unions since 2017. She's the public face of the trade union movement in Australia and she takes little to no shit whatsoever. 

We recorded this chat on the day the ACTU launched their call for the minimum wage to be raised to a living wage. I asked Sally to explain what that means, as well as her stances on democratic socialism, neoliberalism, privatisation, insecure work, just how hard it is to go on strike in Australia and how the ALP could become a helluva lot better.  

You can become a Patron of the show and help cover the basic costs of making this thing happen (please)

My show ENOUGH is on at the Melbourne Comedy Festival right now! Hot dang!

Plus I'm doing my play #KWANDA which is also good and funny! Just 6 shows left

ENOUGH is coming to Sydney Comedy Festival for 4 shows only 

@sallymcmanus

actu.org.au

On Fairness by Sally McManus, Melbourne University Publishing

ARTICLE: Is Sally McManus the woman the Coalition fears most? 

RALLY TO CHANGE THE RULES happening around the country on Wednesday April 10th

changetherules.org.au

Cause of the Week: JOIN YOUR FUCKING UNION PLEASE (australianunions.org.au)

Mar 20, 2019

Samah Sabawi is a playwright, poet and activist who is passionate about fighting for the rights of the Palestinian people. Just days after the horrific massacre in Christchurch, Samah explains to me why she was "disappointed but not shocked" by the horrific attack and how nearly two decades of poisonous Islamophobia has led us to this point. 

Samah also lays out what life is like for Palestinians in their own land, what the Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions movement is calling for and why it's important you #BoycottEurovision2019

Become a Patron of the show and help cover the basic costs of making this thing happen (please)

My stand-show ENOUGH is on at the Brisbane Comedy Festival this week 

Then ENOUGH heads to the Melbourne & Sydney Comedy Festivals. It’s funny! Please come!

My play #KWANDA will be on at the Melbourne Comedy Festival for 8 shows only

@gazaheart

Donate to the families of the Christchurch victims

See Samah's play Them at La Mama Courthouse

ARTICLE: We told you the threat is white supremacy by Randa Abdel-Fattah

ARTICLE: 2,891 Murdoch Media Stories Trashing Islam In A Single Year, Study Reveals by Michael Brull

AustraliansForPalestine.com

Cause of the Week: The BDS petition to #BoycottEurovision2019

Mar 12, 2019

Melissa Davey is the Melbourne Bureau Chief for Guardian Australia. She’s done brilliant reporting about lots of different things over her career, but over the past few weeks has been diligently covering on the trial and conviction of George Pell.

As Pell receives his sentencing today and as we learn more about his case for appeal, Melissa explains what it’s been like following this massive story, the journalistic ethics at play, the judicial process and the reactions from the media and the Church to the guilty verdict.

WARNING: This conversation contains discussion of sexual assault and abuse 

Become a Patron of the show and rest in peace knowing you’ll go to heaven

My stand-show ENOUGH is on at the Brisbane Comedy Festival next week 

Then ENOUGH heads to the Melbourne & Sydney Comedy Festivals. It’s funny! Please come!

My play #KWANDA will be on at the Melbourne Comedy Festival for 8 shows only

The School Strike 4 Climate is on this Friday!

@MelissaLDavey

Melissa's writing at Guardian Australia

ARTICLE: Cardinal Pell's Conviction: The Questions That Remain

ARTICLE: Andrew Bolt, Please Stop Implying That You Know All The Facts About George Pell by Clare Linane

ARTICLE: Five Times Guilty: How George Pell's Child-Abusing Past Caught Up With Him in Courtroom 

ARTICLE: The inconsistencies of George Pell's defenders just displays their power by Richard Cooke

Cause of the Week: Dementia Australia (dementia-australia.org

Mar 6, 2019

Emma is in Year 11, Anthony has just started uni and together they're involved in organising the second School Strike 4 Climate on Friday March 15th. It's a nation-wide, non-partisan, student-led protest demanding our political leaders take some GODDAMN REAL ACTION on climate change for once please. 

It was an honour to sit down with these two passionate, funny, committed young people to discuss their motivations for organising the march, their hopes for what it might achieve and their thoughts on the very dumb criticism it's received from right-wing dumbos. 

Trust me: listening to this will fill your heart with hope. 

Become a Patron of the show and rest in peace knowing you’ll go to heaven

My stand-up show ENOUGH is coming to the Brisbane, Melbourne & Sydney Comedy Festivals. It’s funny! Please come!

My play #KWANDA will be on at the Melbourne Comedy Festival for 8 shows only

Unite For The Night @ The Metro, Thursday March 7th

Luke McGregor and I are coming to Nelson Bay and Belmont in March

@StrikeClimate

schoolstrike4climate.com 

The Swedish 15-year-old who's cutting class to fight the climate crisis

Cause of the Week: SUPPORT THE STRIKE ON FRIDAY MARCH 15TH! SEE YOU THERE! THANKS! 

Feb 26, 2019

Giordano Nanni is a historian and satirist and the driving force behind The Juice Media.

He was the co-creator of the hugely successful Rap News series which has tallied millions of views and featured cameos from the likes of Noam Chomsky and Julian Assange and since 2016 he's been collaborating in his lounge room with his partner Lucy and actors Ellen and Zoe to make the very-funny-and-extremely-on-point Honest Government Ads series. The series has tackled everything from net neutrality to East Timor to the arms trade to Australia Day and they make me laugh and they make me angry. 

Here Giordano and I have a bloody lovely chat about the story of The Juice, how history forms his politics, working with Assange and Chomsky and how doing satire could potentially see him sent to prison for five years. Funny stuff! 

Become a Patron of the show and rest in peace knowing you’ll go to heaven

My stand-up show ENOUGH is coming to the Brisbane, Melbourne & Sydney Comedy Festivals. It’s funny! Please come!

My play #KWANDA will be on at the Melbourne Comedy Festival for 8 shows only

Unite For The Night @ The Metro, Thursday March 7th 

Luke McGregor and I are coming to Nelson Bay and Belmont in March

BDS Australia's petition calling on SBS to boycott Eurovision 2019

@thejuicemedia

thejuicemedia.com

on Patreon

on YouTube

"2012 with Noam Chomsky & Anonymous [RAP NEWS X]" 

"Aussie Election: A Game of Polls - feat. Julian Assange [RAP NEWS 20]"

Honest Government Ad | Visit Timor-Leste!

Honest Government Ad | The ABC

Honest Government Ad | Australia Day

Honest Government Ad | A Message For People Smugglers

Cause of the Week: East Timor Women Australia (etwa.org.au)

 

Feb 19, 2019

Aimee Terese is a law student, podcaster and socialist.

Until this week she was the co-host of the Dead Pundits Society podcast in which she picked apart US politics from a Leftist perspective, filling my brain with a bunch of smart insights and funny jokes. She doesn't suffer contradictions or bullshit and I loved getting to pick her brain during this conversation about the origins of her politics, electoralism, "lesser evil voting", Jordan B. Peterson and Bernie Sanders. 

Become a Patron of the show and rest in peace knowing you'll go to heaven

My stand-up show ENOUGH is coming to the Brisbane, Melbourne & Sydney Comedy Festivals. It’s funny! Please come!

My play #KWANDA will be on at the Melbourne Comedy Festival for 8 shows only

This Sunday I’m performing in Trevor Ashley’s MARDI GALA at the Sydney Opera House

Luke McGregor and I are coming to Nelson Bay and Belmont in March

@aimeeterese

The Dead Pundits Society podcast (@DeadPundits, on soundcloud)

Aimee on the Revolutionary Left podcast deconstructing liberal intellectuals Jordan Peterson, Sam Harris and Steven Pinker

Cause of the Week: The NSW/ACT Aboriginal Legal Service (alsnswact.org.au)

Feb 18, 2019

I'M BACK, BABY.

It's a new year and I'm unemployed so what better time to restart this podcast. This is just a cheeky little tease ep, but a brand new episode with a fascinating guest will be out this Wednesday. Hurrah. 

I have set up a Patreon for the show, not to become a billionaire but to try to cover the basic costs associated with making this thing (transport/time/snacks). 

I really appreciate anything you can give (if you can afford it). PLEASE NOTE THERE WILL BE NO REWARDS FOR BECOMING A PATRON. YOU GET JACK SHIT, OK? SORRY. 

You can become a Patron here if you like.

It's nice to be back. Talk soon.  

My stand-up show ENOUGH is coming to the Brisbane, Melbourne & Sydney Comedy Festivals. It's funny! Please come!

My play #KWANDA will be on at the Melbourne Comedy Festival for 8 shows only

This Sunday I'm performing in Trevor Ashley's MARDI GALA at the Sydney Opera House

Luke McGregor and I are coming to Nelson Bay and Belmont in March

Learn more about Victorian Socialists

School students are striking for climate action again on March 15th

Dec 18, 2017

This is part two of an interview I recorded live at the inaugural Yack Festival at Giant Dwarf a few weeks ago.

Stan Grant is a journalist, author and presenter who has worked all over the world for the likes of CNN, Sky News, SBS World News, NITV, the Guardian and the ABC. He is a Wiradjuri man who writes and speaks about race, racism and history in Australia, most recently in his Quarterly Essay released last year, The Australian Dream. He has just become the ABC’s Chief Asia Correspondent and will host a nightly discussion show on ABC News next year.

In this second part of our conversation, I ask Stan about one or two things I've heard about him and picked his brain on his critics, plus we take some questions from the floor. I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to pick Stan’s brain. Big thanks to the Giant Dwarf and Yack for having us and to all the Sydney friends who came along.

Due to Tonightly (my cool TV show that you can watch every bloody night of the week!), I won’t be able to bring you another podcast for a little while I’m afraid. But hey, there’s a back catalogue of 121 episodes for you to enjoy at your leisure. YOU ARE WELCOME.

Check out #Tonightly please! 

@tonightly

on the ABC Comedy Facebook page

on the ABC Comedy YouTube Channel

on ABC iView 

subscribe to the highlights podcast

If you’re in Sydney you can register to come along to a taping of the show

BUY 'LITERALLY EVERYTHING', OUR CHRISTMAS SINGLE RAISING $$$ FOR HOMELESS CHARITY STREET SMART 

Quarterly Essay – The Australian Dream: Blood, History and Becoming by Stan Grant

It is a ‘damaging myth’ that Captain Cook discovered Australia by Stan Grant

Cause of the Week: The Australian Indigenous Education Foundation (aief.com.au)

Dec 11, 2017

Hello! I know this has been a long time coming. Apologies: I have been busy writing jokes about Bob Katter.

This is part one of an interview I recorded live at the inaugural Yack Festival at Giant Dwarf a few weeks ago. 

Stan Grant is a journalist, author and presenter who has worked all over the world for the likes of CNN, Sky News, SBS World News, NITV, the Guardian and the ABC. He is a Wiradjuri man who writes and speaks about race, racism and history in Australia, most recently in his Quarterly Essay released last year, The Australian Dream. He has just become the ABC's Chief Asia Correspondent and will host a nightly discussion show on ABC News next year. 

This is a wide-ranging conversation about everything from the Taliban to North Korea to constitutional recognition to white guilt to history and victimhood. I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to pick Stan's brain. Big thanks to the Giant Dwarf and Yack for having us and to all the Sydney friends who came along. 

Due to Tonightly (my cool TV show that you can watch every bloody night of the week!), I won't be able to bring you another podcast for a little while I'm afraid. But hey, there's a back catalogue of 121 episodes for you to enjoy at your leisure. YOU ARE WELCOME.

Check out #Tonightly please! 

@tonightly

on the ABC Comedy Facebook page

on the ABC Comedy YouTube Channel

on ABC iView 

subscribe to the highlights podcast 

If you're in Sydney you can register to come along to a taping of the show

Quarterly Essay - The Australian Dream: Blood, History and Becoming by Stan Grant

It is a 'damaging myth' that Captain Cook discovered Australia by Stan Grant

Cause of the Week: The Australian Indigenous Education Foundation (aief.com.au)

 

Oct 5, 2017

Geoffrey Winters is a native title lawyer who ran against Tanya Plibersek as the Liberal Party candidate for the seat of Sydney in the 2016 election. He's a Gamillaroi man who's openly gay and who regularly appears on ABC's The Drum.

This is a frank discussion, featuring me trying to get my head around where Geoffrey is coming from as an Indigenous queer man who's also a conservative. From the marriage equality survey to being in a party alongside people he disagrees with with to being "pragmatic" to what conservatism can offer first nations peoples to what (if anything) would make him consider leaving the Liberals.

I got a lot out of this conversation and Geoffrey was mighty patient with me. I hope you like it. 

**COME SEE LIASYO LIVE @ YACK FESTIVAL WITH STAN GRANT, NOVEMBER 11th**

Donate to the National Compassion Fund to help victims of the Las Vegas shooting

@WintersGeoffrey

Gay Indigenous Liberal candidate is more than just a wedge

Article: He's gay, Indigenous and 27, but Geoffrey Winters says he's the model of a modern Liberal

Young & Black: an SBS documentary  

Cause of the Week: Libs & Nats Say Yes (libsnatsyes.com.au)

 

Sep 26, 2017

Alex Greenwich is an independent MP in the NSW parliament and the National Convenor of Australian Marriage Equality. He's been campaigning for equal marriage for 10 years now and kindly gave me some of his time to reflect on how the postal survey is going, from the incidence of violence to the notion of "respectful" debate to what will happen if the No side is successful (an annoyingly real possibility).

**COME SEE LIASYO LIVE @ YACK FESTIVAL WITH STAN GRANT, NOVEMBER 11th**

Find a "Yes" calling party in your area

My piece in the Warrnambool Standard asking my home town to Vote Yes

Equal Love Rally this Sunday Oct 1st at 1pm, State Library Melbourne 

@alexgreenwich

alexgreenwich.com

voteyes.org.au

Jeff Sparrow's piece on the campaign: Rainbows not media storms

Sean Kelly's piece on the campaign: This is not a horse race

Cause of the Week: Get the YES ad back on air

 

Sep 14, 2017

Owen Jones is an activist (first) and celebrated writer (second). He's the author of bestselling books Chavs: The Demonisation of the Working Class and The Establishment And How They Get Away With It, is a regular Guardian columnist and has a cracking YouTube channel. He's a major Leftist voice in UK politics and quite frankly, I was pretty stoked when he agreed to give me some of his time.

Here we talk about democratic socialism, what Corbyn's political rise means for that cause, the dangers of centrism and the basics of Brexit. We also touch on what defines the "working class", being friends with Tories and Owen's cat. 

My latest appearance on The Bugle with Andy Zaltzman & Nish Kumar

My appearance on Kyran Wheatley & Rhys Nicholson's podcast Save The Date

Australia Says Yes Comedy Gala at the Athenaeum Theatre on Thursday September 21st

@OwenJones84 

Owen's writing for The Guardian

Agitpod - Owen's podcast with Ellie Mae O'Hagan

Owen's piece on centrists attacking Labour moderates 

Owen's piece reflecting on being wrong about Corbyn

Cause of the Week: The Advocacy Academy (theadvocacyacademy.com

 

Sep 5, 2017

Acclaimed comedian and all-round nice guy Ahir Shah was just nominated for the big award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for his passionate, insightful and hilarious show Control. It's a brilliant treatise on the fallout of Brexit and Trump and humankind's inability to learn from its past mistakes. 

Here Ahir tells me about how the racist debate surrounding Brexit affected him personally, why he couldn't vote for Jeremy Corbyn in this year's election, the "economic anxiety" argument used to explain demonstrations of racism, being friends with conservatives and punching Nazis. 

Problematic is at the Soho Theatre until this Saturday September 9th

Listen to my live episode of The Bugle with Al Murray

Unity: A Benefit Show for Australian Marriage Equality 

@AhirShah

ahirshah.com

An interview with Ahir on Control

Article: One of Labour's new rising stars talks class, Westminster and the enemy 

Cause of the Week: British Red Cross South Asian Flood Appeal

 

Aug 17, 2017

Geoff Norcott is a rare thing indeed: an (openly) right-wing comedian. His recent stand up shows have explored his working class background and his conservative politics and they've been mighty funny. 

This was a fascinating discussion about Goeff's thoughts on capitalism, right-wing politics in comedy, Brexit, immigration, outrage, Corbyn, Brixton and personal responsibility. 

Problematic is on at the Edinburgh Fringe 2017 now! 8:30pm at the Pleasance Courtyard

Problematic is coming to London's Soho Theatre, starts August 29th

Help deported "Sanjay" start again

@GeoffNorcott

Right Leaning But Well Meaning is at #EdFringe now

geoffnorcott.com

BBC Two's The Mash Report

Cause of the Week: Medicins Sans Frontieres (msf.org.uk)

 

Aug 9, 2017

What better week to talk about Australia and marriage equality lolololol

Sally Rugg is an out and proud campaign director at GetUp! calling for queer rights. She's been leading the marriage equality campaign for a while now (it regularly makes her "wake up tearing her hair out") and this week the movement has seen another ridiculous setback. 

This chat was recorded a few weeks ago but I think it's a really important insight into where we're at in Australia with the marriage equality debate and the underlying issues around it. From the ACL to the stupidity of the plebiscite to what it all says about our politics, Sally is frank and passionate about this cause and makes it very clear that she won't be stopping until this discrimination is removed from the Marriage Act. 

Problematic is on at the Edinburgh Fringe 2017 now! 8:30pm at the Pleasance Courtyard

Problematic is coming to London's Soho Theatre, starts August 29th

Transcripts of Trump's phone call with Turnbull

My video for Junkee on the "deaths at sea" argument

@sallyrugg

Opinion: We are angry and heartbroken at the prospect of a plebiscite campaign but we are more powerful than ever

Opinion: The campaign against Safe Schools was never about concern for kids

Article: Australians have 15 days to enrol to vote in postal plebiscite

Opinion: Prejudice and Violence Are Learned, And In 2016 They Poured Down From The Top 

Article: The rules against malicious campaign material will not apply to same-sex marriage postal vote

A profile on Peter and Bon

Article: The fight after marriage equality

Opinion: Abbott's obstruction of gay marriage is a defence of privilege and the power of shame by David Marr

Cause of the Week: Twenty10 (twenty10.org.au)

 

Aug 1, 2017

Mark Di Stefano is the outgoing political editor at BuzzFeed Australia

This is a frank chat where we both air our grievances about the shitty state of Australian politics, media and debate at the moment. From the cosy relationship between the press and the political class, the plethora of pundits who never get their comeuppance for being wrong to the good ol' fashioned outrage industry. 

Also Mark explains what the Milkshake Duck is. I am old and uncool. 

Problematic is on at the Edinburgh Fringe 2017 now! 8:30pm at the Pleasance Courtyard

Problematic is coming to London's Soho Theatre, starts August 29th

@markdistef

What A Time To Be Alive: That and Other Lies of the 2016 Campaign by Mark Di Stefano

Australia's News Channel and What It Learned From Fox News by Mark

Cause of the Week: Copwatch (huffed.org/project/copwatchnjp)

 

Jul 25, 2017

Caroline Marcus is the "Political Reporter for the People" for Sky News and an opinion columnist for The Daily Telegraph.

Caroline joined me live onstage at the Giant Dwarf theatre in Redfern in front of a lively crowd on Wednesday July 12th. We touch on the media landscape, bias, identity politics and her experience reporting on the Australian detention centres on Nauru for A Current Affair. Our disagreement occasionally got heated, but I really appreciated the chance to explore this stuff with Caroline in detail. 

A huge thank you to the Giant Dwarf for having us.

You can hear the first episode recorded on the night with Tanya Plibersek here

Problematic is coming to Edinburgh Fringe 2017, starts August 2nd

Problematic is coming to London's Soho Theatre, starts August 29th

@carolinemarcus

Article: If you disagree with me, you're a racist 

Article: Why are activists so afraid of the truth about Nauru?

A Current Affair: Inside Nauru's Detention Centre

My episodes on cultural appropriation with Gay AlcornYassmin Abdel-Magied 

Cause of the Week: Lifeline (lifeline.org.au)

 

Jul 18, 2017

Tanya Plibersek has been the Member for Sydney since 1998. She's the Deputy Leader of the ALP and Shadow Minister for Education and for Women. 

Tanya joined me live onstage at the Giant Dwarf theatre in Redfern in front of a lively crowd on Wednesday July 12th. We touched on the ideological rift bubbling up in the Coalition at the moment, gender equality, Mark Latham, education funding and Labor's refugee policies.

A huge thank you to Tanya for making the time (particularly as she was battling a cold on the night), everyone for coming out to see the show and to the Giant Dwarf for having us. 

The second conversation with journalist Caroline Marcus will be next week's episode. 

Problematic is coming to Edinburgh Fringe 2017, starts August 2nd

@tanya_plibersek

tanyaplibersek.com

Labor's Setting The Agenda

Video of the Sydney Setting The Agenda event

Article: Gonski money is making a difference. Let's not play the Liberals' tired old blame game by Tanya Plibersek

Article: Gonski 2.0: Is this the school funding plan we have been looking for? Finally, yes by Peter Goss

Cause of the Week: Oxfam's East Africa Appeal

 

Jul 11, 2017

Jeff Sparrow is a writer, broadcaster and activist. He's a former member of the International Socialist Organisation and was one of the founding members of the Socialist Alternative. 

I've been wanting to talk to Jeff for a long time and really appreciate this chance to ask him about radical politics, Marxism, class, oppression, the widespread rejection of centrism and the matter of taking one's politics "seriously". 

Come see Like I'm A Six-Year-Old LIVE in Sydney with Tanya Plibersek and Caroline Marcus TONIGHT!

Problematic is coming to Edinburgh Fringe 2017

Chapo Trap House podcast

@jeff_sparrow

Jeff's writing for Guardian Australia

Profile in The Saturday Paper

Article: Raising Melbourne's Red Flag

How Paul Robeson found political voice in Welsh Valleys 

No Way But This: In Search of Paul Robeson by Jeff Sparrow

Political Theory: Marxism from The School of Life

Cause of the Week: Triple R (rrr.org.au)

 

Jul 4, 2017

This week I'm bringing some highlights from a panel I chaired last week for Amnesty International Australia entitled Defending Human Rights In A Time Of Heightened Populism

The panel included refugee rights advocates Andre Dao and Aran Mylvaganam, Indigenous lawyer Meena Singh and businesswoman and social activist Hana AssafiriClaire Mallinson, the National Director of Amnesty Australia, was also on the panel, but unfortunately due to audio issues I haven't been able to include her here. 

I thought this was a really enlightening discussion on the way that populist politics affects our conception of human rights and plays into public debate. We reflected on what does and doesn't work for human rights advocacy in the face of populism, the death of facts and reason, persuasive storytelling and the impact of the Murdoch media on this conversation. 

Please bear with the audio: I guarantee you it's worth it. 

Come see Like I'm A Six-Year-Old LIVE in Sydney with Tanya Plibersek and Caroline Marcus on Wednesday July 12th

Problematic is coming to Edinburgh Fringe 2017

My appearance on The Bugle podcast with Tiff Stevenson

@amnestyOz

Cause of the Week: Amnesty International Australia (amnesty.org.au)

 

Jun 27, 2017

Samantha Ratnam is a social worker and Greens politician who's currently serving as the Deputy Mayor of Moreland City Council. She's previously served as Mayor in Moreland and in 2016 ran as the Greens candidate for the federal seat of Wills, losing out to Labor MP Peter Khalil.

This is a great insight into local politics and why Sam's passionate about it, particularly its ability to inspire change by example. We also cover the situation in Sri Lanka and how that's informed Sam's attitude towards conflict and multiculturalism, how Australia's approach to race feels like it's going backwards and the future of the Australian Greens.  

Come see Like I'm A Six-Year-Old LIVE in Sydney with Tanya Plibersek and Caroline Marcus on Wednesday July 12th

Problematic is coming to Edinburgh Fringe 2017

Check out Filthy Rich & Homeless on SBS 

@samantharatnam

Samantha's Greens profile

Article: The Mental Trauma We're Inflicting On Asylum Seekers Is Entirely Preventable by Samantha Ratnam

Article: Taking A Stand, a profile on Samantha 

Article: Meet the Mayor of Moreland

Article: Greens candidate pulls out of anti-racism protest over violence fears

Cause of the Week: The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (asrc.org.au), plasticbagfreevictoria.org 

 

Jun 20, 2017

Julian Burnside AO QC is a barrister and refugee advocate who has acted in some of the highest profile legal cases in Australian history, from the cash for comment inquiry to the waterfront dispute to the Tampa affair.

For the past 16 years Julian has tirelessly spoken out about Australia's cruel immigration policies and has acted pro bono for refugees and people seeking asylum. He received the 2014 Sydney Peace Prize for "his brave and principled advocacy for human rights and for those wronged by government [and] for insisting that we respect our international legal obligations toward those seeking asylum".

I got to go to Julian's (freaking amazing) house and talk to him at length about the state of refugee rights in Australia today, why he's never run for office himself, how the MUA case changed the way he looked at governments, the arts, justice and evil.  

Comedy For Good - A Benefit for Refugee Legal is happening tomorrow night in Melbourne

Come see Like I'm A Six-Year-Old LIVE in Sydney with Tanya Plibersek and Caroline Marcus on Wednesday July 12th

Problematic is coming to Edinburgh Fringe 2017

It's Refugee Week! refugeeweek.org.au

refugeeswelcome.org.au

@JulianBurnside

julianburnside.com.au

Cathy Wilcox's Not Drowning

Julian's TedX Talk: What is fair and what is just?

Julian's speech upon receiving the Sydney Peace Prize

Article: True Leaders - Julian Burnside, barrister and refugee advocate 

Julian's writing for Guardian Australia

Julian's piece for The Conversation: What sort of country are we?

Article: How you can offer your home to a refugee

Cause of the Week: The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (asrc.org.au)

 

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