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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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Now displaying: April, 2019
Apr 30, 2019

My childhood friend Alex Dyson is a very nice and very funny man who I got to host the triple j breakfast show with for four years. 

Now, somewhat insanely, he is running as an independent candidate in our home seat of Wannon in south-west Victoria. It's a seat that's been held by the Liberals for 64 years and is currently held by Minister for Education Dan Tehan by a margin of 10%. 

We drank a lot of wine, watched the godawful Leaders' Debate and had a long and fun and slightly-tipsy chat about his politics, why he thinks it's worth running in a safe seat, political ideology and Lupe Fiasco. We laughed, we reminisced, we respectfully disagreed, we danced. Enjoy!  

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ENOUGH is coming to Sydney Comedy Festival for 4 shows only next week

ENOUGH is coming to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August

@alexdyson

Alex's very good instagram

ARTICLE: Legit Political Candidate Alex "Sesh Gremlin" Dyson Revealed Why He's Running 

PM Julia Gillard Addresses the End of the World

Cause of the Week: Dangerous Females (dangerousfemales.com.au

Apr 24, 2019

Kath Larkin is a unionist and socialist activist. She’s the Victorian Socialists candidate for the seat of Cooper (formerly Batman) in the 2019 federal election, running against Labor’s Ged Kearney.

In this conversation Kath told me about asking Jordan Peterson a question on Q&A (that he didn’t like), her history of union organising, why she’s running in Cooper (and whether she’s going to win), her vision of a socialist future in Australia and she maintains hope in the idea of achieving radical change.

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

ENOUGH is coming to Sydney Comedy Festival for 4 shows only 

ENOUGH is coming to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August

@vic_socialists

Kath Larkin's Victorian Socialists candidate page

Kath Larkin's campaign on Facebook 

Kath's writing for Red Flag

Kath's episode of Q&A 

Cause of the Week: Victorian Socialists (victoriansocialists.org.au

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!!!

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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)

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