Jeremy Poxon is a social security activist and the media officer for the Australian Unemployed Workers Union. His spicy twitter account regularly draws attention to the plight of unemployed and underemployed people in Australia, from those living on Newstart to people on Work for the Dole to folks just trying to survive in the gig economy.
Here Jeremy explains exactly how organising unemployed workers in a union works, why capitalism is antithetical to the idea of (actual) full employment, why Labor's centrism SUCKS BUTT, what's involved in a jobs guarantee and what an Australian Green New Deal might look like.
Cause of the Week: The Unemployed Workers Union (unemployedworkersunion.com)
Something a little bit different for you this week: highlights from a live performance of A Rational Fear at Queensland's inaugural Climate Week.
There were jokes and songs and facts about the impending climate crisis, featuring myself, Dan Ilic, Melinda Buttle, Steph Tisdell, Lewis Hobba, Prof. Hilary Bambrick and Bridie Connell & Wyatt Nixon-Lloyd. Enjoy.
Jonathan Green is a veteran journalist and broadcaster who presents at the ABC and edits the literary magazine Meanjin.
He's been working as a journo since the late 70s so I thought he'd be a good person to reflect on how the political media is serving us in 2019 (hint: it's not). We talk about exactly why Jonathan thinks politics is "bollocks", the corrosive influence of the Murdoch media empire and whether there's anything to do about it, the smallness of the "Lucky Country" and the challenges ahead for progressive politics.
Cause of the Week: The Smith Family's Sponsor-A-Child Program (thesmithfamily.com.au)