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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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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

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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

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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 

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I was on the latest episode of The Bugle 

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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?

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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

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Sam’s podcast Sam, Mike & Thommo 

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

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