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.
Cause of the Week: Fauna & Flora International (fauna-flora.org)
Greg Jericho is a Walkley Award-winning economics writer for Guardian Australia. He lectures in journalism at the University of Canberra and tweets at @GrogsGamut.
Here I ask Greg about his political worldview, his thoughts on economics and GM closing Holden in Australia his time in the public service (and the state of the service now), and how the media's obsession with "balance" is completely failing us when it comes to covering climate change.
Cause of the Week: The Outer Sanctum Podcast (outersanctum.com.au)
This is a CROSS POD, BABY: an extract of my appearance on the podcast Red Flag Radio in which I discuss revolutionary socialism with Roz Ward, Liam Ward and Sarah Garnham. We chat about what Bernie Sanders' campaign represents, the failings of electoralism, a vision for a socialist society and vacuum cleaners.
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Cause of the Week: The Refugee Council of Australia's Operation Not Forgotten
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.
Cause of the Week: Save Deebing Creek Association (on Facebook here)
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.
Cause of the Week: Pay The Rent (paytherent.net.au)
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.
Cause of the Week: WIRES (wires.org.au)
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.
Cause of the Week: The Melbourne School of Continental Philosophy (mscp.org.au)
Happy 2020, everyone. Here we bloody go.
Here's me answering some of your questions about political movies, Morrison, bushfires, fatigue, Cats and Murdoch. Thanks to the folks who submitted questions and thanks (as ever) to you for listening to the show.