Info

Like I'm A Six-Year-Old

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.
RSS Feed
Like I'm A Six-Year-Old
2020
February
January


2019
December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February


2017
December
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January


2016
December
November
October
September
July
June
May
April
March
February
January


2015
December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January


All Episodes
Archives
Now displaying: 2020
Feb 25, 2020

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. 

I’m doing LIASYO live at the 2020 Melbourne Comedy Festival with special guest ANDREW FREAKING DENTON. Tickets are on sale now!

I’m bringing my show ENOUGH to the 2020 Adelaide Fringe NEXT WEEK, tickets on sale now

My new show GRANDILOQUENT is coming to the 2020 Brisbane Comedy Festival and the 2020 Melbourne International Comedy Festival

GRANDILOQUENT is coming to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August, it’s on sale now 

Join the LIASYO Facebook group here please and thank you

If you’ve got the means please support this show by becoming a Patron

@_Oliver_Yates

oliveryates.com

Oliver's podcast Tip of the Iceberg

ARTICLE: Coal Coal Coal and soaring emissions - as a Liberal, I have had enough by Oliver Yates

ARTICLE: Josh Frydenberg, Gladys Liu keep seats after court challenge over election signs

ARTICLE: Former Liberal party state director won't be referred to high court over Chinese election signs 

ARTICLE: The problem with taking politics out of climate change by Jeff Sparrow

Cause of the Week: Fauna & Flora International (fauna-flora.org)

Feb 4, 2020

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. 

I’m doing LIASYO live at the 2020 Melbourne Comedy Festival with special guest ANDREW FREAKING DENTON. Tickets are on sale now!

I’m performing at Laugh Out Proud at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras on Thursday February 27th

I’m bringing my show ENOUGH to the 2020 Adelaide Fringe in March, tickets on sale now

My new show GRANDILOQUENT is coming to the 2020 Brisbane Comedy Festival and the 2020 Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Join the LIASYO Facebook group here please and thank you

If you’ve got the means please support this show by becoming a Patron

Jessie Whyte's The Morals of the Market on Verso Books

The Far Left in Australia since 1945, edited by Jon Piccini, Evan Smith & Matthew Worley

How Labour Built Neoliberalism: Australia's Accord, the Labour Movement and the Neoliberal Project by Elizabeth Humphreys

ARTICLE: Old left, new left and Australia in the 'long 1968' by Jon Piccini & Evan Smith

ARTICLE: A White Working Man's Country by Jon Piccini

ARTICLE: We need a political vision by Alison Pennington

ARTICLE: Australia Needs a Green New Deal, Not More Centrism by Jon Piccini, Jeremy Poxon & Tash Neenan

ARTICLE: Australia Needs a Green New Deal by Adam Bandt

Cause of the Week: Save Deebing Creek Association (on Facebook here)

Jan 28, 2020

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. 

I'm doing LIASYO live at the 2020 Melbourne Comedy Festival with special guest ANDREW FREAKING DENTON. Tickets are on sale now!

This Saturday I'm performing at the Midsumma Extravaganza at the Hamer Hall

I'm performing at Laugh Out Proud at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras on Thursday February 27th

I’m bringing my show ENOUGH to the 2020 Adelaide Fringe in March, tickets on sale now

My new show GRANDILOQUENT is coming to the 2020 Brisbane Comedy Festival and the 2020 Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Join the LIASYO Facebook group here please and thank you

If you’ve got the means please support this show by becoming a Patron

@lidia__thorpe

ARTICLE: Without A Treaty, Australia Day Will Always Be Invasion Day by Lidia Thorpe

ARTICLE: Victoria has chosen spin over substance in its Indigenous treaty whitewash by Lidia Thorpe

ARTICLE: Black power in White Australia: An Interview with Gary Foley by Sian Vate

An ABC explainer on the Victorian treaty process

An explainer on the Uluru Statement from the Heart

The Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation's statement on the treaty process, "Trick or Treaty?" 

Pay the Rent: a Buzzfeed video 

Cause of the Week: Pay The Rent (paytherent.net.au

Jan 21, 2020

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. 

Join the Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance's Invasion Day Rallies this Sunday

I’m bringing my show ENOUGH to the 2020 Adelaide Fringe in March, tickets on sale now

My new show GRANDILOQUENT is coming to the 2020 Brisbane Comedy Festival and the 2020 Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Join the LIASYO Facebook group here please and thank you

If you’ve got the means please support this show by becoming a Patron

@DrCraigEmerson

craigemersoneconomics.com

ARTICLE: Tribalism is blighting Australia by Craig Emerson

ARTICLE: The Australian Labor Party's Official Election Review Learns All The Wrong Lessons by James Clark

Craig singing "Whyalla Wipeout". Just for old times' sake. 

Cause of the Week: WIRES (wires.org.au

Jan 14, 2020

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. 

I’m bringing my show ENOUGH to the 2020 Adelaide Fringe in March, tickets on sale now

My new show GRANDILOQUENT is coming to the 2020 Brisbane Comedy Festival and the 2020 Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Join the LIASYO Facebook group here please and thank you

If you’ve got the means please support this show by becoming a Patron

@NoLuckLopez

Daniel's writing for Jacobin magazine

Daniel's book Lukács: Praxis and the Absolute

ARTICLE: AOC's Green New Deal is the socialist solution the world needs by Daniel Lopez

victoriansocialists.org.au

Cause of the Week: The Melbourne School of Continental Philosophy (mscp.org.au)

1