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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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Mar 21, 2017

Writer, feminist, sociologist, social commentator, activist and postage stamp honouree Eva Cox AO is a remarkable person. A Jewish refugee child, Eva has always been something of an outsider, agitating for change and asking tough questions her entire life.

In this wide-ranging, educational discussion, Eva sums up the philosophy of neoliberalism and argues the case for social capital. We discuss feminism, Islam, the shortcomings of the same-sex marriage movement, identity politics and the Universal Basic Income. I was inspired and educated by this chat; I hope you like it as much as I did. 

Problematic is on at the Brisbane Comedy Festival this week

It's also heading to Melbourne & Sydney

Boundless Plains To Share is on this weekend in Brisbane

It's coming to Melbourne for 1 show only

Stand Up For Mehdi at MICF 2017

My piece on the abolition of QLD's "gay panic" law

@evacox

evacox.com.au

Bring on the feminist revolution! by Eva on medium.com

Eva's Wisdom of the Ages piece for The Guardian: Dare To Be Difficult 

Article: It's time to harness angry feminist energy and inject it into welfare policy

A profile on Eva in The Saturday Paper

Eva on The Conversation

Cause of the Week: FIND CAUSES AND IDEAS THAT ARE OPTIMISTIC OR THINK THEM UP YOURSELF

 

Mar 14, 2017

Fin Taylor is a British comedian who's making some fascinating politically-charged work at the moment. I saw his show Whitey McWhite Face at the Edinburgh Fringe last year and it lit a fire under my butt. He made me laugh and think and feel uncomfortable, and that's all good stuff. 

Here we discuss his disillusionment with the Left, his journey to progressive centrism, class, Corbyn, Blair, Clegg, Islamism, white white white privilege/invisibility and political correctness. 

Problematic is coming to Hobart for ONE NIGHT ONLY on Wednesday March 15th

It's also heading to Brisbane, Melbourne & Sydney

Boundless Plains To Share is coming to Brisbane (2 shows only) and Melbourne (1 show only)

Stand Up For Mehdi at MICF 2017

Monday night's episode of Q&A

@fintaylorcomedy

fintaylor.com

Article: The Left Are The Right's Best Friends by Nick Cohen 

The Sydney Morning Herald's profile on The Iraq Dossier

Cause of the Week: The Euston Manifesto (eustonmanifesto.org)

 

Mar 7, 2017

Kate Ellis has been the Federal member for the seat of Adelaide since 2004. She was the youngest person ever appointed as a minister in the Australian government, holding a number of portfolios. She's currently the Shadow Minister for both Early Childhood Education and Development and for TAFE and Vocational Education.

This is a frank, funny and insightful discussion about Kate's career, the state of politics in this country right now and the changes she's seen over her 13 years in the job. We talk about everything from Islamophobia and dealing with Neo-Nazis to how Tony Abbott changed the dynamics of politics to the disappointments of the Labor leadership turmoil years. Kate reflects on the purpose of factions, the fracturing of the right side of politics and tells an extraordinary story about the bizarre issue that prompted the most vehement feedback she's ever received as a sitting member. 

PLUS Kate helpfully sets out how she thinks we should talk about debt, early childcare and Labor's approach to offshore detention of people seeking asylum.

Problematic is coming to Hobart for ONE NIGHT ONLY on Wednesday March 15th

It's also heading to Brisbane, Melbourne & Sydney

Boundless Plains To Share is coming to Brisbane (2 shows only) and Melbourne (1 show only)

Stand Up For Mehdi at MICF 2017

Huffington Post long read on "Gay Loneliness"

@KateEllisMP

kateellis.com.au

A 2008 profile on Kate - Her father's daughter

Article: Tony Abbott takes aim at Turnbull and lays out conservative manifesto

Cause of the Week: The Zahra Foundation (zahrafoundation.org.au)

 

Feb 28, 2017

Senator Skye Kakoschke-Moore was elected as part of the Nick Xenophon Team in the 2016 election.

Now that she's 7 months in, she reflects on the job in all its glory and its frustrations. Skye talks about what it means to be in the "sensible centre", why she moved from political staffer to candidate, working with the likes of Cory Bernardi and Pauline Hanson, gambling reform, her views on offshore detention and the government's proposed visa lifetime ban for people seeking asylum and she even gives some tips about the best way to get your Senator's attention. 

Problematic is coming to Hobart for ONE NIGHT ONLY on Wednesday March 15th

It's also heading to Brisbane, Melbourne & Sydney

Boundless Plains To Share is coming to Brisbane (2 shows only) and Melbourne (1 show only)

Please support Refugee Legal's campaign against the new arbitrary deadline for asylum claim applications by donating here

Guardian long piece on Rachel Dolezal

@SenatorSkye

nxt.org.au

news.com.au article on Skye

Skye's First Speech to Parliament

Cause of the Week: The Carly Ryan Foundation (carlyryanfoundation.com)

 

Feb 14, 2017

Comedian and Daily Show correspondent Ronny Chieng is back in Australia at the moment and gave me some of his time to talk about a whole many things. We covered offence, racism, interviewing white supremacists, freedom of speech, outrage, satire in the age of Trump and his conservative upbringing and disposition.

Oh, and my Nazi haircut. Apparently.

Apologies for the slightly not great audio quality on this one. Persevere, please: it's worth it. It's Ronny Chieng, for God's sake.

Stand Up For Mehdi at MICF 2017

Problematic is coming to Adelaide, Hobart, Brisbane, Melbourne & Sydney

Boundless Plains To Share is coming to Adelaide, Brisbane & Melbourne

@ronnychieng

The Daily Show on Comedy Central

Ronny dismantles Fox News' stupidly racist "Chinatown" report

Make America Hate Again - Ronny's undecided voters piece

Cause of the Week: The CNN Freedom Project (cnn.com/freedom

 

Feb 8, 2017

Let's talk about a little thing called democracy.

MiVote is a new political movement that launches next week and it's all about direct democracy. It's an online platform and political party that enables its members to directly influence their elected representatives: representatives that will be committed to enacting the people's (informed) will.

Founder Adam Jacoby kindly gave me a lot of time to talk through the idea and answer my annoying questions. He sets out just how fucked the system currently is and why he believes this might just work.

Problematic is coming to Adelaide, Hobart, Brisbane, Melbourne & Sydney

Boundless Plains To Share is coming to Adelaide, Brisbane & Melbourne

Stan Australia announces One Night Stan

Article: More Than Cory Bernardi: Why Right Wing Politics Is Fracturing In Australia by Matthew Knott

@adamajacoby

Article: Our democratic operating systems aren't working: here's how to upgrade them by Jon Barnes

Article: Mob rule: Iceland crowdsources its next constitution 

Fast Company story: Can direct democracy be revived through new voting apps? 

DemocracySquared.io

Cause of the Week: MiVote.org.au

 

Feb 7, 2017

Charlie Wood is the Campaigns Director at 350.org, an international climate action organisation that are fighting for a future that’s free from fossil fuels.

Here she describes where climate politics is at in these troubling times, how divestment is changing the game, climate scepticism, just how much the fossil fuel industry influences our politics, fear-mongering, how she manages to maintain hope. Charlie explains why Trump might actually be a good thing for the movement and whether or not, actually, for real, we (the human race) are fucked.

Problematic is coming to Adelaide, Hobart, Brisbane, Melbourne & Sydney

Boundless Plains To Share is coming to Adelaide, Brisbane & Melbourne

RISE Refugee's #BlockTheBill campaign

#BlockTheBill Snap Rally this Saturday in Melbourne

@350Australia

350 Australia on Facebook

gofossilfree.org.au

Cause of the Week: 350.org

 

Jan 24, 2017

Playwright, Black Comedy writer, tweeter and Aboriginal not-activist Nakkiah Lui joins me for a chat ahead of that ugly date, January 26th. Nakkiah reveals how she and her family mark Invasion Day and we discuss the merits of even having a national day at all.

We also touch on ideological diversity within Indigenous Australia, the "personal responsibility" narrative, deconstructing whiteness, the myth of multiculturalism, Bill Leak and the new TV series we're now going to pitch all over town, Blackfulla Mirror.

Reconciliation Comedy Gala at at the Malthouse Theatre on Invasion Day

Invasion Day Melbourne Event on Facebook

My Work in Progress show starts at Perth Fringeworld next week

Article: Why are we fighting Islamaphobia at the expense of Indigenous Australians? by Sara Saleh  

@nakkiahlui

Nakkiah on The Osher Günsberg Podcast

Article: It's not racism that Australia needs to get rid of - it's the privilege of whiteness

Article: As an Aboriginal teen I thought about killing myself every day

Article: Australia Day is a time for mourning not celebration 

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 

Black Is The New White coming to Sydney Theatre Company

An Octoroon coming to Queensland Theatre Company

Cause of the Week: Butucarbin Aboriginal Corporation (butucarbin.org.au)

 

Jan 17, 2017

Lara Jeffery is the director of MyChoice Australia and describes herself as a right-wing libertarian. She's all about pushing back against the "nanny state", reducing the size of government and letting the free market do what it does. 

Here we discuss how she came to this worldview and how that plays out in relation to education, healthcare, social justice, housing, smoking, the environment and more. We also cover the legacy of Ayn Rand, claiming the moral ground and Uber.

Boundless Plains To Share is coming to Perth Fringeworld for 2 shows only!

I'm bringing a Work In Progress to Fringeworld from Tuesday January 31st

I'm also touring to Adelaide Fringe, Brisbane Comedy Festival & the Melbourne Comedy Festival

@larajeffery

mychoice.org.au

taxpayers.org.au

Australian Taxpayers' Alliance forum: Women In Politics

Cause of the Week: Students For Liberty Australia & New Zealand (studentsforliberty.org/anz)

 

Jan 10, 2017

Happy 2017 everyone! 

Sally Goldner is the Executive Director of Transgender Victoria, the treasurer of the Bisexual Alliance Victoria and the first ever trans woman to be included on the Victorian Women's Honour Roll. 

Here she kindly shares her personal journey from the "soulless life" she lived for 30 years to the defiant person she is today. She lays out the challenges facing gender diverse folk, including the discrimination that often comes from within the queer community itself, outlines her thoughts on everything from identity politics to Cate McGregor and argues for the queer rights movement to take a more assertive and uncompromising approach to those who oppose us.  
 
Boundless Plains To Share is at the Belvoir Theatre THIS WEEKEND, 4 shows only
 
...and is coming to Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane & Melbourne, on sale now
 
My new stand up show Problematic is coming to Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane & Melbourne, on sale now
 
My piece for Fairfax: A brand new Dutton-worthy citizenship test, with extra values
 
@salgoldsaidso
 
Article: Sally Goldner lands top award for her dedication to transgender advocacy
 
Article: A ten point guide to not offending transgender people
 
Cause of the Week: Transgender Victoria (transgendervictoria.com), 3CR (3cr.org.au), Bisexual Alliance Victoria (bi-alliance.org)

 

Dec 6, 2016

The Greens MP for Melbourne Adam Bandt joined me for the first ever live instalment of LIASYO.

Recorded in Collingwood on Sunday afternoon at the Easy Street Concert Hall in Collingwood, Melbourne, this discussion examines how Adam, the only Greens MP ever elected to the House of Representatives, is feeling at the end of what has been, largely, a shitty year for progressive causes. 

An eternal optimist, Adam picks apart Turnbull's legacy, parliament's effectiveness, Trumpism, neoliberalism, the future of the Greens and how progressives can get better at winning. He even manages to find some good news in all of this. 

AND he tells a great story about getting a voicemail from Tony Abbott. AND he tells us what he admires about Christopher Pyne.

This will be the final ep for the year, I'm going to have a break and cry more and drink beer and get sunburnt and think more about the revolution. Never fear: the show shall return in 2017. Thanks for everything, y'all.  

My 2017 stand up show Problematic is coming to Perth, Adelaide, Hobart, Brisbane, Melbourne & Sydney

Boundless Plains To Share is coming to Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane & Melbourne

Article: Why First Contact was a ratings opportunity for SBS and a bonanza for bigots by Celeste Liddle

Article: When Indigenous Australia becomes entertainment, everybody loses by Jack Latimore

@adambandt

adambandt.com

Article: People Ask Us Why We Protested In Parliament For Refugees. We Ask, Why Didn't You? by Mara Bonacci, Sam Castro, Kat Moore & Kerry Woodward

Article: Greens in radical new drug legalisation push by Adam Gartrell

Article: Without some serious soul-searching, the Greens will never move beyond the 10% plateau by Osman Faruqi

Cause of the Week: Sea Shepherd Australia (seashepherd.org.au)

 

Nov 30, 2016

Nayuka Gorrie returns to unpack Episode 2 of First Contact with me. It's bloody tough going as the episode looks at overcrowded housing and poverty in the NT town of Elliott and survivors of the Stolen Generation. 

What does the airing of this show actually mean for Indigenous Australians? Why do some react to the stories of the Stolen Generation with blatant denialism? How can non-Indigenous people (try to) be better allies?

The World Keeps Happening is being filmed for Stan at the Comedy Theatre this Saturday December 3rd

Watch Episode 2 on SBS On Demand here

"It Throws Black People Under The Bus": Black Reactions to First Contact by Nayuka & Paul Gorrie

First Contact: Poverty Porn And Trauma TV, With Bonus Celebrities by Amy McQuire

First Contact interview: Ray Martin

StolenGenerationsTestimonies.com

A story on Richard Campbell's beautiful art is here

Cause of the Week: Indigenous Literacy Foundation (indigenousliteracyfoundation.org.au)

 

Nov 29, 2016

Episode 1 of First Contact has arrived. 

The kind Nayuka Gorrie joined me for a viewing of the show and to share her thoughts. We discuss #DefineAboriginal, the difficulty in making a show like this and the issues and attitudes it exposes. 

Watch Episode 1 on SBS On Demand here

Read my piece for Guardian Australia on the show here

Hear my previous episode with Nayuka here

@nayukagorrie

Check out some discussion of the show from Indigenous voices on the NITV website here

 

Nov 22, 2016

Jamila Rizvi is a writer, commentator, former Labor staffer and political junkie. She was raised in Canberra by her immigrant public service parents, joined the Labor Party at 18 and has worked for the Rudd and Gillard governments. 

In this frank and funny chat, Jamila reflects on her political pragmatism, the "Labor tragedy" that was the Rudd/Gillard/Rudd years and what her passionate exchange with Steve Price on The Project revealed to her about trolls, debate and PC. 
 
The World Keeps Happening is being filmed for Stan at the Comedy Theatre on Saturday December 3rd
 
First Contact series 2 starts Tuesday November 29th on SBS 
 
jamilarizvi.com.au
 
@jamilarizvi
 
Jamila's writing on Mamamia
 
Jamila's writing on news.com.au
 
change.org petition: Call for The Project to apologise to Steve Price live on air
 
A message to Steve Price and his supporters: grow up and get over it by Clementine Ford 
 
Cause of the Week: CARE Australia (care.org.au)
 
Nov 16, 2016

On the dancefloor at Mardi Gras this year, I met Tim Rosenberger. He is a gay, conservative, Republican law grad from Ohio. And he has supported Donald Trump's candidacy for President of the United States. That candidacy was successful. And now we're here. 

Here I have a lengthy chat with Tim via Skype about why he thinks Trump and Pence will be good for LGBTIQ+ Americans, racial politics, "pussy-gate", the electoral college, Clinton, climate change PC, identity politics and much more. I listened. It was hard and frustrating. But useful. I hope. #MAGA

The World Keeps Happening is being filmed for Stan at the Comedy Theatre on Saturday December 3rd

Boundless Plains To Share at Belvoir Theatre in January 2017

Boundless Plains to Share at Adelaide Fringe in February 2017

@TimJRJR

@twinksfortrump

Article: Aftermath - 16 writers on Trump's America in The New Yorker

Article: Trump warms to Electoral College, 4 Years After Calling it a "Disaster For Democracy"

Article: Reports of anti-LGBTQ extremists tapped for major roles on President-Elect Trump's transition

Article: Trump's Muslim register database - an explainer on Vox

Article: The Democrats are screwing up the resistance to Donald Trump by Jamelle Bouie

Article: Bursting the Facebook bubble - we asked voters on the left and right to swap feeds

Article: Virginia's governor restores voting rights for 13,000 felons

Article: China will soon trump America: the country is now the global leader in climate change reform 

Article: Trump in the White House - an interview with Noam Chomsky

Cause of the Week: Safe Schools Coalition (safeschoolscoalition.org.au), Log Cabin Republicans (logcabin.org)

 

Nov 10, 2016

It happened. Donald J. Trump is going to be the next President of the United States. 

I am very sad. 

I don't know about you, but I want to help. I want to make things better. 

Support queer rights by donating to allout.org

Support refugees by donating to UNHCR Australia

Support the fight against climate change by donating to 350.org 

Support gender equality by donating to Emily's List Australia

Slate's Trumpcast

The Republic Repeals Itself by Andrew Sullivan

It was the rise of the Davos class that sealed America's fate by Naomi Klein

Democrats, Trump, and the Ongoing, Dangerous Refusal to Learn the Lesson of Brexit by Glenn Greenwald

The Terrorists Have Won - Keith Olbermann

The US has elected its most dangerous leader. We all have plenty to fear by Jonathan Freedland

Stephen Colbert tries to make sense of all this

 

Nov 8, 2016

Nur Warsame is Australia's first openly gay imam. 

Yep. 

He's an incredible man with a fascinating story that I think is really important to hear. If you're like me and want to call out and stand up against any religious bigotry towards queer people BUT you also don't want to pile on to the current shitstorm of Islamophobia that's swirling around this country at the moment, there's a lot to be learnt here from Nur. Here we discuss his journey to coming out publicly, what that decision has cost him, how he reconciles his faith with his sexuality and how we can have better conversations about critiquing Islam and certain oppressive cultural attitudes. 

The World Keeps Happening is being filmed for Stan at the Comedy Theatre on Saturday December 3rd

Boundless Plains To Share at Belvoir Theatre in January 2017

Boundless Plains to Share at Adelaide Fringe in February 2017

Meet Australia's First Openly Gay Imam on SBS's The Feed

Article: Nur Warsame: Australia's First Openly Gay Imam

Article: The secret mosques opening their doors to LGBTI Muslims 

Nur on SBS's Insight: How Do People Make High Stakes Decisions? 

Fields of Blood: Religion & The History of Violence by Karen Armstrong

Article: New national snapshot finds 60% of Australians would be concerned if a relative married a Muslim 

Article: Half of all British Muslims think homosexuality should be illegal, poll finds

Cause of the Week: Marhaba (@marhaba_Melb)

 

Nov 1, 2016

Activist, writer, engineer, motoring enthusiast and outspoken young Muslim woman of colour Yassmin Abdel-Magied is kicking arse on multiple levels right now and I felt very lucky indeed to have this opportunity to chat with her.

Earlier this year, Yassmin sparked a large controversy in the literary world when she walked out on author Lionel Shriver's speech on cultural appropriation at the Brisbane Writers Festival. Here she reflects on that experience and further explores her thoughts on why an awareness of what cultural appropriation is and how it works is important. 

Last week's guest Gay Alcorn had a different take on this subject; you can listen back to that episode here

The World Keeps Happening is being filmed for Stan at the Comedy Theatre on Saturday December 3rd

Boundless Plains To Share at Belvoir Theatre in January 2017

The Greens' petition against the lifetime visa ban for people seeking asylum

Welcome to Eltham's video 

@yassmin_a

Why does my headscarf mean to you? Yassmin's TED talk

Lionel Shriver's speech in full: I hope the concept of cultural appropriation is a passing fad

I walked out of the Brisbane Writers Festival keynote address this is why by Yassmin Abdel-Magied

We need to talk about cultural appropriation: why Lionel Shriver's speech touched a nerve by Stephanie Convery

What happened in Brisbane by Suki Kim 

Identity politics doesn't deserve Lionel Shriver's contempt, but it can be limiting by Nesrine Malik

Will the Left survive the Millenials? by Lionel Shriver

A call for difficult conversations not censorship by Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Why the shaming of Lionel Shriver leads to a literary ghetto by Anson Cameron

Confronting Lionel Shriver by Maxine Beneba Clarke

White Fragility: why it's so hard to talk to white people about racism by Dr. Robin DiAngelo

White Nonsense Round Up on Facebook

Cause of the Week: Mumtaza (mumtaza.agency

 

Oct 25, 2016

Gay Alcorn has been a journalist for over 25 years. She's been a Washington correspondent, edited The Sunday Age, won three Walkley Awards and is now the Melbourne editor for Guardian Australia.

I wanted to talk with Gay about a whole many things (we began by talking about this week's 4Corners report on the refugee children of Nauru and the roles and biases of journalism), but the bulk of our chat became focussed on the notion of "political correctness": the nature of our public discourse, section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, identity politics and cultural appropriation.

Gay describes herself as a progressive person but is a staunch advocate of the freedom of speech and has concerns about the way we go about talking with each other. Is it now longer possible for us to "reasonably disagree"? 

This piece by Gay on PC is the basic starting point for our chat, I'd recommend reading that first before listening here. We also got on to Lionel Shriver's speech at the Brisbane Writer's Festival and the ensuing furore; this will also be the focus of next week's episode with Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Boundless Plains To Share at Belvoir Theatre in January 2017

The World Keeps Happening is being filmed for Stan at the Comedy Theatre on Saturday December 3rd; details on comedy.com.au

@gay_alcorn

Gay's writing at Guardian Australia

The Media's Moment of Truth by Frank Bruni 

Hunt For The Radical Centre: Confronting Welfare Dependency by Noel Pearson 

The Pacific Solution's brutal fact: we need it by Jonathan Holmes

Those fighting offshore detention don't need all the answers by me 

Section 18C Explainer: What is it, and why do some politicians want it changed? by Luke McNamara

We need to talk about cultural appropriation: why Lionel Shriver's speech touched a nerve by Stephanie Convery

Cause of the Week: Guardian Australia (theguardian.com/au), Oxfam Australia (oxfam.org.au)

 

Oct 18, 2016

TIME TO MEET ANOTHER HERO, EVERYONE! Shen Narayanasamy is the Human Rights Campaign Director at GetUp!. She's an outspoken activist for refugee and migrant rights who is seriously shaking shit up at the moment and she was nice enough to explain to me why (and how) she's doing it. 

From her Di Gribble address on "The Great Immigration Con" to taking on the private companies that are complicit in human rights abuses through the operation of offshore detention centres to the task of defeating the philosophy behind the "detention regime" in its totality, I reckon this is a really illuminating and (mildly) hopeful discussion. 

Boundless Plains To Share at the Belvoir Theatre, January 2017

Walk Together 2016 is happening THIS SATURDAY October 22nd

Trailer for Netflix's 13th

@GetUp

ABC's Q&A: Australia's Sovereign Borders

Article: Burning The Stakeholders by Chloe Hooper

Article: Lunch with lawyer and asylum seeker advocate Shen Narayanasamy

Article: A solution to our refugee crisis by Robert Manne, Tim Costello, Frank Brennan & John Menadue

GetUp!'s #BringThemHere campaign

Pathways to Protection: A human rights-based approach to the flight of asylum seekers by sea by the Australian Human Rights Commission

Cause of the Week: No Business In Abuse (nobusinessinabuse.org)

 

Oct 11, 2016

He used to co-host Australian Idol but this year James Mathison ran against former prime minister Tony Abbott for the federal seat of Waringah as an independent.

In this chat James explains why he decided to run, his frustrations with the current political deadlock in Australia, the limitations of election campaigns and his predictions of a new progressive movement on the horizon.

Plus he shamelessly advertises Coke.   

Boundless Plains To Share at the Belvoir Theatre, January 2017

Comedy 4 Karma in Daylesford, Saturday October 15th

I'll be appearing in season 2 of SBS's First Contact in November

Walk Together 2016 is happening on Saturday October 22nd

#OurBrothersOurSisters on raisely.com

Me on Guardian's Token podcast

Me on Brendon Burns' Dumb White Guy podcast, Part 1 // Part 2

@jamesmathison

jamesmathison.com.au

This week's episode of Q&A

Article: CEOs bank on bonuses as average Australian worker left to flounder  

Article: We're two-faced about 'wasting' money on welfare

Article: James Mathison wants to create a new progressive political movement to target the far right

Article: Thoughts on Junket 2016

Article: Leaked UNHCR report - Manus Island's world's worst  

Cause of the Week: Barnados (barnados.org.au)

 

Oct 4, 2016

22-year-old student Brendan Busch is angry and frustrated about Australian racism and denial, particularly in relation to First Nations peoples.

He's spoken out against Andrew Bolt receiving a platform at the 2016 Festival of Dangerous Ideas and garnered some media attention last month when he offered to give away his Falls Festival ticket to anyone who could prove they had convinced radio station triple j to change the date of their massive annual song countdown, the Hottest 100, from "Australia Day" on January 26th.

Here Brendan (eloquently) explains his thinking and the ideas behind the #changethedate movement, reacts to the subsequent response from triple j and the public and discusses the murky distinctions between the expression of "challenging views" and hate speech, holding our public institutions to account and how we balance the importance of calling out racism with the goal of actually changing people's minds. 

Boundless Plains To Share at the Belvoir Theatre, January 2017

Comedy 4 Karma in Daylesford, Saturday October 15th

Brendan's letter in Independent Australia: An Open Letter to Creators of the Festival of Dangerous Ideas 

Footage of Andrew Bolt's session at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas

Article: triple j Hottest 100 Man Starts Competition to Change The Date

Article: Briggs Reckons triple j Should Change The Hottest 100 Date 

triple j statement: triple j's Hottest 100 is staying on January 26...for now. And here's why.  

January 26th by A.B. Original on YouTube

Hack Live: Aussie Patriots

change.org petition: triple j, change the date of the Hottest 100 

Article: White Fragility: Why It's So Hard To Talk To White People About Racism 

@JusticeForDhu

Cause of the Week: Clinton's Walk For Justice (clintonswalkforjustice.org), on StartSomeGood, on FB

 

Sep 27, 2016

Comedian Josie Long makes me feel better about the world. She is a ball of delightful, charming and passionate energy whose comedy is hilarious and socially conscious and life-affirming.

In this chat, recorded backstage at the lovely Soho Theatre, Josie and I chat about how she became more politically active, the trickiness of “helping” in the right way, the UK Labour leadership, austerity, art, privilege and voting for what you believe in.

Plus a few Kurt Vonnegut quotes for good measure.

Boundless Plains To Share at the Belvoir Theatre, January 2017

The Little Dum Dum Club LIVE in Adelaide

@josielong

josielong.com

Hope In The Dark by Rebecca Solnit

Hack Live: Aussie Patriots

Cause of the Week: Arts Emergency (arts-emergency.org)

 

Sep 21, 2016

Backstage at the Soho Theatre I got to sit down with journalist Johann Hari to discuss how the media corrupts our public debate, Australian television and his powerful book, Chasing the Scream: The First & Last Days of the Drug War

What is addiction? Why is the drug war still continuing? What is it costing us? Is there a better way?   

Article: Half of all Australians want to ban Muslim immigration, says poll

Boundless Plains To Share at the Belvoir Theatre, January 2017

Andrew Denton's podcast series for the Wheeler Centre, Better Off Dead

bethebill.com

@johannhari101

chasingthescream.com

Johann's TED Talk: Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong 

In A Nutshell: Addiction

A Small Book About Drugs by Lisa Pryor

Cause of the Week: Unharm (unharm.org)

 

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