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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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Feb 14, 2021

Dr. Evan Smith is a historian and academic who's extensively researched the history of the Far Left in Australia and the UK. Last year he released his book No Platforming: A History of Anti-Fascism, Universities and the Limits of Free Speech.

I reached out to Evan last month after the whackiness of the storming of the US Capitol and Trump's removal from Twitter. We only managed to find some time recently for a chat, but this is clearly still a relevant conversation (as Trump is formally acquitted by the Senate in his impeachment trial). Evan lays out the history of "no platform" as a political tactic, the moral and political arguments surrounding it, the grey areas and its potential limits as a strategy for the Left. 

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My 2021 show is called WE ARE ALL IN THIS – it’s on sale now at the Adelaide Fringe

I’m joining the (awesome) line up for Tommy Little’s Big Comedy Show @ the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in March

@evanishistory

Evan's blog, New Historical Express

You can support Evan's work on Patreon

My interview with Douglas Murray on Tonightly

ARTICLE: We're obsessed with 'no platforming' but aren't resisting the return of harder censorship by Jeff Sparrow

ARTICLE: Evan reviews Jeff Sparrow's Fascists Among Us

Cause of the Week: The Australian Unemployed Workers' Union (unemployedworkersunion.com

Feb 7, 2021

Luke Savage is a Canadian socialist and staff writer for Jacobin magazine whose work has appeared in The Guardian, The Atlantic and The New Statesman

I've always really enjoyed Luke's writing about US politics and political economy and was stoked that he joined me from Toronto to chat about Canada, the neoliberalism of Trudeau and the politics of Jimmy Kimmel's horrific "Goodbye Trump" animation video. I asked Luke about what the Obama years might tell us about the un-radical promise of a Biden presidency, the failure and limits of liberalism, why bipartisanship sucks and what might become of the Big Cheeto President now. 

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@LukeWSavage

Luke's podcast Michael and Us on Patreon

Democratic Socialists of America

Luke's writing at Jacobin magazine

ARTICLE: Liberalism in Theory and Practice

ARTICLE: In 2009, Pundits Predicted a New Progressive Era. It Never Came. 

ARTICLE: Joe Biden Wants to Make Health Care "Secure For All." He Should Just Make it Free.

Jimmy Kimmel's Goodbye Trump video

Cause of the Week: The Workers' Action Centre Toronto (workersactioncentre.org)

Jan 31, 2021

Doug Cameron is a former AMWU trade unionist who served as a Labor senator from 2008 to 2019. He's now retired to Hobart, but still regularly tweets out exactly what he thinks about Australian politics and the state of the ALP. 

After a week of leadership speculation, a shadow cabinet reshuffle and a lot of chatter about how progressive people should just shut up and vote Labor no matter what, I found it refreshing to talk to an old-school class warrior like Doug who articulates bold, socialist politics. We talked about his experience as a socialist working in the trade union movement and the ALP, why the party should grow a spine, the Corbyn moment and why he thinks joining the Greens is the "easy way out". 

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My 2021 show is called WE ARE ALL IN THIS – it’s on sale now at the Adelaide Fringe

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@DougCameron51

Footage of Doug Cameron's valedictory speech 

Transcript of the speech

ARTICLE: Doug Cameron was right all along by Bernard Keane

Floodcast's episode on the state of Albo and the ALP, Damp Warm Lettuce

Cause of the Week: Everybody's Home Campaign (everybodyshome.com.au)

Jan 24, 2021

Luke Pearson is a Gamilaroi man who in 2012 founded IndigenousX: a 100% Indigenous owned and operated, independent media, consultancy, and training organisation. 

As January 26th approaches, I wanted to ask Luke about what he makes of the Australia Day culture warring, his critique of the #changethedate campaign, our national amnesia when it comes to our history and why we need to #changethenation instead. He explains the nature of the ongoing occupation of this country, what political action might bring about material change for First Nations people and why the idea of changing the national holiday is like a gym membership. 

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My 2021 show is called WE ARE ALL IN THIS – it’s on sale now at the Adelaide Fringe

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@LukeLPearson

@IndigenousX

ARTICLE: Why we need to change the date of Australia Day

ARTICLE: Maybe we shouldn't change the date of Australia Day after all 

ARTICLE: Why I no longer support #changethedate

ARTICLE: Why we need to #ChangeTheNation (by Shiralee Lawson)

ARTICLE: Why I was gutted when Australia applauded the anthem change 

ARTICLE: We are One Nation? 

ARTICLE: Remembering 1938 'Day of Mourning' declaration

ARTICLE: 'We hereby make protest' - a history of 1938

Andrew Jakubowicz's research on "Harmony Day"

CAUSE OF THE WEEK: indigenousx.com.au

 

Jan 18, 2021

Oh hello. Happy New Year. 

Amy MacMahon is the new Greens member for the Queensland state seat of South Brisbane after unseating Labor's Jackie Trad at the 2020 election.

Amy tells me how her politics were informed by her experiences in Bangladesh and her mum's stroke of a few years ago. We discuss what running on a socialist platform looks like in Australia today, that stupid "Mean Girls" tweet scandal, what the ALP has become and how the Greens can reach out to the labour movement, as well as the Greens' priorities for Queensland in the year ahead. 

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My 2021 show is called WE ARE ALL IN THIS - it's on sale now at the Adelaide Fringe

I'm joining the (awesome) line up for Tommy Little's Big Comedy Show @ the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in March

@amymacsouthbris

amymacmahon.com

greens.org.au/qld

ARTICLE: How a 'Mean Girls' Quote Became a Stupid QLD Election Scandal 

Amy's response to the "Means Girls" quote nonsense

Young Greens' panel: Should the Greens embrace socialism?

ARTICLE: Thousands sign petition to investigate historic Aboriginal land sale (Deebing Creek) 

Cause of the Week: Mums 4 Refugees (mums4refugees.org)

 

Dec 21, 2020

It's the final ep for 2020! Thank heavens, etc. 

JR Hennessy is a Sydney-based writer whose work has appeared in The Guardian, The Monthly and The Outline. He's the current editor for Business Insider Australia and he is smart and funny.

I wanted to take to James about his thoughts on the wonders of 2020 and what (if anything) we can take from it. We discuss it all: people who consider politicians and health experts their friends, winning fights on the computer, "experts", OnlyFans, "dropshipping", logging off, whether the Millennial socialism moment is over and finding some hope for the Left in a post-COVID world.

Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays/It's Over, everyone.

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I'm performing at the Corner Hotel tonight (Tuesday) alongside Dilruk Jayasinha and Lehmo

I’m coming to Brunswick Heads for a bunch of shows with Sam Taunton & Nikki Britton in January

@jrhennessy

JR's substack

jrhennessy.com

businessinsider.com.au

JR's writing at The Outline

JR's writing at The Monthly 

ARTICLE: Who the hell cares what old people think about climate change?

ARTICLE: World will be the same but worse after banal virus says Houellebecq

Cause of the Week: Foodbank (foodbank.org.au)

Dec 14, 2020

Simon Copland is a PhD candidate in Sociology at the Australian National University (ANU) who is currently studying the online "manosphere" on Reddit. He's written for the BBC, The Guardian, Fairfax and News Corp. and he co-hosted the Queers podcast with Benjamin Riley.

Here Simon lays out what the "manosphere" is and why it exists. We discuss incel violence, male alienation, Jordan Peterson, the material conditions that leads to this stuff and the challenges of trying to understand it. Scrubbing the internet clean of these ideas clearly isn't working and neither is joking about killing all men; so what's the alternative? 

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I was on the "What's Left?" podcast with Aimee Terese & Oliver Bateman

I’m coming to Brunswick Heads for a bunch of shows with Sam Taunton & Nikki Britton in January

@SimonCopland

simoncopland.com

queerspodcast.com

ARTICLE: What are we talking about when we talk about a crisis in masculinity? by Simon Copland

Simon's review of the politics of Joker

Cause of the Week: MensLine Australia (mensline.org.au)

Dec 7, 2020

Ed Miller is the Economic Fairness Campaigns Director at the progressive activist group GetUp!.

I wanted to chat to Ed about where GetUp! is at these days; the attacks being made on it by the Murdoch media, its recent wins and failures and its more explicitly anti-capitalist campaigning that I've been noticing recently. We discuss the way GetUp! works, why conservatives hate it, the power of its members and why Australian politics' obsession with "debt and deficits" has limited our political imagination.

We also had a (quick) crack at discussing Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) and why it matters.

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I'm performing at Melbourne's excellent Comedy Republic this Thursday and Friday

I'm coming to Brunswick Heads for a bunch of shows with Sam Taunton & Nikki Britton in January

My 100th episode with GetUp! director Paul Oosting from 2017

@EMHMiller

getup.org.au

The Australian editorial: Every dollar you donate to GetUp! is a waste of money

ARTICLE: GetUp!'s MMT push in Australia "fraught with danger"

ARTICLE: Captain GetUp: conservative group's satirical superhero debuts to ridicule 

A piece from MMT economists on inflation in the FT

A video explainer on the basics of MMT

Luke McGregor explains MMT

Ed's interview with MMT economist Stephanie Kelton for GetUp!'s Future to Fight For podcast 

Cause of the Week: Seed Indigenous Youth Climate Network (seedmob.org.au)

Nov 22, 2020

Jess Scully is the Deputy Lord Mayor of Sydney as part of "Team Clover". This year she released her debut book Glimpses of Utopia: Real Ideas for a Fairer World, which draws on her own experience and actual examples from all over the world on how people are doing politics, democracy, work and environmental action differently.

Jess is a delightful, passionate and optimistic person who inspired me to shake out of my current cynical, black pill-ed view of the world (as Jess says, under neoliberalism, "We have internalised the impossibility of change"). We discussed why it's worth thinking about utopia and how we can get there, citizens' juries, workers' co-ops, the financialised economy and how the alternative ways of organising society are already playing out in the world right now.

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I’m hosting Refugee Legal’s “Not The Annual Dinner” online event this Thursday November 26th, 7pm, feat. a keynote address by Behrooz Boochani. Book tickets here. 

@Jessaroo

jessscully.com

teamclover.com.au

Glimpses Of Utopia: Real ideas for a Fairer World by Jess Scully is out now through Pantera Press

The New Democracy Foundation

Cause of the Week: The Asylum Seekers Centre's "Open The Door To Hope" Appeal

 

Nov 16, 2020

This week's ep is my conversation with a group of young climate leaders as part of a panel organised by the Foundation for Young AustraliansYouth Action NSW and the team behind the Youth On Strike! documentary.

It was a fierce and inspiring chat about about where young people's call for climate action goes to from here in a post-COVID Australia and touched on activism, First Nations justice and youth representation. It was a pleasure to moderate; I hope you enjoy listening to it. 

The panel featured: 

  • William from the Youth on Strike! docco and SEED Mob
  • Leila, an organiser with School Strike 4 Climate
  • Tish from SEED Mob
  • Gauri from Outburst!
  • Ishara from Climate Reality
  • Timothy from Pacific Climate Warriors

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I'm hosting Refugee Legal's "Not The Annual Dinner" online event on Thursday November 26th, 7pm, feat. a keynote address by Behrooz Boochani. Book tickets here. 

Watch the Youth On Strike! documentary 

The Foundation for Young Australians 

Youth Action NSW

Seed Mob

Outburst!

Climate Reality

Pacific Climate Warriors

Nov 8, 2020

Richard Cooke is a brilliant writer and commentator who's written for the likes of The ChaserThe Monthly, The New York Times and The New Republic. His 2019 collection of essays Tired of Winning: A Chronicle of American Decline painted a picture of "Trump country" and the factors at play in US politics over the past four years. 

Richard kindly came back on the pod to reflect on the results of the 2020 presidential election: what a Biden/Harris victory means, just how bad the Trump presidency has/hasn't been, whether Bernie Would Have Won, the spectre of "wokism" (ergh), BIPARTISANSHIP and what this whole whacky episode might tell us about the state of the Australian Left. 

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It's NAIDOC Week!

I’m hosting a conversation with young climate activists in partnership with the Foundation of Young Australians and you can join for FREE 

The Greens had a huge number of wins in the Victorian Local Council elections, including the first ever Greens government in my local City of Yarra. Join The Greens today (if you like)! 

@rgcooke

richardcooke.com

Richard's writing on LongForm

Tired of Winning: A Chronicle of American Decline by Richard Cooke

ARTICLE: The Disappearing Man by Richard Cooke

ARTICLE: Anthony Albanese on Rudd, News Corp, Trump and why he won't name a JobSeeker rate by Josh Butler

Cause of the Week: Swing Left (swingleft.org)

 

Oct 29, 2020

Osmond Chiu is a researcher with the progressive think tank Per Capita and editor of the Labor Left magazine Challenge. A couple of weeks ago, as he was giving evidence to a senate inquiry into issues facing diaspora communities, Osmond was asked by Liberal Senator Eric Abetz to "unequivocally condemn" the Chinese Communist Party. It was very weird and bad and Abetz has since refused to apologise and only doubled down.

Here I ask Osmond about why that incident was so demeaning, why it matters and how we might consider Australia's relationship with China in a serious, critical but definitely not-racist way.

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I'm hosting a conversation with young climate activists in partnership with the Foundation of Young Australians and you can join for FREE 

My conversation with Max Chandler-Mather has been written up for Jacobin magazine

I am very sad about what's happened to Jeremy Corbyn and I know it's complicated but please watch this video by the son of a Holocaust survivor that lays out how cynical the anti-Semitism charge is 

@redrabbleroz

osmondchiu.com.au

ARTICLE: Locking Out The Left: The Emergence of National Factions in Australian Labor

ARTICLE: I was born in Australia. Why do I need to renounce the Chinese Communist Party? 

ARTICLE: Abetz's questioning tests our democracy

You can sign Getup!'s petition supporting Oz here

ARTICLE: Seeing red: Labor's China problem

Cause of the Week: Union Aid Abroad (apheda.org.au)

Oct 22, 2020

IT'S A CROSS-POD, PEOPLE.

My dear friend Greg Larsen has a new podcast about the dogshit state of things in Australia right now. It is good and funny and I think you'll enjoy it. 

Greg interviewed me for his first episode and we covered it all: does the Left need to get better at falling in line? Is hating Murdoch more important than getting infuriated by the ALP? Why are the Greens wankers? To vote or not vote? Are YouTube comedians good? 

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@GregMLarsen

Listen & subscribe to Greg's Big Aussie Revolution on iTunes

Episode 131 with Greg

Adam Bandt's address at the National Press Club and declaration of the Greens' War on Privatisation 

Cause of the Week: Anti-Poverty Week (antipovertyweek.org.au)

Oct 12, 2020

Dave Eden is a Brisbane-based communist writer and podcaster who authors the blogs With Sober Senses and The Word From Struggle Street. He costs the anti-capitalist podcast Living The Dream with Jon Piccini. 

In this conversation Dave explains what he means by the term "communism" and gives a fascinating anti-capitalist take on the Budget. We also discuss his piece for Jacobin on why the current calls for a return to Keynesianism and full employment won't work. 

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@withsobersenses

withsobersenses.wordpress.com

The Living The Dream podcast

ARTICLE: In Australia, Keynesianism Is Back In Fashion - but It Still Won't Work by Dave Eden

Cause of the Week: Sisters Inside's Fund For Children

 

Oct 5, 2020

Joe Hildebrand is a journalist, broadcaster and columnist for news.com.au. He's a former co-host of Studio 10 and currently presents on 2GB and co-hosts the US politics podcast, I'm Usually More Professional. 

In this wide-ranging chat, Joe and I discuss the first presidential debate and have it out over Joe's fondness for "radical centrism". Joe explains why he thinks "all governments are basically the same" and why he's worried about Labor being beholden to the "extreme Left".

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@Joe_Hildebrand

The I'm Usually More Professional podcast with Joe, Alice Workman & Sam Dastyari

ARTICLE: There is only one way Labor can save itself by Joe Hildebrand

Cause of the Week: St Vincent de Paul Society (vinnies.org.au)

Sep 21, 2020

Kristin O'Connell is the Acting Communications Coordinator for the Australian Unemployed Workers Union.

With more than a million Australians unemployed in this time of recession (and depression maybe?), the AUWU has been coordinating a Mutual Obligations Strike and campaigning against the cruel reduction in the JobSeeker payment. Kristin shares her story with me and explains why unemployed workers are workers (and why the AUWU is definitely a union) and just how fucked up and privatised Australia's unemployment "industry" is.

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Strike for Climate this Friday! Yeah! 

@kristin8X

ARTICLE: Australian Unemployed Workers Union calls for strike against ‘pointless and punitive’ job agencies

ARTICLE: Australia's jobless to face mutual obligation rule despite few job vacancies

ARTICLE: ‘It's a heartless decision’: Morrison government reintroduces welfare mutual obligations

ARTICLE: New Disability Support Pension recipients down by almost 60,000 due to Gillard-led crackdown

My episode with the AUWU's Jeremy Poxon

Cause of the Week: The Australian Unemployed Workers' Union (unemployedworkersunion.com

Sep 13, 2020

Emma Alberici is a three-time Walkley-nominated journalist. She's the former Chief Economics Correspondent at the ABC and she worked as a foreign correspondent and the host of Lateline. She recently finished up at the ABC after 18 years; in September 2021 she'll release her memoir through Hardie Grant, Rewriting The Story

In this conversation, Emma shares her thoughts on gender pay equality, unionism and the state of the economy. We reflect on her ABC career and the controversy surrounding the articles she wrote in 2018 about the Liberal government's policy to cut the company tax: how and why she wrote it, the (small) errors that were made, why the crux of it still stands up and why it matters.

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@albericie

ARTICLE: Emma Alberici and ABC finalise details of their long and messy divorce 

ARTICLE: Replacing all of our unpaid work would cost the Victorian economy $205 billion, report finds by Emma Alberici

ARTICLE: Why many big companies don't pay corporate tax by Emma Alberici

ARTICLE: There's more to jobs and growth than a corporate tax cut by Emma Alberici

ARTICLE: Innovation is still the key to jobs and growth by Emma Alberici 

The ABC's statement about complaints made regarding Emma's articles

The ATO's Corporate Tax Transparency website

ARTICLE: 7 charts showing Trump's tax cuts still haven't been the economic rocket fuel 'rocket fuel' he promised, 2 years after the fact (Business Insider)

ARTICLE: Qantas boss accuses ABC of anti-business bias over Emma Alberici tax stories (Guardian Australia)

Cause of the Week: Camp Quality (campquality.org.au)

 

Sep 9, 2020

"Aysha" (not her real name) is a Kashmiri activist who advocates for the rights of those suffering under the Indo-Pakistan-Chinese conflict in her home country. 

I've previously known very little about the situation in Kashmir and was grateful to Aysha for giving me a crash-course history lesson on the conflict and the 2019 escalation of tensions by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. We discussed the nature of India's occupation, the possibilities of democracy in the region, the effects of COVID-19 and what others can do. 

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I'm hosting a trivia night to raise money for the Yarra City Greens Local Election campaign. Come along! 

Kashmir: Explained by Vox Media (good summary of the history of the conflict) 

Human Rights Watch articles on Kashmir

Amnesty International Australia articles on Kashmir

ARTICLE: Kashmir crisis: India's latest steps expose deep fault lines in Australia's Indian and Pakistani communities 

ARTICLE: Leave Kashmir dispute out of UN, Australia urges

ARTICLE: Does Australia have the courage to challenge India's defiance over Kashmir? by Lee Rhiannon

ARTICLE: Faulty tests, poor contact tracing: COVID-19 fight in Kashmir myriad stumbling blocks 

Cause of the Week: Stand With Kashmir Australia (standwithkashmir.org.au)

Aug 25, 2020

Guy Rundle is a political essayist, comedy writer, activist and the correspondent-at-large for Crikey. He's a former editor of Arena Magazine. 

Guy's been writing about the strangeness and politics of COVID-19. Here I ask him about what a collective virus means for certain political ideologies, what it means to be a "post-Marxist" and what he made of the Democratic National Convention and the possibilities of a Biden presidency.  

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Guy's writing at Crikey

ARTICLE: How our lockdown reality became stranger than fiction by Guy Rundle 

Cause of the Week: Free Dr. Kylie Moore-Gilbert (change.org)

 

Aug 19, 2020

This week's ep is a conversation I had with journalist and author Melissa Davey about her brilliant new book, The Case of George Pell

The book was launched on Tuesday night and Mel kindly asked me to discuss its details and what the story and trials of Pell mean for us now. 

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@MelissaLDavey

The Case Of George Pell: Reckoning With Child Sex Abuse By Clergy by Melissa Davey 

Cause of the Week: Broken Rites Australia (brokenrites.org.au)

Aug 10, 2020

It's episode 200! Hurrah. 

Dominic Kelly is a political historian and Honorary Research Fellow at La Trobe University. His 2019 book Political Troglodytes and Economic Lunatics: The Hard Right in Australia examines the activities and influence of four Australian right-wing single-issue advocacy groups: the H.R. Nicholls Society (focussed on industrial relations), the Samuel Griffiths Society (constitutional issues and federalism), the Bennelong Society (Indigenous issues) and the Lavoisier Group (climate change). All four groups were created and steered by three central figures: mining executive Hugh Morgan, his speechwriter Ray Evans and former public servant John Stone. It's a fascinating and (blackly) amusing history. 

Here Dominic lays out just how far these four societies have pulled Australia to the right over the past thirty years, what the Left can learn from them and what it shows us about the role that mining interests play in Australian politics. 

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I was recently on another episode of The Little Dum Dum Club alongside the very funny Nick Capper

Join me online in conversation with Melissa Davey discussing her book The Case of George Pell on Tuesday August 18th

@dominickelly_

Buy Political Troglodytes and Economic Lunatics on Black Inc. Books

Cause of the Week: Australian Unemployed Workers' Union (unemployedworkersunion.com)

Aug 3, 2020

Max Chandler-Mather is a former union activist and active member of the Queensland Greens. He was the party's candidate for the seat of Griffith in last year's election, where he increased the Greens vote by 7.2%, the biggest Greens swing in the country. 

I find the more explicitly Leftist approach taken by Max and the Queensland Party really exciting because they're pushing good, anti-neoliberal polices and, more importantly, it's really working for them. Here I ask Max to explain how a democratic socialist like him is making this happen and why it's been successful. We talk about renters' rights, building the foundations of a mass party, door-knocking, selling "common sense and popular" ideas and the perennial Greens/ALP conflict. 

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I was on Twink Revolution again with the one and only Aimee Terese to chat about what the "Left" is

Join me online in conversation with Melissa Davey discussing her book The Case of George Pell on Tuesday August 18th

@MChandlerMather

maxforgriffith.com

Max's Facebook page

ARTICLE: The Right to the City by David Harvey 

The Queensland Greens policies for the state election announced thus far

How Labour Built Neoliberalism by Elizabeth Humphrys 

Max's writing at Flood Media

Max's writing at Overland Journal 

My episode with Emerald Moon 

Cause of the Week: The Queensland Greens (greens.org.au/qld)

Jul 26, 2020

Alison Pennington is a Senior Economist at The Australia Institute's Centre for Future Work. She has a Masters of Political Economy from the University of Sydney and she rules.

After a week of changes to the JobKeeper and JobSeeker payments, the government's "mini-budget" announcement, a torrent of shitty "deficit politics" and some ominous talk about industrial relations reform, Alison talks to me about the state of play for Australian workers right now. We discuss the possibilities of reimagining the entire welfare system in this country right now, why debt doesn't matter, why working from home might really suck for workers' rights and what the future of the trade union movement might look like.

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Join me online in conversation with Melissa Davey discussing her book The Case of George Pell on Tuesday August 18th

@ak_pennington

The Australia Institute's Centre for Future Work

The Follow the Money podcast

Alison's report for the CfFW: Collective Bargaining “Reform”: What Does Business Want? And What Would Actually Fix the System?

ARTICLE: In the Middle of a Pandemic, the Australian State is Pummelling Workers  by Alison Pennington

ARTICLE: Woolworths to cut 1,350 jobs and admits it owes at least $90m more to underpaid workers

ARTICLE: JobSeeker cut to push 370,000 into poverty, including 80,000 children by The Australia Institute

ARTICLE: Jobless opt for dole as business struggle to find workers despite unemployment surge ($) 

Cause of the Week: Living Incomes For Everyone Australia (LIFE) (facebook.com/LifeAustralia, on YouTube)

 

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