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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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Jun 24, 2021

Luke McGregor is a beloved Australian comedian who co-stars in the ABC series Rosehaven alongside Celia Pacquola and presents "Lukenomics" on The Weekly. He's also my very nice friend and one time we got KFC together. 

A month on from his appearance on Q&A alongside (now Nationals leader) Barnaby Fucking Joyce, Luke talks to me about the frustrations of public debate, why studying economics stopped him being a Liberal voter, and the ins and outs of Modern Monetary Theory (MMT). 

I'm doing Dry July please help me/cancer research 

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My book I, Millennial: One Snowflake’s Screed Against Plague, Boomers, Billionaires & Everything Else will be published in December

WE ARE ALL IN THIS will be at the Brisbane Comedy Festival in August

There’s an encore Sydney show of WE ARE ALL IN THIS on August 20th

My two shows and special filming at Chapel Off Chapel have been rescheduled to August 27th & 28th

@LukeWMcGregor

Luke's Facebook page 

Luke's appearance on Q&A

Lukenomics explainer on MMT

Free online event: MMT and the Media: Taking Charge of the Narrative with Luke & Bill Mitchell 

Daily Mail article on Luke's appearance on Q&A

Cause of the Week: Brightside Farm Sanctuary (brightside.org.au

Jun 17, 2021

Josh Callinan is the Secretary of the Retail And Fast Food Workers' Union (RAFFWU); a young fighting union which represents thousands of overwhelmingly younger Australian workers in highly casualised and insecure industries. 

RAFFWU was set up in opposition to the right-wing "yellow" union the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association (the SDA), aka Christian Porter's favourite union. In this conversation Josh explains just how bad the SDA has been for workers, the scourge of casualisation and how RAFFWU is organising for a better deal and a better future. 

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This Sunday is World Refugee Day! Please help out the ASRC if you can

My book I, Millennial: One Snowflake's Screed Against Plague, Boomers, Billionaires & Everything Else will be published in December

WE ARE ALL IN THIS will be at the Brisbane Comedy Festival in August

There’s an encore Sydney show of WE ARE ALL IN THIS on August 20th

My two shows at Chapel Off Chapel have been rescheduled to August 27th & 28th

@JoshCullinan

raffwu.org.au

RAFFWU's "SDA Facts"

ARTICLE: Precarious workers held out to dry by Josh Cullinan

ARTICLE: Australia's Youngest Union Is Organising Retail and Fast-Food Workers (in Jacobin)

ARTICLE: Shopped Out by Ben Schneiders & Royce Millar

Cause of the Week: RAFFWU! Join them yourself or spread the word (raffwu.org.au)

 

Jun 6, 2021

Tim Hollo is a former staffer for the Australian Greens, is the Greens candidate for the federal seat of Canberra and works as the Executive Director of the official Greens think tank, The Greens Institute.

He's currently working on a book laying out his theory of "ecological politics"; a a self-organising democracy grounded in the natural world and connection. Tim wants a politics seeks to go beyond the neoliberal capitalist status quo, rejects the far-right's "solutions" and avoids what he considers to be the limits of socialism. We discuss the details of Tim's theory, as well as his reflections on the Greens' strategy around Kevin Rudd's CPRS, how fossil fuel companies killing off the possibilities of climate action, decentralising power and why consensus decision making isn't centrism.

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My two shows at Chapel Off Chapel have been rescheduled to August 27th & 28th

@timhollo

greeninstitute.org.au

Tim's writing at The Guardian

OPINION PIECE: The End Of The World As We Know It by Tim Hollo

OPINION PIECE: Tim Hollo on an ecological democracy where "everything is connected" and embedded in nature 

Cause of the Week: IndigenousX (indigenousx.com.au)

May 24, 2021

Emma Dawson is an ALP member and a former adviser to the Rudd and Gillard governments on public broadcasting policy. These days she’s the Executive Director of the think tank Per Capita, “an independent, progressive think tank, dedicated to fighting inequality in Australia”.

After very kindly providing me with a nice lunch, Emma explains where her politics come from, the Labor Party's neoliberal legacy, the role of markets in society and her passion for social democracy. She lays out the policy complexities with the #80ADay JobSeeker campaign and the tensions between idealistic, activist politics and brutal electoral math. 

(Note: at one point I think Emma accidentally said Linda Reynolds when she was referring to Linda Burney.) 

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I’m taping a comedy special across two shows at Chapel Off Chapel next week feat. my best jokes of the past three years

You can see my show WE ARE ALL IN THIS at the Newcastle Comedy Festival this weekend

WE ARE ALL IN THIS will be at the Brisbane Comedy Festival in August

@DawsonEJ

percapita.org.au

ARTICLE: Unemployment doesn't just happen to "other people". It can happen to you by Emma Dawson

ARTICLE: Centrist Joe is precisely the president America needs by Emma Dawson

ARTICLE: Income support 'not the only lever': Labor's plan to tackle disadvantage

The 2021 Per Capita Tax Survey

What Happens Next? edited by Emma Dawson & Janet McCalman

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

May 17, 2021

Jonathan Biggins is a legendary Australian satirist, actor and writer, who is currently performing his one-man show The Gospel According To Paul - a theatrical biography of the reforming Labor Treasurer and Prime Minister, Paul Keating. 

I asked Jonathan about his thoughts on Keating's complicated legacy - the good and the bad - and how his (often arrogant, but politically effective) leadership contrasts with the shit we have today. We discuss "economic rationalism", the waging of culture wars and identity politics and Jonathan's grave concern about the effect that social media technology is having on our society.. 

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I'm taping a comedy special across two shows at Chapel Off Chapel in early June, feat. my best jokes of the past three years

You can see my show WE ARE ALL IN THIS at the Newcastle Comedy Festival in May 

WE ARE ALL IN THIS will be at the Brisbane Comedy Festival in August

jonathanbiggins.com.au

The Gospel According To Paul by Jonathan Biggins is on at the Arts Centre in Melbourne until May 23rd 

It then tours to Bendigo and Brisbane

ARTICLE: Scott Morrison wants a big, simply country. With Labor dumbstruck and blindsided, he's getting one by Guy Rundle

Cause of the Week: The Actor's Benevolent Fund (actorsbenevolentfund.org.au)

 

May 1, 2021

Richie Merzian is the Director of the Climate & Energy Program at The Australia Institute

With Australia embarrassing itself on the global stage when it comes to setting actual reduction targets that might actually do something, this was a great chance to check in with where the climate debate is at. Richie lays out just how lacking our commitments are, what they should be and what other countries are doing, as well giving me the rundown on electric vehicles, carbon accounting tricks, just transition models, fossil fuel subsidies and the (relatively straightforward) path to addressing this existential crisis.   

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My 2021 show WE ARE ALL IN THIS is on at the Melbourne Comedy Festival NOW – just 6 shows left!

My new show WE ARE ALL IN THIS is coming to Sydney for two nights only in May

Or you can see WE ARE ALL IN THIS at the Newcastle Comedy Festival on May 

I was on the latest episode of the Confessions of the Idiots podcast and it was great fun

Support Shane Bazzi's legal fund because he's being sued by Peter Dutton 

This was a great article on my friend Naser Moradi, a brilliant artist who has been in Australian immigration detention for more than six years

@RichieMerzian

australiainstitute.org

Hot Mess - Richie's summary of Morrison's performance at Biden's climate summit

The US is charging ahead on climate action, so where the bloody hell is Australia? by Richie Merzian

ARTICLE: Labor backs coal beyond 2050

RESEARCH: Australian fossil fuel subsidies hit $10.3 billion in 2020/21 

Cause of the Week: The Juice Media (thejuicemedia.com

Apr 13, 2021

Hello! Sorry for the radio silence - I have been busy being too hot for TV and annoying Andrew Bolt. Apologies. 

This week's ep is a slice of a conversation I had with socialist councillor Stephen Jolly and Leftist intellectuals (and previous LIASYO guests) Alison PenningtonJeff Sparrow and Guy Rundle for Stephen's new podcast, Melbourne Calling

We had a wide-ranging chat about the state of the Australian Left in the wake of COVID, the sexual assault crisis in Canberra, workers' power and ideology. 

You can watch the full chat here.

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My 2021 show WE ARE ALL IN THIS is on at the Melbourne Comedy Festival NOW - just 6 shows left!

WE ARE ALL IN THIS is coming to Sydney for two nights only in May

Please watch my lip sync tribute to Greta Thunberg at the Melbourne Comedy Festival. We put a lot of work into it lol 

@StephenJolly99

@ak_pennington

@Jeff_Sparrow

MelbourneCalling.com.au

The Melbourne Calling YouTube page

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

 

Mar 31, 2021

Samantha Maiden is an award-winning journalist who's currently the political editor at news.com.au. In February, she broke the story of Brittany Higgins' alleged rape in Parliament House in 2019, which has since sent shockwaves through Canberra and the Australian political class. 

I wanted to ask Sam about what's really been going on over the past couple of months: what we're witness, what it means and why it's different to the #MeToo moment from a couple of years ago. She reflects on Higgins' bravery, people wanking on desks and the Morrison government's attempt to respond to the ongoing crisis.    

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My 2021 show WE ARE ALL IN THIS is on at the Melbourne Comedy Festival NOW!

WE ARE ALL IN THIS is coming to Sydney for two nights only in May

@SamanthaMaiden

Samantha's writing at news.com.au

ARTICLE: Liberal Party staffer Brittany Higgins says she was raped at Parliament House 

ARTICLE: A new power has risen in Australian politics - and it's not coming quietly by Annabel Crabb 

ARTICLE: PM caught in crusade of women journos by Aaron Patrick

Cause of the Week: Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia (rape-dvservices.org.au)

 

Mar 14, 2021

David Milner is an award-winning journalist who now regularly writes for The Shot - a "profound and profane" news site from The Chaser that is consistently pumping out sharp, angry rants about the state of Australian politics and the sinister influence of the Murdoch media. 

This was a great conversation about how The Shot was born in the fires of Melbourne's 2020 lockdown, what David learned from his time as a video journalist, just how toxic Newscorp is, how we could reject it, the ALP's lack of a fight and why right now is "a depressing time for people who give a shit about things". 

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My 2021 show is called WE ARE ALL IN THIS – it’s on sale now at the Melbourne and Sydney Comedy Festivals

@DaveMilbo

theshot.net.au

Dave's pieces at The Shot

The Shot Store

ARTICLE: How to eat the rich while social distancing

ARTICLE: When Murdoch’s tabloid failed Liverpool the people kicked it out of town for good. What’s stopping Melbourne?

80aday.org

Cause of the Week: March 4 Justice (march4justice.com.au)

Mar 9, 2021

Ricardo Menéndez March was elected to the Parliament of Aotearoa in 2020. He was born in Mexico, immigrated to New Zealand and eventually became a socialist, queer activist and anti-poverty campaigner.   

Ricardo tells me about the motto he lives by ("Be gay. Do crime"), the neoliberal legacy of the NZ Labour Party, the gap between the Ardern government's rhetoric of kindness and the reality on the ground, and the Green movement's challenge to remain authentic and grassroots-driven, while still being productive and professional to make things better for ordinary people. 

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My 2021 show is called WE ARE ALL IN THIS – it’s on sale now at the Melbourne and Sydney Comedy Festivals

@RMarchNZ

Ricardo's profile on the Greens Party website

greens.org.nz

Ricardo's maiden speech

Documentary: Someone Else's Country

Cause of the Week: Auckland Action Against Poverty (aaap.org.nz

Mar 1, 2021

Jordon Steele-John is a disability and youth activist and has been a Greens senator for Western Australia since 2017, when he replaced Scott Ludlam in the Senate at just 23 years old.

Here I ask Jordon about how parliament actually works and how it feels to be inside it as a Millennial Green. He explains why he's in parliament, his disappointment in the ALP, what being a socialist means to him, empowering young people, the fight for "ecological democracy" and the good and bad of the NDIS and the ongoing Royal Commission into the abuse and neglect of people with disabilities. 

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

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

@JordonSteele

jordon-steele-john.greensmps.org.au

ARTICLE: 'Aussie Squad' may be Labor's worst nightmare by Janet Albrechtsen

ARTICLE: Tim Hollo on "ecological democracy" for The Green Institute

ARTICLE: "We are sexual beings": why disability advocates want the NDIS to cover sexual services

ARTICLE: Stuart Robert condemned for plan to deny people with disability access to sex worker services

Cause of the Week: People With Disabilities Australia (pwd.org.au)

 

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

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@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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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

@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

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

@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

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

@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 

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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

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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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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)

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