Oliver Yates is the former CEO of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation. Last year he quit the Liberal Party and ran as an independent candidate for the seat of Kooyong in the 2019 federal election.
Oliver invited me into his house to chat about how his Tory/Liberal MP dad influenced his politics, his experience working at the CEFC, why he left the Liberals, his thoughts on capitalism's role in the climate crisis and why his passion for integrity in politics has fuelled his court challenge over Liberal Party elections signs used at polling booths last year. He also kindly answered my basic questions about the state of renewable technology in Australia today and just how quickly we could move our country to a renewable economy.
Cause of the Week: Fauna & Flora International (fauna-flora.org)
Greg Jericho is a Walkley Award-winning economics writer for Guardian Australia. He lectures in journalism at the University of Canberra and tweets at @GrogsGamut.
Here I ask Greg about his political worldview, his thoughts on economics and GM closing Holden in Australia his time in the public service (and the state of the service now), and how the media's obsession with "balance" is completely failing us when it comes to covering climate change.
Cause of the Week: The Outer Sanctum Podcast (outersanctum.com.au)
This is a CROSS POD, BABY: an extract of my appearance on the podcast Red Flag Radio in which I discuss revolutionary socialism with Roz Ward, Liam Ward and Sarah Garnham. We chat about what Bernie Sanders' campaign represents, the failings of electoralism, a vision for a socialist society and vacuum cleaners.
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Cause of the Week: The Refugee Council of Australia's Operation Not Forgotten
Jon Piccini is an historian at Australian Catholic University and co-host of the anti-capitalist podcast Living the Dream. He's written books about human rights and the Australian far left in the 60s and 70s and is partial to putting out some spicy tweets on @JonPiccini.
Here Jon and I discuss his critique of human rights discourse and how it's seen Australia forget about economic rights, just how "radical" we can say Australia is politically and how our history might suggest that the Green New Deal isn't impossible at all.
Cause of the Week: Save Deebing Creek Association (on Facebook here)