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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.
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Now displaying: April, 2020
Apr 29, 2020

Adam Creighton is the Economics Editor for The Australian and has written for The Economist and The Wall Street Journal. For the past couple of months he's been highly critical of the Australian government's economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic and has called for the immediate easing of restrictions.

I asked Adam to sketch out his critique of the response and his concerns about its economic impact, as well as discussing the Swedish, economic "trade-offs", the "statistical value of life" (it's $4.4m, apparently), the joys of tax and what kind of changes he does (and doesn't) want to see once the pandemic passes. 

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I'm hosting QUEER LOVE IN for Equality Australia this Saturday at 3pm, featuring an amazing line up of LGBTIQA+ artists. It will be great fun, please join us 

Please support Alex Makes Meals if you can: he’s providing free meals for healthcare workers! What a cool guy! 

@Adam_Creighton

Adam's writing for The Australian

ARTICLE: Under 60, in good health? Crossing the road is more risky

ARTICLE: Let's hope the economic train crash is worth it

ARTICLE: We may be over-reacting to an unremarkable coronavirus

ARTICLE: Coronavirus: Total shutdown may be too high a price

ARTICLE: New Zealand claims it has eliminated coronavirus

Cause of the Week: Alcoholics Anonymous (aa.org.au)

Apr 21, 2020

Mark Humphries is a comedian who regularly makes satirical sketches for the ABC's 7:30 along with Evan Williams. He always makes me laugh and I've been lucky enough to become friends with him over the past few years. 

Mark joined me via Zoom from deep in the heart of the ABC to discuss his politics, his (haphazard) journey into comedy (featuring some stories involving ME!!!), Mark Latham and the state of Australian right-wing media craziness and the limits of satirising it. We had a good ol' giggle and we barely talked about coronavirus at all.  

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Please support Alex Makes Meals if you can: he's providing free meals for healthcare workers! What a cool guy! 

My discussion with Refugee Legal Executive Director David Manne about the challenges people seeking asylum face in COVID-19 - please support them at refugeelegal.org.au

@markhumphries

Mark's twitter account about musical theatre is @MarksMusicals

Mark's satire for 7:30

His sketch on The Greta Thunberg Helpline

Mark on The Roast

VIDEO: Bogan Train Trip Girl Australia

Cause of the Week: Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia (msra.org.au)

Apr 16, 2020

Nick McKim is a Tasmanian senator and the co-deputy leader of The Australian Greens

He joined me via Zoom (sorry) from Tasmania to discuss the Morrison government's (sometimes okay but generally shitty) response to the COVID crisis, the neoliberal Labor Party, how this pandemic affects folks in immigration detention and the current Greens' plebiscite on the election of the federal leader. 

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If you’re a Greens member who supports the One Member One Vote model for leadership election, please consider adding your name to this open letter

@NickMcKim

Nick's page on the Greens' website

Join The Greens (if you like)

Information about the Greens' leadership plebiscite

ARTICLE: The Greens are founded on the principle of grassroots democracy - the leadership vote should be no exception by Michael Berkman, Mehreen Faruqi, Tammy Franks, Tim Hollo & Scott Ludlam

ARTICLE: As former Greens leaders, we ask members not to shut the party room out of leadership votes by Bob Brown, Christine Milne & Richard Di Natale

ARTICLE: It's out decision: electing the parliamentary leader by Dylan Griffiths

ARTICLE: So how much power does the leader of the Australian Greens actually have? by Jonathan Sri 

If you’re a Greens member who supports the One Member One Vote model for leadership election, please consider adding your name to this open letter

VIDEO: Why the Green New Deal matters

Causes of the Week: The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (asrc.org.au), The Unemployed Workers' Union (unemployedworkersunion.com) 

Apr 14, 2020

Tash Heenan and Anna Sturman are ecosocialist academics who are writing about and organising around the possibilities of a Green New Deal for Australia. 

They both joined me via Zoom (I AM VERY SICK OF ZOOM) to lay out what their vision for a GND entails, its "four Ds" (decarbonisation, decolonisation, decommodification, democratisation), how much currency it had as a political idea prior to the current COVID crisis, the possibilities these new conditions could bring and the dangers of eco-fascism. 

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I went on the Twink Revolution podcast with the darlings Gian & Sam

I also went and talked a bit of bullshit on Nazeem Hussain's Survivor's Guide to Coronavirus podcast

If you're a Greens member who supports the One Member One Vote model for leadership election, please consider adding your name to this open letter

@tashellenheenan

@anna_sturman

Climate Justice Collective - @greennewdealau

climatejusticeaustralia.org

ARTICLE: Five Orientations To The Green New Deal by Tash & Anna

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

ARTICLE: The Greens' New Deal by Paddy Manning

ARTICLE: Capitalism is a virus by Jeff Sparrow

VIDEO: Why the Green New Deal matters

Cause of the Week: Sisters Inside (sistersinside.com.au)

Apr 7, 2020

Caleb Bond is a 21-year-old political commentator who describes himself as "conservative with a splash of libertarianism". He writes a regular opinion column for the Adelaide Advertiser and regularly appears on Sky News. 

Caleb kindly gave me his time a few weeks ago when I was in town for the Adelaide Fringe (before the PLAGUE HIT US ALL AND LOCKED US IN OUR HOUSES). We had a wide-ranging discussion about his experience of being a young conservative giving his opinions in public, the politicisation of youth, the Opinion Industrial Complex, Newscorp, the idea that people naturally become more conservative as they get older, socialism, free markets, FREEDOM and his stance on drugs. 

My show GRANDILOQUENT has been cancelled at the Brisbane and Melbourne Comedy Festivals: all tickets will be refunded in full 

The show’s season at the Belvoir Theatre in Sydney in June and at the 2020 Edinburgh Fringe Festival are also not going ahead

The live instalment of LIASYO with Andrew Denton at MICF has also been cancelled  

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I was on the latest episode of The Little Dum Dum Club

@TheCalebBond

cbond.com.au

ARTICLE: The Strange World of an Australian Conservative Political Commentator by Toby McCasker

Cause of the Week: Youth Insearch (youthinsearch.org.au)

Apr 2, 2020

Gian and Sam host a great podcast called Twink Revolution, which they describe as "cultural and political commentary on current events from a homo-leftist viewpoint". 

They joined me from their isolated apartment in San Francisco to explain how they came to Marxism and queerness (via anarchism and libertarianism), the failures of identity politics, what happened to the Sanders campaign (and how sad we should feel about it) and what the COVID-19 pandemic could mean for the Left. It was all very interesting, very funny and very gay. 

My show GRANDILOQUENT has been cancelled at the Brisbane and Melbourne Comedy Festivals: all tickets will be refunded in full 

The show’s season at the Belvoir Theatre in Sydney in June and at the 2020 Edinburgh Fringe Festival are also not going ahead

The live instalment of LIASYO with Andrew Denton at MICF has also been cancelled  

Join the LIASYO Facebook group here please and thank you

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

I was on the latest episode of The Little Dum Dum Club

@twinkrev

Sam's twitter is @RevTwinkComrade

twinkrev.com

Twink Revolution's YouTube page

Sam's queer history of socialist nations (starting with the USSR), Gaylag Archipelago

The What's Left? episode on Coronavirus and the Sanders campaign

The People's Republic of Walmart by Leigh Phillips & Michal Rozworski

Cause of the Week: The SF Queer Nightlife Fund (sfqueernightlifefund.org)

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