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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: July, 2020
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

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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)

 

Jul 17, 2020

Dave Donovan is the founder and editor of Independent Australia, a progressive journal focussed on Australian federal politics, democracy and economics. 

In a time of a declining media industry slashing jobs left right and centre, I think supporting independent Australian media is vital, and I for one find it refreshing to read explicitly progressive takes on the news in IA. Here Dave talks about his background in the Republican movement, just how much neoliberalism has reshaped Australia over the past 40 years, class confusion, the overwhelming conservatism of Australian media and the attacks on the ABC.  

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IndependentAustralia.net

IA's coverage of AshbyGate

ARTICLE: Poll finds 62% believe our head of state should be an Aussie

ARTICLE: What is really wrong with the country: 10 years of Quiet Australians by Dave Donovan 

ARTICLE: Fox News banned in Canada? by Snopes

ARTICLE: The palace letters: read the full documents from the National Archive here

Cause of the Week: The Federal ICAC Now Party (federalicacnow.org)

 

Jul 7, 2020

Sunili Govinnage is an Australian human rights lawyer and self-described "social justice witch" who has recently come to some realisations about themselves and their politics. 

In the first part of this frank conversation we discuss her "decolonising journey", her focus on dismantling the "colonialist-capitalist-heteropatriarchy", anti-racism and cancel culture. We identify areas that we agree on and some points where we have different perspectives - differences that will be further fleshed out in part two. 

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Sunili's writing at The Guardian

ARTICLE: Western Australia's King Leopold Ranges renamed Wunaamin Miliwundi Ranges

My episode with Dr. Chelsea Bond

Cause of the Week: Stop Black Deaths In Custody GoFundMe Campaign

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