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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: October, 2020
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)

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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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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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)

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