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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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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

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

@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)

 

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